This Guy Hiked The Great Wall Of China And Barely Survived. He Captured Some Incredible Pictures

November 22, 2013

According to a guide book, you can hike the wall for approximately 4 days before finally reaching a village with supplies and transportation. Here is his documented story...that he almost didn't get to tell.

The trailhead. I can't deny that they did not warn me about the trail.

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The climate is hot and humid, but the views are great.

great wall of china hike

This section is not officially open to the public, however locals installed a ladder and charge money for entering the wall.

great wall of china hike

I did not find any water in that valley. I realize that I have a serious problem. However, I decided to move on anyway. I knew that was a bad decision, but I am not rational when I am thirsty.

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The wall is not completely restored from this point on.

At some point, I realize that I need water and that I have to walk all the way back into the village. On the way to the village, I stop to sweat and it feels very strange. I was on the edge of collapse at that point. I had the feeling that if I rest now, I would not be able to get up again.

Finally in the village,I collect as many empty bottles on the side of the road and fill them up at a water tap and purify the water. Now I have more than 8.5 liters. Time to restart the hike.

When I am up at the wall again in the late evening, there is a thunderstorm, and I am pretty exposed. After I took that picture, I start to run.

I find shelter in a tower on the wall.

Since it is dark, I decide to spend the night here. Pretty windy, but dry.

I start very early to avoid the heat of the day. I decide to hike as long as the water will get me. I realize that it is impossible to hike to the next village. Fortunately I found a full 2 liter bottle of water in that tower. It's good that I have water purification chemicals with me.

The wall is only partially restored here.

There is no trash anywhere and the trail is very small. I doubt many people come up here. There is nobody up there.

I don't have climbing experience, but I have to pass this cliff. The rocks were easy to climb, however the desolate stairs at the top freaked me out. I had to pull myself up on the loose stones. It was probably the most dangerous situation I've ever experienced. Even a broken leg can mean death through dehydration out here. I should have brought at least a cellphone.

On the steep steps above, I take a picture of myself, because I wanted to know how I look like when I am scared. I also realize, that I eventually have to go back down here.

The ridge is only a little bit restored. The original wall is just a pile of stones.

At the top of the first peak, I decide to return back down. There seems to be an old trail down there.

I crawled down there somehow. The trail was there, but so overgrown and hardly used, that I only saw it on the GPS. I slipped about 3 times on that path.

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At last a panoramic shot from the morning scene.


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