Join #TeamAcorns for a once-in-a-lifetime adventure to one of the Great Wonders of the World!
This trek takes you to a remote section of the Great Wall of China, from Gubeikou to Jinshanling and Simatai. Not only will you trek on the wall itself, meticulously built and restored over thousands of years, but you will also have the opportunity to trek through wild and remote landscapes with distant views of green rolling hills and mountain peaks with one of the Great Wonders of the World as the backdrop.
Staying in guesthouses throughout the trek lets you experience authentic Chinese culture as you discover more about the lifestyle of the local people, and also taste some incredible local cuisine!
Please note: flights will depart from London and you will need to organise your own transport to the airport. Flight times are to be confirmed. The return flight may land in the UK on Monday 19th May 2025.
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- 22nd January 2024, 6:15pm – Acorns Children’s Hospice, Walstead Road, Walsall, WS5 4NL
- 24th January 2024, 6:15pm – Acorns Children’s Hospice, Bath Road, Worcester, WR5 3EZ
Are you ready to take on the Great Wall of China Trek 2025?
You’ll need to pay a £395 registration fee to secure your place. Sign up before 31st March 2024 to receive an EXCLUSIVE 10% DISCOUNT! Use code ACORNS10 at the checkout. Sign up cost can be spread over several months. Click through to the booking form to find out more.
By signing up, you are committing to raising a minimum of £3,500, to help fund our vital care for local children and families. Part of this amount is used to cover the cost of your trip. Our expert events team will be on hand to support you with your fundraising to help you achieve this target.
By taking part in this incredible challenge and joining #TeamAcorns, you will be raising money for life limited and life threatened babies, children and young people across the West Midlands.
If you have any questions or would like more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01564 825 037.
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- Return flights from London (including all airport taxes)
- All transport in China
- Accommodation (hotel in Beijing for 3 nights, guesthouses on trek for 4 nights)
- All meals throughout the trip
- English-speaking guides and support crew
- Trek permits
- UK Different Travel tour manager
What’s not included?
- Chinese visa (current cost: £150-175)
- Personal expenses (eg drinks, sourvenirs, etc)
- Travel insurance
- Tips (approx. £40*45 per person)
- Trek kit and equipment
Frequently Asked Questions
Please be aware that flights will depart from London. Different Travel seek the cheapest possible flights in order to ensure that as much fundraising as possible goes towards funding our vital care and support for local children and families at Acorns Children’s Hospice. You will need to organise your own transport to the airport.
Exact flight times will be confirmed at a later date. Outbound flights from the UK to China will be overnight on the evening of 10th May 2025. Return flights to London on Sunday 18th May 2025 may arrive the following day (Monday 19th May 2025) depending on flight schedules.
The trek is accompanied by local English-speaking guides who have an excellent knowledge of trekking in the region. The guides are first aid trained and will support you throughout your journey. You will also be supported by an excellent team of assistant staff, cooks and drivers and a Different Travel Company UK tour manager.
The terrain is hilly and undulating with steep sections. You will not trek on the wall the entire time, often you will walk next to it through the countryside so be prepared for a variety of ground underfoot from the grassy, dry terrain of the countryside to the stone steps of the Great Wall.
The Great Wall has been restored in some sections so you will find smooth paved ground with steps built up the hillside. In the original sections the Wall may be crumbling, with earth and stone rubble that shifts underfoot like scree, making it challenging to climb and leaving some exposed areas with drops.
In general, you should expect to climb a lot of steps during the challenge, so you must train with this in mind and ensure you do plenty of hill walking to prepare for the hills.
Temperatures will be dependent upon the weather which can be cloudy but sunny at this time of year. Rainfall is possible with May seeing the start of the rainy season which runs through to September. On average the temperature will average around 21°C with highs of 27°C during the day and down to 14°C at night.
It’s important to be prepared for all weather conditions and temperatures by packing non-cotton trek layers and waterproofs. It’s better to have warm layers and waterproofs and not need them, than to not have any when you need them.
Please note: the temperatures and conditions above are historically accurate however, climate change impacts the seasons so you may experience uncharacteristic conditions which are out of our control. Should this happen the guide will assess the situation and make decisions to ensure the best enjoyment and ultimate safety of the group.
The trek day will start with a breakfast of hot drinks, noodles, rice, eggs, Chinese dumplings and fruit. You will prepare your own packed lunch each day which will consist of sandwiches with jam or peanut butter, fresh fruit, Oreos (or similar), dried fruit, and nuts, etc. Some days you may have hot lunches. You should bring your own snacks to eat throughout the day.
A freshly cooked traditional Chinese evening meal will be served at the guesthouse comprising rice, noodles, meat, tofu, and vegetable dishes.
You will stay in a hotel in Beijing and guesthouses during the trek. Accommodation is on a twin or triple share basis throughout. A single occupancy room (at a supplement) may be possible, subject to availability.
During the trek you may occupy two or more neighbouring guesthouses depending on the final group size, but you will share your meals together and be able to relax in the evenings as a group.
The hotels have en-suite facilities with flushing toilets and hot showers. Toilet paper should always be placed in the bin, not flushed.
During the trek there are basic toilet and shower facilities available (shared). Towels are provided. Toiletries are not provided at the guesthouses so please bring your own. Toilet paper is provided in limited quantities at the guesthouses so you will need to bring your own for use here and also for use on the trek and at any public toilets (where toilet paper is never provided).
During the trek you will need to pack up any toilet paper you use to dispose of properly at your guesthouse bin. NEVER leave toilet paper, fruit peel, nut shells or other litter on the trail. You are recommended to bring a small pack of baby wipes and hand sanitizer for your general hygiene throughout the day (e.g. to clean your hands after toilet visits and/or before lunch).
You must be 18+ to join this trek. It may be possible for you to participate if you are 16 or 17 years old if accompanied by a parent or guardian. There is no upper age limit.
An ideal candidate for the trek would be someone who enjoys being out of their comfort zone and trying something new. Adventure travel involves an element of the unexpected so do not expect standards to be the same as you are used to at home. Remote areas are sometimes unpredictable (be it because of group pace, weather conditions, local bureaucracy or other factors) and itineraries may be altered to allow for this.
For you to get the most out of your challenge it is important that you are flexible, positive and eager to take on all the challenges that arise. Suitable fitness preparation before departure forms part of this.
You should have a good level of fitness to ensure fast recovery from each day of trekking.
You must engage in training (including plenty of walking up and down hills) before departure to ensure your best chance of enjoyment on the trip. This could include hill walking, running, cycling, gym workouts, boot camps, etc.
You can download a number of free apps to help you train and track your progress e.g. MapMyWalk, C25K, MyFitnessPal etc. Attempting to complete the trek without training will make it more challenging than necessary and will be detrimental to your experience, and the experience of your teammates.
The trek is rated moderate to challenging. There are many steep uphill and downhill sections to contend with and you must be prepared to carry a daypack weighing 6-7kg. Although the distances trekked may appear short, due to the hilly terrain it can take 6-7 hours to trek just 5km, as ascent and descent profile each day ranges from 515m-866m.