Excellent tour! Driver and tour guide Danny were were waiting for me right at the time they said they'd come pick me up. Since this was my first trip to China, Danny gave me one massive history lesson on the country, and it was actually very interesting! Learned more from him than I did in school. It was about a 2.5 hour drive from the hotel to the starting point, probably could've been a little quicker, but traffic happened, not a huge deal. Danny gave me the overall itinerary for the day, and it was spot on. Once we arrived at the starting point, this is your only real chance to use an actual restroom, so go! The first 1/3 of the hike was along restored wall, and I've got to say it's quite steep in some places. Definitely make sure you have good footing when walking. The remaining hike was on the original wall, and this is where the fun began. Much of it is straight-forward hiking, but there will be a little bit of climbing involved due to the condition of the wall. It was a perfect day weather-wise. Danny made sure there was plenty of water and provided some snacks along the way. You definitely want to wear long pants for this hike, and long sleeves would be recommended. It's not a simple hike, you'll want to make sure your somewhat in shape for it. All in all, I believe the hike was about 8km long, the perfect amount for me. I got to see what I wanted to see, the Great Wall settled in amongst the mountains and two reservoirs. It was an absolutely stunning hike. 10/10 would do again!
Great experience! Definitely the best I've done in my trip to China.
The view is amazing as expected and almost no people during the hike - feels like an exclusive location.
Part of this section wall hasn't been renovated and part has been slighty, which is great as it still has an authentic feel to it - because of this good footwear and trousers are a must!
The tour unfolded exactly as the itinerary says, drive to and from the wall was comfortable - nice car, safe driving and I can imagine it would be virtually impossible to get there without knowing the way.
My tour guide was Tony and he was fantastic, really have to thank him alot for this experience. Very friendly and knew alot of the wall's history and particularites - very nice to chat with during the hike, and his english is excellent.
At the end of tour we stopped at a restaurant at one of the villages close to the wall and food was excellent aswell - typical chinese food and felt like homemade food. It was better than the fancier restaurants you find in the bigger cities.
Definitely recommend this tour!
This was a great trip done on our time at our pace. The service and lunch was great. Our personal guide was very knowledgable about the wall. I learned several new details that were fascinating about the history of the Great Wall. I have been to Beijing twice before and was looking for a different experience for the Great Wall. This was by far awesome, but would have liked the option of going to the lake to capture the wall going into the lake. I would do this type of trip again.
If you're an adventurer and want to get away from tourism crowds, this is the trip for you! The day planned unraveled exactly as the itinerary stated. The tour guide and driver were very professional, with plenty of information, and always had my safety as a top priority. This was the best way to experience the Great Wall. I could have hiked 10km more! It's rigorous, fun, and unforgettable.
This was an awesome trip! Our tour guide, Miko called the night before to confirm our meeting time and place. He was right on time. Due to the excessive heat, we decided it was best to do half the hike 5 km rather than the 10 or so planned. The ride to and from the wall was beautiful. The views on the hike were incredible and lunch was excellent. I highly recommend this tour.
James gave a great tour. This was a lovely section, mostly wild and very few people. James adjusted his pace to suit us easily and was always courteous. He nearly got in a fight with one peddler trying to sell us trinkets, but he told us to go on. Best of all, the lunch was the best we had on the trip. We would certainly take a tour with James again the next time we visit.
I cannot rate James high enough. Our day today was outstanding! At the beginning of our trek, he asked my wife if she was afraid of heights. After a somewhat hesitant 'yes', he took her hand and helped her up and down the entire length of the wall. She couldn't have made the hike without his help.
What a great place to go trekking. We were the only 3 people on the wall the entire day. Amazing views. James was delightful he's knowledgeable about the wall, trekking, China history and culture, and Chinese and American basketball! He never pushed us the hike was challenging for us if we were happy, he was happy. He is our new hero.
We totally and completely recommend James. This is an experience we will never forget.
This has been the best tour that we have experience ever. Everything was perfect, the logistics, the transportation, the location and the food. We highly recommend the experience, it is an amazing hike with beautiful landscapes. We also think that we had the best guide, James was very professional, approachable, resourceful, fun and knowledgeable. We highly recommend the experience, especially if you love nature, hiking, photography and great food.