Travel right on past touristy Badaling on the way out to a difficult Great Wall hike in the mountains overlooking the Guanting Reservoir in Yanqing. The climbing is steep and tough and we’ll take 4–5 hours to complete the 8.5km walk. For much of the hike we’ll be quite high up, peaking at 1,200m near the midpoint where the wall curves in a sharp switchback.
We have a shorter version of this hike – on this trip we’ll do the tougher, longer route, and we’re going to do it backwards!
Trail conditions: snow or ice on the trail would make this hike rather unenjoyable. We’ll get an update from our local friends before the hike, and if it doesn’t look good we’ll switch to a different hike.