Walk one of the man-made wonders of the world!
Stretching 6,000km in a dotted line across China, the Great Wall dates all the way back to the 5th Century. As it snakes across the mountains, it conjures up a sense of history which is difficult to grasp until you have had the opportunity to experience it.
This challenge very varied, passing through woodland and terraced farmland and following the contours of the beautiful hills and mountains in remote areas north of Beijing. You will explore original sections of the Great Wall, as well as restored structures with smooth flagstones and plenty of steps.
This challenge is physically demanding but offers fabulous scenery and a fascinating insight into a rich culture and history.
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Discover Adventure challenge information:
Bournemouth Hospital Charity is acting as agent for Discover Adventure (ATOL 5041). This challenge is operated by Discover Adventure and by registering for this challenge you will be accepting Discover Adventure’s Challenge Agreement which you can read here.
Further information about this challenge is provided below, but please ensure you read the full challenge details in the link underneath before registering for this challenge.
Group flights leave from London Heathrow or Gatwick, (we regret that we are unable to book connecting flights), and are booked through Discover Adventure Ltd under ATOL licence 5636. By travelling with Discover Adventure you are protected by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA).
Accommodation on this trek ranges from good quality international-style hotels in Beijing to more basic mountain hotels or lodges. Expect plenty of variety. There is one night in dorm-style rooms in farmers’ homestays, which provides a real insight into rural Chinese life.
The food provided is plentiful, often local in style and freshly-cooked, and will give you plenty of energy. Sometimes we enjoy a buffet-style lunch-stop, other times we might have packed lunches. On some trips we stop at small local restaurants. Dinners are generally eaten in camp or at the hotel, depending on accommodation. In some regions there may be less variety than you are used to, and in others fresh meat or produce can be harder to come by. Any meals not included are listed in the itinerary and are generally on travel / free days, giving you the opportunity to explore and try other culinary experiences! There is always something to suit different budgets.
Being vegetarian or having other dietary requirements is not usually a problem provided you let us know well in advance. Please do not expect as much variety as you would have access to at home – we may be in very rural or remote areas and among people of a different culture who may not understand your requirements, however willing they are to help. If you know there are plenty of foods you cannot eat we strongly recommend you bring extra snacks from home so you can top up your energy supply. Please feel free to ask us for advice.
Your safety, and that of the rest of the group, is our highest priority. Our trips are designed and planned with safety in mind. Your crew will be equipped with communication devices (eg phones, radios and/or emergency satellite phones), medical kit and other safety apparatus appropriate to the destination. Our leaders always have access to our 24-hour emergency UK back-up. They are responsible for safety on the trip, and will make any changes to the itinerary they deem necessary, should local conditions dictate. Pre-trip administration – such as medical questionnaires and travel insurance as appropriate – is all done with your safety in mind.
Your trip will be led by experienced Discover Adventure leaders. Our leaders are selected for their experience in harsh wilderness environments, knowledge of travel in remote areas, friendliness and approachability, sense of humour and ability to safely and effectively deal with any situation that arises. They are also trained in expedition first aid. You are in very safe hands with a Discover Adventure leader. Usually leaders are based in the UK or other English-speaking countries and lead for us regularly throughout the year in many different countries. In some instances, trips are led by in-country guides with a wealth of knowledge about the region; they have been trained by us to provide the level of support expected on a Discover Adventure trip.
An expedition doctor or medic accompanies the group (dependent on group size.) Their role is to look after the well-being of the whole group and deal with any incidents. They help the leaders to ensure the trip runs smoothly, and encourage you when things get tough. The total number of crew looking after you will depend on the final size of your group, but at Discover Adventure we pride ourselves on our high leader: participant ratio and believe it leads to greater trip enjoyment as well as excellent trip safety.
Our local support crew is made up of local guides, assisted by drivers, porters, cooks and other support staff, depending on the type of trip. Local guides know the area well, and are a great source of knowledge about local customs and lifestyles. Not all support crew will speak English well, but are very friendly and approachable. The Discover Adventure crew work closely with the local crew to ensure your trip runs smoothly and safely.
Your leader will arrange a collection of tips for the local support crew at the end of your trek, and you will be provided with a guideline amount in advance. Tipping is not obligatory, but once you see how hard they work on your behalf you will be happy to donate something! All our local crew are paid wages, but bear in mind that the average wage in many countries we travel to is far below what you would spend on a normal night out.
Your luggage, food, water and equipment is transported for you from one night-stop to the next. If there is easy road access this is done by vehicle; if not porters, mules or even camels might carry your bags, depending on the destination and terrain.
Space is limited and hard-sided luggage is not suitable, so it is essential that your kit is packed in a soft bag, rucksack or expedition kitbag. Ask us about our specially-designed low-cost kitbags if you don’t have one already. You should also bring a small daypack to carry for items needed during the day as you will not have access to your main luggage until the evening.
• All return transport from London to Beijing
• All meals except where specified, and accommodation
• Discover Adventure leaders; doctor with a group of over 15 participants; local guides & cooks
• Local support and back-up equipment
• Tour of Forbidden City on free day and entry to any other sites included in itinerary
• Any meals as specified ‘not included’ in the itinerary
• Travel insurance
• China entry visa
• Personal spending money, souvenirs and drinks
• Tips for the local guides and support crew
• Inbound airport departure tax (no tax applied at the time of writing)
• Fees for any optional sites, attractions or activities
• Airline taxes: we cap these so that £250.00 is the maximum you will pay
• Any applicable surcharges as per Terms and Conditions
By registering and paying your deposit, you are committing to raising the minimum sponsorship for this challenge (dependent on your funding option). The registration fee is non-refundable and non-transferrable. We recommend that you organise travel insurance at the time of booking as this will protect your non-refundable registration fee in the event of unexpected cancellation.