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Jinshanling Great Wall to Gubeikou Great Wall Hike (1 day )
This is a 12-km hike from the renovated staircases of Jinshanling Great Wall to the authentic fortresses of the Gubeikou Great Wall. The scenery here is stunning and the opportunities to take photos are endless. The Jinshanling Great Wall to Gubeikou Great Wall hike is quite long but we can regain our strength during lunch at a local farmhouse after 30% of the hike. Because there is no need to climb the steep trails, a normal physical condition is enough to enjoy this trip.
From our meeting point (Lama temple subway station exit B) our van will head northeast for about 2 hours to the border of Beijing and the Hebei province.
Jinshanling Great Wall
The hike starts with a climb of the infamous staircases of the Jinshanling Great Wall. The Jinshanling section has a total length of 10km with intact watchtowers almost every 100 meters. As we walk south, the Jinshanling Great Wall becomes less renovated, tourists become sparse and new views unfold. Just before we reach the restricted military zone we take a detour of the wall and climb up a hilltop where we have a fantastic 360 degrees view of the Great Wall winding on the mountain ridges.
We head down a small dirt trail that leads to a local farmer who will serve us an excellent lunch. With the renewed strength, we follow a 5-km trail that curls alongside the wall, over the hills, through a small forest and pops out of the bush at the General tower of the Gubeikou Great Wall. Here we have reached the highest point of the day and another magical place for pictures.
Gubeikou Great Wall
The Winding Dragon section and Crouching Tiger section of Gubeikou Great Wall are stretched out in front of you. We hike the Gubeikou Great Wall till the 5th watchtower and take a small dirt trail down the ridge, through the bush till we reach a small lake where our driver waits for us. By 7pm we will be back at our meeting point in Beijing.
Level 3: Medium-strong
We give Jinshanling to Gubeikou Great Wall hike a level 3 rating because it is quite a long hike. However there are no steep climbs which makes it enjoyable for everybody with an average physical condition. The fact that we take a lunch break after 1/3rd of the hike helps as well. One important factor for this trip is also the season. Outside the summer this can be rated as “easy-medium”. During hot summer days we would rate the Jinshanling to Gubeikou hike “medium-strong” as there is very little shade on the trail.
The Great Wall at Jinshanling is about 155 kilometers away from downtown Beijing and stretches from Miyun county of Beijing to Luanping county of Hebei province. Jinshanling connects to the Great Wall at Simatai in the east and Great Wall at Gubeikou in the west.
The Jinshanling Great Wall was first constructed in Northern Qi dynasty (550-577), with the wall, fortresses and passes. When the Ming dynasty was established in 1368, the famous general, Xu Da supervised and directed the construction of the Great Wall between...
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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.
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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
The happy prospect of another expedition with China Hiking. We join the crowded highway heading out of Beijing. Many are leaving a crowded place in order to spend their free time among more crowds. But we are heading for solitude, to a wilder section of the wall where there are no vendors or garbage bins.
This solitude is remarkably easy to find. The watchtowers stand alone. There are two main seasons up here. The green season and the brown season. At this time of the year (the last part of the green foliage season in our case) wild apples and berries can be picked and enjoyed en route. The sun is shining and there is a pleasant breeze.
The wall never fails to impress as it snakes across the landscape. The shapes of distant hills layered into the horizon in various shades of grey. It is a photogenic place and I have never witnessed any hiker up here who has been disappointed with the views.
I have brought a bicycle with me. I like to think it’s the first one that has ever made it to this section of the wall. It’s not a real one, but a model. A gift from a friend who cannot be here because of work commitments, but who I hope will appreciate being remembered. This mini-bike looks remarkably at home nestled among the stones of the watch towers and crennelations of the wall borders. I can’t help thinking about the sentries and guards who watched over this place. They would have found these full sized metal and aluminum horses incredibly useful. It was to be hundreds years before other invaders brought bicycles to this land.
Fred and I rxchange comments of enthusiasm about the place. We never get bored of being here. As guide and customer respectively we feel privileged to be allowed to come back to the Great Wall.
It is our favourite wall in the world.
Heidi and Fred support the local people. A nearby farmhouse supplies dinner. The food is ferried up a steep path to the campsite on a huge wooden plank. Delicious. Later, this and the accompanying wine and beer, induce an exchange of songs from a variety of different countries. This takes place around the crackling campfire at this time of the year. During the brown season it is strictly forbidden as the risk of starting a bush fire is too great.
Banter joins the sparks on random trajectories when darkness descends. As the moon and stars appear the conversation topic switches briefly to constellations. Everyone is in a good mood. Our tents, mats and sleeping bags are in position to transport us to sleep.
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After a sumptuous outdoor breakfast at the farmhouse, which includes noodle soup and current buns, we conclude the journey by hiking the remaining few kilometers to the minibus with our clothes smelling of campfire smoke and the desire to repeat this unforgettable experience at some point in the future. In my case hopefully before the green season is over!
April was a month where we went to Gubeiko Great Wall quit a few times And every time it was completely different.
The second week of April is the week where everything is changing in the mountains around Beijing.
A few days later we were hiking on the same Gubeikou Great Wall…. This time the sun was shining and the hills were filled with white Apricot flowers.
Again a few days later the Apricot flowers where almost gone and and the strong wind give us rapid changes between sunshine and clouds during our hike from Gubeiko to Jinsanling.
Yesterday we went back again to Gubeiko Great wall and this time the sky was so clear we could see as far as the eye could reach. In this area of the Great wall that means that the landscape becomes so picturesque that it feels like you’re walking in a movie scene.
As you see this is times the same hike in the same month and yet every thing was so different each time we went there. Collors changed form yellow to white to green to blue…. a slow painter would have a hard time keeping track I guess 😉
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!
Private tour prices for Jinshanling Great Wall to Gubeikou Great Wall Hike (1day)
Prices are per person and include:
Pick up and drop of by private bus at your hotel ( Please let us know the pick up address)
English speaking guide
Lunch and water
Price per person in CNY
Price per person in USD
|Nr of people||Adults||Kids < 18||Adults||Kids < 18|
|4||1100 ¥||990 ¥||182 $||164 $||4400|
|5||950 ¥||855 ¥||158 $||142 $||4750|
|6||900 ¥||810 ¥||149 $||134 $||5400|
|7||800 ¥||720 ¥||133 $||120 $||5600|
|8||750 ¥||675 ¥||125 $||112 $||6000|
|9||700 ¥||630 ¥||116 $||105 $||6300|
|10||650 ¥||585 ¥||108 $||97 $||6500|
|15+||please contact us for larger group prices|
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.