Walking the Great Wall

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5.0 Based on 36 Reviews
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  • Trekking
  • Adventure
  • Cultural, religious and historic sites
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  • duration 9 days
  • tour type Group
  • age requirement 16+ yrs
  • max group size 16
  • guiding method Live Guide/Instructor
  • Starts Beijing, China
  • Ends Beijing, China
  • +2
Tour with Flexible Booking Policy
  • Change dates It is free to change your tour start date within 30 days of departure.
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HIGHLIGHTS Download trip notes
  • Trek alongside mountains on lesservisited parts of the wall
  • Experience rural life first hand in little villages
  • Guided tour or Beijing's 'hutongs', Tiananmen Square & the Forbidden City
  • Possibility to add Terracotta Warrior extension
Starting and ending in Beijing, the "Walking The Great Wall" trip is a guided trekking trip that takes 9 days. You will travel through Huanghuacheng, Jiankou and Beijing in China. "Walking The Great Wall" is a small group trip which includes accommodation, meals and others.

Stepping out across the peaceful semi-ruin of a section of the Great Wall is like walking in the footsteps of the past. Far from the tourist crowds we are able to get a great sense of the scale and majesty of this remarkable piece of engineering without rushing through in a big group. We trek along various contrasting sections of the wall, both dilapidated and rebuilt stretches. The old portions have a romantic feel, but the new ones may look odd to people who are used to seeing their ancient monuments in a poor state, though since the wall was constructed over a 2000 year period, the new sections are just a continuation of that process. We will get closer to day-to-day life in rural China before returning to Beijing, a city steeped in history yet plunging headlong into modernity.
5 - Excellent
Based on 36 reviews
  • Anonymous
  • On Nov 09 2019
4 - Very Good
A lovely introduction to the Great Wall of China
“The Great Wall is even more mind-blowing than in your imagination and doing this fantastic trip at the end of October is a great time to see it. We had beautiful autumn colours, with pleasant, warm days and slightly cooler mornings and evenings, and it's not crowded with visitors. It's suitable for people who are fit and enjoy walking, but it's most definitely not a trek, so if that's your thing you may not enjoy it as much as we did.You get to visit different parts of the wall - from the restored and more touristy, to completely wild and unrestored and we appreciated seeing these different facets. The toboggan at Mutianyou is a hoot so it's well worth giving yourself time to fit that in.The food was good quality and varied (though see below if you're veggie).The hotel in Beijing (Golden Sun Commercial Hotel) was very nice; a little away from the city centre but we enjoyed wandering the local hutongs, parks and temples and we easily got into town via the subway (Guang'anmennei station is an easy walk from the hotel).”
  • Anonymous
  • On Aug 29 2019
5 - Excellent
Great trip, great company and a plenty of sticky rice!!!
“Excellent trip from beginning to end and thoroughly recommend it. This was my third Exodus trip and I can not recommend Exodus enough as a travel company!”
  • Anonymous
  • On Aug 10 2019
4 - Very Good
Fantastic trip
“Another well organised and memorable trip by Exodus. Varied activity and ran very smoothly including transport, accommodation and food. Guide very knowledgeable and passionate about his country. Would definitely recommend.”
  • Anonymous
  • On Jun 04 2019
5 - Excellent
Fantastic walking trip
“Fantastic holiday walking the Great Wall .... great group leader and lovely group of people.We both found The Wall absolutely amazing and China is such an interesting country to visit.Would love to go back to visit another part.”
  • Day 1: Arrive Beijing; free afternoon and Beijing duck dinner
  • Day 2: Drive to Huanghuacheng Great Wall section; afternoon begin trekking.
  • Day 3: Morning trek from Mutianyu to Jiankou, passing many watchtowers. 
  • Day 4: A challenging but beautiful morning trek at Jiankou’s ‘wild’ wall; transfer to Gubeikou and explore this section.
  • Day 5: Hike the Great Wall Jinshanling section; transfer back to Gubeikou.
  • Day 6: The most challenging walk today along the Panlongshan section; return to Gubeikou for the night.
  • Day 7: Majiagou Hill walk with views of Crouching Tiger Great Wall; drive to Beijing via Niangniang Temple.
  • Day 8: Beijing city tour visiting hutongs, Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City.  
  • Day 9: Our trips ends today in Beijing after breakfast.
  • All accommodation All transport and listed activities
  • All breakfasts, 6 lunches and 6 dinners included
  • Arrival & departure transfers
  • Tour leader throughout
  • Any international flights to/from Beijing are not included in this price. We always recommend that you arrive 1 day prior to your tour starting date.
  • Travel insurance is not included in this Walking the Great Wall tour. Travel insurance is mandatory to buy. We recommend purchasing it from World Nomads.
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No additional cancellation fees apply for this Walking the Great Wall tour. You can cancel the tour up to 62 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 61 days of departure.


For any tour departures within 28 November 2021, full payment is required. For tours that depart later than 28 November 2021, a deposit of 10% is required to confirm this tour, and the remaining balance will be charged 61 days before trip departure.

Travel Insurance

Walking the Great Wall tour requires that you have adequate and valid travel insurance covering medical and personal accidents, including repatriation costs and emergency evacuation. We recommend using World Nomads' travel insurance.


For this Walking the Great Wall tour getting the required visa(s) is the responsibility for each individual traveller, as visa requirements vary depending on your nationality. We recommend to check with your local embassies representing the countries that you are travelling to, as part of this itinerary.

COVID-19 Safety Measures

This trip incorporates the following COVID-19 measures:

  • This tour has received the World Travel and Tourism Council’s ‘Safe Travels’ stamp, which provides travellers with assurance that COVID-19 health and hygiene protocols have been adhered to.
  • An average group size of maximum 10 people have been implemented on this tour to protect against COVID-19. Local authority requirements will furthermore be followed.
  • Wearing a mask, hand washing and sanitizing has been implemented on this package tour. Frequently touched surfaces are regularly disinfected. Hygiene safety measures and distancing will furthermore be followed in transportation, accommodation and meal venues.
  • Several COVID-19 distancing measures have been adopted on this package tour to keep travellers safe.
If you have any question about this tour or need help with planning a trip, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us. We're ready to help.
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