Walk on a wonder of the world

A breath-taking 10 day tour of the many incredible features of the Great Wall of China, one of the world’s most impressive historical landmarks. Experience the most spectacular sections of the Great Wall, from the popular tourist spots, to the quieter, less frequented areas. This trek will prove a physical challenge, as we cover some of the steeper and remote sections of the wall.

Beyond the wall, you will go on to visit Xi’an – home of the Terracotta Army – and Shanghai, China’s modern metropolis.

In good hands

We are fully compliant to the British Standard for overseas expeditions and adventures (BS8848), and demonstrate a rigorous approach to the safe planning and management of our adventures. Our team in China has many years experience of trekking the Great Wall and beyond, and will ensure the safety, well-being and enjoyment of all our clients.

 The adventure of a lifetime

Arriving into the bustling city of Beijing, you will have a warm welcome and the chance to sample some local cuisine, before heading out to the start of our Great Wall adventure. Our trek will take in some well restored and popular sections of the wall, while giving you the chance to head off the beaten track and experience the lesser seen sections of this wonder of the world.

Each night, you will relax in comfortable accommodation, from local lodges, family home-stays or a campsite in the shadow of the Great Wall. Our team will prepare hearty meals, from Chinese classics, to lesser known local favourites.

 

Next we will tour China’s Golden Triangle. This 6-day experience combines the best of Chinese traditions with the fast-paced modernity of the country’s bigger cities. Covering the full palette of Chinese culture and tradition, we will take you from the capital city of Beijing to the famed Silk Road city of Xi’an, home of the Terracotta Army, and on to the futuristic steel and glass metropolis of Shanghai.

 

In Beijing, we will tour the sights and highlights of this capital city. History awaits at every turn, as we visit the grand remnants of China’s Imperial past – the Forbidden City, the Summer Palace and Tiananmen Square. By day we will explore the secretive hutong alleyways, seeking out its hidden charms; at night we will enjoy the best of local cuisine and entertainment, taking in a kung fu show and sampling the local delicacy of Peking duck. You will also get the chance to pick up a bargain at the famous Silk Market.
Next, we depart for Xi’an. The roots of Chinese culture can be traced back to this former capital city. Xi’an is the home of the famous Terracotta Warriors- a collection of sculptures depicting the armies of Qin Shi Huang, China’s first emperor. As the eastern terminus of the Silk Road, Xi’an is also home to a pulsating mix of cultures from across the orient.
Finally, we end the tour in Shanghai. Here, East meets West in a head-on explosion of architecture, food and culture. Here you can step into the past and visit the 16th century Yuyuan Garden, the Jade Buddha Temple and The Bund waterfront. Experience modern-day Shanghai with a visit to the 420 m Jin Mao Tower and take in the panoramic views of Shanghai’s
impressive skyline.

Day 1

Arrive in Beijing- the bustling capital of China. Our guide will meet you at the airport and transfer to your hotel in central Beijing. Depending on your arrival time, you can visit nearby Jingshang Park. Here you can climb Coal Hill for a sweeping view of the Forbidden City as the sun sets.

Day 2

After an early breakfast, you will transfer to Taipingzhai, meaning “a village of peace and prosperity”. This village is an important part of the Huangyaguan Great Wall, where you will hike today. This is a great introduction to life on the wall, starting with a steep climb to the tallest watchtower on the section, before dropping down an undulating ridge to reach the bottom.

Once you reach the end, if you aren’t feeling sufficiently warmed up, you can climb to the top of the Heaven Ladder of Huangya- a steep climb of around 600m, and not for the faint hearted! After the trekking is completed, you will have lunch nearby, before transferring to Gubeikou and our lodge for the evening.

Day 3

The Gubeikou Great Wall is located at a strategically important spot and famous for its strong military function. After packing up your gear and enjoying a hearty traditional breakfast, you will commence hiking along the Gubeikou Great Wall.

Even though today is shorter than yesterday’s trek, the route is more exposed to the sun and you will need to carry plenty of water to help cope with the heat and humidity.

In the early afternoon, you will leave the wall and pass through a village with corn fields. In the crook of a small valley you will arrive at camp for the evening, with a local farmer and his family in a small village. Here you can help out with making dumplings for tonight’s dinner, before relaxing under a clear night sky.

Day 4

After an early start, you will bid farewell to your host family before hiking along the hill and returning to the Jinshanling section of the Great Wall. This section is the best preserved part of the Great Wall with many original features. The early sections of today’s trek will be largely unrestored and wild, with the second half of the day covering the more restored and picturesque sections of the wall. There will be the chance to stop for cold drinks in places- a welcome relief from the heat!

After some hours of trekking, you will reach the end of the section where you will enjoy a traditional dinner before transferring to the accommodation for the night.

Day 5

Today you will trek from Shixiaguan to the Old Badaling section- often seen as the most iconic section of the entire Great Wall. Built during the Ming Dynasty, it winds over mountain ridges which will push your legs. The reward for the effort is some of the most picturesque views of the entire trek.

After reaching the end of today’s section, you will transfer to a farmer’s guesthouse in Jiankou for the night.

Day 6

From the farmhouse, you will hike towards Jiankou Great Wall. This literally means “Arrow Nock”, and is recognized as the most challenging section of the Ming Great Wall, passing several key towers such as the Beijing Knot and the General on the Pass.

While this is one the more challenging days, it is also the most scenic. Jiankou Great Wall is very well preserved and restored, meaning that the scenery is postcard perfect.

After wards you will stop for lunch, before trekking into a local village to reach the guesthouse for the night. Some of the rooms here afford a view of the wall on the ridge high above- the perfect backdrop!

Day 7

Today’s trek starts from foot of Jiankou Great Wall, where you first climb up a small hill before getting on to the main tower – Zhengbei Tower. Then you will hike towards Mutianyu Great Wall, built and restored in the early Ming Dynasty (1368 – 1644), on the remnants of a Wall originally built in the Northern Qi Dynasty (550-577).

The trail is a mixture of rock steps and filled with bushes in some section. Compared to other sections of the wall, the Mutianyu Great Wall is found to be very different as it has been restored & renovated, and the road is mainly steps.

After reaching the bottom (perhaps taking a ride on the toboggan…) you will then transfer to Xishuiyu for the evening. When you arrive, our team will light up a campfire and start a barbecue for dinner (weather permitting). This will be a great chance to unwind and swap stories around the campfire before getting an early night.

Day 8

Today is the last day of trekking on the Great Wall. The team will get up before sunrise and climb to a nearby watchtower. Here you can take part in a Tai Chi lesson as the sun rises- the perfect way to bid farewell to the Wall which has been our home for the past week.

After returning to the team hotel in the Beijing for showers and refreshment, you we’ll head out to sample the famed Peking duck at a local restaurant.

Day 9

Today we explore Tiananmen Square, the largest public square in the world and a culturally significant public space in Beijing and beyond. From here, we will pass through the Forbidden City, a walled palace that was the home of China’s emperors for nearly 500 years. In the afternoon, we will explore the Temple of Heaven, and maybe even join the locals in the park for a spot of tai chi. In the evening, we will take in one of Beijing’s impressive kung fu shows before dinner.

Day 10

Early in the morning, we will visit the Summer Palace, an expansive complex of lakes, gardens and palaces. We then move to modern-day Beijing, and explore Olympic Green, the Olympic park that hosted the 2008 games. In the afternoon we take a tour of Beijing secretive hutong alleyways, one of the few remaining links to Beijing’s pre-industrial past. We will also have the opportunity to pick up some bargains at Beijing’s famed Silk Street market. In the evening we will board a sleeper train to Xi’an.

Day 11

Our train will arrive into Xi’an early in the morning. After checking into our hotel and freshening up, we will spend the morning exploring the archaeological treasure trove of the Terracotta Army. This world-famous collection of terracotta sculptures represents the armies of China’s first emperor, Qin Shi Huang, and is a must-see for any visitor to Xi’an. Afterwards, we will visit the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, a 1,300-year-old Buddhist pagoda, and one of Xi’an’s most famous landmarks.

Our train will arrive into Xi’an early in the morning. After checking into our hotel and freshening up, we will spend the morning exploring the archaeological treasure trove of the Terracotta Army. This world-famous collection of
terracotta sculptures represents the armies of China’s first emperor, Qin Shi Huang, and is a must-see for any visitor to Xi’an. Afterwards, we will visit the Big Wild Goose
Pagoda, a 1,300-year-old Buddhist pagoda, and one of Xi’an’s most famous landmarks.

Day 12

A real highlight of any trip to Xi’an is exploring the city walls by bike. We will ride along these ancient fortifications, viewing the city from above and learning about the significance of Xi’an as the starting point of the famed Silk Road trading route. Afterwards, we will tour the Muslim Quarter by foot, soaking up the atmosphere and sampling some of the great street food on offer.

In the late evening, we will board our sleeper train to Shanghai.

Day 13

After an early arrival, we will transfer to our hotel to freshen up. In the late morning, we visit the Yuyuan Garden in the old city. The centrepiece of the lush Chinese garden, is the 5-tonne Exquisite Jade Rock. Next we pay a visit to the Shanghai Museum and tour People’s Square & Nanjing Road. In the evening, we cap off the day with a cruise on the Huangpu River. Here you can take in the sights and sounds of Shanghai from the river, which flows through the centre of Shanghai, and was the lifeblood of this city’s early shipping trade.

Day 14

After breakfast, we will take a trip up the Jin Mao Tower, the third tallest building in China. The views from the observation deck here are simply stunning, and a great way to finish a packed 6-day tour of China’s Golden Triangle.

After lunch, we will board an afternoon train to Beijing, where we will transfer to our hotel for dinner.

Day 15

Transfer to the airport to catch return flights to UK.

Deposit: £345 (balance payable 12 weeks before departure)

Total price: 

Package including China’s Golden Triangle Tour:

  • £3,950 (including return flights from London)
  • £3,050 (book your own flights)

Trek-only package:

  • £2,750 (including return flights from London)
  • £1,850 (book your own flights)

Included:

Great Wall Trek

  • International return flights to Beijing
  • Experienced English-speaking guides
  • All meals, transfers & accommodation as outlined above
  • Bottled or safe, purified drinking water during the trek
  • All park fees, taxes, permits & fees as required for the above itinerary
  • Hotel accommodation, where specified
  • Fully supported emergency procedures & 24/7 support line
  • All camping equipment (tents, mats and sleeping bags) where specified
  • First Aid kit
  • Back up vehicles

 

Golden Triangle Tour

  • All Breakfasts & Lunches
  • Hotel accommodation where specified
  • All train tickets & transfers where specified
  • Use of air conditioned vehicle for transfers & sightseeing
  • All entrance fees, attraction tickets & permits as specified
  • Professional, English-speaking guides throughout