Challenge level: 3 out of 5
|9 May - 17 May 2019||On Sale|
The debut women-only ChallengeHer trek will take you on a stunning hike along ancient and remote sections of the Great Wall of China, a.k.a. the Dragon's Back. The terrain will be challenging but well worth it for the breath-taking panoramic views, the taste of Chinese rural life and the life-long friendships formed along the way.
At the end of the challenge there will be the opportunity to explore Beijing and its Forbidden City.
You can choose to support any charity you wish. You also have the option to self-fund your costs and raise as much as you can for your chosen charity, without having the pressure of a minimum sponsorship target.
After an overnight flight from London Heathrow to Beijing, we’re met by our ground handler at Beijing airport and transferred by coach to our hotel at Huang Ya Guan. This area receives few Western tourists and so we can get a taste of traditional Chinese culture, while admiring the Great Wall of China and the stunning views of rugged, green mountains. You have time this afternoon to stroll around Huang Ya Guan, a typical and fascinating Chinese town, where the new China meets the old and traditional China.
Today, we have a relatively gentle trek through the beautiful countryside that surrounds our hotel. From time to time, we walk on the wall and test ourselves with a few demanding climbs and descents; a great warm-up for much more to come during the following days! At the end of our walk, we return to our hotel at Huang Ya Guan.
We start today with a tough climb along the Great Wall to the top of the mountain, where we’re rewarded with breathtaking views. We follow the ruins of the wall, walking on mountain paths and occasionally on the wall, until we reach a paved path through a forest. After a picnic lunch, we continue on the forested trail that leads us further along the Great Wall and into Qianganjian, a small farming village, where we stay overnight. The accommodation is a typical example of Chinese lodgings, with numerous rooms containing Chinese style sleeping platforms.
We leave our farmhouse accommodation to walk down the local village road and into the woods, where we start our toughest climb of the day to a section of the Great Wall overlooking the countryside. Here, you can’t help but marvel at the great feat the builders must have gone through. After a picnic lunch in a local village, we hike along local, joyously flat, farm roads and pass through a number of villages, where we get an insight into Chinese rural life. We eventually reach the road, where our buses await to transfer us the next section of the wall and our overnight accommodation at Jinshanling.
After breakfast, we’re transferred to our starting point for today’s trek at Gubeikou, the impressive section of wall built to protect the northern gateway to Beijing. This spectacular 40 km stretch of the Great Wall boasts 143 watch towers and 14 beacons and dates back to the Ming Dynasty. After a picnic lunch in a shady field, we continue along the wall to Jinshanling, a section often believed to be one of the most spectacular and picturesque parts of the Great Wall of China. From there, we can walk directly to our hotel.
On our final day of trekking, we continue to explore different (some very steep) parts of the wall, until we reach the highest accessible point and the end of our amazing five-day challenge. From this 700 m vantage point, we can see the Great Wall disappearing into the distance; an experience to cherish forever. After some well-deserved celebrations, our bus takes us to our hotel in Beijing, where we have dinner. This evening, you can choose to experience a traditional Chinese foot massage, a perfect end to a tiring, yet truly rewarding, challenge.
Today, we have a free day to explore Beijing and take an optional tour of some of the city’s many famous sights, including the Forbidden City palace complex museum, the iconic royal lakeside retreat of the Summer Palace and the stunning plaza of Tiananmen Square. In the evening, we meet up with the ChallengeHer Cycle China group and celebrate our achievements.
We transfer to Beijing airport for our daytime flights 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 a minimum sponsorship amount for your chosen charity.
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 on this challenge will have little or no fitness level when they sign up. This challenge is the perfect motivation to get fit, lose weight and have an experience of a lifetime.
Please don't be! The majority of people will sign up on their own. Once the event is fully booked, we'll send you a contact list of everyone registered for the challenge, as often there will be someone in your local area you can meet up to train or 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. The age range is likely to be from 18 to 75.
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 experience a whole mix of accommodation during this challenge, including hotels with stunning mountain vistas, simple campsites under a canvas of stars and traditional farmhouse lodgings.
It may be possible to extend your stay at the end of the challenge to explore China further or to have a well-deserved break. Once the group flights are confirmed (11 months prior to departure) we will send you a flight extension form, which will enable you to apply for an extension.
In addition to paying your registration fee you will need to budget for your airport taxes and the fuel surcharge, personal travel insurance, 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, we will send you all the relevant information and forms to do this before the challenge.
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 event. The programme builds up gradually as the event gets closer.