Frequently Asked Questions About Multi-Day Great Wall Hikes

Frequently Asked Questions About Multi-day Great Wall Hikes

 

We know you will have many questions about multi-day hikes and have tried to answer the most common ones here. Have a question you don’t see on this list? Leave it in the comments and we’ll do our best to answer it.

1: I saw on your website that you have an “early bird” discount of 7.5% . Can we avail that discount if we book now?

Absolutely yes. You will enjoy 7.5% discount booking 3 months before the start of the trip. For more  early bird offers, check the link. To have a full choice of destinations and departure dates, it is best to book well in advance.

2: Do you provide invitation letter for visa processing for embassy?

Yes, we do. As embassy usually accept email copies for the tourist invitations, so we will send your invitation letter by email in that case if required.

 3: I am just filling in our visa applications and need to know the address of the guesthouse that we will be staying at. Can you please provide this?

Sure, we are glad to provide address of guesthouses for visa applications on request.

4: Do you have a list of suggestion things to pack?

Most important is a good pair of hiking boots or walking shoes. Running shoes or trainers is fine but if it rains you will get wet feet. Quick dry fabrics (like merino wool or polypropylene) are better than cotton or denim. Try to avoid jeans. A warm jacket, hat & gloves are a good idea for cold weather. The sun is very strong in Beijing and it’s easy to get burnt. A sunhat and sunglasses are a good idea too.

5: Do you have walking sticks we can borrow or should we bring our own?

Yes. We offer walking sticks free of charge if required. Hiking poles can make steep inclines and slippery fords easier to handle.

6: Should we carry a few bottles of water with us?

We provide free-bottled mineral water in the vehicle each day (two bottles a day in Summer) and of course you can bring extra bottles of water for your hike.

7: I am an vegetarian, is it possible to meal in a restaurant with a lot of vegetables?

Yes. You can always tell your guide of any food allergies or special dietary requirements so that way we will adapt the menu so you can enjoy the tour! If you have any doubt or concerns, feel free to email us at wildgreatwall@gmail.com before booking. Over the years we have successfully accommodated guests with celiac disease, nut allergies etc.

Frequently Asked Questions About Multi-Day Great Wall Hikes

 

8: Will our luggage be transported to the guesthouses each day?

Absolutely. Your luggage will be transported to the guesthouses each day, and be kept safe at the guesthouse until you return. You need only hike with a small daypack to carry water, snacks and clothing etc, while the rest of your luggage is transported to the guesthouse by your driver traveling separate from the hikers.

9: Does guesthouse on the hike has Air Conditioning and a private bathroom with hot showers?

Sure thing. A good night’s sleep is important when hiking. Although guesthouses are simple and basic, the rooms have air-conditioning so you can remain cool in the summer and yet stay snug in the winter. Private bathroom includes a hot and cold shower.

Please keep in mind that large groups may not all be roomed next to each other and may be on different floors.

10: Will there be an option to store our personal bags on the bus whilst we’re hiking on the wall or will we need to carry them with us?

Sure, your personal bags can be stored on the car, and be kept well by your driver while you are hiking the Wall.

11: What time will we be getting back to Beijing after the hike?

We tend to get back around 4pm to 5pm, depending on traffic. It could be a bit later, depending where you are staying.

12: Will the driver be able to drop us off at an airport hotel in Beijing after the hike?

Definitely. Your driver will be glad to return you back to an airport hotel after the tour. We always do our best to drop people as close as we possibly can to where they need to go, or somewhere they can hop on a train to get there easily,  if there is heavy traffic.

Have we missed any questions that are important to you? Please feel free to email us if you have any additional questions.

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5 Responses to “Frequently Asked Questions About Multi-Day Great Wall Hikes”

  1. Amy Lambrecht

    The picture that you show on your FAQ page has a hiker on a *very* narrow and high path. I am interested in the Gubeikou Jinshanling Simatai West (East Gate ) 2 Day / 1 Night Hiking Tour. Does this particular trek include such a scary section? If so, do you offer other multi-day hikes that are better for someone with a little bit of a fear of heights?!

    • Whitney Justice

      I have the same question as Amy! I’m an avid hiker but not so happy on high, narrow, crumbling sections of wall with a big drop off. I get nervous. How scary is that section? Going in November so there may be snow as well.

      • Ricky

        Hi Whitney, thank you for the inquiry. The entire distance of your guided walk is 7-8 kilometers each day without high, narrow, crumbling sections, super steep, scary drop offs, if that works for you. The hike normally covers 3-5 hours each day with some breaks regardless of individual fitness, age and /or length of stride. The difficulty of the hike is moderate for adults.

    • Ricky

      Hi Amy, Gubeikou Jinshanling Simatai West (East Gate ) 2 Day / 1 Night Hiking Tour doesn’t include such a scary section. The hike normally covers 3-5 hours each day with some breaks regardless of individual fitness, age and /or length of stride. The difficulty of the hike is moderate for adults, if it works for you.

  2. Gabriel

    Am an independent traveler looking to go on the Jiankou-Mutianyu Gubeikou-Jinshanling 2 Day / 1 Night Hiking Tour (22km/13.7miles). Can I be grouped together with others for this hike?

    Will be in Beijing from 13-18th October 2018. Please advise. thank you

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