The Great Nuzest Challenge
Nuzest has joined forces with Kiss Goodbye to MS to help raise funds for Multiple Sclerosis research.
In October 2019 Nuzest New Zealand is sending 4 lucky winners on a 5-day walk along some of the most remote sections of the Great Wall of China.
The Group will trek the Great Wall and explore rural Chinese villages; discover the contrasts of ancient and modern Beijing, including Tiananmen Square and the grand imperial architecture of the Forbidden City.
This is a once-in-a-lifetime experience to help raise funds for game-changing MS research. Each ticket is valued over $5,000 and this, along with additional funds raised, will go straight to MSRA.
Entries are now closed.
Read about the winner’s journeys here
Our MS JourneyNuzest began as the result of a daughter’s MS diagnosis and a father’s quest to beat the odds and ensure she still had a long and healthy life.
After Monique was diagnosed in 2005, she and her father Trevor looked to experts all over the world for advice - from neurologists and scientists, to naturopaths and everyone in between. The knowledge they gained was life changing and instilled in them the absolute conviction that good nutrition and a balanced lifestyle are essential to good health and longevity.'
What is MS?
Multiple Sclerosis is an autoimmune disease of the central nervous system. It’s a progressive, debilitating and as yet incurable disease.
MS damages the nerves’ protective myelin sheath, disrupting electrical impulses to and from the brain. The resulting symptoms can range from blurred vision, fatigue, numbness, pain, short-term memory loss and dizziness; to total vision loss, loss of motor function, incontinence and Bell’s palsy.
Who is Affected?
MS is the most widespread disabling neurological condition of young adults around the world. In 2013 there were an estimated 2.3 million people living with MS around the globe with 200 new cases diagnosed every week in the USA alone.
Researchers and neurologists still can’t say with certainty what causes MS. It is believed to be a combination of environmental factors and genetic predisposition.
Rates of MS are higher the further from the equator, and the disease is 2-3 times more common in women than men.
About the Challenge
8 Winners from around the world will be chosen to participate in the Great Nuzest Challenge. The prize includes return flights to Beijing, 5 days walking the Great Wall of China (with experienced English-speaking guides), accommodation, meals and Nuzest products to keep you fueled throughout the trip.
There will be guided excursions to some of China’s most iconic landmarks, from Tiananmen Square to the Forbidden City and the Temple of Heaven.
Best of all you will be raising funds for Kiss Goodbye to MS to advance research into Multiple Sclerosis and help find a cure.
Day 1, Saturday 19 October 2019
Arrive in Beijing
On your descent into Beijing, 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 for leisure time to relax after your long-haul flight or to explore the bustling city.
B = Breakfast
L = Lunch
D = Dinner
Day 2, Sunday 20 October 2019
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.
Day 3, Monday 21 October 2019
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. En route, 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.
Trekking distance: 3.5 km
Transfer time: 2.5 hours
Day 4, Tuesday 22 October 2019
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, and then we hike on the trail up to Great Wall, which is quite fading. Then, we walk along the wall eastwards to the direction of Jinshanling. The construction of the Great Wall are getting better and better. After 2-3 hours hike on the wall, we will take steps down to a village where we are going to stay. And it is quite peaceful in that village.
Trekking distance: 3-5 km
Transfer time: 2.5 hours
Day 5, Wednesday 23 October 2019
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 distance: 6-8 km
Transfer time: 1 hour
Day 6, Thursday 24 October 2019
Great Wall – Simatai Great Wall
Simatai Great Wall is about 120km away from Beijing and has been one of the most important sections even since it was built in Ming Dynasty about 600 years ago. It has 35 watchtowers with length of 5.4kms, east to Jinshanling Great Wall across the valley. Simatai Great Wall has been well known for its breathtaking steep steps. And the hike is quite different experience from other sections.
Nowadays, we need to walk through the Gubei water town to get to Simatai Great Wall and do hike up there. And we need to hike back downhill the same way.
We also can relax in Gubei ancient water town before we board the bus and drive to Shuangyang hotel in Huairou county where we will get ready for Mutianyu great wall hike tomorrow.
Trekking distance: 3-4 km
Transfer time: 1.5 hours
Day 7, Friday 25 October 2019
Great Wall – Mutianyu Great Wall
This morning, we will head up to Mutianyu Great Wall, taking the over 1000, steps up to the Great Wall of Mutianyu, then head west to the higher watch towers to the very western end. Mutianyu Great Wall is one of the most beautiful sections of the Great Wall. In each season, it shows different charm.
Then, we will hike back to the trailhead and hike downhill. We then hike down to the cable car* station and take an exciting ride over the valleys and forest surrounding the Great Wall to our waiting vehicles. We return to Beijing and enjoy the evening at leisure.
Trekking distance: 4-6 km
Transfer time: 1.5 hours
*Cable car will be an additional cost
Day 8, Saturday 26 October 2019
Beijing – Temple of Heaven, Summer Palace
This morning after breakfast, we set off to discover 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. We then visit the Summer Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage that dates back to as early as 1153. Situated amongst Longevity Hill and the manmade Kunming Lake, you will discover vast lakes, gardens and beautiful pavilions. In the late afternoon, we will go to Hongqiao Market for some final shopping and to enjoy some free time. Tonight, we will gather together to feast on Peking duck and celebrate our amazing Great Wall adventure.
Day 9, Sunday 27 October 2019
This morning you are free to further explore Beijing or relax until your return flight.
How fit do I need to be?
This adventure is ranked 3/5 in difficulty. While no extensive trekking experience is required prior to registering, this prize is designed for people who are relatively fit and willing to train. The Kiss Goodbye to MS Great Wall of China Trek 2019 is a physical challenge, and the fitter you are, the more you’ll enjoy the experience. If you are announced as the winner, we recommend that in the months leading to the trip, you increase your physical fitness with aerobic exercise. Walking, running and cycling will all strength your legs and improve stamina.
Package includes: International flights, transfers as per itinerary, accommodation in 3-Star hotels and home stays based on twin share, meals as per itinerary, water on trekking days, local English-speaking guide, Inspired Adventures Team Leader, entrance fees as per itinerary.
What's not included?
Package does not include: Domestic flights or travel to the New Zealand International Airport.
Where does my donation go?
The Great Nuzest Challenge is a global Nuzest initiative collaborating with Multiple Sclerosis Research Australia (MSRA). Donations enable MSRA to support local and global research into finding a cure to MS. Nuzest New Zealand is supporting our global partners in the quest for a cure.
What is the minimum age/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 charity challenges, all united by their sense of philanthropy and adventure.
Do I need travel insurance?
Yes! You will need to arrange your own travel insurance and required documentation. e.g. Visas, Passports etc.
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Are my donations tax deductible?
Please note all donations made through the MSRA donation page are in Australian dollars and unfortunately are not tax deductible in New Zealand.