A new take on our hikes to the top section of the Switchback Great Wall.
Choose this hike if you’d like to a good walkabout in the hills that features one or two good tests of your legs!
We follow a concrete road up a long valley, and then into a leafy gully, passing through an ‘arrival at Rivendell’-esque crack in a cliff before making a truly gruelling slog up a hill to get on to the Great Wall.
From there we’ll follow the wall for a short before walking out down another long valley to complete the loop.
0–3km: gradually rising concrete road.
3–4km: gradually rising concrete path.
4–5.5km: gradually rising hill trails, some sections brushy.
5.5–6km: short hill climb, then down into a valley.
6–6.75km: big hill climb off track. 141m of ascent over 750m.
6.75–7.25km: repaired Great Wall.
7.5–10km: down hill trails, steep to begin with.
10–11km: concrete road back to the bus.
What to bring on this outing
- Packed lunch and snacks
- Warm clothes, gloves, and a hat
- A light rain coat or poncho, just in case
- Comfortable shoes with some grip on the soles
- (Click here to read our full What to Bring on a Hike list)
Reasons you might not enjoy this hike
- Some sections of the trail might be a little bushy and scratchy
- We’re on a concrete road for parts of the walk.
- We see a bit of Great Wall on the hike, but 95% of the hike is not on the wall.
- There’s a big climb up a hill that is steep, and there’s no clear trail.