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Hike along the steep staircases and crumbling watchtowers of The Great Wall of China on this demanding, but rewarding trek.
Your trekking adventure begins in Jinshanling with a vigorous ascent upwards, mounting thousands of steps which loop through the mountains on both sides of the Gubeikou Gateway.
This trek is physically demanding but also hugely rewarding, when you see the beautiful, vast mountain ranges surrounding you. Your imagination takes you back through several centuries to when the Great Wall was Imperial China's frontline of defence.
On completing the challenge, you will head back to Beijing to discover some of its many attractions, including Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City.
Day 1: Travel to Beijing
Day 2: Arrive Beijing & transfer to wall area
Head into the mountainous regions surrounding the Chinese capital. Trek briefing & team dinner.
Day 3: Jinshanling Loop (5-6 hours trekking)
Nothing can quite prepare you for your first sight of this iconic monument in all its magnificent glory snaking its way across seemingly endless miles of mountainous valleys. Trek part of the original wall with steep, crumbling staircases & watchtowers.
Day 4: Gubeikou Gateway (7-8 hours trekking)
A long day’s trek along the demanding Gubeikou section of the Wall, which lies between two mountain passes in North-East China, before enjoying rugged farmland and the renovated Jinshanling section.
Day 5: Mutianyu Section (5 hours trekking)
Start the day with a climb up the pinnacle of the challenge - the tower of Zhenbeilou followed by a trek down the appropriately named 'Heavenly Staircase'. Today will test the fittest of legs.
Day 6: Huanghuacheng (5 hours trekking)
One of the most exciting sections - the Wall of Huanghuacheng! Meander through thick forest & scramble the old wall. Spectacular backdrop of Xishuiyu Reservoir and vast moutain range.
Day 7: Badaling Great Wall (4-5 hours trekking)
A challenging ascent up steps and paved walkways of a recently renovated section. Optional visit to silk or jade factory.
Day 8: Full day city tour of Beijing
Relax with morning Tai Chi, enjoy cultural highlights including Tiantin Park, the Temple of Heaven, Tiananmen Square & the magnificent Forbidden City and enoy a celebratory dinner.
Day 9: Travel Beijing to London
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