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Walk The Great Wall WG

Visiting: China
Trip Duration 10 Days

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Walk The Great WallScores 8.5 out of 10 based on 16 reviews
(7 out of 10)


Ruislip London.
A wonderful experience all in all. Group leader Janseen was brilliant and made us feel very welcome and really went the extra mile.
The group was a bit mixed in ability which put him in a tough situation at times but he coped really well with the situation. A couple of local maps when we arrived could have given the early arrivals a chance to get out and explore Beijing a bit more but all in all well planned out with the only exception being we could have had a few longer walks but parts of the wall were closed when we were there so we had a shorter walk.
I loved the basic accommodation in the smaller Towns the most as it was really quiet and relaxed giving us a good insight to the more rural parts of china. We did lose one day to coach travel due to a contra flow 100km outside of Beijing on the first day of a three day Chinese bank holiday meaning a 3 hour coach journey lasted about 8-9 hours.
Great memories though and the group really made it a great trip. 2nd trip with explore and it certainly won't be my last.
Keep it up.
Confirmed traveller: 04 June 2017
Published on: 08 June 2017
(8 out of 10)


Tour leader (Puma) was very poor. No empathy at all, he often confused the group with his poor explanations. The way the walks were organised were very poor - there should have been a back marker - we were walking in very difficult, steep and tricky terrain - some of the group found it very difficult and were at the limit of their abilities - there's a duty of care issue here. One of the group had a bad fall. On one occasion we stopped for a lunch break and it was a very hot day - there was no shade and nowhere to sit, whereas if we'd stopped 5 minutes earlier or later there would have been - this is a god example of Puma not considering the needs of the group at all.

If any of the group asked for clarification or did something wrong he came across as angry. I accept there are some cultural issues but he needed some serious training. He didn't join us in the evening but sat on a separate table. I would avoid any tour run by Puma and would tell friends that as well.

Tips - tell customers that there are ATMs and phone signal everywhere on the Tour. Make it clear that lunch is just what you can find in the shops, so bring plenty of snacks with you.

I very much enjoyed the trip - the above comments are where things can be improved.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Confirmed traveller: 09 October 2016
Published on: 20 October 2016
(7 out of 10)


The days were full and the walking was excellent, the guide very informative. The evening were a little quiet and not a great deal to do. In some places, obviously this cannot be helped and was due to quiet towns and government accomadation were by we would have to vacate the restaurant by 8.30 and hotels did not have a nice area to sit and chill.
Over all very good.
Confirmed traveller: 09 October 2016
Published on: 14 October 2016
(9 out of 10)


Amazing trip with highlights the day at the lake, the forbidden city and the days in the Jinshanling area. Really enjoyed the food with Peter organising group meals with different dishes every night and a great way to try authentic Chinese cuisine.
Confirmed traveller: 25 September 2016
Published on: 09 October 2016
(9 out of 10)


Tonbridge, Kent
The Wall is truly magnificent. Some tricky walking so you need to be fit but well worth the effort. The guide was very good. Saw the sights in Beijing and got to go to the opera which was good fun.I changed my money in the UK before I left and could have got a much better exchange rate in China so that is worth bearing in mind. Altogether a very enjoyable holiday.
Confirmed traveller: 29 May 2016
Published on: 02 June 2016
(9 out of 10)


The walk is not an easy one but on most of them you can choose how far or if you wish to do them. I would not call it moderate, but it was worth every moment. You need very good trekking boots as some parts are unstable. Walking poles are very helpful, I could not have done it without them. We tried buying them and socks in Beijing but that was not easy. You can buy cheap poles but if you want good ones take them with you. Very little English is spoken , if you are spending anymore time in Beijing take a good guide book and street map with you. You will need some extra toilet paper to take out with you as it is not always available or not good quality. Powder milk and your own mug is a good idea. If you do not want the challenge of chop sticks take a folk . We loved every second.
Confirmed traveller: 11 April 2016
Published on: 12 April 2016
(9 out of 10)


Walking the Great Wall is a fantastic tour. The itinerary is really varied - you get a good amount of time in Beijing and see lots of different sections of all the wall. (But there's not too much driving and the coach was really comfortable).

The accommodation is often quite basic, but really not as bad as tripadvisor review might make you think. I was pleasantly surprised. The standard isn't up to UK hotels, but then again, it's not the UK.

Our tour leader Puma was absolutely brilliant - fun, infomative, endlessly patient and helpful and really did everything he could to make sure we were all having a good time. He also ordered our food for most evenings meals which was great - we got to try loads of local dishes and he really knew what we'd like. The food was actually brilliant.

The wall in incredible. The scale and beauty of it really doesn't come out in pictures. It's a lot tougher than some people in our group expected. I really enjoyed it and found the pace and intensity about right, but it was a challenge. A lot of the walks start and end in the same place. It would have been nice to do more A to B routes.

Don't expect restored wall and even footing - there's a lot of scrambling in many parts (which I actually enjoyed more than the restored sections). Apart from the first and last day, we had the wall completely to ourselves for 99% of the time which was an unexpected surprise.
The tour takes you to progressively more and more stunning sections of the wall as it goes along, including bits that are really off the beaten track.

The weather was pretty good - but I personally wouldn't want to have been doing those walks in the summer months.

Tips - take snacks (on most of the walking days there's no time for lunch stops and breakfast isn't to everyone's taste), a toilet roll will come in handy, walking boots definitely, the evenings finish early and they don't seem to really do bars, so some evening entertainment might come in handy, and a I wish I'd taken a penknife and bottle opener.
Confirmed traveller: 10 April 2016
Published on: 17 April 2016
(10 out of 10)


Standing on the roof of a tower, turning 360 with a continuous view of mountains.
Walking up and down thousands of steps and slopes, and at each tower taking in the view to front and rear of the wall dissappearing into the mist.
Confirmed traveller: 18 October 2015
Published on: 28 November 2015
(10 out of 10)


The experience of different sections on the Great Wall. Some sections are very tough and stamina and some walking experience is definitely required. Food at dinner in restaurants was of a surprising high standard.

Beijing very easy city to sightsee on your own after the trip & would recommend an additional 4 nights.
Confirmed traveller: 16 October 2015
Published on: 28 October 2015
(9 out of 10)


Niagara, Ontario, Canada
This trip was an excellent way to get a sense of China in a non-tourist type way. My highlights were the friendliness of the people along with the historic beauty of the great wall (and the different contexts that we saw it in). Fall is a perfect time to be there, it was warm and the colors were just changing.

My tips would include bring your own toilet paper, as well as nuts and snacks as the lunch opportunities were limited.
Confirmed traveller: 11 October 2015
Published on: 19 October 2015