Trek the Great Wall of China and raise money for the Hospice!

Following the success of the Peru trek two years ago, the Charity is organising a 30th Anniversary celebration trek to the Great Wall of China in 2019.

The nine-day trip will take place from Saturday 2nd to Sunday 10th November 2019 and will take trekkers to little-visited parts of the Wall in days of up to seven hours of walking through stunning landscapes with breathtaking views.

To take part, you will need to commit to raise or pay £3,290 (including a non-refundable £290 registration fee) which will cover the costs of the trip including flights, accommodation, guides and transfers, and will include £1,500 in funds raised for the Hospice.

If you’ve been hankering for the adventure of a lifetime with all the hassle removed, this is the fundraising challenge for you!


Find out more by clicking on the links below, or please contact Teresa King on or 01296 429 975.

The deadline for registration is 31st January 2019


The trip dates are Saturday 2nd to Sunday 10th November 2019.

The itinerary is as follows:

Day 1 (Saturday 2nd November 2019): London - Beijing

Depart London on an overnight flight to Beijing.

Day 2 (Sunday 3rd November 2019): Beijing

Arrive in Beijing and check into a central 3* hotel in time for a group dinner and a briefing on the week ahead.

Day 3 (Monday 4th November 2019): Beijing – Gubeikou

After breakfast, we transfer by bus to Gubeikou (approx 3 hours). After lunch we start the trek at a leisurely pace before reaching our first guesthouse. (approx 3-4 hours walking)

Day 4 (Tuesday 5th November 2019): Gubeikou

Departing the campsite this morning, we ascend to explore a spectacular section of the wall, framed by distant mountains. The wall dates from the Ming Dynasty here, and this little-visited section will be one of the highlights of your trek. We return to Gubeikou tonight. (approx 7 hours walking)

Day 5 (Wednesday 6th November 2019): Gubeikou - Jinshanling

We set off early today to trek through cornfields and farmland for a taste of true rural China before exploring this classic section of the wall, well off the beaten track, known locally as the ‘dragon standing on the beautiful golden mountain’. With broad sweeping views, it’s easy to see hot the wall resembles a dragon’s back weaving its way across the land. The views are stunning and you will have hundreds of great photographic opportunities. This evening we stay near the wall in Jinshanling. (approx 7 hours walking)

Day 6 (Thursday 7th November 2019): Jin Shan Ling - Si Ma Tai

Today’s hike takes us along a restored section of the wall, built in the 15th century, and of great military significance. We descend on a winding trail into the Miyun county of Beijing, and our base in the village of Simatai for the night. (approx 7-8 hours walking)

Day 7 (Friday 8th November 2019): Si Ma Tai - Beijing

After breakfast we head off for an exhilarating half-day climb below the summit of Mt Simatai, taking in two villages with stunning views of the hinterland. Unlike other sections of the wall, this area has seen little restoration and is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. After lunch we transfer back to Beijing. (approx 4-5 hours walking)

Day 8 (Saturday 9th November 2019): Beijing

A day to explore Beijing, with visits to the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square. Farewell dinner tonight.

Day 9 (Sunday 10th November 2019): Beijing - London

Transfer to the airport for the return flight to London (may arrive following day, depending on flight schedules)

The total amount you will need to raise or pay is £3,290. This consists of the following:

  • £290 - non-refundable registration fee
  • £1,500 - cost of the trip itself including flights, accommodation, guides and transfers
  • £1,500 - your fundraising commitment to the Charity

There will also be additional costs that you will need to pay for visas, vaccinations, tips while you are there.

The deadline for registration for the China Challenge is 31st January 2019. There are still places available, but please contact Teresa King on or 01296 429 975 to confirm that you can still register.
Click here to download the Information Pack which will give you a good idea of what you will experience on your Chinese adventure. After you have registered, you will receive the Kit List and Trip Dossier which will give you details such as what to pack, how to train and other things you need to organise before you go. Please read the Terms and Conditions here before you register for the China Challenge. Click here to download the Registration Form for the Florence Nightingale Hospice Charity China Challenge. Please complete the Registration Form, scan it and email it to with a photocopy or photo of your passport. Alternatively, you can post the form and a photocopy of your passport to The Different Travel Company, 4 Downs Park Crescent, Totton, Southampton, Hampshire, SO40 9GH.

Florence Nightingale Hospice Charity is acting as agent for The Different Travel Company 6706.

The flight-inclusive holiday on this website is financially protected by the ATOL scheme. When you pay you will be supplied with an ATOL Certificate.

Please ask for it and check to ensure that everything you booked (flights, hotels and other services) is listed on it.

Please see our booking conditions for further information or for more information about financial protection and the ATOL Certificate click here: ATOL Certificate.