The Switchback Great Wall is one of our favourite places for escaping the crowds and tackling some challenging climbs. Because we travel out past the very popular tourist sections near Badaling, we are left with an unrestored stretch of the Great Wall all to ourselves.
For today’s hike we followed the middle section of the Switchback Great Wall, which meant we kept some of the good climbs but skipped the really steep parts that make the full route such a tough hike.
The hike started off at a little village, where we would later return for big late lunch. We followed a dirt trail up to the wall and then walked the wall towards the General’s Tower, the highest point of the hike.
After reaching the General’s Tower the weather changed for the worse – snow and strong winds – so we didn’t rest for too long before we continued our hike. We headed down along the Great Wall and then followed a valley trail back down to the village.
The views from the wall were really impressive and the snow made it look spectacular. Check out all the photos below!