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 innumerate 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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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.
Vouchers
Accepted

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Great Wall of China walking holiday

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.

Community

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.

9 Reviews of Great Wall of China walking holiday

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Reviewed on 07 Jun 2017 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


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

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Always read trip notes and make sure you are fully prepared to make the most the time you are there

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


It definitely benefited local people and we had limited impact on the environment and monies spent may well go to future preservation of certain Great wall areas.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


It was great for me I made some of the nicest friends which along with the views and feeling of achievement makes me want to do another and it is this thought that's keeping me motivated going about my normal days work/life etc.

Reviewed on 03 Oct 2017 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Climbing parts if the Great Wall that were over 1000 years old with no other tourists around and no renovation work.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Take more money than the website itinerary indicates as the Tour Guide offers lots of additonal activities.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


50% of accommodation was in local homestays which does help the local community. However the rest was in big hotels. I feel that some smaller less westernised restaurants could have also been used. In my opinion no walking on the un-renovated wall helps with conservation as continuous "foot prints" will always cause further wear and tear.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


A fantastic insight to an amazing country which has one foot in the 5th Century and the other in the 22nd !!!!

Reviewed on 26 Sep 2017 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


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

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Be prepared for a lot of walking. Pack as if your going to the gym. Sports clothes needed daily. Boots not necessary if you are confidence in your trainers.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


A lot of local businesses were used wherever we went so yes local people were benefitied

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Excellent very enjoyable itching for the next one.

Reviewed on 09 May 2017 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Walking wall on long empty stretches.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Make sure you don't mind short scrambles.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Supported local business. Disappointed that guide told us it was good to use bottled water as they were recycled other places we went in China hotels had large water bottles where you could fill your own bottles.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Very good but would not say it was more sustainable than any other holiday company.

Read the operator's response here:

Dear Roger,

Firstly, thank you for your comments, we are delighted that overall you had a great trip.

We would like to thank you for raising the issue of bottled water. We are actually in the process of starting a new initiative whereby all trips in China will provide clients with drinking water from a large receptacle. 20ltr bottles will be employed and clients will be able to fill up throughout the trip. We are currently trialling this approach in India and South East Asia and it has been a great sense. We regret that this wasn't quite ready for your trip but please rest assured that it is to happen soon as we take the reduction of our environmental impacts very seriously.

We do hope that this explanation provides an adequate response to your review and offers you reassurance that we are continuously working on ensuring our trips are as responsible as possible. We hope to welcome you back to China one day.

Reviewed on 11 Jul 2016 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


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

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Have a good degree of fitness, particularly if going in the summer.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Excellent

Reviewed on 18 Oct 2013 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Walking on the Great Wall. Interacting with ordinary Chinese people in the
Temple of Heaven Park. Seeing Red & Giant Pandas (and baby giant pandas in
the nursery). Cycling and kayaking in Yangshuo. Very varied and interesting
regional Chinese food (most meals had eight or more different dishes).
Chinese cookery in countryside outside Yangshuo. River cruise through Yangtze
gorges.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Read the Trip Notes carefully. Take your own roll of toilet paper and keep a
few sheets on you. Take your own antiseptic hand cleaner and keep it handy.
If it rains, the rain can be very heavy: either accept getting quite wet (not
actually that bad) or take truly waterproof clothes. If you buy an umbrella
locally, open it and try it before handing over cash.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Local people were used as guides, local restaurants for meals. For several
journeys trains were used rather than aeroplanes. Our entrance fees to the
Chengdu Panda Base presumably helped Panda conservation.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Five stars: Not unequalled, but equal first with a wonderful holiday we spent in
New Zealand.

Reviewed on 03 Nov 2012 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Every bit of my holiday was great, but the most outstanding part of it HAS to be
walking on the Great Wall. The wall is so varied, in condition and terrain. It
was TRULY a holiday of a lifetime!

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Be prepared for some scrambling, and a little rock climbing in parts, but for the
most be ready for lots of steps of varying heights. You will need plenty of
energy, but it well worth the experience!

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


The are a lot of local people who benefit from this holiday, as they run the
homestays, and I must say the food is REALLY good.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


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

Reviewed on 29 Oct 2012 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Walking sections of the Great Wall far away from the crowds with the perfect
guide.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Read all the trip notes carefully - all you need is included.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


One of the great things was the amount of contact we had with local farmers and
their families. Despite the obvious language restrictions, using our guide we
were able to communicate with them and felt using the homestays for overnight
stays and for additional meals did benefit the local people.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


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

Reviewed on 28 Aug 2012 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


The guide was excellent and the wall treks were amazing.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Be prepared to be outside for a long time with very little respite from the sun.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


10/10 - really excellent.

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