Challenge level: 3 out of 5
|3 September - 11 September 2020||On Sale|
Unleash your inner hero and join us in the Land of the Red Dragon for this life changing trek along the Great Wall of China.
Raise funds for a cancer charity or hospice of your choice as we trek from the rustic wall at Huang Ya Guan in rural Ji Country and follow the iconic monument all the way to Jinshanling.
We’ll encounter all kinds of terrain, from both ancient and restored sections of the Great Wall itself, to pretty forest trails, quaint village roads and rolling green hills and mountains.
With constant breathtaking panoramas, fascinating insight into China’s rich history and culture and a life-saving cause, we’ll push ourselves to the limit and show cancer who’s boss.
Our adventure along the Dragon’s Back ends with a free day to explore the mesmerising metropolis of Beijing or take an optional tour of its famous landmarks. China's capital city seems itself an impossibility: futuristic and advanced, yet one of the world’s oldest cities, containing seven World Heritage Sites, including the Forbidden City, the Summer Palace and the Temple of Heaven.
Britain V Cancer
Britain V Cancer is an Open Challenge, which means you choose how you fund your adventure.
You can self-fund and pay the challenge costs yourself without the pressure of a minimum sponsorship target; or you can choose sponsorship and commit to raising a minimum amount for a cancer charity or hospice of your choice. It's your chance to do something amazing for the cause closest to your heart; whether you choose to support your local hospice or a national charity. It's completely up to you.
Places for this bucket-list trek will go faster than hot spring rolls, so please register early to avoid disappointment.
Our adventure begins at the airport in London, where we meet to catch our overnight flight to China’s mind-blowing capital, Beijing.
Touching down in Beijing on Day 2, our wonderful Ground Handler meets us on arrival and together, we transfer by coach to our hotel at Huang Ya Guan, a rural section of wall in the north of Ji Country.
Here, we’re introduced straight away to the awesome culture of the Chinese countryside, while getting a glimpse of the iconic structure we’ll follow on our trek. Huang Ya Guan, literally “Yellow Cliff Pass” in Chinese, dates back over 1,400 years and was reinforced with brick in the Ming Dynasty, so it remains sturdy to this day – which is good, considering we’ll be climbing it tomorrow!
This afternoon is then free for you to explore the Huang Ya Guan town, a typical and fascinating Chinese town in the midst of rolling, green hills, where the new China meets the old and traditional China.
We meet again in the evening for our welcome dinner and a challenge briefing from our fantastic challenge leader.
Today, our challenge begins! We ease ourselves into the trek and follow a gentle route through the beautiful countryside around our hotel, taking in the awesome mountains that surround us and of course, the wall itself.
From time to time, we walk on the wall and tackle a few demanding climbs and descents; a great warm-up for much more to come on our adventure!
Eventually, we reach the end of our day’s route and return to our hotel in Huang Ya Guan for dinner.
This is where our trek heats up and we begin by conquering a tough climb to the mountaintop, walking along the Great Wall all the way – so we’re rewarded with absolutely staggering panoramas.
From there, we continue to follow the amazing structure and mix up the terrain, sometimes walking on the wall and other times along mountain paths.
We finally reach a paved path and follow it through the forest, all the way to our accommodation in the small village of Qianganjian.
We rest tonight in a typical example of Chinese lodgings, with several rooms containing Chinese-style sleeping platforms.
We rise to a day of trekking through the wonderful Chinese countryside and gaining more insight into the local lifestyle.
After a walk down the village road and into the wood, it’s time to get today’s biggest feat out of the way and climb up to another section of the wall with extraordinary vistas.
Once we reach the top, we have a well-deserved break, with a picnic lunch in a local village and appreciate the mind-blowing feat the builders must have gone through when building the Great Wall.
You’ll be pleased to know that this afternoon’s trek is happy and hill-free, taking us through farms and more quiet villages, until we reach the road. Here, we transfer by coach to our accommodation at Jinshanling, perhaps one of the most spectacular and picturesque parts of the Great Wall of China.
After breakfast and a transfer to Gubeikou, we walk on and alongside the wall today and encounter both restored and unrestored sections of the awesome monument.
It’s quite remarkable how much the wall varies in structure, ranging from wide to narrow, sometimes steep (as we’ve already had the joy of experiencing) and other times flat.
This spectacular 40km stretch of the Great Wall boasts 143 watch towers and 14 beacons and dates back to the Ming Dynasty.
Along the way, we’ll stop for a picnic lunch in a field shaded by the wall, before hiking back up onto the wall for today’s final stretch back to Jinshanling. From there, we can walk directly to our hotel.
We’ve reached our last day of trekking and it’s half as long as yesterday, so our legs will soon get their rest.
Our seventh day sees us continuing along the Great Wall, following it down and uphill, until we reach the highest accessible point and our finish line!
Standing triumphant at a 700m vantage point, we enjoy the enchanting view of the Great Wall disappearing into the distance.
We then climb back down from the wall to meet our coach and transfer to our hotel in Beijing.
This evening, we have a fabulous celebration dinner and toast our incredible achievement for the thousands of people affected by cancer.
Our final day in China is free for you to explore the mesmerising Beijing, the world’s most populous capital city, full of both futuristic and ancient landmarks, steeped in cultural history. You also have the choice to take an optional tour of some of the city’s many famous and fascinating sights, including the Forbidden City palace complex museum, the iconic royal lakeside retreat of the Summer Palace and the stunning plaza of Tiananmen Square. This evening, we have our last group meal in China and then retire for a good rest before our flight tomorrow.
Our adventure in dragon country ends and we transfer to Beijing airport for our daytime flights back to the UK.
Cover your tour costs and the registration fee yourself and then choose to fundraise as much as you can for the charity of your choice with no minimum target.
Pay the balance
Pay a non-refundable registration fee and then commit to fundraising the minimum sponsorship target for a cancer charity or hospice of your choice.
Minimum sponsorship target
This challenge is not designed for Olympic athletes – it is designed for people looking for an amazing goal to train and get fit for. A number of the people who will take part in this trek will have a low level of fitness when they sign up. Our adventure along the Great Wall of China is the perfect motivation to get fit, lose weight and have the experience of a lifetime.
We'll have two UK qualified doctors and a group of fabulous first-aid-trained challenge guides accompanying us the whole time.
Please don't be! The majority of people will sign up on their own and our Dream Challenges are renowned for the amazing camaraderie and lifelong friendships made as our groups take on these incredible feats together.
Once you've signed up for the challenge, we'll send you a link to a private Facebook group for everyone registered for the Britain V Cancer Great Wall of China Trek 2020. Please feel free to use this space to swap questions, advice and updates with your fellow trekkers on your training and fundraising. You may also want to reach out to the fellow participants in this group to see if there's anyone in your local area you can meet up to train and fundraise with.
Absolutely not! One of the amazing things about the challenge is that people of all ages will come together to do something very special. Everyone who is at least 18 years old by the challenge date is more than welcome to join this awesome Britain V Cancer challenge.
You will of course need a pair of walking boots. We'll supply you with a comprehensive list of everything you will need to take on the event well before your departure date.
We'll stay in comfortable, three-star class hotels and spend two nights in village Guest Houses: traditional farmhouse lodgings in small villages near the Great Wall.
Yes of course! If you wish to extend your stay, you will need to come out of our group flights (and of course, we would deduct the cost from your balance). Please let us know as soon as possible if you decide to do this.
In addition to paying your registration fee you will need to budget for your airport taxes and the fuel surcharge (approx. £350), personal travel insurance, visa (approx. £175), gratuities, optional tours and personal expenses.
You will need to take out your own personal travel insurance covering health, accident, loss and repatriation. Dream Challenges has a recommended policy that provides appropriate cover for this type of activity. We will send you the details once you have registered. You can, however, take out your own insurance, providing it covers you for a charity trek in China.
You will be required to obtain a tourist visa for entry into China and we recommend you start this process early. A tourist visa for China (30 working days) costs approx. £175 for British Nationals and you will need to make your visa application in person at a Visa Application Centre. For more information on this, please visit the visa section of the UK Gov website here.
The Dream Challenges team are here to help you achieve your challenge and will support you all the way. We are on hand from the minute you sign up to answer any questions that you may have about your training or the challenge itself. Once you have registered, we will send you a realistic training programme to help you get fit for the trek. The programme builds up gradually as the challenge gets closer.
We also have fantastic first-aid-trained challenge guides, a group of porters and two doctors accompanying us throughout the challenge.