TCW - Walking the Great Wall - Apr 13

Just booked this trip for the April 13 departure and wondering who else will be going.


Hi Michelle,

My friend (Sue) and I have booked this trip, we are really excited! Is departure not April 12th?

Hi Emma,

The departure date for you may be the 12th if you are coming from the UK but the land only tour date starts on the 13th. I'm coming from Canada so maybe see different options than those in the UK :)

I'm excited as well - first time to China (outside of the airports). Just got back from an Exodus' trekking trip in India in September. Have you and Sue travelled with Exodus before?


Hi Michelle!

I'm Sue (travelling with Emma!). I haven't used Exodus before but have heard very good things. How was India? I'm just back from a retreat in Thailand and my next trip is China! Excited to have this already planned. Need to sort visa and then walking bits and warm clothes for the evening as it is going to be cold I think. Can look into these between Xmas and New Year!!

Hi Sue,

India was amazing! I have done two hiking trips to India with Exodus and both were great. I've done a couple of other Exodus trips before as well and have always had a great experience.

I need to look into the visa as well and think about packing. Hopefully I won't need to buy too much as I have a lot of stuff from India that should work fine for this trip :).

Just over 4 months to go!


Hi Michelle,

What kind of items are you taking? This is my first walking trip so i have no idea! Will you carry all of your stuff in a rucksak or case?

Any tips are greatly appreciated as i am used to taking a huge case and laying on the beach!! :o)

I look forward to meeting you and hearing about your travels.


Hi Emma,

I have a pretty large rolling dufflebag type suitcase that I bring and then I have my daypack for the hike during the day. I find the wheels are more useful than being able to put it on my bag as 99% of the time on the trips I've been on I haven't needed to carry my suitcase for too long.

I will bring my trekking poles as I heard they can be useful for some of the parts of the wall. I have to review the trip notes but I seem to recall that we didn't need to bring a sleeping bag so my suitcase will probably be less cramped than usual :) Read that it can be cool at night so definitely will bring a fleece and a hat and gloves.

Looking forward to the trip and meeting you and Sue. I'm trying to work off the holiday indulgence over the next few months!

I did this trip in October 2015. We had the best time! It was so amazing! Our tour guide Kevin was the best! If you meet him tell him that ;)
I had a big suitcase with me and so did most of the others. It was no problem as we didn't need to carry it for long distances and we always had help from the bus driver and kevin.
Bring warm clothes as it gets cold in some of the guesthouses at night. For the walking you need different layers of clothes. From a light t-shirt to fleece and wind jacket. We had to change layers often as the temperature changes a lot from hiking up to the wall in the forest and on top of it in the sun or cold wind.
Going with Exodus to Jordan this year, can't wait.
Hope you all have a good trip!


Thanks for the tips both, that's so helpful . I will take a suitcase then.

Isa - do you recommend doing the terracotta warriors? I really want to see this however i don't want to take away from walking on the wall and i am worried it will be too tiring/rushed.


Hi Isa,

Thanks for the tips and glad to hear the trip was enjoyable. I'm looking forward to it! Enjoy Jordan - I haven't been yet but it's on my list :)


Some from our group did the terracotta warrior extansion. I wish I could have done it but needed to fly home to work :(
They did enjoy it but it was a bit rushed and you don't have a guide with you all the time.

Hi Emma,

I am booked for the Xian extension to see the terracotta warriors. I have heard from friends that it is definitely worth the visit.

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