Great Wall of China walking holiday

“Walk some of the Great Wall of China's remotest and best preserved sections and you'll be treated to an undulating history lesson culminating in a sightseeing tour of Beijing.”

Highlights

Beijing | Forbidden City | Tiananmen Square | hutong districts | Mutian Yu | Jiankou | Gubeikou | Jinshanling | East Qing Tombs | the 'Phoenix Tower' | Simatai | Taipingzhai | Huangyaguan | ruined and restored beacons and watch towers | Optional chance to walk to the section near Gubeikou at sunset |

Description of Great Wall of China walking holiday

There are innumerable roads and trails to cross in this world but some hold just that little bit more fascination than others. Walking the Great Wall of China is one such feat that will appeal to cultural travellers and adventure trekkers alike with a historical back-story that’s only matched by the array of natural landscapes that appear alongside the length and breadth of the Wall.

This particular walk the Great Wall of China tour takes place over ten days and includes sightseeing and free time in China’s capital city, Beijing, as well as lesser-walked sections of the Wall which bring travellers much closer to local people living in rural China as well as many smaller highlights that casual day trippers might never get to see.

The contrasts and sense of scale that you’ll find when walking the Great Wall of China are simply staggering with the bright lights and imperial monuments of Beijing providing many more at either end of this ten day itinerary.

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Small group tours:
Small group travel is not large group travel scaled down. It is modeled on independent travel – but with the advantage of a group leader to take care of the itinerary, accommodation and tickets, and dealing with the language. It’s easy to tick off the big sights independently – but finding those one-off experiences, local festivals, travelling markets and secret viewpoints is almost impossible for someone without the insider knowledge gained from years in the field. Those with a two-week holiday, a small group tour will save valuable planning time.
Our top tip:
Some of the comfort levels, particularly in the guesthouses, aren't the same as western standards so make sure to pack sleeping bag liners and pillow cases, to ensure a good night's rest.
Trip type:
Small group. Average size 12. Minimum age 16.
Activity level:
Moderate/Challenging. 6 days point to point walking an average of 6kms per day.
Accomm:
2 nights city hotel, 1 night basic hotel and 5 nights basic guesthouse.
Included:
Accommodation, transport, listed activities and tour leader.
Meals:
8 brkfsts, 6 lunches, 6 dinners.
Solos:
Single travellers welcome. Sole room supplements apply.
Diet:
We cater for both vegetarians and vegans.
Vouchers
Accepted

Responsible tourism

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we screen every trip so you can travel knowing your holiday will help support conservation and local people.

Environment
Activity:
This being a trekking trip, we make a generally low impact on the environment by going by foot instead of using fuel burning transport. We also have additional measures put in place to ensure that we do not have detrimental effects on the environment and the wall itself. As the Great Wall was built in around 221 B.C., you can expect some areas of the brickwork to be fairly fragile or loose. Parts of the wall on this tour like Gubeikou and Jinshanling are either only partially restored or entirely original. Tour leaders are extremely keen not to leave behind anything but footprints but it is also absolutely imperative not to destruct the Wall by removing anything either. This is included in briefings to clients.

Water:
Water is a really important issue with trekking trips and whilst we must stay hydrated, it is also vital that we have a system for providing clean water without causing lots of waste on the Wall with plastic bottles. We suggest that instead of repeatedly buying bottled water, guests should re-fill a singular bottle. Although tap water is not drinkable in China, all of the hotels we use have a kettle which can be used to boil and purify water for the trek. Leaders demonstrate this by bringing their own refillable bottles and encourage clients to do the same.

UK Office:
It all starts at home so we have first worked at reducing our carbon footprint in our UK Offices. Through energy conservation measures and recycling policies, we are proud to be actively reducing the waste produced and our impact on the environment. We support various projects all over the world to try and give something back to the places we visit.
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The Impacts of this Trip

Accommodation and Meals:
We will be staying in a variety of locally owned and staffed accommodations. This includes 3 nights in hotels and 5 nights in basic guesthouses. We also try to select accommodation for environmental awareness, which is still in its infancy in China. For example, the hotel in Beijing encourages clients switch off lights with signs, has optional daily linen changing and air-con is only turned on when temperatures hit 26 degrees outside. In terms of meals, where food is provided in hotels, it will be made using locally sourced ingredients and be a mixture of dishes like stir fried, noodles, roast meat and duck with vegetables, dumplings, rice porridge etc. Dinners are taken in local restaurants and these can sometimes be in rural villages along the trail so we can ensure our commerce is benefitting local people.

Group Size:
This small group tour has a maximum of 16 participants, meaning that we have a low impact on the environments and communities we visit and are able to ensure that we do not disrupt or lead to the displacement of local people. The small number also allows us to stay in unique, family-run hotels that cannot benefit from coach tours and other mass tourism due to their limited sizes.

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12 Reviews of Great Wall of China walking holiday

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Reviewed on 06 Nov 2019 by

It was all enjoyable and challenging Read full review

Reviewed on 08 Oct 2019 by

Our Tour Guide Alan weaved us through Chinese history as daily we trekked to, then walked & traversed China's Greta Wall north of Beijing. Read full review

Reviewed on 01 Oct 2019 by

The most memorable part of the holiday was walking the wild wall and great guide Read full review

Reviewed on 07 Jun 2017 by

The views from the wall watchtowers and then to see the wall stretching out across the beautiful landscape it is something special. Read full review

Reviewed on 03 Oct 2017 by

Climbing parts if the Great Wall that were over 1000 years old with no other tourists was the most memorable... Read full review

Reviewed on 26 Sep 2017 by

Walking the wall was amazing and the views with very little people around superb. Read full review

Reviewed on 09 May 2017 by

Walking wall on long empty stretches was the highlight. Read full review

Reviewed on 11 Jul 2016 by

Seeing the extent of the Great Wall, the amazing achievement of its history and construction. Read full review

Reviewed on 18 Oct 2013 by

Five stars: Themost memorable parts were walking on the Great Wall, interacting with ordinary Chinese people in theTemple of Heaven Park and seeing Red & Giant Pandas. Read full review

Reviewed on 03 Nov 2012 by

I LOVED every minute of my stay in China, and the tour was very efficiently run. Our tour guide, Jerry was really great. Read full review

Reviewed on 29 Oct 2012 by

Great organisation, exactly what I was looking for and far exceeded my expectations. Read full review

Reviewed on 28 Aug 2012 by

The guide was excellent and the wall treks were amazing...10/10 - really excellent. Read full review

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