Great Wall Hiking
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hiking in Beijing -Crouching Tiger Great Wall hike
A great wall hike on the rarely visited eastern part of the Gubeikou Great Wall. Here the Great wall is vast, green en wild and it’s crowned with a beautiful 2 story watch tower. The untouchable Fairy Tower lives a lonely life hidden on the cliff of Wohu mountain.
As usual we have a good lunch at a local farmhouse before we start our Great Wall adventure. From the farmhouse we will take an almost invisible trail trough the low bush towards the Great Wall. The trail is only used by shepherds these days. It will take us about 1.5 hour of uphill hiking till we reach the Great Wall. A normal physical condition is enough to make it to the top.
A short walk on top of the wall brings us past a few strong intact tower and seldom seen round tower. Here we will cross the wall and hike down for 1 hour trough the bush towards a tiny village at the other side of the mountain range where our driver will pick us up and drive us back to Beijing.
Level 2: easy – medium
3-4 hours hiking trips with a few climbs and trails might be slippery at times. An average physical condition is required. Usually kids older than 7 are ok with these hikes. When camping trips are marked as level 2 than camping gear is delivered at the campsite.
Gubeikou Great Wall is located in Town Gubeikou, County Miyun of Beijing. It is the most complete system of the Great Wall in China.It consists of the Great Wall of Beiqi Dynasty and Ming Dynasty, including four sections (Mountain Panlong, Mountain Wohu, Jinshanling and Simatai.) Gubeikou is the stronghold between two passes of Shanhai and Juyong. It is the key link from Liaodong Plain and Inner Mongolia to Central Plains. During dynasties of Liao, Jin, Yuan, Ming and Qing, big and small battles for Gubeikou have never been ceased. Therefore the Great Wall took a very important role in the history.
The ancient buildings and the remnants of the primitive Great Wall… you will love it.
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What you should bring:
Comfortable hiking or sport shoes and long trousers are recommended.
A small daypack to carry water
From October till April: warm jacket
From May till September: sun lotion & hat
Booking and Payment
You can reserve your place for the trip by clicking on “join this trip” and filling out the online booking form.
You will receive an automatic reply with an overview of your reservation and a link to PayPal.
You can click on the PayPal link and follow the instructions to make your online payment.
If you live in China and you wish to pay online in CNY you can do that trough Wchat. Our Wchat account is hikingchina
Kids younger than 18 receive 10% discount.
Members receive 20% discount.
Kids younger than 7 receive 50% discount.
Included in the price:
English speaking Guide
Lunch & water
Transport, guide, entrance tickets
Not included in the price:
You need to have travel insurance when you engage in our activities. Organizing this insurance from your own country is the best choice as China has different rules.
If you don’t have any insurance yet you can request a quote from our insurance partner Worldnomads
Cancelation made by the participant more than 1 week before the trip will entitle the participant 100% refund.
In case of cancelation by the participant 7 days or less before the trip there is no refund but you can reschedule your trip to another date.
If a trip gets canceled due to unforeseen circumstances (very bad weather, closed trails, heavy pollution, not enough people signed up for a trip or other acts of god) you will of course get a 100% refund.
Meeting point maps
July 27 was a great day for great Great Wall camping. The Gubeikou section of the great wall is always good for hiking but crouching tiger great wall is “the place” for great wall camping on a clear day. We started with a good lunch and a cold beer at a farmer house located at the foot of crouching tiger mountain.
Our hiking friends of today where Mala, Geoffrey, Maartin, Mark, Johny, Jack and Juliete. It was a strenuous hike to the top of the moutain range trough low bush under a burning sun and . But just like the Mongols 700 years ago that couldn’t stop us and within an hour or 2 we reached the great wall. We took a rest gulped some ice and absorbed the beauty of the surroundings. From here we had a great view on different sections of the great wall that are usually covered mist or clouds.
Another half hour walking and we reached our first watchtower with welcoming shade, a good place to drink eat some fruit and get our strength back. And we needed that because the next part of the hike is a bit more steep and we sometimes needed hands and feet to climb our way to the next towers.
The whole hike was worth it though. We put our back packs down on well preserved watch tower, put op our tents and enjoyed a good bbq with beer, wine, chicken, duck, turkey, some fruit, vegetables,…. and most important of all, a really nice group of new friends. We finished the evening with a some snaps on top of the tower. It’s was and excellent experience.
Nature save best for last and gave us a stunning sunrise. After breakfast it was only a 1 hour hike down before we could say hello again to the friendly farmer and his cold beer. Thank you all for making this a beautiful camping trip guys!
Fred & Heidi
Yesterday it rained cat and dogs and whatever comes down from a beijing sky, but today we had a wonderful bright sky and we could enjoy splendid eagle eye views from the top of the Wohushan great wall.
Our varied group of Chinese, German, Philiphino an Belgium started of in Gubeiko Village. As we started our ascend of the great wall the seize of trees went down and so did their beloved shadows (it was hhhhot). The low bush tried to hide the trail up the wall but as usual Heidi had no problem with that. 1 hour later we were already enjoying a sweet lunch in a well preserved watch tower.
With new strength we could now enjoy a relaxing walk on top of the wall. Just now and then a little climbing work, but that’s how we like it right? A smooth downhill hike brought us right back in the village where the local farmers welcomed us with a friendly smile and some sweet apricots. On the way back we bought some honey from a bee farmer and …got some more apricots…
It was a Great day. Nothing can beat a good hike, in a beautiful place with a small group of super friendly people. Thanks guys, hope to see you soon!
Heidi & Fred
Are you planning far ahead but your favorite trip is not on our schedule at the time you’re coming to China? Are you an indepentdant traveler that wants to keep the costs as low as possible? Just let us know your favorite trip and starting date at least 6 weeks in advance and we will add your trip to our hiking agenda. As soon as we have 6 people joining the trip we are good to go!
Are you planning far ahead but your favorite trip is not on our schedule at the time you’re coming to China?
Are you an independent traveler that wants to keep the costs as low as possible?
Just let us know your favorite trip and starting date at least 6 weeks in advance and we will add your trip to our hiking agenda.
As soon as we have 6 people joining the trip we are good to go!
Private tours are great ways to travel if you have a group of friends, family or colleagues ready to explore nature together.
Also for school trips or company team building activities, a private tour is the way to go.
We have experience guiding trips with up to 60 people from international schools and companies.
Price for private tours will vary depending on the number of people, the chosen transportation and accommodation.
Let us know your desires and we will customize a trip for you.