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Trek the Great Wall of China with the Stroke Foundation, raising funds for stroke prevention and after-stroke support. Join us in empowering communities and saving lives, step by step.

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24 May - 1 June 2025

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$2,999 $2,849

Trip Cost

Early Bird offer: sign up before 31 July 2024 and save!
Paid upfront or in instalments

3/5

3/5

Challenge Grade

Give Back to the Community

$3,000

Fundraising Target

Early bird offer ends 31st July 2024. Join us before this date to save $150!

The Difference You'll Make

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When you join us on the Stroke Foundation Great Wall of China Trek 2025, you’re supporting our mission to prevent stroke, save lives and enhance recovery for survivors of stroke.

In the next 19 minutes, someone, somewhere in Australia is going to have a stroke for the first time. Stroke is one of Australia's biggest killers and doesn't discriminate; it affects anyone, anytime, even unborn babies. It claims more lives than breast cancer in women and prostate cancer in men. And incredibly, around 600 Australian children experience stroke each year.

By fundraising for the Stroke Foundation Great Wall of China Trek you'll be helping to sustain vital programs and resources that Stroke Foundation provides, such as:

 

Preventing Stroke

  • StrokeSafe Talks
  • Australia's Biggest Blood Pressure Check
  • Information Resources

Saving Lives

  • F.A.S.T. (Face, Arms, Speech, Time) Signs of Stroke Awareness
  • Living Guidelines for Stroke Management
  • InformMe Website for Health Professionals

Enhancing Recovery

  • StrokeLine
  • My Stroke Journey
  • EnableMe Website for Survivors of Stroke
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How it works

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FLEXIBLE BOOKINGS

Pay upfront or in flexible instalments.
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Make a difference

Commit to raising the minimum fundraising target and help prevent stroke, save lives and enhance recovery for survivors of stroke.

You’ll be supported by our team of fundraising experts to reach and exceed your fundraising goals.

Teamwork

Be part of a team

Join like-minded travellers, all united in their adventurous spirit and commitment to the work of Stroke Foundation.

Make lifelong friends during a shared challenge experience.

Trip notes

Day 1, Saturday, May 24th 2025: Arrive Beijing

Day 1, Saturday, May 24th 2025: Arrive Beijing

On your descent into Beijing Capital International Airport or Daxing international airport, you are treated to a birds-eye view of this ever-expanding city. Upon arrival, please make your own way to the hotel. Today is free for your leisure to relax after your long-haul flight or to explore this bustling city. We will gather in the evening at 7pm in the hotel lobby for our welcome briefing. 

Accommodation: 3-star hotel

Meals: Nil

Day 2, Sunday, May 25th 2025: Beijing – Tai Chi Class, Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City and Hutong Tour

Day 2, Sunday, May 25th 2025: Beijing – Tai Chi Class, Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City and Hutong Tour

After breakfast, we transfer to the western square of Ming ancient city wall relics for some morning Tai Chi - the perfect immersion into traditional Chinese culture. Then, we set off to visit Tiananmen Square, which is the cultural and political center of China and continue on to the Forbidden City. This is a great complex that served as the Chinese Imperial Palace for 600 years during the Ming and Qing Dynasties. After lunch, we will trek up to Jingshan hill which offers a bird’s eye view of the yellow roofed Forbidden City. 

The Hutong Tour will be our last activity for the day, where we learn about the daily life of the common people followed by our first group dinner together. 

Accommodation: 3-star hotel

Meals: B L D

Day 3, Monday, May 26th 2025: Great Wall – Taipingzhai to Huangyaguan, with Dule Temple

Day 3, Monday, May 26th 2025: Great Wall – Taipingzhai to Huangyaguan, with Dule Temple

Today skyscrapers make way for fields and farmlands, as we bid farewell to Beijing and head to the Great Wall at Taipingzhai Gate. En route, we stop at The Dule Temple (Temple of Solitary Joy), which is a Buddhist temple located in Jizhou District of suburban Tianjin. The temple is of historical and architectural significance. Its oldest surviving buildings are two timber-frame structures - the front gate and the central hall (pavilion) that houses a colossal clay statue of the Eleven-Headed manifestation of the Bodhisattva Guanyin (Avalokiteśvara). Both structures date back to the Liao dynasty (984 AD) and are among the oldest surviving wooden buildings in China. 

After an early lunch, it’s time to begin our trek! From Taipingzhai Gate, we follow the winding back of the Great Wall to Huangyaguan, one of the most strategically important sections of the wall, as Huangyaguan is almost entirely unrestored. We will trek slowly, paying close attention to every step, especially when we reach Eight Diagram Street, a maze-like structure originally designed to confuse and eventually capture invading armies. This evening, we enjoy dinner together and an early night after our first day on the wall.

Accommodation: 3-star hotel 

Transfer time: 2.5 hours

Trekking distance: 2.5km

Meals: B L D

Day 4, Tuesday, May 27th 2025: Great Wall – Gubeikou Panlongshan Great Wall

Day 4, Tuesday, May 27th 2025: Great Wall – Gubeikou Panlongshan Great Wall

This morning we wake to the Great Wall towering high above us. After breakfast, we transfer to our starting point at Gubeikou, the most invasion-prone section of the wall during the Ming Dynasty. Originally built in 1378, Gubeikou was designed to assist in repelling the Mongols from the north. We begin our trek amidst the Woho (Crouching Tiger) and Panlong (Hidden Dragon) mountains and pass numerous watchtowers and garrisons, before making a diversion through dense forest to bypass a military area. When we reach Gubeikou, we begin hiking from the village next to the main road, then continue on the trail up to the Great Wall. We walk along the wall towards Jinshanling, following some steps down to a village where we will rest for the night. 

Accommodation: Homestay

Transfer time: 2 hours

Trekking distance: 6-9kms

Meals: B L D

Day 5, Wednesday, May 28th 2025: Great Wall – Jinshanling Great Wall (24-eye-tower to Jinshanling Zhuanduokou)

Day 5, Wednesday, May 28th 2025: Great Wall – Jinshanling Great Wall (24-eye-tower to Jinshanling Zhuanduokou)

Today we head up a trail to the Great Wall and follow one of the best-preserved sections of the Wall along a high mountain ridge. As we trek, we are treated to spectacular views of villages below and mighty mountains in the distance, while admiring the several watchtowers that dot the undulating path. We climb a steep section of the wall known as the Sky Ladder, being rewarded with incredible views. Once we reach the eastern end of Jinshanling, we leave the wall and descend the mountainside to meet our private vehicle transfer to go back to Gubeikou Village. 

Accommodation: Homestay

Transfer time: 0.5 hours

Trekking distance: 7-10km

Meals: B L D

Day 6, Thursday, May 29th 2025: Great Wall - Jinshanling Great Wall East 

Day 6, Thursday, May 29th 2025: Great Wall - Jinshanling Great Wall East 

Today we will be trekking the eastern part of Jinshanling Great Wall where we begin at the east gate of Jinshanling and trek up stairs to reach the Great Wall. The scenery will change as we ascend and we will see why it is considered one of the most beautiful sections of the Wall. We’ll then leave the wall and head to Shalingkou where we will have lunch at a local restaurant and continue on to the Huairou District in beijing where we will get ready to the Mutianyu Great Wall hike tomorrow. 

Accommodation: 4-star hotel

Trekking distance: 6-7km

Transfer time: 2 hours

Meals: B L D

Day 7, Friday, May 30th 2025: Great Wall – Xizhazi Village to Beigou Village

Day 7, Friday, May 30th 2025: Great Wall – Xizhazi Village to Beigou Village

This morning, we transfer about an hour to Xizhazi Village, well known for its surrounding of the Great Wall. Our first hour of hiking is uphill to Zhengbeilou, which is one of the highest watchtowers in the section, where we can enjoy the stunning view of the Great Wall. Then, we head east to Horn Tower, followed by lunch at a scenic point along the way. Once we reach the end of the Mutianyu Great Wall, we will take a sideway downhill trail to Beigou village to avoid the mass of tourists. This section is mainly rocky and steep, so we must be cautious and take care. We will arrive in Beigou village in the afternoon, where we hop on our bus and drive back to Beijing.

Accommodation: 3-star hotel 

Transfer time: 3 hours

Trekking distance: 8-10kms

Meals: B L

Day 8, Saturday, May 31st 2025: Beijing - Temple of Heaven and Summer Palace

Day 8, Saturday, May 31st 2025: Beijing - Temple of Heaven and Summer Palace

This morning will begin with a drive to the Summer Palace, which was first built in 1750 and largely destroyed in the war of 1860 and restored a short time later. The natural landscape of hills and open water is combined with artificial features such as pavilions, halls, palaces, temples and bridges to form a harmonious ensemble of outstanding aesthetic value. 

After a light lunch, we’ll head off to discover the Temple of Heaven, where emperors conducted prayer ceremonies to the heavens for good harvests. When we’re done exploring here, we’ll visit Hongqiao Market for some final shopping and to enjoy some free time before our final team dinner together where we’ll celebrate our achievements. 

Accommodation: 3-star hotel

Meals: B D

Day 9, Sunday, June 1st 2025: Depart Beijing 

Day 9, Sunday, June 1st 2025: Depart Beijing 

This morning we bid farewell to our team and guides after an adventurous week together! You are free to further explore Beijing or relax until your flight back home. Please make your own way to the airport, as transfers are not included. 

Meals: B

Includes: Transfers as per itinerary • Accommodation in 3-star hotels and homestays based on twin share • Meals as per itinerary • Water on trekking days • Local English-speaking guide • Entrance fees as per itinerary

Package Exclusions: Airfares • Airport Transfers • Travel insurance (compulsory) • Visas • Soft drinks and alcoholic beverages • Personal expenses • Tips and gratuities

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Why you'll love this adventure

  • Conquer the heart-pounding Sky Ladder section of the Jinshanling Great Wall.
  • Take a Tai Chi class amidst ancient city relics, and learn about the rich cultural heritage.
  • Live like a local with a memorable homestay experience near the Great Wall area.
  • Raise funds to help sustain vital programs and resources Stroke Foundation provides.

Frequently asked questions

Can't find the answer to your question? Get in touch via email (info@inspiredadventure.com.au) or phone (1300 905 188). We’re always here to help!

About the adventure

How challenging is this adventure?

This adventure is ranked 3/5. While no extensive trekking experience is required prior to registering, our adventures are specifically designed for people who are relatively fit and willing to train. The Great Wall of China trek is a physical challenge, and the fitter you are, the more you will enjoy the experience. You will need to navigate a variety of terrain, including some steep ascents and descents - and of course thousands of steps! There will be times when you might have to use your hands to scramble over uneven terrain, and maybe even your backside to slide down.
You will be well supported on the adventure, with the guides and your team all cheering you on. You are free to move at your own pace and we will take frequent breaks.

Can I join an Inspired Adventure on my own?

Of course, most people do! Throughout your adventure journey, we will connect you with your fellow adventurers so you can get to know each other before you hit the road.

Who will I be travelling with? 

We believe small group travel is better for the planet, and better for you. Our adventures average between 10 - 20 participants, connected by their commitment to the greater good.

What is the general age range of participants?

The minimum age for this adventure is 18, however younger ages are considered on application. We have had participants aged 16–80+ take part in our challenges, all united by their sense of philanthropy and adventure.

Fitness and training

How do I train for this adventure? 

It is essential that you prepare for this challenge. We will provide you with a training guide when you register, but we recommend that you consult your GP and a personal trainer to develop a personalised training plan that will prepare you for the challenge. 

You should aim to make walking up and down hills the main part of your training. Take regular and increasingly long walks to develop your muscles. You should be able to walk with a small pack for up to 8 hours a day for a number of consecutive days, and you will be walking for up to 15 hours on summit day.

Accommodation

What is the accommodation like?

Accommodation on this adventure is twin-share in 3-star hotels and homestays.

In Beijing, hotels will be similar to Western standard—clean and centrally located. While on the Great Wall, especially the more remote sections, accommodation is basic but clean and will usually have Western-style toilets. It is rural China so keep an open mind, don’t expect perfection, and remember to have a laugh. 

Will I be sharing accommodation?

Accommodation on this adventure is based on twin-share. You will be paired with a teammate of the same gender and, whenever possible, age group. Single rooms are available at an additional cost and subject to availability.

I’m travelling with a friend, can we stay together?

If you’re travelling with a friend, please make note of this and where possible, we will pair you together.

What to expect

I have dietary requirements, will I be catered for?

Of course, we will happily arrange for any dietary requirements you’ve noted during booking to be catered for. Please advise your local guide on Day 1 as well. You will be fed very well while you’re on the adventure, but if you have a very specific dietary requirement or severe allergies, often it’s best to pack some extra things as back-up.

Who is Inspired Adventures?

Stroke Foundation has partnered with Inspired Adventures to bring you this adventure of a lifetime. Over the last 19 years, Inspired Adventures has taken over 8,000 people, just like you, on adventures all around the world, raising over $48 million for important causes. When you choose to travel with Inspired Adventures and Stroke Foundation, you can be confident you’re in the best hands.

Fundraising

How do I fundraise?

Never fundraised before? Not sure where to start? No worries, we don’t expect you to do it alone. You will have regular support from the Inspired Adventures fundraising team, who will help you make a fundraising plan to meet your target. Alongside personalised coaching, we will also send you lots of ideas and resources on how to fundraise. From online fundraising to trivia nights, to bake sales and out-of-the-box ideas, we have years and years of tried and tested tips to make your fundraising a success.

What happens if I don’t meet my fundraising target? 

It’s normal to worry you won’t meet your fundraising target, but we know you can do it. In fact, with the support of Inspired Adventures, almost everyone goes on to raise far more than they imagined. 

By registering for the adventure, you agree to raise the minimum fundraising amount specified. Like you, we are looking to make a significant impact for our charity partners, so the goal is for each person to have met their fundraising target before departure. If you fail to raise the minimum fundraising target by this time, we will review the situation on a case-by-case basis.

I’m travelling with a friend, can we fundraise together? 

Absolutely! Fundraising with a friend is a great idea. Just remember the fundraising target is per person, so you will each need to meet the minimum fundraising goal to participate. We know you can do it.

Will the funds raised go directly to Stroke Foundation? 

Yes, all of your fundraising will go directly to Stroke Foundation. Only the travel costs are payable to Inspired.

Are my donations tax-deductible?

The funds raised for Stroke Foundation are tax-deductible (conditions apply).

Payments, cancellations and refunds

How much does it cost to participate in this adventure? 

The total cost to participate in this adventure is $2,999 (inclusive of a $950 non-refundable deposit).

In addition, you are also committing to raising $3,000 (per person) for Stroke Foundation.

What happens if I need to cancel?

If you find yourself unable to attend, please notify us as soon as possible.

  • Cancellation within 5 days of registration will receive a full refund.
  • Cancellations more than 90 days prior to departure will receive a full refund minus the $950 deposit.
  • Cancellations within 90 days of departure will receive no refund. Where applicable, we can provide assistance in making a travel insurance claim.

Travel insurance and visas

Do I need to have insurance?

Travel insurance is required for international travel to cover cancellation, hospital, emergency evacuation and lost luggage. We recommend purchasing your policy as soon as possible. It is up to you to ensure you have fully comprehensive travel insurance and you will need to share these details with our team before departure. For more information, please visit www.inspiredadventures.com.au/travel-insurance-information.

What happens if there is a medical emergency?

Providing the safest possible environment is our highest priority and we have an outstanding safety record. All Inspired Adventures guides are first aid trained. Our guides carry satellite phones to be used if further assistance is required.

Do I need a visa to travel to China?

Yes, it is a requirement that Australian and New Zealand passport holders have a valid visa to enter China. For the most current requirements, refer to the Smartraveller website.

 

All information is subject to change and will be confirmed upon your registration.

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