Lesley's story

a woman wearing a BHF t-shirt posing against the Great Wall of China
"Losing my husband Keith to heart attack came as a great shock. He showed no signs and was so excited about travelling that afternoon to our skiing holiday. He said goodbye to the grandchildren earlier on by giving them a high-five, and then out of the blue, he was gone so suddenly.  

I did CPR on him for 20 minutes up until the emergency services turned up. I thought they would save him, but it was too late.

I trekked the Great Wall of China for British Heart Foundation because I want to help support the research to save others.

The experience was truly amazing, well-organised and with like-minded people. It is one trip I'll never forget and one you should embrace."

 

Lesley Brown, Great Wall of China trekker, 2015
Great Wall of China Trek

Great Wall of China Trek

When:

14 -22 October 2017

Where:

China

Experience the rich Eastern culture on this trek along the Great Wall of China - a journey steeped in over 2,000 years of history, mythology and ancient traditions.

Save £100 off the registration fee by using discount code WE10 – Hurry offer ends 30 November 2016

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The itinerary

When: 14 -22 October 2017

Where: China

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Discover the beauty of China whilst trekking for five days off the beaten track, along parts of one of the most spectacular wonders of the world.

We'll head deep into the countryside away from the places where tourists normally visit this majestic structure. You'll marvel at the panoramic vistas from watchtowers en-route and witness unrestored sections of the wall which date back to the Ming Dynasty.

The trek begins and ends in Beijing and includes a guided tour of the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square.

Join us on this enchanting journey and help raise vital funds for our pioneering research into the causes and treatment of heart disease.

Contact us

If you would like to find out more about our Great Wall of China trek, or about any of our other overseas challenges, get in touch Monday - Friday 09:30 - 17:00:

Tel: 0844 847 2788
Email: [email protected]
Fill in our enquiry form

Please note: We are working with Charity Challenge, a specialist tour operator (ATOL 6546) which organises and manages the China Great Wall Discovery trek on behalf of the BHF.

Take on the Great Wall of China Trek

Minimum sponsorship option

Date

 Entry fee

Fundraising goal

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14 Oct – 22 Oct 2017 £275 (normally £375 - hurry offer ends 30 November 2016)  £2975
80% due in 10 weeks before the challenge
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Self-fund payment option

Date 

Entry fee

The balance 

Suggested fundraising goal 

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14 Oct – 22 Oct 2017 £275 (normally £375 - hurry offer ends 30 November 2016)  *£1458
Payment due to the tour operator 8 weeks before the challenge
 £1487  Sign up

Alternatively if you would like to partly pay the challenge costs yourself and have a lower fundraising option, you can opt to do the Flexi payment. Details of this can be found on Charity Challenge website.
*Please note the balance goes directly to the tour operator for your place on the challenge, this money does not go to the BHF. The 100% of money raised will go to the BHF and towards our life saving research

Date

 Entry fee

Fundraising target 

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15 Oct – 23 Oct 2016  £350  £2850  Sign up
14 Oct – 22 Oct 2017  £375  £2975  Sign up

What's included in your challenge costs

As well as supporting our life saving work, your sponsor money covers:

  • All flights (including airport and fuel taxes)
  • Foreign overland transport and luggage transfers
  • Overnight accommodation
  • All meals as per itinerary
  • Entrance fees to any sites visited on trekking days
  • Tour leader, tour doctor, guides, technical, medical and transport back-up services.

Other things to budget for

Some expenses are not included in your challenge costs.

  • Gratuities – the local guides and staff all work extremely hard to ensure a successful trip, so we recommend demonstrating your appreciation through a group tip
  • Personal expenses, such as soft and alcoholic drinks, gifts and international calls
  • Visas and vaccinations where required
  • Travel insurance – suitable for overseas charity challenges, you must have this to be allowed to travel

Getting prepared for your challenge

Training support

This is a trek suitable for all abilities, however we would recommend that you train for this challenge. We recommend you train for three - six months prior to taking part dependent on your current fitness.

On the challenge, we advise you to go at your own pace – it’s not a race and the idea is to enjoy yourself.

Once you’ve registered, you’ll have access to our detailed training guidelines to help you prepare for the challenge. Our walking training zone is also full of top tips.

Your kit

what you need to wear on the challenge


Below you will find a full Kit list for this challenge.

If you don’t want to buy everything on the list you can hire some of the equipment from Trek Hire.

Trek Hire is where our training trek will start from in June, which is a great opportunity to try some of the equipment and ask any burning questions about kit. 

Download the Great Wall of China kit list

How to reach your fundraising target

Reaching your fundraising goal can be daunting, but don’t panic we’re here to help. Breaking it down into manageable chunks is a great way to start. To help you we’ve put together a fundraising plan.

Visit our fundraising area for even more top tips.

Shout about your challenge

Taking on the Great Wall of China Trek is an epic challenge and one you should be proud of. You will trek up 10,000 relentless steps that’s the equivalent to climbing to the top of the Eiffel tower around 6 times, which is the same as climbing 1,800m high.

Shout loud and proud about the challenge you’re taking on and share your JustGiving page with your friends, family and colleagues. 

Why set up a JustGiving page?

Setting up a JustGiving page is a great way to kick start your fundraising, and keep your sponsors up-to-date with what you’re doing.

Did you know…

  • People who have a JustGiving page raise 50% more money than those who don’t
  • Every time you share your page you’ll earn £5 on average
  • Every time you update your page you can earn £7 on average.

Make the most out of your page by uploading images, posting updates on how your training is going and sharing British Heart Foundation facts so your supporters know why you’re fundraising us.

Why your fundraising is so important

Before the British Heart Foundation was founded 4 in 5 children born with congenital heart disease died before their first birthday. Today in the UK, thanks to research, 4 in 5 survive into adulthood.

Even with this progress coronary heart disease is still the UK’s single biggest killer, but we’re leading the fight against it. To win this fight we need your help. Together we will improve lives.

Find out more about the future of our fight.

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