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"Thank you so much for all your help during the whole experience. It was a lot of fun getting to know you and learning all about the Chinese culture. The trek was a challenge at times but your encouragement and support pulled us through! You have made our time even more enjoyable and I wish you the best of luck and happiness in the future! "

--- Sinead, UK Participant, Summer 2010

 Great Wall Charity Trek Safety Management

Student Charity Adventure Group at Old Dragon's Head and Great Wall Museum.



While we put an emphasis on fun and teamwork when leading Great Wall and China charity adventurers, our overriding and No.1 concern is and always will be the safety and well being of our participants. We realize that a Great Wall trek that is un-safe in any way can be highly problematic and dangerous. Our inclusive and wide-ranging safety coordination system is designed to address all needs and concerns when it comes to our trekker’s welfare. In 15 years of leading Great Wall treks, in addition to adventure travel throughout all of China, our safety record is 100%, and we plan on keeping it that way.

Our safety support system starts with our hike guides and leaders. They have been put through the rigors of the most demanding and comprehensive training available to trek leaders in China, and you won’t find more prepared and professional guides anywhere in China’s travel industry. We personally guarantee that our hike guides and leaders can competently handle any emergency that may occur. Our guides are prepared and ready for any and all situations that may arise, and have extensive training in first aid and risk management. In addition, all our guides are equipped with satellite phones and GPS devices. Before undertaking one of our school expedition hikes, we will conduct a meeting with all participants the day before to go over all the safety rules and guidelines that the hike will entail. One example of our guides’ expertise occurred during he past summer. While leading a Great Wall trek one hiker suddenly came under a sudden case of psychosis. The guide handled the situation by immediately getting in touch with the local medical support staff, and stayed with the young hiker all night until he was safely cleared to resume physical activity. After the expedition we will review the expedition with all guides and leaders, where we will evaluate their travel reports and any suggestions made, making certain that any occurrence of risk or danger is minimized. This process continually improves our Great Wall hikes.

In addition to our guides we put additional insurance from PICC on the existing insurance that every participant already has before undertaking this trip. PICC is China's largest casualty and accident insurer and is used by most travel agencies in China. PICC is also used by all of our on-duty travel guides. Because of its dedication to excellent service, PICC was an official partner of 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.


Furthermore, we will monitor the progress of the trek according to the itinerary through daily contact with guides during the trip. Of course, we will also continually confer and coordinate with our US and UK partners, ensuring that every school expedition is conducted up to their standards to the letter. We leave absolutely nothing to chance, and know that earning one’s trust and confidence is the first step to a great and successful expedition.


Great Wall Adventure Club has over 15 years of experience in providing adventure travel in China, with most of that experience coming in the form of Great Wall hiking and camping. Since beginning operation 9 years ago, there have been zero accidents or any insurance claims tours for any individuals or groups undergoing a tour with us. With multi-day hikes and large groups of student and charity trekkers, this is no small feat. Unlike some other Chinese travel agencies, safety is our overwhelmingly #1 priority, and everything we do leads back to this concept. We have a sterling record because we have developed a sophisticated system in assessing risks and various forms of management crises as described below in detail.


1. Heavy rain/thunder storm in the summer, mainly from mid-July to mid-August –

Risk Assessment: Watch and monitor the weather forecast, re-route, drive more carefully, prepare raincoats and other necessary equipment, or postpone the tour to a later date if possible.

Crisis Management: If it rains in the middle of the hike, find any form of shelter on the Great Wall (say watchtowers), retreat to a nearby local village or safe place to avoid thunder or rain. Call home office or the nearest local individuals for help or rescue.

2. Snow in Winter -

Risk Assessment: Watch and monitor the weather forecast, re-route, drive more carefully or simply postpone the tour to a later date if possible.

Crisis Management: If it snows during the hike, find the closest and clearest way to go down the mountain to safe ground. ?If this is not possible, find a watchtower or any kind of shelter to stay in, or call for the nearest individuals nearby for help or rescue.


1. Risk Assessment: Before hiking or reserving a client, we ask his/her health condition to make sure it is suitable for their upcoming program. We also have various warnings on our program pages on the GWAC website. We also have up-to-date local hospital information for our guides on every kind of hike or tour. Our guides are certified to provide First Aid so that they can provide instant help. For groups on a longer multi-day hike, we have support vehicles that are standing by to send the patient/injured to the hospitals.

2. If sick or injured, we’ll contact the local hospitals and local partners (farmers) for rescue or help.


1. Risk Assessment: Make sure all vehicles are in good operating condition. Drivers are never permitted to drink and must be in good health. We consistently our review drivers’ records. For any driver who speeds or does not rest properly to be ready for work, we’ll fire him/her immediately.

2. Crisis Management: Backup vehicle is always ready when there’s a flat tire or any other kind of incident. If a serious accident occurs, we’ll call an emergency vehicle to transport to the nearest hospital. Patients can also be transported to the closest local village to wait for more help.


1. Risk Assessment: a) We thoroughly ensure that all camping facilities are clean to avoid any health troubles; b) We always camp in structurally sound and safe watchtowers or the Great Wall; c)We use high quality tents to prevent water or any kind of leakage

2. Crisis Assessment: In case of severe weather, close camping tents immediately if necessary.


1. Risk Assessment: While adventure tours are our main purpose, we will limit the food and beverage choice to be less adventurous in order to make sure that it is healthy for Western sensibilities. We also ask the local restaurants to make sure the meat and vegetables are fresh and clean. In some cases, we will personally prepare our breakfasts for the taste of our Western customers. We also have prepared medicines for allergic or any other kind of negative reactions.

2. Crisis Assessment: If there is an onset of sickness brought about by the food or drink, patients can take the medicine provided them or be sent to the nearest hospital.




There is no international hospital in the Great Wall area. The Wall area is very rural and far from the city. In the event of minor injuries, we will send to the nearest local hospital for immediate help. For serious injury of life-threatening incidents, we will have three ways to ask for help.


1) 114. Police. The incidents have never happened to us. In the past, when a couple of incidents happened with some individual hikers (not organized), the first contact was through the police. The police will set up the rescue. The police has the helicopter and more facilities. We can suggest using Peking Union Medical College Hospital for the treatment because there is an international department where doctors can speak English. It is in Beijing.


2) The Blue Sky Rescue. Website This is an international rescue organization with locations in every province of China. This a very professional organization involved in several rescues at the Great Wall. First contact number is 110. Then 400-600-9958.


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