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Great Wall Hiking Tips

These are some of the most important hints and tips we find to help you have a better time hiking. Some are discussed on other pages of the site, while others are miscellaneous items just listed here. Have a great hike!

1. Preparations before hiking:

Choose proper shoes. Sneaker or trainers are well for tours less than 2 days. But you nee hiking boots if it is more than 3 days. Hiking boots protect your angles well and save your energy.

Alpenstocks. We have 30 Italy-made Masters alpenstocks free for you.

Bottled water and snacks. We provide Nestle bottled water, snickers, and fruits.

Clothes: Most of the Great Wall sections are located in the draught, so suitable clothes are necessary.

You'd better hike in groups, at least three people in one group, so you can help each other. But too many people in one group is not a good idea because it will cause a lot trouble and bring inconvenience.

Get enough information,about the place you are going to hike, its landform, plants, weather; and you need to know about yourself, people suffering some certain diseases are not suitable to hike.

Know clearly how long or far you are capable of walking: keep walking several hours and you will know your limit, and next time make your walk much longer. You are getting better and better.

2. Tips during your hiking:

When hike in summer, avoid walking in the time of 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. And you need to take enough water and wear a hat.

Control your hiking speed. Generally, start and end slowly, quicker in the middle. Take a long break in the noon time and make sure the rest place dry and not directly beaten by the sunshine.

Make sure enough sleep time and sufficient nutrition. Do not take too much solid food. Some fruits and vegetables will make you much more energetic.

"Eat and drink more in your hiking" - do not misunderstand it. It means drink and eat frequently, but small quantity in every time. You need to drink some water before you climb up a huge slope, and make your drinks salty if it is a hot day.

3. Useful walking skills:

Please walk in a speed that you feel comfortable: do not walk too fast, that will waste your energy and get you tired soon. If you are walking with many other people, you'd better choose a companion who walks in the same speed with you.

Don't ignore the sceneries along the way: tone up your body is just one of your goals of hiking, so do not make yourself too tired to appreciate other beautiful things. Remember that most appropriate speed is which you can walk a whole day with.

Find your own way of walking: everybody walks a lot in the daily life, so you know clearly the most suitable way to walk, by which to use your energy to the fullest extent.

You need to take a 10 minutes' break in every 50-minute-walk. Of course that depends on your own physical condition.

Foot blister: it is because the sweat makes the epidermis soft, and after long time's scraping, some tissue fluid leaks out and makes a blister. So be careful: do not start your steps too fast, to make your body adapted to the sport situation, or you will be flustered, faint or vulnerable, etc.

Stride in level road or gentle slope. It is a scientific way to reduce your legs' swinging and save your energy.

Stay focus: taking, tracing and playing with each other burn your energy and divert your attention. Thus, sight watching, communication, and little entertainment should be done when you are not walking forward.

Hold out a little longer when you feel exhausted, and then you will become energetic again.

Keep a certain distance with each other in your group: it is generally 2-3 meters to keep the whole group's integrity and safety.

Catch your rhythm of walking: look forward, and do not stare at your shoes. Make your hands easy and make your kneel straight after you stepping out. Do not put one of your hands in the pocket and another one holding your baggage, it will make you easily get hurt if slip up. Wear gloves if it is cold out there.