Steven is a very nice guy. we meet at the train station in Beijing, where we then took a public bus to get to the great wall. it was a 2 hour ride. At the bus station we got picked up by a friend of Steven who dropped us of at the beginning of the trail. We started the hike around 5pm. It was a very remote hike. Once we reached the great wall, we left our luggage at our camping spot and started to take a walk in one direction. The views were stunning. I got to experience a beautiful sunset on the great wall. Once we set up our tents, which were provided by Steven, like the sleeping bag, the mattress and a headlamp, we looked for a wind covered place to have dinner. Steven prepared a very heartwarming dinner with self made bread, pre cooked potatoes, nuts, corn vegetables and a beer. We had a great time and talked until late in the evening. The next morning we got up at 4am in order to see the sunrise. Went back to bed at 5am and slept 2 more hours. At 7, we had breakfast, which were fruits, meat and some leftovers from the night before. The hike was amazing and it was the true great wall experience I was hoping to get. The trail was at some points quite challenging and overall we only meet 5 other people in a two day hike. we arrived at the village around 2 pm where Stevens friend waited for us at his home. He cooked a delicious lunch. Afterwards he drove us to the bus station and went back home. I will never forget this weekend and it truly was the highlight of my china trip. Definitely recommend his tour 10/10 for anyone who really wants to experience the great wall!
Julian · June, 2019