We took the tour with Great Wall Hiking in early July. The entire process was smooth and professional.
I contacted Gary about the hike in May. He was prompt to reply. In our interactions, he was always clear, friendly, and flexible. His English is impeccable. The information in the PDF provided by the company is clear and detailed.
On the day of the hike, our guide Jason and our driver Mr Zhang arrived early to pick us up. Jason is a great guide — he’s open, knowledgeable, and has interesting perspectives to share. The pace of the hike was good, Jason’s explanations were informative, and the lunch was tasty. We left and came back as per schedule.
When we look back on our trip, this tour was a highlight. We spent one month in China, went to many museums, historical sites, etc. The Great Wall tops anything I have seen in China and elsewhere in the world. There is just no other place that will offer you both a site of great historical significance and human genius, but also breath-taking views of nature. Hiking the wall means walking over mountains for kilometers onwards on a historical monument.
Could you do this on your own and pay less? Sure. But it would probably a pain. Knowing exactly which part of the wall to go to, getting dropped and picked up there, getting to speak to an informed local with a rich background… That’s all worth the price, especially since China is only slowly reopening to foreigners and there are many hurdles to get over. If you want to have a perfect, worryfree experience, I’d recommend you book the tour immediately.
I’m already thinking about when I can go back next and book the longer trip with Great Wall Hiking!