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Project Description

China Great Wall
Cycle Kili2Coast for Children's Charities 2018

Raising funds for charities supporting children and young people

The Great Wall of China is an amazing structure; the biggest in the world. This ‘stepping’ challenge is aimed at raising funds for the children’s or young person’s charity of your choice. This challenge brings supporters together to raise funds for charities that provide emotional, practical and medical help for children, young people and their families.

Cycle Kili2Coast - unite children's charities
China Great Wall
Cycle Kili2Coast for Children's Charities 2018
Cycle Kili2Coast - unite children's charities
Great Wall of China
6 – 14 Apr 2019
Great Wall of China
6 – 14 Apr 2019

The Great Wall of China; 2000 years of history, built to repel all invaders. A 5 day trek including camping for 1 night on the Wall itself; all alone, no-one else around.

Our itinerary snatches the best of the Wall, ranging from original sections to restored watchtowers, from wide open vistas to narrow overgrown paths, it all forges its way over mountains and through valleys.

To get the best out of the Wall, you have to live it, be close to it and even in our case, live on it! On our final trek night, when everyone else has gone, we trek back up to the Watchtower and camp overnight there to experience the silence and see the sun rise (camping equipment supplied).

We maximise our time in China. On arrival, we transfer you straight to the Wall, staying overnight in a local hotel before trekking the next morning. The Wall can be demanding at times; very demanding. Following the contours of the land, it is a consistent undulation, relentless and seemingly endless like the back of the legendary Chinese Dragon.

Subsequent overnight stays are in local farmhouses close to either the beginning or end of the day’s trek. We learn to make Chinese dumplings with a local family and your picnic lunches are hand made to ensure you get to eat what you want to eat! Once you come off of the Wall on the final day, we get you back to Beijing early afternoon to allow you some free time before a complimentary celebration roast duck dinner that evening. There are a total of 2 nights in hotels in Beijing.

No visit to the capital would be complete without seeing the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square, both of which are included on our Tour. After the morning tour, you have more free time to explore the city before your flight home in the morning.

Highlights

  • Cherry picked sections of the Wall; crowdless, varied terrain, superb scenery.
  • Camp on the Wall for a night; who else does that! All alone, no-one else around.
  • 2 nights in Beijing including a tour of Tiananmen Square.

Fundraising and Itinerary

Self Fund

Trip Cost £2050

Deposit – £350 on booking
PLUS
Interim payment – £500
7-8 months prior to departure

PLUS
Final balance of £1200 60 days prior to departure

Fundraise as much as you can; there is no time limit

Flexi Fund

Trip Cost £2050

Deposit – £350 on booking
PLUS
Interim self payment – £500
7-8 months prior to departure

PLUS
Fundraise £2400 in sponsorship

Fundraising to be completed 10 weeks prior to departure

Minimum Spronsorship

Trip Cost £2050

Deposit – £350 on booking
PLUS
Fundraise £3400 in sponsorship
(Min of £1700 goes to the charity)

Interim payment paid by the charity*

Fundraising to be completed 10 weeks prior to departure

* The interim payment is made by the charity and is reliant on the fundraiser having sufficient funds in their fundraising account. The target dates for this (and the amounts required) will be shown on the Pledge form.

Fundraising Options Explained

Under this option, you pay the entire cost of your trip yourself, directly to us.
You then raise as much sponsorship as you can for your chosen charity. There is no pressure of a time or financial target.
The balance payment for your trip is due 60 days prior to your departure.

You pay us the deposit PLUS a 2nd personal contribution (some months later), which reduces the fundraising target.
You then commit to raising a minimum amount of sponsorship for your chosen charity. From that the remaining balance for your trip will be paid.
You will be asked to complete a Pledge Form with the charity. It sets out the target dates and any guidelines required; this is a requirement of your booking.
Your fundraising target must be met, and paid to the charity, a min of 10 weeks prior to your departure date. This enables them to pay the remaining balance for your trip with no financial risk to themselves.

You pay your deposit and then commit to raising a minimum amount of sponsorship for your chosen charity. From that sponsorship, the remaining balance for your trip will be paid.

The completion of a Pledge Form is required. It sets out the target dates and any guidelines required; this is a requirement of your booking.

Your chosen charity will support your fundraising throughout and all sponsorship money you raise must be paid to them upon receipt. Generally, the sponsorship target is set to ensure that a minimum of 50% of the money you raise is retained by the charity. All money raised above the target will also be retained by the charity. Your fundraising target must be met, and paid to the charity, a min of 10 weeks prior to your departure date. This enables them to pay the remaining balance for your trip with no financial risk to themselves.

Day 1, 6 Apr 2019 – Depart UK
Fly from London, bound for Beijing.

Day 2, 7 Apr – Arrive Beijing, transfer to mountains (Huangyaguan area)
On arrival, the group will be greeted by the guide who will oversee the 2hr drive from the airport to the hotel in the mountainous area surrounding Beijing. Do your best to battle jetlag as today is a great opportunity to explore your new surroundings. The group will get together for a first team meal, as well as a briefing about the challenge ahead.

Accommodation: hotel near Hunagyaguan (western toilet & shower).
Meals: lunch/dinner

Day 3, 8 Apr – Taipingzhai to Huangyaguan (3 hours, 4 km hiking)
After a typical countryside breakfast, it’s about a 10 min drive to Taipingzhai where today’s walk will start. The trek to Huangyaguan is about 3 hours. Lunch is taken after the trek, which is more than enough on this day, followed the drive to Gubeikou village and stay overnight in this traditional walled village. There is opportunity to trek up ‘Crouching Tiger Hill’ in the village (2hrs).

Originally built in 557 AD, the Huangyanguan Great Wall was repaired for the first time in Ming Dynasty with bricks and then restored again in 1985. It is 41 kilometres in length with its walls and towers built on mountain ridge with an average altitude of 738 metres. The name Huangyaguan translates to “Yellow Cliff Pass” and is named after the yellowish hills and rocks nearby. It is unique in that it has various different-shaped watchtowers. There are not many tourists in this area, as it is a remote and seldom visited location. The most unique feature here is the Street of the Eight Diagrams, an architectural wonder of the Ming Dynasty lying just below the pass. A labyrinth set up to confuse and entrap invading armies, this fortification design is based on the ancient trigrams of the Book of Changes. UNESCO placed Huangyaguan Great Wall on the UN list of the World heritage.

Accommodation: local farmer’s guesthouse at Gubeikou village (western toilet & shower)
Meals: lunch/dinner

Day 4, 9 Apr – Gubeikou to Jinshanling (5 hours, 10 km hiking)
We drive for 10 minutes after breakfast to the entrance at Gubeikou, from where we trek to Jinshanling. Gubeikou is located 146 kilometres north of Beijing. It has the Panlong (Coling Dragon) and Wohu (Crouching Tiger) mountains in the background. In 1378 General Xu Da ordered this section of the Great Wall rebuilt. Gubeikou has probably seen more battles than any other part of the Great Wall including some of the most famous in Chinese history. Our trek takes us eastward along the old city wall passing numerous watchtowers and other parts of the wall that have not yet been restored.

After 2 hours trekking of the Gubeikou section, we have to get off the wall to avoid a military area nearby. Going through the path in the field for 1.5 hours, and then we will come back to the wall again on the Jinshanling section. When we leave the wall, we will have fresh Chinese dishes in a local farmer’s restaurant before driving back to Gubeikou village.

A Chinese dumpling-making learning will be organised in the afternoon.

Accommodation: local farmer’s guesthouse at Gubeikou village (western toilet & shower)
Meals : breakfast/lunch/dinner

Day 5, 10 Apr – Jinshanling to Simatai West (3 hours, 6 km hiking)
We will drive to Jinshanling (20 mins) after breakfast at 8am (optional sunrise watching can be organised upon request without additional cost if weather permits, please advise your guide). It will take about 3 hrs trekking on the wall. We will get off the wall at East-Five-Eye Tower at Simatai West Great Wall. This section offers arguably the finest hiking anywhere on the Great Wall. It is extremely photogenic, with over 15 varied watch-towers and steep gradients that give constantly changing perspectives and wide open views. This section of the wall is wild, ruined, preserved and original. On a clear day, it is difficult to fail to take good photographs here. We will drive (2 hours) to Jiankou village after lunch.

Accommodation: local farmer’s guesthouse at Jiankou Village (western toilet & shower)
Meals: breakfast/lunch/dinner

Day 6, 11 Apr – Jiankou to Mutianyu (5 hours, 10 km hiking)
We will drive 10 minutes to the start of trekking at Jiankou; a 5hr day on the wall. Today’s trek takes place on both restored and original walls. The first one hour straight up to reach the wall, and then treks through the unrestored towers. This section has superb scenery, dense vegetation and many fine watch-towers. The brickwork is elaborate. The wild Wall to the west is the original Ming Dynasty with fine stonework, and there are almost no other people. You will be rewarded when you approach Zhenbeilou Tower, where you will have a breathtaking view of Jiankou section. There will be a sharp contrast when you arrive at Mutianyu with the restored wall and towers.

There’s a chance to try toboggan (optional) when finishing the hike at Mutianyu. We will then drive to Huanghuacheng village (just over an hour) for the camping experience. Basic showers are available at the guesthouse and we will also have a home-made local dinner here. Our host will take the camping equipment to the watchtower on the Wall after dinner. We will trek back up to the Watchtower on the Wall (20 mins, torch required). Alternative accommodation is available if needed.

Accommodation: camping on the Great Wall
Meals: breakfast/lunch/dinner
Camping equipment provided: twin-share tent, 1 sleeping bag & 1 rolling mat per person.

Day 7, 12 Apr – Huanghuacheng to Xishuiyu (4 hours, 6 km hiking)
Wake up to the sunrise and enjoy breakfast on the Great Wall; a great experience. Perfect for amazing photographs; there is usually no-one else about. On completion of breakfast, we start the final trek (4 hrs).

Originally built in the Beiqi Dynasty (550 A.D.-577 A.D.), Huanghuacheng was extended and consolidated in the Ming Dynasty due to its close distance to the Ming Tombs area. It was critical to protect the imperial tombs area in the Ming Dynasty. There are four defence walls in this area and Huanghuacheng is the command center. The Wall was built on steep mountain ridges and it can be seen from a far distance. Two reservoirs were built in 1970s and the Wall was cut down at two positions, thus there’s reflection of the Wall on the lakes/ reservoirs.

The Wall at the beginning is steep so pace yourself. You will meander through jungles and bushes after halfway. A stunning view is waiting for you  when you reach the last watchtower. It’s quite high and you’ll feel as if you’re on top of the entire Wall; enjoy the beautiful lake scenery.

On completion of the trek, there’s a hotpot lunch. Hotpot is originally from Sichuan Province and now is popular all over China. You can choose Plain or Spicy one as you like. This is also a good opportunity to practice your chopstick skills! You will get back to hotel at 2-3 pm.

Accommodation: Beijing Hotel
Meals: breakfast/lunch/celebration dinner

Day 8, 13 Apr – City Tour of Beijing
It’s time to enjoy a day exploring China’s capital city. The guided tour will highlight the contrast of old and new, including the Old Imperial Palace known as the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square. Lunch is included. Then it’s time to perhaps shop for some last minute souvenirs before a final dinner.

Accommodation: Beijing Hotel
Meals: breakfast

Day 9, 14 Apr – Depart Beijing


Extensions

Why not extend your time in China to:

  • See more of Beijing
  • See the Terracotta Warriors
  • See the Terracotta Warriors and the Pandas at the Chengdu Panda Breeding Centre

Terracotta Warriors. Head out of Beijing on the overnight sleeper train to Xi’an to see the amazing Terracotta Warriors; thousands of them. Stay overnight in Xi’an and return to Beijing on the super fast Bullet Train before one final night in Beijing and then fly back to UK. 3 nights.

Terracotta Warriors & Pandas. Follow the Terracotta Warrior itinerary and from Xi’an, fly to Chengdu, see the Pandas and then fly back to Beijing. 4 nights.

For the itineraries, see our ‘Itineraries’ tab.
For the costs, see our’Inclusions’ tab.

Min number to guarantee the trek’s departure – 4.
If Sole Occupation is requested – £210 (this applies to the hotels and on trek).
Sole occupation costs are paid by the individual and at the final balance point.

Quick links to: Kit Lists, Travel Insurance, Travel Health

Services Included

  • International flights London – Beijing – London
  • Return airport transfers in Beijing
  • Fully qualified English speaking local guides
  • 3/4* hotel accommodation in Beijing, twin share, B&B basis
  • Basic hotel/farmhouse accommodation on trek (5 nights)
  • All meals & drinking water on trek
  • Luggage transfer during trek (night stop to night stop)
  • All trek and National Park access permits
  • Ground transport as per itinerary
  • Camping gear for 1 night: twin share tent, roll mat & sleeping bag per person
  • Challenge Manual containing everything you need to know
  • Full support before and during your trip
  • Discounts from UK retailers

Services Excluded

  • Travel insurance
  • Personal spending

Terracotta Warrior Extension, Costs and Services Included

  • Cost from £645 pp
  • Transfer to train station in Beijing and overnight train to Xi’an based on 4 berth, mixed berth cabin
  • English speaking local guide in Xi’an
  • 4* hotel accommodation in Xi’an (1 night), twin share
  • Meals as shown on the itinerary
  • Ground transport as required by the itinerary, air conditioned
  • Entrance fee to Terracotta Warrior exhibition
  • Dumpling dinner and Tang Dynasty Show in evening in Xi’an
  • Bullet train back to Beijing, overnight hotel (twin share) near airport
  • Hotel shuttle bus back to the airport

Terracotta Warrior & Chengdu Pandas Extension, Costs and Services Included

  • Cost from £945 pp
  • Transfer to train station in Beijing and overnight train to Xi’an based on 4 berth, mixed berth cabin
  • English speaking local guide in Xi’an
  • 4* hotel accommodation in Xi’an (1 night), twin share
  • 4* hotel accommodation in Chengdu (1 night), twin share
  • Meals as shown on the itinerary
  • Ground transport as required by the itinerary, air conditioned
  • Entrance fee to Terracotta Warrior exhibition and Pandas Breeding Centre
  • Dumpling dinner and Tang Dynasty Show in evening in Xi’an
  • Domestic flight to Xi’an – Chengdu and Chengdu – Beijing
  • Overnight hotel in Beijing, twin share, near airport
  • Hotel shuttle bus back to the airport
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Challenge Information

>  Trip length – 9 days UK – UK.
>  Trek length – 5 days.
>  Biggest risk factor – trip hazard on the steps.
>  All meals and unlimited drinking water on trek, b’fasts in hotels.
>  Hotel accommodation in Beijing, guesthouses on trek, 1 night camping (optional and equipment supplied).

Passport – Must be valid for at least 6 months when you enter China. Information source is the FCO Travel Advice China.

Visa – A tourist visa is required for China and must be obtained prior to travel. Further details contained in the on line brochure.

Flight Tickets – Most airlines work on e-tickets now (the flight reference No (we supply) and your surname). There are no paper tickets. We supply you with the flight details and how to check in on line (or at the airport) as part of the process.

Travel Insurance – Mandatory on our trips. We will ask for proof of cover. We do not sell travel insurance. Go to our Information webpage for our unbias advice and tips.

Min group size 2.

Once this number is reached, the trip is guaranteed to depart; the trip will not be cancelled.

You will be walking between 3 – 5 hours per day, occasionally longer if it is necessary (usually not). Distances in mountainous terrain is measured in hours, not distance.

Temperatures during the day (sun up) will vary between 15°C and 35°C and the night temperatures will be correspondingly lower.

Whilst are lots of steps on this trek! The Great Wall follows the natural terrain of undulating hills so it’s generally either up or down; rarely flat. It can therefore be quite demanding in places but taken at a sensible pace, it can be achieved. We recommend a reasonable level of fitness and adopt a regular training regime well before you depart.

There are no altitude issues, the highest point on the entire Wall is only 1534m so way inside anything that will affect you.

After booking, you will be asked to complete an Emergency Details Form which will include your medical history. If we have any doubts about your ability to take part in the challenge, we may ask you to provide a letter of fitness from your GP, therefore we would recommend that if you have any concerns, you speak to your GP prior to booking.

In the UK, if you can walk for 5 – 6 hrs per day, on consecutive days, over undulating terrain (with normal rest stops), carrying a daysack weighing approx 6kg, then you should be perfectly capable of completing this trek.

Fitness Concerns? – Call us on 01529 488159 or 07725 943108

Food

  • B’fast is supplied in hotels, full board on trek including unlimited drinking water.
  • Breakfasts are a choice of homemade pancakes, some cereals, omelettes and other local food plus juice and hot drinks.
  • Lunches are prepared and packed by you: breads, ham, cheese, salads, etc…
  • Lunches if taken at Guesthouses will be a mix of Chinese food.
  • Evening meal: meat and vegetables.

Accommodation

  • Hotels, Beijing – twin share, same sex basis.
  • On trek – guesthouses, twin share basis, same sex.
  • Sole occupation (if requested) – £210. This includes Beijing hotel (2 nights) and guesthouses on trek throughout.
  • Sole occupation (not requested) – on trek – if there is an odd number, someone gets lucky with sole occupation at no additional cost.
  • Sole occupation (not requested) – hotels Beijing (2 nights) – we will do what we can to avoid this cost. It can depend on the size of the group. Max cost £110.

Our default flights are London Heathrow (LHR) – Beijing (PEK). We use a variety of high quality airlines using one stop.

Included luggage allowance in the aircraft hold is a min of 20kg but more commonly 23 – 30kg.

London not convenient?

Other regional airport options are possible. We appreciate the potential inconvenience of London if you live far away. Whilst using regional airports may attract supplements due to higher flight costs, that cost may be offset by the cost and time of travelling to London. Please ask for advice.

China Great Wall, international flights

The advice here is given in good faith from trusted sources; we are not medical professionals. Check with your Medical Practice if you are up to date with the primary courses.

Vaccinations for China:

  • Usually advised for Nepal: Hepatitis A
  • Consider: Cholera; Hepatitis B; Japanese Encephalitis; Rabies; Tetanus; Tick-borne Encephalitis; Typhoid.
  • Yellow Fever – consult the website below
  • Information source – http://www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/destinations/asia-(east)/china.aspx
  • Malaria – the vast majority of China is in a low to no risk Malaria area, including Beijing and the area of the Wall this trip visits. Consult the fitfortravel website above for a malaria map coverage.

FREE Vaccinations – the following are usually FREE on the NHS as they are considered the greatest risk if brought into the country:
Cholera, Diphtheria, Polio, Tetanus and Hep A (be aware some of those are combined vaccinations).
Information source – http://www.nhs.uk/chq/Pages/1071.aspx?CategoryID=67

The others you are likely to have to pay for.

INCLUDED – All taxes and fuel supplements associated with international and domestic flights.

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