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Trek the Great Wall of China on this 9-day trip!
You'll spend 5 days on the 15th Century Ming Dynasty hardrock wall, before descending on local trails to experience the rural life of people in the Hebei Province.
The challenge finishes with a day to explore bustling Beijing, a visit to Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City as well as a shopping experience in the silk market.
Day 1: UK - Beijing
The adventure begins!
Day 2: Arrive Beijing
This afternoon you are free to explore this fascinating city, try the local cuisine and relax.
Day 3: Gubeikou Trek (approx. 3-4 hours walking)
Drive to Gubeikou at the border of the Hebei Province. The rolling countryside sets a stunning backdrop, giving you a taste of what's to come. After lunch explore a section of the Wall on a high ridge above the town. The trail ascends to several prominent towers with great views. You then descend to a temple and on to the campsite.
Day 4: Gubeikou Trek (approx. 7 hours walking)
Today you get to explore a spectacular section of the Wall above the Gubeikou valley. This section of the wall is seldom visited and offers unique views of a wild landscape.
Day 5: Gubeikou - Jinshanling (approx. 7-8 hours walking)
A stunning day's trek in a remote area with fabulous views of the Wall unveiling before you. With broad sweeping views, it is easy to see how the Wall resembles a dragon's back weaving its way across this beautiful golden land.
Day 6: Jinshanling - Simatai (approx 7-8 hours walking)
Breaking camp in Hebei Province, you will climb onto the Great Wall following a steep forest path. Today you will walk towards a restored section, built in the 15th century. You will pass through the famous watchtowers, ascend and descend many sets of stairs and winding trails.
Day 7: Return to Beijing (approx. 4 hours walking)
An early start today as we trek to the summit of Beijing Tower, sitting high above the Great Wall. Today's walk is challenging, with some scrambling, and your efforts rewarded with stunning vistas and awe-inspiring views back across to Hebei. After lunch, you'll be transferred back to Beijing where a hot shower awaits!
Day 8: Beijing Tour
A full day in Beijing to explore some of the most majestic and historically significant sites of this immense city. Starting with Tiananmen Square, you will then visit the Forbidden City. Lunch a local restaurant before a visit to the Lake area. You can then spend the afternoon however you like; perhaps barter for a bargain in the colourful silk markets or hire a bike for spin through the bustling back roads of this vibrant city. Tonight we meet for a celebration dinner.
Day 9: Depart Beijing
The time has come to say farewell. You'll catch a flight back to the UK, taking back wonderful memories of your challenge.
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