Great Wall of China

China

Experience one of the Seven Wonders of the World by foot on this five-day trek on the mighty Great Wall of China.

Trip duration:
9 days

Challenge duration:
5 days

Challenge grade:
3/5

Departure months:
March-May, September-October

Accommodation:
Twin-share in 3-star hotels and local homestays

Hiking the Great Wall of China

Winding its way across the north of China, from the Yellow Sea to the Gobi Desert, the Great Wall of China stands as one of mankind's most impressive architectural accomplishments.

On this adventure, you’ll travel through history to the very heart of China’s ancient culture. Over five days, you’ll trek some of the most spectacular sections of this world wonder, some parts reclaimed by the forest, others restored to their original magnificence.

You will explore rural Chinese villages in the shadow of otherworldly mountains. You will discover the contrasts of ancient and modern Beijing, including Tiananmen Square and the grand imperial architecture of the Forbidden City. 

With the support of expert guides and the camaraderie of like-minded teammates, you’ll tackle the Great Wall and get a taste of China’s culture all while helping a cause you’re passionate about.

Tower along the Great Wall of China, with a view of the Great Wall snaking into the distance through the hills

Why you'll love this adventure

  • Trek for 5 days along the Great Wall and explore rural Chinese villages in the shadow of otherworldly mountains
  • Discover the contrasts of ancient and modern Beijing, including Tiananmen Square and the grand imperial architecture of the Forbidden City
  • Lose yourself in a maze of overgrown trees as you navigate some of the most remote parts of the Great Wall
  • Make friendships and memories to last a lifetime while making a difference to a cause you are passionate about

 

Trip notes

Day 1: Arrive in Beijing

On your descent into Beijing Capital 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 at leisure to relax after your long-haul flight or to explore this bustling city. The team will gather in the evening at the hotel lobby for your welcome briefing. 

Meals: Nil

Day 2: Beijing – Tai Chi Class, Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, Hutong Tour

After breakfast, we transfer to Jingshan Park for morning Tai Chi—the perfect immersion into traditional Chinese culture. This morning, we set off to discover Beijing’s ancient sites. We discover the Forbidden City, a great complex that served as the Chinese Imperial Palace for 600 years during the Ming and Qing Dynasties. After lunch together, we explore Tiananmen Square and take a Hutong Tour (optional: by rickshaw) in the afternoon. Tonight, we will get together for our first group dinner.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Great Wall – Taipingzhai to Huangyaguan

Today, skyscrapers make way for fields and farmlands, as we bid farewell to Beijing and head to the Great Wall at Taipingzhai Gate. Enroute, we stop at the Eastern Qing Tombs, an imperial mausoleum complex. The tombs in the complex are the largest, most complete and best preserved in China. The final resting place for multiple Qing emperors, empresses and concubines, the complex itself is testament to China’s renowned attention to detail and symbolism. 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, 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.

Trekking Time: 3-4 hours

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Great Wall – Gubeikou 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 get to Gubeikou, we will start hiking right from the village next to the main road, then we hike on the trail up to the Great Wall. Then, we walk along the wall in an easterly direction towards Jinshanling. The construction of the Great Wall is getting better and better. After 4-5 hours on the wall, we walk to a peaceful nearby village, our home for the evening. 

Trekking Time: 4-5 hours

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Great Wall – Jinshanling Great Wall

Today we return to where we left the wall yesterday and follow one of the best-preserved sections along a high mountain ridge. As we trek, we are treated to spectacular views of villages below and mighty mountains in the distance and can admire the several watchtowers that dot the undulating path. We then climb a steep section of the wall known as Sky Ladder, once again appreciating the incredible views. When we reach the eastern end of Jinshanling, we leave the wall and descend the mountainside to meet our private vehicle transfer to Huairou.

Trekking Time: 6-7 hours

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Great Wall – Simatai Great Wall

Simatai Great Wall is about 120km away from Beijing and has been one of the most important sections ever since it was built in the Ming Dynasty about 600 years ago.  It has 35 watch towers with a length of 5.4km, east to Jinshanling Great Wall across the valley. Simatai Great Wall has been well known for its breathtaking steep steps. Nowadays, we need to walk through the Gubei water town to get to Simatai Great Wall. There is also the option to enjoy some leisure time in Gubei ancient water town before we board the bus and drive to our hotel in Huairou county. Here, we will enjoy a good night’s rest in preparation for our final day of trekking tomorrow.

Trekking Time: 4-5 hours

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Great Wall – Mutianyu Great Wall

This morning, we head up to Mutianyu Great Wall, taking over 1000 steps up to the Great Wall of Mutianyu, then head west to the higher watchtowers at the western end. Mutianyu Great Wall is one of the most beautiful sections of the Great Wall, showing a different charm in each season.

With this section complete, we hike back to the trailhead and head downhill to the cable car station and take a relaxed ride over the valleys and forest surrounding the Great Wall to our waiting vehicles. The challenge is complete! We return to Beijing and enjoy the evening at leisure, revelling in our accomplishment.

Trekking Time: 5-6 hours

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 8: Beijing – Temple of Heaven, Summer Palace

This morning, we discover more of Beijing’s highlights, starting with the Temple of Heaven, where emperors of old conducted prayer ceremonies to the heavens for good harvests. Here we experience a traditional Chinese Tea Ceremony. Shortly after, we’ll visit the Summer Palace, an enchanting, imperial garden from the Qing dynasty. In the late afternoon, we go to Hongqiao Market for some final shopping and to enjoy some free time. Tonight, we gather to feast on Peking duck and celebrate our amazing Great Wall adventure. 

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 9: Depart Beijing

This morning you are free to further explore Beijing or relax until your flight back home. 

Meals: Breakfast

Day 1: Arrive in Beijing

On your descent into Beijing Capital 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 at leisure to relax after your long-haul flight or to explore this bustling city. The team will gather in the evening at the hotel lobby for your welcome briefing. 

Meals: Nil

Day 2: Beijing – Tai Chi Class, Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, Hutong Tour

After breakfast, we transfer to Jingshan Park for morning Tai Chi—the perfect immersion into traditional Chinese culture. This morning, we set off to discover Beijing’s ancient sites. We discover the Forbidden City, a great complex that served as the Chinese Imperial Palace for 600 years during the Ming and Qing Dynasties. After lunch together, we explore Tiananmen Square and take a Hutong Tour (optional: by rickshaw) in the afternoon. Tonight, we will get together for our first group dinner.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Great Wall – Taipingzhai to Huangyaguan

Today, skyscrapers make way for fields and farmlands, as we bid farewell to Beijing and head to the Great Wall at Taipingzhai Gate. Enroute, we stop at the Eastern Qing Tombs, an imperial mausoleum complex. The tombs in the complex are the largest, most complete and best preserved in China. The final resting place for multiple Qing emperors, empresses and concubines, the complex itself is testament to China’s renowned attention to detail and symbolism. 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, 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.

Trekking Time: 3-4 hours

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Great Wall – Gubeikou 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 get to Gubeikou, we will start hiking right from the village next to the main road, then we hike on the trail up to the Great Wall. Then, we walk along the wall in an easterly direction towards Jinshanling. The construction of the Great Wall is getting better and better. After 4-5 hours on the wall, we walk to a peaceful nearby village, our home for the evening. 

Trekking Time: 4-5 hours

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Great Wall – Jinshanling Great Wall

Today we return to where we left the wall yesterday and follow one of the best-preserved sections along a high mountain ridge. As we trek, we are treated to spectacular views of villages below and mighty mountains in the distance and can admire the several watchtowers that dot the undulating path. We then climb a steep section of the wall known as Sky Ladder, once again appreciating the incredible views. When we reach the eastern end of Jinshanling, we leave the wall and descend the mountainside to meet our private vehicle transfer to Huairou.

Trekking Time: 6-7 hours

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Great Wall – Simatai Great Wall

Simatai Great Wall is about 120km away from Beijing and has been one of the most important sections ever since it was built in the Ming Dynasty about 600 years ago.  It has 35 watch towers with a length of 5.4km, east to Jinshanling Great Wall across the valley. Simatai Great Wall has been well known for its breathtaking steep steps. Nowadays, we need to walk through the Gubei water town to get to Simatai Great Wall. There is also the option to enjoy some leisure time in Gubei ancient water town before we board the bus and drive to our hotel in Huairou county. Here, we will enjoy a good night’s rest in preparation for our final day of trekking tomorrow.

Trekking Time: 4-5 hours

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Great Wall – Mutianyu Great Wall

This morning, we head up to Mutianyu Great Wall, taking over 1000 steps up to the Great Wall of Mutianyu, then head west to the higher watchtowers at the western end. Mutianyu Great Wall is one of the most beautiful sections of the Great Wall, showing a different charm in each season.

With this section complete, we hike back to the trailhead and head downhill to the cable car station and take a relaxed ride over the valleys and forest surrounding the Great Wall to our waiting vehicles. The challenge is complete! We return to Beijing and enjoy the evening at leisure, revelling in our accomplishment.

Trekking Time: 5-6 hours

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 8: Beijing – Temple of Heaven, Summer Palace

This morning, we discover more of Beijing’s highlights, starting with the Temple of Heaven, where emperors of old conducted prayer ceremonies to the heavens for good harvests. Here we experience a traditional Chinese Tea Ceremony. Shortly after, we’ll visit the Summer Palace, an enchanting, imperial garden from the Qing dynasty. In the late afternoon, we go to Hongqiao Market for some final shopping and to enjoy some free time. Tonight, we gather to feast on Peking duck and celebrate our amazing Great Wall adventure. 

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 9: Depart Beijing

This morning you are free to further explore Beijing or relax until your flight back home. 

Meals: Breakfast

Frequently asked questions

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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 by the expert guides and the wider team. You can move at your own pace and we take frequent rest breaks. Transport is available in some sections if you feel you are unable to complete the day. You will need to carry a day pack with personal items such as water, snacks, medications and spare clothing. The rest of your luggage will be transported by vehicle each day.

Who will I be travelling with? 

Our average group size at Inspired Adventures ranges from 10 to 20 people. You can be sure that you have all come together with the shared purpose of making a difference to others and having the adventure of a lifetime.

The group will be led by a local tour guide with expert knowledge of the region. Many groups will also be accompanied by an Inspired Adventures team leader or doctor to support and motivate the team. 

Where applicable, a charity representative may also join the team. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about your chosen charity and their work. 

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.

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 16–84 take part in our challenges, all united by their sense of philanthropy and adventure.

Fitness and training

How do I train for this adventure? 

We will provide you with basic information on how to prepare for your adventure when you register. 

We recommend that you consult your GP and a personal trainer to develop a training plan that will prepare you for the challenge.

You may wish to make use of your weekends to complete a full day hike and if possible, a two-day hike. You should aim to be able to walk in hilly country for 6-8 hours and get up to do it again the following day comfortably. You should practice walking with your walking boots and day pack. 

It is sensible to start training as early as possible before you go on your trek. Conventional exercise routines which build strength, fitness and stamina, such as aerobics and light weight training can be beneficial, particularly if your fitness level is less than ideal.

Accommodation

What is the accommodation like? 

Accommodation on this adventure is twin-share in 2–3 star hotels and basic guesthouses. 

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?

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

What to expect

What are the toilets like? 

Your accommodation will usually have Western toilets.

While trekking, toilets are generally squat-style with no toilet paper. We recommend that you carry toilet paper and hand sanitiser in your daypack. Use a brown paper bag or plastic zip lock bag and dispose of your rubbish later.

Are showers available? 

Yes, showers are available in each hotel.


What is the food like? 

Breakfasts will typically be buffet-style and will include both Western and Chinese dishes. Lunches will either be packed to take on the day’s hike or eaten at a local restaurant. Dinners are plentiful, with a variety of Chinese dishes served family-style. Your guide will be sure to order a variety of dishes to suit all dietary requirements.

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 and Team Leader on Day 1 as well. You’re welcome to bring additional snacks such as protein balls, lollies, gluten free or vegan treats with you. 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.

Will there be any free time on this adventure?

Yes, you’ll have free time in the evenings after trekking, and free time between activities while in Beijing.

Is there mobile phone reception? 

If you have worldwide coverage, you can bring your own mobile phone and use it to make domestic or international calls. Please check with your mobile service provider prior to departure regarding international roaming and associated costs. Alternatively, you may wish to purchase a local SIM card with data. Please ensure your phone is unlocked prior to departure. Your local guide can assist with setting up a local SIM card.

Significant social media and internet restrictions exist in China. It is unlikely you will be able to connect to Facebook, Twitter, Google accounts and some other email accounts. You may wish to use the Chinese online messaging system ‘WeChat’ to stay in touch with family and friends. Wi-Fi is typically available at hotels, but can be patchy and unreliable as is coverage generally while on the Great Wall.

Will I have access to electricity?

China uses 220V/50Hz and outlet types I (same as in Australia and New Zealand), A and C. We recommend that you bring a universal adapter. Some travellers find a portable power pack useful to charge their phone while out during the day.

What do I need to pack? 

You will be sent a comprehensive packing list after you register for the adventure with everything you need to consider.

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 and Team Leaders are first aid trained. Our guides carry phones to be used if further assistance is required.

How will you manage the risk of COVID-19?

See the COVID-19 section of our website for full details.

Costs and payments

What’s included in the travel cost?

Package inclusions vary from trip to trip so please refer to the specific trip notes for details. 

Generally, the travel cost includes: 

  • Transfers as per itinerary
  • Accommodation based on twin-share in 3-star hotels and local homestays
  • Local English-speaking guide(s)
  • Meals as per itinerary
  • Water and snacks on trekking days
  • Entrance fees as per itinerary

What’s not included in the travel cost?

Package exclusions vary from trip to trip so please refer to the specific trip notes. 

Generally, the travel cost does not include: 

  • Airfares
  • Airport transfers
  • Travel insurance (compulsory)
  • Visa, if applicable
  • Soft drinks and alcoholic beverages
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips and gratuities

Are the travel costs subject to change? 

We will do our best to keep the travel costs as quoted. However, please bear in mind they can change due to group size, currency fluctuations or factors out of our control. If absolutely necessary, Inspired Travel may have to add on an additional supplement fee should the current social distancing measures continue. This fee would be required if our operator needs to add on additional vehicles, equipment and/or staff.

Why do I need to pay a registration fee? 

Upon registration, you will be required to pay a registration fee to secure your spot on the team. From the minute you register until you return from your adventure, the team at Inspired Adventures will provide you with everything you need - including a bespoke fundraising plan, fitness advice and support with travel preparations. You will receive access to your online adventure portal complete with your own online fundraising page and lots of resources to help you along the way. Your registration fee goes towards our cost of managing the adventure and supporting you on your journey.

How much spending money do I need?

We recommend that you allow ¥200 (approx. AUD$40) per day to cover any meals not included in the trip costs, souvenirs, gifts, drinks and any additional activities you may wish to participate in. It is possible to travel well on a smaller budget and here will be the opportunity to withdraw more money while in Beijing f you need.

Is it customary to tip? 

Tipping your local guide is customary, but not compulsory, and you are encouraged to tip only an amount you find appropriate. The recommended tipping amount for this adventure is ¥420 (approx. AUD$90) to be given in the local currency. Tipping in restaurants and taxis is not customary. 

Travel insurance and visas

Do I need to have insurance?

Travel insurance is compulsory for international adventures 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.

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.

About China

What currency is used?

The official currency of China is the renminbi (RMB) and prices are usually given in yuan (¥), a denomination of renminbi.

We recommend that you carry local currency in small denominations, some Australian dollars, an ATM card and a credit card.

ATMs are widely available throughout China, with the exception of remote or rural communities. Transactions will usually incur a small fee. We advise that you check with your bank prior to departure regarding international withdrawals and associated costs. If an ATM requires a six digit pin when you are withdrawing funds, enter two zeros followed by your four digit pin.

We advise that you only exchange currency at major banks. Please ask your local guide for assistance, if required. 

When is the best time to travel to China?

China’s most comfortable trekking weather is March-May, and September-October.

Can I drink the water in China?

Drinking water straight from the tap is not safe and could cause severe illness. Purified drinking water in bottles is widely available, and is generally quite cheap. Check that the seal on the cap is not broken. On trekking days, you will be provided with purified water in the morning at the start of your trek. You may either carry it in bottles or pour into your water reservoir (eg. Camelbak or water bladder) if you’re carrying one. 

What is the weather like in China?

The best seasons for trekking the Great Wall are spring and autumn and the standard temperatures can range from 10-27°C. However, temperatures can be cooler in towns at elevation, dropping between 5-10°C. 

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 by the expert guides and the wider team. You can move at your own pace and we take frequent rest breaks. Transport is available in some sections if you feel you are unable to complete the day. You will need to carry a day pack with personal items such as water, snacks, medications and spare clothing. The rest of your luggage will be transported by vehicle each day.

Who will I be travelling with? 

Our average group size at Inspired Adventures ranges from 10 to 20 people. You can be sure that you have all come together with the shared purpose of making a difference to others and having the adventure of a lifetime.

The group will be led by a local tour guide with expert knowledge of the region. Many groups will also be accompanied by an Inspired Adventures team leader or doctor to support and motivate the team. 

Where applicable, a charity representative may also join the team. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about your chosen charity and their work. 

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.

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 16–84 take part in our challenges, all united by their sense of philanthropy and adventure.

Fitness and training

How do I train for this adventure? 

We will provide you with basic information on how to prepare for your adventure when you register. 

We recommend that you consult your GP and a personal trainer to develop a training plan that will prepare you for the challenge.

You may wish to make use of your weekends to complete a full day hike and if possible, a two-day hike. You should aim to be able to walk in hilly country for 6-8 hours and get up to do it again the following day comfortably. You should practice walking with your walking boots and day pack. 

It is sensible to start training as early as possible before you go on your trek. Conventional exercise routines which build strength, fitness and stamina, such as aerobics and light weight training can be beneficial, particularly if your fitness level is less than ideal.

Accommodation

What is the accommodation like? 

Accommodation on this adventure is twin-share in 2–3 star hotels and basic guesthouses. 

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?

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

What to expect

What are the toilets like? 

Your accommodation will usually have Western toilets.

While trekking, toilets are generally squat-style with no toilet paper. We recommend that you carry toilet paper and hand sanitiser in your daypack. Use a brown paper bag or plastic zip lock bag and dispose of your rubbish later.

Are showers available? 

Yes, showers are available in each hotel.

What is the food like? 

Breakfasts will typically be buffet-style and will include both Western and Chinese dishes. Lunches will either be packed to take on the day’s hike or eaten at a local restaurant. Dinners are plentiful, with a variety of Chinese dishes served family-style. Your guide will be sure to order a variety of dishes to suit all dietary requirements.

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 and Team Leader on Day 1 as well. You’re welcome to bring additional snacks such as protein balls, lollies, gluten free or vegan treats with you. 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.

Will there be any free time on this adventure?

Yes, you’ll have free time in the evenings after trekking, and free time between activities while in Beijing.

Is there mobile phone reception? 

If you have worldwide coverage, you can bring your own mobile phone and use it to make domestic or international calls. Please check with your mobile service provider prior to departure regarding international roaming and associated costs. Alternatively, you may wish to purchase a local SIM card with data. Please ensure your phone is unlocked prior to departure. Your local guide can assist with setting up a local SIM card.

Significant social media and internet restrictions exist in China. It is unlikely you will be able to connect to Facebook, Twitter, Google accounts and some other email accounts. You may wish to use the Chinese online messaging system ‘WeChat’ to stay in touch with family and friends. Wi-Fi is typically available at hotels, but can be patchy and unreliable as is coverage generally while on the Great Wall.

Will I have access to electricity?

China uses 220V/50Hz and outlet types I (same as in Australia and New Zealand), A and C. We recommend that you bring a universal adapter. Some travellers find a portable power pack useful to charge their phone while out during the day.

What do I need to pack? 

You will be sent a comprehensive packing list after you register for the adventure with everything you need to consider.

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 and Team Leaders are first aid trained. Our guides carry phones to be used if further assistance is required.

How will you manage the risk of COVID-19?

See the COVID-19 section of our website for full details.

Costs and payments

What’s included in the travel cost?

Package inclusions vary from trip to trip so please refer to the specific trip notes for details. 

Generally, the travel cost includes: 

  • Transfers as per itinerary
  • Accommodation based on twin-share in 3-star hotels and local homestays
  • Local English-speaking guide(s)
  • Meals as per itinerary
  • Water and snacks on trekking days
  • Entrance fees as per itinerary

What’s not included in the travel cost?

Package exclusions vary from trip to trip so please refer to the specific trip notes. 

Generally, the travel cost does not include: 

  • Airfares
  • Airport transfers
  • Travel insurance (compulsory)
  • Visa, if applicable
  • Soft drinks and alcoholic beverages
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips and gratuities

Are the travel costs subject to change? 

We will do our best to keep the travel costs as quoted. However, please bear in mind they can change due to group size, currency fluctuations or factors out of our control. If absolutely necessary, Inspired Travel may have to add on an additional supplement fee should the current social distancing measures continue. This fee would be required if our operator needs to add on additional vehicles, equipment and/or staff.

Why do I need to pay a registration fee? 

Upon registration, you will be required to pay a registration fee to secure your spot on the team. From the minute you register until you return from your adventure, the team at Inspired Adventures will provide you with everything you need - including a bespoke fundraising plan, fitness advice and support with travel preparations. You will receive access to your online adventure portal complete with your own online fundraising page and lots of resources to help you along the way. Your registration fee goes towards our cost of managing the adventure and supporting you on your journey.

How much spending money do I need?

We recommend that you allow ¥200 (approx. AUD$40) per day to cover any meals not included in the trip costs, souvenirs, gifts, drinks and any additional activities you may wish to participate in. It is possible to travel well on a smaller budget and here will be the opportunity to withdraw more money while in Beijing f you need.

Is it customary to tip? 

Tipping your local guide is customary, but not compulsory, and you are encouraged to tip only an amount you find appropriate. The recommended tipping amount for this adventure is ¥420 (approx. AUD$90) to be given in the local currency. Tipping in restaurants and taxis is not customary. 

Travel insurance and visas

Do I need to have insurance?

Travel insurance is compulsory for international adventures 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.

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.

About China

What currency is used?

The official currency of China is the renminbi (RMB) and prices are usually given in yuan (¥), a denomination of renminbi.

We recommend that you carry local currency in small denominations, some Australian dollars, an ATM card and a credit card.

ATMs are widely available throughout China, with the exception of remote or rural communities. Transactions will usually incur a small fee. We advise that you check with your bank prior to departure regarding international withdrawals and associated costs. If an ATM requires a six digit pin when you are withdrawing funds, enter two zeros followed by your four digit pin.

We advise that you only exchange currency at major banks. Please ask your local guide for assistance, if required. 

When is the best time to travel to China?

China’s most comfortable trekking weather is March-May, and September-October.

Can I drink the water in China?

Drinking water straight from the tap is not safe and could cause severe illness. Purified drinking water in bottles is widely available, and is generally quite cheap. Check that the seal on the cap is not broken. On trekking days, you will be provided with purified water in the morning at the start of your trek. You may either carry it in bottles or pour into your water reservoir (eg. Camelbak or water bladder) if you’re carrying one. 

What is the weather like in China?

The best seasons for trekking the Great Wall are spring and autumn and the standard temperatures can range from 10-27°C. However, temperatures can be cooler in towns at elevation, dropping between 5-10°C. 

 

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

Reviews

Past adventurers rated their overall experience on the Great Wall of China as 4.68 out of 5

★★★★★


“The wall was so much more vast and varied than I ever could have imagined; loved it!”

Anna Tretheway

Kiss Goodbye to MS Great Wall of China 2019

★★★★★


“The wall blew me away every time I looked at it.”

Katrina Rejc

The OTIS Foundation Great Wall Adventure 2019

★ ★ ★ ★ ★


“I’m overwhelmed with what an amazing week I’ve had! Great people and one amazing Great Wall.”

Carly Smith

Great Wall Trek for Epilepsy 2017

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

 

“The highlight was definitely trekking over the Great Wall and learning about the history of China.”

Andrew Marston

Make-a-Wish NZ Great Wall of China 2019
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Responsible Travel

Caring for our adventurers, the communities we visit and the wellbeing of the planet is the heart of everything we do. This adventure is no exception.
Meaningful connections: Hear from Aranda Elders who will tell us about the history of the area.
Environment: We offset the emissions from this trip through carbon credit programs in partnership with Carbon Neutral. 
Treading lightly: Trekking is a great, low-impact way to explore.
Small group travel: Our teams consist of a maximum of 25 people. Better for you, and better for the planet.
Responsible business: We’re a certified B-Corp, committed to using business as a force for good

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Safe travel and flexible bookings

Keeping you safe: We’ve developed a stringent COVID-10 Pandemic Safety Management Plan in cooperation with government guidelines, tourism boards and the advice of medical experts to minimise the risks associated with travel as best as possible.

Flexible bookings: If COVID-19 travel bans mean your Inspired Adventure cannot go ahead as scheduled, we will endeavour to reschedule the departure to a later date or you will receive a travel credit.

To learn more about our COVID-19 policy, you can see a full list of FAQs here

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