Great Wall of China trek Training Plan

China trekkers

We've teamed up with the professional fitness coaches and industry experts at Full Potential to offer you bespoke training plans and kit advice for your Great Wall of China Trek.

We are thrilled that you are taking on the Great Wall of China trek for us and we hope you’re looking forward to the big day! To help you prepare, we have teamed up with Full Potential who are a team of professional coaches and industry experts, to offer you bespoke training plans and kit advice for your challenge.

Full Potential has the experience and knowledge to help you achieve results. If you follow their plans then you will see improvements in your fitness whether you are a beginner or experienced walker. 

Start by reading the China Trekking Training Manual which is full of essential information to support your training. It also has advice on equipment and kit. 

They have carefully devised beginners', intermediate and experienced 16-week training plans that will get your prepared for your trek. Your training starts now, good luck Heart Trekker! 


If this is your first long distance walk and you’ve got a base fitness level then the beginners’ 16 week training plan is for you. You will increase your walking time in 4 weeks to 2hr 45min and then you will gradually increase the time of your longest walk to 6hrs. If you then feel ready you could progress to the intermediate plan.


Intermediate level requires a good level of fitness and you will already be including exercise in your current fitness plan. This will help to limit the possibility of overuse injuries and keep you motivated. Your longest walk will increase to 6hrs 30mins.


If you are already have an excellent level of fitness and you walk regularly then this plan is for you. Your longest walk will increase to 7hrs with longer back to back walks. 

Training Plans

Equipment and clothing

It's important to be prepared for your challenge. Packing the right clothes and equipment is essential so take a look at Full Potentials guide to getting it right. You don't want to endure painful blisters on your first day!