Great Wall of China Trek


Ready for a once-in-a-lifetime challenge you’ll remember forever?

Trek the Great Wall of China for St Luke’s Hospice Plymouth and you’ll not only experience an iconic bucket list destination, you’ll help us support families so they can make precious memories together when time is running short.

Hailed as one of the Seven ‘New’ Wonders of the World, the Great Wall of China stretches over 5,500 miles, making it the world’s longest man-made structure. Its fascinating history spans more than 2,000 years.

As you trek our route from Gubeikou to Simatai, you’ll take in some of the most breath-taking views of the Wall and the surrounding rolling hills, and – with so few other people around – you’ll feel as if you are stepping back in time.

Our trek will take you through remote villages and towns, meeting local people along the way, before finishing your adventure with a visit to the famous Tiananmen Square and Forbidden City.

This is an opportunity for a mesmerising, unforgettable adventure, hiking along one of the most famous structures in the world and experiencing China’s vast variations of landscape, culture, wildlife and architectural heritage – not to mention cuisine!

Do something different and make a difference. Your sponsorship ensures compassionate care in your community, uplifting patients and their loved ones at the most vulnerable of times.

The trek is rated moderate to challenging. There are many steep uphill and downhill sections to contend with and you must be prepared to carry a daypack weighing 6-7kg. Although the distances trekked may appear short, due to the hilly terrain it can take 6-7 hours to trek just 5km, as ascent and descent profile each day ranges from 515m-866m.

The trek is accompanied by local English-speaking guides who have an excellent knowledge of trekking in the region. The guides are first aid trained and will support you throughout your journey. You will also be supported be an excellent team of assistant staff, cooks and drivers and a Different Travel Company UK tour manager.

The trek day will start with a breakfast of hot drinks, noodles, rice, eggs, Chinese dumplings and fruit. You will prepare your own packed lunch each day which will consist of sandwiches with jam or peanut butter, fresh fruit, Oreos (or similar), dried fruit and nuts etc. You should bring your own snacks to eat throughout the day. A freshly cooked traditional Chinese evening meal will be served at the guesthouse comprising rice, noodles, meat, tofu and vegetable dishes.

During your nights in Beijing you will stay in hotels, and each night during the trek you will stay in local guesthouses.

A £375 registration fee is payable at the time of booking and then, with the support of the fundraising team, you are asked to fundraise £2,990 for St Luke’s Hospice Plymouth by 13 August 2021.

This includes flights, all transport in China, accommodation, meals, guides and support crew, trek permits and your UK Different Travel tour manager.

The power of your support

St Luke’s provide care across communities in Plymouth, South West Devon and East Cornwall. Without your donations, sponsorship and fundraising efforts, the day to day tasks of our clinical team would not be possible in your community, supporting your friends, family, neighbours and work colleagues.

Choosing to walk the Great Wall of China Trek with St Luke’s is your chance to make a real difference to people’s lives. Not only is it a once in a lifetime trip experiencing communities across the globe but it also gives something back to the community you are a part of. Come along to our presentation evening on Tuesday 11 February 2020 to find out more about the power of your support.

Find out more at our Information Evening on Tuesday 11 February at the Plymouth Life Centre beginning at 7.00pm. Contact us to secure your place at the evening via the button below or by messaging us on social media.