FAQ

What you should bring:

 

Comfortable hiking or sport shoes are recommended.

For every 2 people 1 should bring a medium size daypack.

Your camera & your favorite drink for during/after dinner

Toilet paper and flashlight

 

From October till April: warm clothes for during the evening.

From May till September: bring sun lotion & hat

 

 

Booking and Payment

 

You can reserve your place for the trip by clicking on “join this trip” and filling out our online booking form.  You will receive an automatic reply with an overview of your reservation and a link to PayPal.  You can follow the PayPal link and instructions and make your online payment.

 

Payment on the day of the hike is possible on request and in CNY only.

People who prefer to pay cash agree to make an online payment for their reservation in case they cancel less than 4 days before the scheduled departure.

 

Discounts:

 

Kids younger than 18  receive 10% discount.

Members receive 20% discount.

Kids younger than 7 receive 50% discount.

 

Included in the price:

 

English speaking guide

All camping gear (back packs, tent, mats, sleeping bags),

Food (lunch, dinner, breakfast) & water

Transport, guide, entrance tickets

 

Not included in the price:

 

Insurance. You need to have travel insurance when you engage in our activities. Organizing this insurance from your own country is the best choice as China has different rules. If you don’t have any insurance we can buy a basic outdoor insurance for you. Price is 40CNY/pp including service charge.

 

Cancelation policy.

Cancelation made by the participant more than 3 days before the trip will entitle the participant 100% refund.

 

In case of cancelation by the participant 3 days or less before the trip there is no refund but you can reschedule your trip to another date.

 

If a trip gets canceled due to unforeseen circumstances (very bad weather, closed trails, heavy pollution, not enough people signed up for a trip or other acts of god) you will of course get a 100% refund.

 

3 to 4 days before the trip we will send you an email with trip updates and the phone number of the guide.  You can also contact us for a trip update at any time.

 

Bad weather plan.

In case of rainy weather we might change the location of the hike.

If the weather is too bad for camping we will go hiking but stay overnight in a farmhouse.

 

Meeting point maps

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  • Hike  levels

All the hike levels are described for people with an average, healthy physical condition.   Hikes become harder during the hot and humid summer months and easier during the cooler and dry winter, spring and fall months.  All our hikes are done at a relax speed that gives you time to enjoy the scenery and take pictures.
Level 1:(2)-S_副本 easy

Hikes that take around 2-3 hours and have only easy slopes to climb and easy trails to walk on. These trips are good for families with young kids and people with a less than average physical condition.  Very few of our hikes will be listed as easy.

Level 2:捕获 easy – medium

Most day hikes will be listed as level 2. These day hikes will be 3-4 hours hiking trips with moderate climbs.  An average physical condition is enough to enjoy these hikes. Usually kids older than 7 are ok with these hikes.  Camping trips with a level 2 mark will always have the camping gear delivered.

Level 3:捕获1 medium-strong

These are hikes where you need a  good physical condition. Hikes marked as level 3 are usually long day hikes or day hikes that include a steep uphill hike and/or trails where you need some balance. Usually kids form the age of 10 are ok with these trips.

All camping trips where you need to carry the camping gear are listed as medium strong.  If you have a strong partner who can carry the camping gear for you than you can join even if you only have an average physical condition.

Level 4:捕获2 strong

Challenging trips for people in good shape. They are often multi day trekking or trips with more dangerous ascents or descents.

 

*Note: If we mention more than 1 level it means there will be different trails available on the hike.

 

  • What equipment do we need? 

For our Beijing Great Wall hikes:

Make sure you are wearing comfortable walking shoes, hiking shoes are even better.

It is a good idea to wear long trousers as many hikes go trough low bush.

Beijing has warm and humid summers. Dress and pack light during these months. Don’t forget to bring sun lotion and a hat.

Winters are cold and dry. Warm and windproof clothes are excellent during the winter months. During snowy days we will bring crampons that you can slide over your shoes so you can hike safely.

Spring (April) and fall (October) are very short so follow up closely on the the weather during these months.

For our China Adventures

Check the recommendations listed on the trip info

 

  • What equipment do you provide?

For all hikes we provide walking sticks and simple crampons to slide over your shoes in case of snow.

For camping trips we provide all camping gear and back packs.
Our mats are self inflatable, small and weigh about 800 grams.
Our backpacks are strong and comfortable 2kg / 65 +10l backpacks from Kailas or Berghaus. They are large enough to fit all camping gear.for 3 people.
We offert 1, 2 and 3 person tents. Most of the tents are from the Kailas brand and they all weigh under 2 kg.
Our sleeping bags are high quality. Our winter sleeping bags are comfortable till a temperature of 0 degrees. The summer sleeping bags are comfortable till a minimum temperature 8 degrees.

 

  • Do we need to bring food or water?

We take care of all food and water . For all trips it is a good idea to bring some energy snacks like nuts, chocolate, candy, energy bar, dry beef,…. For camping trips you favourite drink for during/after dinner is recommended :-)

  • Do we need insurance?

You do need insurance to join our trips. We can arrange hiking insurance for you but it is always better to relay on your own travel insurance. The hikes we do are not listed under adventure sports and are usually covered by your travel insurance.

  • What do you do for safety?

All our trails are chosen for their beauty and most important for their safety.

All our guides receive a yearly refreshment in first aide by a professional foreign doctor.
Our guides and drivers are always connected with each other and the mountain rescue teams with long range walki talkies.
We have an excellent understanding with local people that are always willing to support and help us in case of problems.
Our guides always carry a first aid kit and a stretcher for emergency situations.

  • Contact information:

When you sign up for a hike the telephone number is optional. If you dont have a phone please give us the contact number of your hotel.

  • How do we pay?

When you sign up for a trip you will receive a link to our Paypal account.  Paying in cash is possible on request.

  • Do we have an English speaking guide?

All our trips are guided by an English speaking guide.

  • How do we reach our hiking destination?

At the meeting point Lama temple our private bus will wait for us.

  • What means “open tour?

Open tour means that we put your favorite tour on the agenda. Our hiking prices are calculated on a minimum of 6 people. If you re only one or two person than the cost of the trip will be higher. If you put a tour on the agenda (1 month in advance)than other people can join your tour and the price will be as mentioned on the website.

  • There are to many locations, how can I choose the best one?

Write us an email with your wishes and expectations and we will assist you in making the best choice. Or just have a look at our pictures. Most locations show pictures in all four seasons.

  • We have small kids and older people in our group, can we join a hike?

Of course you can. We have been hiking with people form 3 till 80 years old and they all loved it. Good wild great wall is accessible for everybody!

 

 

Request open tour or private tour

Open tour 

Are you planning far ahead but your favorite trip is not on our schedule at the time you’re coming to China?

Are you an independent traveler that wants to keep the costs as low as possible?

Just let us know your favorite trip and starting date at least 6 weeks in advance and we will add your trip to our hiking agenda.

As soon as we have 6 people joining the trip we are good to go!

 

Private tour 

Private tours are great ways to travel if you have a group of friends, family or colleagues ready to explore nature together.

Also for school trips or company team building activities, a private tour is the way to go.

We have experience guiding trips with up to 60 people from international schools and companies.

Price for private tours will vary depending on the number of people, the chosen transportation and accommodation.

Let us know your desires and we will customize a trip for you.

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