Acorns Great Wall of China Trek 2025

10 May 2025 – 18 May 2025

Join us 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!

Committed to fundraising

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.

The Great Wall of China

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Date: 10th May – 18th May 2025
Location: China

Please read the information brochure and the full terms and conditions before signing up.

Email: events@acorns.org.uk
Telephone: 01564 825 037

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Departure

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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What’s included?

  • 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)
  • Vaccinations
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips (approx. £40-45 per person)
  • Trek kit and equipment
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Kick start your fundraising

We’re here to support you all the way! By signing up for the event you will receive an Acorns running vest, support from our Events team to help with your training and fundraising and the amazing feeling you’ll get from knowing you’re making a real difference to local children! Here are some simple ways to give your fundraising a boost, if you need more support we’d be happy to help. Just get in touch at events@acorns.org.uk.

Frequently Asked Questions

What time are the flights?

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.

Who accompanies us?

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.

How tough is it?

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.

What is the climate like?

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.

What is the food like?

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.

Who can take part?

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.

Where will we stay?

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.

How fit do I need to be?

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.

What should be in my trek kit?

What are the bathroom facilities like?

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).

What is the terrain like?

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.

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23 November 2024 – 30 November 2024

Take on a once-in-a-lifetime adventure to one of the New Seven Wonders of the World!

This stunning and remote trek takes you on an adventure following an ancient Bedouin migration route to Petra, experiencing some of the most spectacular natural scenery in Jordan along your journey. This trek is voted by National Geographic as one of the world’s best hikes and it is growing a reputation as the ‘Inca Trail of the Middle East’.

You will be covering up to 10 miles a day over 5 consecutive days of walking. Besides the stony desert landscape, there are sections of narrow trail across rocky terrain including some easy scrambling.

This is an Open Challenge and you will be joined by fellow travellers who may be supporting other charities.

Ready to sign up?

Departure

Flights will depart from London and you will need to organise your own transport to the airport.

Acorns trekkers taking on Iceland with a snowy landscape on the horizon

Are you ready for an adventure of a lifetime?

Date: 23rd November – 30th November 2024
Location: Petra, Jordan

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Please read the information brochure and the full terms and conditions before signing up.

Email: events@acorns.org.uk
Telephone: 01564 825 037

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Sign up now

Payment options:

Self-funded (pay your own costs)

Pay a registration fee of £345, then a final payment of £1,850 no less than 10 weeks before departure. You can set your own fundraising target to support Acorns.

Fundraise for Acorns (sponsorship)

Pay a registration fee of £345, then fundraise £3,700. By signing up, you are committing to raising a minimum of £3,700.

Your fundraising will 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.

Download the full itinerary and brochure

What’s included?

  • Return flights from London (including all airport taxes and charges)
  • All transport in Jordan
  • All accommodation (hotel in Aqaba or Amman for two nights, guesthouse in Wadi Musa for one night, camping during trek for four nights)
  • All meals throughout the trip
  • English-speaking guides and support crew
  • Trek permits
  • UK Different Travel tour manager

What’s not included?

  • Jordan visa (current cost 40 JOD – approx. £45)
  • Personal expenses (eg drinks, souvenirs, etc)
  • Vaccinations
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips (approx. £25-30 per person)
  • Trek kit and equipment
An image of the Petra

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Kick start your fundraising

We’re here to support you all the way! By signing up for the event you will receive an Acorns running vest, support from our Events team to help with your training and fundraising and the amazing feeling you’ll get from knowing you’re making a real difference to local children! Here are some simple ways to give your fundraising a boost, if you need more support we’d be happy to help. Just get in touch at events@acorns.org.uk.

Frequently Asked Questions

What time are the flights?

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 by Different Travel.

Who accompanies us?

You will be accompanied by an English-speaking guide and a local trek guide who have an excellent knowledge of the culture and trekking in the region. The guides are first aid trained and will support you throughout your journey. You will also be accompanied by a team of support staff including cook, donkey handlers, Jeep driver (transporting luggage) and a Different Travel Company UK tour manager.

How tough is it?

The trek is rated moderate to challenging for someone of a good fitness level. You will be trekking for 5 consecutive days, averaging 6 hours each day. The terrain is largely rocky, dry and uneven.  Although some of the days trekking have a very gentle increase in elevation some days have very challenging sections with steep uphill and downhill gradients.

Temperatures pose a specific challenge with temperatures historically reaching up to 30°C. You must be of a good fitness level before departure, to ensure fast recovery each day.

What is the climate like?

Temperatures in November can range from 22°C to 30°C during the day and drop to around 0°C at night however you must be prepared for variations to this which are out of our control. Loose, lightweight, long clothing is both respectful to the local culture and cooler in the heat than having exposed skin. Weather during the trek will be dry but there may be some strong winds. Rain, although very rare, is not impossible.

Please note: the temperatures and conditions above are historically accurate but climate change can impact the seasons so you may experience uncharacteristic conditions during the trip which are out of our control. The guides will assess the situation and make decisions to ensure the best enjoyment and safety of the group.

What is the food like?

Your meals during the trek are cooked by a chef who will prepare simple but nutritious dishes. Typical breakfasts may include cheese, eggs, jam, butter, tomatoes, cucumber, fruit, tea and black coffee.
For lunch each day you will prepare your own sandwiches to carry with you, and dinner will comprise of dishes such as soup, chicken, rice, vegetarian dishes and salad. Plates, mugs, cutlery and other equipment are provided.

While staying in cities, meals will be at the hotel or at local restaurants.

Please inform Different Travel in advance if you have any dietary requirements or preferences.

Who can take part?

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.

Where will we stay?

You will stay in a hotel with en-suite facilities while in Amman or Aqaba (location dependent on flight schedules), a guesthouse in Wadi Musa and you will camp in tents during the trek (two to a tent). Foam sleeping mats are provided but you will need to bring a sleeping bag.

Toilet facilities during the trek consist of a small toilet ‘tent’ covering a hole in the ground. There may be very basic shower facilities at camp but this is not guaranteed and water must be used sparingly, so we advise that you don’t rely on this, and bring a pack of baby wipes. A small bowl of water is provided to wash your hands before meals.

How fit do I need to be?

A good level of fitness is required for all participants.

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 several 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.

What should be in my trek kit?

What are the bathroom facilities like?

The hotels have en-suite facilities with flushing toilets and hot showers. Toilet paper should always be placed in the bin, not flushed. At camp there will be a toilet tent which offers privacy over a pit in the sand. Please put used toilet paper into a sealable nappy bag or sanitary disposal bag and put into the main trek bin bag.

After you have used the toilet, please cover your waste with sand to avoid smells and flies for the next person who visits the toilet tent. You should not rely on shower facilities being available during the trek so please bring a small pack of baby wipes and a bottle of hand sanitizer for personal hygiene.

If you need to use the toilet during the trek day you must find a private area off the trail. You must never leave used toilet paper on the ground; this must be packed up into a nappy bag or sanitary disposal bag, pop it in your daypack and dispose of it properly at camp (please bring your own nappy sacks with you). You should bring one to two rolls of toilet paper for your own use.

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1 November 2024 – 5 November 2024

Take on a once-in-a-lifetime adventure to the land of the Northern Lights!

Explore the other-wordly landscapes of Iceland, land of the Northern Lights. Spend three days trekking across fields of geothermal activity with bubbling mud pools and hot springs, the peaks of the Mount Hengill heritage site and the fault lines between Europe and America. Keep your eyes to the skies and you might be lucky to experience Lady Aurora herself!

This is an Open Challenge and you will be joined by fellow travellers who may be supporting other charities.

Ready to sign up?

Departure

That flights will depart from London and you will need to organise your own transport to the airport.

Acorns trekkers taking on Iceland with a snowy landscape on the horizon

Are you ready for an adventure of a lifetime?

Date: 1st November – 5th November 2024
Location: Iceland

Review payment options that explain fundraising targets.
Please read the information brochure and the full terms and conditions before signing up.

Email: events@acorns.org.uk
Telephone: 01564 825 037

Click for our FAQ

Sign up now

Payment options:

Self-funded (pay your own costs)

Pay a registration fee of £375, then a final payment of £1,450 no less than 10 weeks before departure. You can set your own fundraising target to support Acorns.

Fundraise for Acorns (sponsorship)

Pay a registration fee of £375, then fundraise £2,900. By signing up, you are committed to raising a minimum of £2,900.

Your fundraising will 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.

Download the full itinerary and brochure

What’s included?

  • Return flights from London (inc. current taxes and fuel surcharges)
  • Transfers and transport in Iceland
  • Accommodation in hotels (4 nights)
  • Meals as specified
  • Local guides
  • Different Travel tour manager

What’s not included?

  • Travel insurance
  • Tips (approx. £50-£60 per person)
  • Vaccinations
  • Personal expenses (e.g. drink, souvenirs etc.)
  • Trek kit and equipment
Iceland Trekkers taking part in the event for Acorns while the sun peaks through the clouds

Watch the pre-recorded information session

Kick start your fundraising

We’re here to support you all the way! By signing up for the event you will receive an Acorns running vest, support from our Events team to help with your training and fundraising and the amazing feeling you’ll get from knowing you’re making a real difference to local children! Here are some simple ways to give your fundraising a boost, if you need more support we’d be happy to help. Just get in touch at events@acorns.org.uk.

Frequently Asked Questions

What time are the flights?

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 by Different Travel.

Who accompanies us?

You will be accompanied by local guides who have an excellent knowledge of culture and hiking in the region. The guides are first aid trained and will support you throughout your journey. You will also be accompanied by a Different Travel Company UK tour manager.

How tough is it?

This trek is graded moderate to challenging. You will be trekking long distances over varying terrain over consecutive days.

What is the climate like?

Temperatures can typically peak to around 6°C during the day and drop to around 1°C at night however you must be prepared for variations to this which are out of our control. Weather during the adventure will be dry with light winds and rain is possible. Please note: the temperatures and conditions above are historically accurate but climate change can impact the seasons so you may experience uncharacteristic conditions during the trip which are out of our control. The guides will assess the situation and make decisions to ensure the best enjoyment and safety of the group.

What is the food like?

You will be provided with plenty of hearty Icelandic meals which typically include fish and lamb and will keep your energy levels high for each day of discovery. Please inform Different Travel in advance if you have any dietary requirements or preferences.

Who can take part?

The minimum age is 18. It may be possible to participate if you are 16 or 17 years old but you must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. There is no upper age limit. The ideal candidate would be fit, healthy and determined, open to adventure and adaptable to unexpected changes.

What is the accommodation like?

You will stay in a hotel for the duration of the trip. A single-occupancy hotel room may be possible subject to availability and payment of a single supplement.

Will there be high altitude?

This trek does not take place in an area of high altitude.

What should be in my trek kit?

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18 May 2024 – 19 May 2024

Watch an epic sunrise from the summit of the highest peak in South Wales!

This challenge will take a circular route to the summit of Pen y Fan, 886 metres above sea level. There, you and your fellow trekkers will be able to take in the breath-taking sunrise and spectacular views of the Brecon Beacons National Park, and enjoy a warming mug of hot chocolate!

You’ll get full support along the way by Elite Adventure’s team of experienced mountain leaders who will ensure you get the very best of this amazing experience, and tell you all about the history of the Brecon Beacons and the formation of the stunning landscape.

Ready to sign up?

Commitment to fundraise

The minimum fundraising requirement of £250 will 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.

Acorns Trekkers posing for a photo during sunrise atop Pen y Fan

Take on Pen y Fan!

Sign up now for an EARLY BIRD price of just £35!

Date: 18th May – 19th May 2024
Start time: 11:30pm
Departure location: Acorns Children’s Hospice, Worcestershire County, 350 Bath Rd, Worcester WR5 3E

By signing up, you are committed to raising a minimum of £250.
Please read the full terms and conditions before signing up.

Email: events@acorns.org.uk
Telephone: 01564 825037

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Join the trek

What’s included?

  • Transport to Pen y Fan from Acorns Children’s Hospice in Worcester
  • Hot chocolate with marshmallows while the sun rises
  • Breakfast after the return hike
  • Acorns T-shirt to wear with pride
  • Acorns fundraising pack
  • Experienced and qualified mountain trek leader

What’s not included?

  • Personal insurance
  • Trek kit and equipment

Departure location

The trip will depart from Acorns Children’s Hospice in Worcester (WR5 3EZ). You will need to make your own way to the departure point.

A picture of the Pen y Fan rock next to a smaller, painted Acorns Children's Hospice rock.

Timing

Please be aware that exact timings are subject to change, and the below is to be used as a guide only.

Saturday
18 May

23:30

Depart Acorns Children’s Hospice in Worcester

Sunday
19 May

01:30

Arrive at Pen y Fan

Sunday
19 May

02:00

Begin trek

Sunday
19 May

05:10

Sunrise

Sunday
19 May

08:30

Return to coach

Sunday
19 May

11:00

Expected return to Worcester

Kick start your fundraising

We’re here to support you all the way! By signing up for the event you will receive an Acorns running vest, support from our Events team to help with your training and fundraising and the amazing feeling you’ll get from knowing you’re making a real difference to local children! Here are some simple ways to give your fundraising a boost, if you need more support we’d be happy to help. Just get in touch at events@acorns.org.uk.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who accompanies us?

You will be fully guided by a qualified mountain leader from Elite Adventures, who specialise in guided walks and challenges.

An Acorns member of staff will also join you on the trek and travel with you from Worcester.

What will happen if the weather is bad?

Mountain weather can be fickle at the best of times and there is no guarantee that you will see the sunrise or even a view. The walk will take place in most weathers but the leader will reserve final judgement on the day (in most cases) and maintains the right to abandon any walk if they feel the safety of themselves or any participant is at risk.

Who can take part?

This event will appeal to everyone from seasoned adventurers to Sunday hikers. The group will be fully guided, getting you safely through the darkness and up to the mountain summit. This is an ideal walk for anyone who would like to summit the highest mountain in South Wales, witness the sunrise and experience being out in the mountains in the dark at the start of a new day.  The walk is aimed at all experience levels however, you will need to be reasonably fit to ensure your own enjoyment and that of the group as the trip will take around 7 hours.

Is there an age limit?

Yes, you must be 18 or over on the day of the challenge.

Suggested kit list

You will need to bring:

  • Suitable walking boots (with ankle support)
  • Appropriate clothing for the walk
  • Waterproof jacket and trousers
  • Spare warm layer
  • Hat and gloves
  • Head torch and spare batteries
  • Snacks and water (minimum 1.5 litres)

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