Welcome to Wild Great Wall, a passionate initiative born on a sunny afternoon in Beijing on November 28, 2011, as Ricky and Navin lounged in Costa Coffee, dreaming of something bigger.
Here’s our story:
A Journey Inspired by Nature: I, Ricky, hail from the wooded mountain town of Sichuan province in southwest China.
Blessed with a rich heritage, I developed a love for nature, traveling extensively through South East Asia, India, Spain, Egypt, and Western Europe in my early 30s.
Living close to remote places, where traditions were untouched by tourism, allowed me to embrace the authentic beauty of these locales.
However, I also witnessed the downside: large tour groups putting stress on the land, leading to soil erosion, pollution, and destruction of natural habitats.
A Calling to Protect and Preserve: Navin and I observed the unfortunate remnants of human neglect – garbage and abandoned camping equipment littering the Great Wall, and ecological areas destroyed by human-caused fires.
It was clear to us that responsible travel, focusing on conservation and respect for local communities, was not just a choice but a necessity.
We knew we could create a positive change.
Our mission became to:
- Encourage eco-friendly travel to Beijing.
- Limit our physical impact.
- Provide authentic experiences that benefit both travelers and host communities.
- Support local businesses like farmers’ guesthouses, restaurants, and campsites, enhancing local economies and environments.
- Foster the values of sustainability, without succumbing to the pitfalls of mass tourism.
Wild Great Wall: Our Vision and Promise: Our story is not just about travel; it’s about our memories, friendships, experiences, and the planet’s historical heritage.
It’s about making conscious choices to reduce our impact on the environment.
Our aim is to make your journey to the Great Wall a meaningful one, filled with enjoyment, knowledge, and genuine interaction with the local culture.
We promote smaller group experiences that emphasize connection rather than consumerism.
In our eco-friendly and vibrant world, we strive for more than just sightseeing.
We aim to create lasting memories and sustainable practices that honor our shared heritage and respect our Earth.
Join us in our journey.
Ricky & Navin are excited to welcome you to a different kind of adventure – one filled with humor, love for nature, and responsibility towards our shared home.