I am visiting Beijing in September and was interested in doing the walk between Simatai and Jinshanling. My partner and I are both experienced walkers and would not normally be concerned about this but my partner recently had a fairly major operation and although will be pretty fit by September, if the climbing is too severe, she may find it too much. The Lonely Planet Guide describes the walk as ‘can be traversed without too much difficulty’ whilst the Great Wall China Info website says ‘steep beyond your imagination’. Which is correct?
Also does any tour company cover this route?