Hiking Checklist – The Essentials for Hiking Great Wall of China

Proper Hiking Gear For An Enjoyable Great Wall Hike

The Essentials for Hiking Great Wall


Hiking Great Wall of China has many benefits for both body and soul. The gear necessary to enjoy a memorable Great Wall hike is minimal and constitutes a modest investment compared to the wealth of benefits it confers.

Hiking Boots or Sneakers

Quality hiking boots are necessary, especially for multi day hiking. A good pair of boots is sturdy, water-resistant and fits well. Superior boots will enhance the hiking experience; inferior ones will cause much pain and sorrow, so it is important to choose a well-fitting pair.

The Essentials for Hiking Great Wall of China


Water Bottles

A water bottle, even on short hikes, is a necessity. One should always carry water as dehydration can cause premature tiredness; a good gulp of water is always welcome on the trail. Most water bottles for hiking will fasten to a belt or have an adjustable waist or shoulder strap to secure them.

Water Bottles for hiking



On longer hikes a backpack might also be necessary to carry trail food and other necessities. On a hike of several hours the body will consume many calories which need replacement. A handful of trail mix, an apple or a bit of chocolate can restore the energy needed to complete the hike.

The Essentials for Hiking Great Wall Beijing



A good compass is essential for self-guided hiking tour if the hike is in unfamiliar territory. In most  sections of the Wall the trails are well-marked. However, in Jiankou area trails do intersect other trails and a wrong turn at an intersection can add miles to a hike. You may get lost, become bear food, and never be heard from again. So it would be helpful to take a compass.

The Essentials for Hiking Great Wall of China Beijing


Other items which are nice to have on the trail are a pedometer, camera, hiking stick and hat to ward off an unexpected shower. A hat with a brim is also helpful to keep annoying gnats at bay.

The hiker may also want a notepad and pencil to note things to remember about a particular trail, be it favorite wildflower locations, some memorable incident or wildlife sighting.

Since many trails transverse forests and wild lands a small digital camera is also helpful for photographing memorable sights along the trail.

The Essentials for Hiking Great Wall of China in Beijing


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