Great Wall of China Trek

IBD Adventures Great Wall of China

Description: The Great Wall of China was originally constructed to keep out nomadic tribes who raided China’s northern frontier. Your trekking challenge starts in Badaling where you will walk with a vigorous trek along an un-renovated section of the wall that weaves its way along the mountains. Each day you will trek along the stony and steep path, some sections are renovated and others not – twisting and winding its way along the mountains, interspersed with crumbling watchtowers.
It can be demanding yet very rewarding, particularly on a clear day when you can look at the vast and beautiful mountain ranges. Your imagination will take you back several centuries to when the wall was the frontline defense of Imperial China.

There is time in Beijing to explore some of the many attractions of China’s capital city: the Forbidden City, the Temple of Heaven and the Lama Temple, and you can opt to extend your trip with a visit to see the Terracotta Warriors and/or the giant pandas in Chengdu.

Dates: 1st – 10th June 2013
Cost includes: The trek costs 1600.00. This, includes Accommodations and transportation while in China all meals on the trekking portion of the trip and meals in Beijing
Personal Costs: You will be expected to cover you transportation to and from Beijing China, lunches and dinners while in Beijing and tips.
Fundraising amount beneficiaries: is asking all trekkers to raise 2000.00 dollars. The money raised goes to support: OUR MISSION
The North American Intestinal Disease Education and Awareness Society raises awareness of intestinal diseases through education and public awareness campaigns. provides quality of life enhancing programs for children and young adults afflicted with intestinal diseases and their families. conducts advocacy programs on behalf of all people living with intestinal diseases.

Prerequisites: Everyone is welcome to take part in our IBD Adventures Treks. We do recommend that you join the Trek with a reasonable level of fitness. A reasonable guideline would be to have the ability to complete a 10km run. The physical ability to comfortably carry up to 4 liters of drinking water and comfortably wear a back pack. There is nothing technical about the Great Wall trek, but having a strong fitness level will make you journey more enjoyable.
Location: China

Saturday 1st June 2013: Leave home
Depart from North America on an overnight flight to Beijing. Flying time is approximately 12 hours from the West Coast.
Overnight: Flying

Sunday 2nd June 2013: Arrival – Beijing
Upon arrival in Beijing, if on the main group flight, you will be met at the airport and transferred to our hotel in the city.
Overnight: Hotel, Beijing (D)

Monday 3rd June 2013: Beijing TourTuesday 4th June 2013: Badaling Great Wall – approx 6kms trek
Ease yourself into the challenge with a short but demanding day of trekking along the unrenovated section of the Great Wall of China. Starting with a road transfer (approx 90 mins) to get you to the start point, North of Beijing, you will commence your climb, first steeply uphill, watchtower after watchtower along a very rough and stony path with uneven steps until gradually, it levels off and begins to descend again. In contrast to the renovated section nearby, this un-renovated part of the Wall is little visited. The terrain on this day is quite tough due to parts of the Wall being worn down over the centuries but your efforts will be rewarded with stunning views. Following your descent, you will have lunch in a local farmer’s house – a traditional household where you can get an idea of how the rural population live. After lunch, transfer to your lodge.
Overnight: Lodge (B, L, D)

Wednesday 5th June 2013: Yangbian Great Wall
Start with a 1hr transfer to Dajingpan, and trek little over an hour up hill to the Wall. Follow the Wall to Yangbian with a lunch stop at Water Gate, about 3-4hrs. Later descend the hill and trek back to finish point, a further 1.5 hrs. Unlike more popular sites, this part of the wall stands broken and remains untouched by renovation. As such, Yangbian is the real deal for many Great Wall aficionados seeking a rugged and pristine climb up one of the wonders of the world. From the end, there is a road transfer of 2.5hrs to the lodge.
Overnight: Lodge (B, L, D)

black dragon pools

Thursday 6th June 2013: Black Dragon Pools – approx 10kms trek
This morning you will transfer to Heilongtan and begin today’s trek in the lush environment of Black Dragon Pools National Park located next to the Great Wall. You will follow a meandering path up a narrow gully by the side of a stream to the top of a watershed. The views here are spectacular today is an excellent opportunity to see a little more of the area’s diverse topography and plant life and escape the heat of the wall. From the watershed, you will descend steeply to what was the most famous waterfall in Beijing county. Passing the Heavenly Gateway, a huge natural arch appears high in the cliffs above you, the remains of what was once a waterfall which has now dried out due to climate change.
Overnight: Lodge (B, L, D)

Friday 7th June 2013: Gubeikou Gateway – 12kms

The day starts with a drive (approx 1.5 hrs) to a village where your trek begins. There used to be three passageways between Northeast China, the Mongolian Highlands, Beijing and the central plains. These were Shanhai Pass, Juyong Pass and Gubeikou Gateway, the latter lying between the two passes and being located in today’s Miyun County, northeast of the city of Beijing. Gubeikou was the site of incessant warfare and was heavily guarded by the armies of various dynasties from 7th-13th century. In particular, the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644AD) added many defence installations and increased the strength of the garrison. Nowadays, the main castle no longer exists and much of the Wall has collapsed. Only the Jinshanling section and Simatai section 6km to the east (currently closed to the public) remain in fairly good shape. The great variety of defence structures here are good examples for studying the architecture of the Great Wall.
Overnight: Lodge (B, L, D)

Saturday 8th June 2013: Jinshanling to Simatai – 11kms
After an early breakfast, you will start today’s trek straight from the lodge. The walk from Jinshanling towards Simatai is a spectacular one that is partly on original unreconstructed Wall and partly on renovated sections, with many steep, crumbling staircases and ruined watchtowers along the way. There are amazing panoramic views with mountains stretching all around you with the wall snaking its way along the tops of them as far as the eye can see. This is especially so on a clear day when you look out over the best part of eighty miles of mountains, with Mongolia on one side and China on the other. There are relatively few visitors here and so the sense of solitude and peace is wonderful. It does not take much for your imagination to take you back several centuries to when the wall was the frontline defence of Imperial China. Those who want to extend the walk have the opportunity to trek a few towers further east for about 1hr, and others can have coffee by the reservoir enjoying the scenery of the Wall. Today’s trek will involve climbing and descending many steps! You will transfer approx. 1hr to the next lodge located near Mutianyu.
Overnight: Lodge (B, L, D)

Sunday 9th June: Mutianyu Section – 6kms ; return to Beijing
The reconstructed section of the Mutianyu Great Wall is where visiting heads of state are usually brought. Today will commence with a steep but paved walk up through lush woodland to join the Wall. From here the trek will follow this spectacular section where the original battlements and drainage systems have been carefully restored. The highlight of the day is the steep ascent up the Heavenly Stairway to a high viewing platform; this is perhaps the hardest ascent you will complete all week. On a clear day the Wall is visible on the mountains all around, a fitting end to your trekking challenge. After lunch, drive to the hotel in downtown Beijing, and enjoy a final night celebration.
Overnight: Hotel, Beijing (B, L, D)

Monday 10th June 2013: Departure
Free time in Beijing until your flight home. Perhaps we will make a walk in Jingshan Park previously known as ‘coal hill’ behind the Forbidden City. Coal Hill used to be the highest point in the Imperial City of Beijing, from where you can get great views of the Forbidden City.

• Please note that if requiring pickup and/or drop-off at any location other than the Beijing airport or hotel, you must advise tour operator (contact information will be provided in your confirmation voucher)
• Due to uneven surfaces, this tour is not recommended for those with walking disabilities, using a wheelchair or for children who need strollers
• Your hike has a physical difficulty of moderate to strenuous, depending on physical fitness
• For two or more passengers: if there is an even number of people in your party, please choose the Double Occupancy tour option and you will be placed in double rooms, up to two people per room. If there is an odd number of people in your party, book Double Occupancy if you’d like three people to be placed together in a double room (contains two twin/single beds with an additional bed for a maximum of three adults); book Single Occupancy for the entire party if one person would like to have a double room to his/herself and the rest be placed in double rooms, with two people per room. Please let us know if you require single occupancy and will provide you with pricing.
• Diet; If you have any dietary requirements please let us know, so we can meet you needs

Equipment List:
• Comfortable casual clothing and trail/hiking shoes
• Weatherproof shell jacket
• Sunglasses/sunscreen
• Snacks
• Camera
• Sleeping bag
• Backpack to carry everything!
• Water bottles or bladder with room to carry 4 ltr

, will send you a PDF form for registration to be filled out and returned once you have expressed your interest in the trek.
, will need a copy of your medical history to keep on file during the trek so we can support the trekkers as needed during their time trekking. Once you have expressed an interest in IBD Adventures, will forward you a PDF copy of our medical form to be filled out and returned.

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