The Great Wall Challenge

Winding its way across the north of China, from the Yellow Sea to the Gobi Desert, the Great Wall of China is one of mankind’s most impressive accomplishments. As part of this adventure, you’ll travel through history to the very heart of China’s ancient culture.

Over five days, you will challenge yourself like never before as you trek on remote and unrestored paths, between mountains, through local villages and across rolling farmlands. With the support of our expert guides, you’ll explore the many facets of the Great Wall, deciphering the ancient stories and poems etched into its watchtowers, every brick seeming to tell a story of war and adventure.

You will also get to explore the contrasting personality of Beijing, immerse yourself in the ancient history of the Forbidden City and the Temple of Heaven, and experience the poignancy of Tiananmen Square.

Best of all, you’ll be helping Leukaemia & Blood Cancer New Zealand (LBC) support the 6 Kiwis a day diagnosed with a blood cancer or blood condition.

The Great Wall Challenge

Blood Cancer or a related condition can strike anyone, anywhere, without warning.

Our team of Support Service Coordinators are there every step of the way to support patients and their families. The fundraising received from the Great Wall Challenge will go towards ensuring we continue to offer this level of support no matter where you are in New Zealand.

Some examples of the programmes offered by Leukaemia & Blood Cancer New Zealand include:

Regular support and education groups
Every year we hold 133 support and education groups across the country. These groups provide a place where patients and family members can come together to share their experiences and learn more about their disease from sessions run by health professionals.

A Monkey in My Chair programme
This programme has been designed to keep our young patients connected to their classmates while they undergo treatment. Our support team visits the school to educate them about their classmates’ condition.

Blood Cancer Patient Forum
We hold a biennial Blood Cancer Forum where patients and their families can come together to meet others living with similar conditions and listen to presentations from global experts about their conditions.

The Great Wall Challenge

Dates: 15-24 September 2017
Registration fee: NZD$770 (non-refundable)
Fundraising target: $3,500 (excludes travel)
Travel quote: $4,790*, including taxes
Trip duration: 10 days
Challenge duration: 5 days
Accommodation: Twin-share in 3 star hotels and guesthouses
Minimum age: 18 (younger ages considered on application)

*Subject to change


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Is an Inspired Adventure for me?

Of course! We have had participants aged 16–84 take part in our charity challenges, all united by their sense of philanthropy and adventure.

Our adventures are specifically designed for people who are relatively fit and willing to train. What better motivation is there to get fit than knowing you are doing it for an important cause!

Upon registration, we will send you an Adventure Pack filled with advice and resources on preparing for your adventure. While fundraising and fitness are your responsibility, our expert team is here to guide you to the finish line.

Throughout your adventure journey, we will connect you with your fellow adventurers and charity via email, phone and social media. We will also organise a get-together evening for everyone prior to departure (geography permitting).

What does it cost?

Let’s break it down.

The cost of participating in an Inspired Adventure includes:

  1. The registration fee $770 is required to confirm your spot (non-refundable).
  1. The travel cost – Your travel deposit must be paid 6 weeks after registration. Half the final travel costs is due 6 months prior to departure with the final balance is due 90 days prior to departure.

How do I fundraise?

Past participants have successfully fundraised in many creative and fun ways. We will send you a comprehensive Fundraising Toolkit upon registration to help you reach your target. You will also have regular support from the Inspired team, who will help you develop and manage your fundraising plan, as well as support from LBC.

What's included?

  • Return international flights (as per itinerary)
  • All transfers as per itinerary in private vehicles
  • Twin-share accommodation in 2-3 star hotels
  • Inspired Adventures Team Leader
  • Local English-speaking guides
  • All meals as per itinerary
  • Bottled water on trekking days
  • All entrance fees and permits as per itinerary

What's not included?

  • Domestic flight to New Zealand departure city (if required)
  • Travel insurance (compulsory)
  • Vaccinations
  • Visa
  • Meals and drinks (excluding water) not mentioned in itinerary
  • Services, excursions or activities not mentioned in itinerary
  • Laundry, telephone calls and expenditure of a personal nature
  • Tips and gratuities

What is the minimum age and general age range of participants?

The minimum age for this adventure is 16 accompanied by a guardian. We have had participants aged 16–84 and older take part in our charity challenges, all united by their sense of adventure.

How fit do I need to be?

This adventure is ranked 3/5 (moderate)

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 Challenge is a physical challenge, and the fitter you are, the more you’ll enjoy the experience.

We recommend that in the months leading up to your trip, you increase your physical fitness with aerobic exercise. Walking, running, cycling and stair climbing will all strengthen your legs and improve stamina.

How do I register?

1. Enter your details in the form above to receive your information pack and booking form.

2. Complete and return the booking form to us at the email or fax on the form.

3. Or just give us a call on 09 280 3339