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Gubeikou – Jinshanling – Simatai Great Wall Trekking 2 Days
We will embark on an exciting 18km Great Wall trek from the picturesque wild Gubeikou Great Wall, over the Jinshanling Great Wall all the way till the western section of the Simatai Great Wall. We stay overnight at a farmhouse located right in the middle of the wild Jinshanling Great Wall. It’s a trek where the views go from excellent to simply fantastic. In the end of day 2, you will feel the muscles, but the hike is enjoyable for everyone with an average physical condition.
Important notice* we received information from the Jinshanling authorities Jinshanling Great Wall will be closed from June 1 2017. Most likely Jinshanling will be closed for at least 1 year. We will update this page as soon as we know a date for the reopening.
We have made an alternative trip “Jiankou Gubeikou Great Wall trekking 2 days” that covers Jiankou-Gubeikou and still offers a view on the Jinshanling section.
Day 1: 10 km Hike from Gubeikou to Jinshanling Great Wall (4 hours hiking)
From our meeting point (Lama Temple Subway exit B), our driver will drive for 2-hour to get to the border of Beijing and Hubei. In our first stop, we will meet our longtime friends at the Gubeikou Great Wall. They are local farmers that run a small homestay at the back of a valley surrounded by the Great Wall. With a view of the Crouching Tiger Great Wall, we will enjoy a delicious meal in their backyard. From here our adventure starts.
It takes us only 15-minute to arrive the hill behind the farmhouse before we have our first glimpse of the Gubeikou Great Wall. We will get to the top of the Great Wall after a few turns on a dirt trail. We hike from tower to tower, we will take breaks on top of different watchtowers and take some great photos on this 1400-year-old section of the Great Wall.
3 hours later, we arrive at the highlight of today’s trail, the Gubeikou General Tower. From this tower, you can see the “whole Gubeikou-Jinshanling-Simatai Great Wall trek” from the head to tail. In a clear day, we can even see the highest tower at the end of the Simatai Great Wall. We side track a bit from the wall to get around the restricted military section of the wild Gubeikou and Jinshanling Great Wall. The side track is just as beautiful as we hike on the hill ridges and through the farm fields next to the Great Wall till we reach the farmhouse where we will rest for the night. The farm fields have gotten quite dry in this area so this farmer had the splendid idea to renovate his farm into a cozy homestay right next to the Great Wall.
Day 2: 9km Hike from Jinshanling to the western part of the Simatai Great Wall (4 hours hiking)
We get up early next morning, and head straight for the Great Wall again after a good breakfast. A small trail will bring us pas an excellent view point and 15 minutes later we are on the wild Jinshanling Great Wall. The 10-km long Jinshanling Great Wall shows some amazing defensive features like barrier walls, battlement walls, watchtower, gun emplacements, shooting holes, horse blocking walls. We hike down the crumbled section of the wild Jinshanling for about 30 minutes till we reach the most famous and best preserved section and partly restored section of the Great Wall. Here you can see how the Great Wall of China looked during the Ming Dynasty.
Our last hike is all the way to the uphill again. We will pass the General tower with its intoxicating views over miles and miles of the Great Wall and head to the last of the 67 watchtowers of the Jinshanling Great Wall. Here we reach the Simatai Great Wall. We visit 4 more towers at the Simatai Great Wall and take a last spectacular picture of the Fairy tower, the highest tower on the Simatai Great Wall. A small trail through the forest will bring us to the end of the valley. An excellent lunch will fill our hungry stomachs and a few beers will quench our thirst. After lunch, we can have a nap in the van while our faithful driver brings us back to our meeting point in Beijing. The estimated arrival time is at 4 pm.
Level 4: strong
It is a challenging trip for people in good shape. They are often multi-day trekking or trips with more dangerous uphills and downhills.
Gubeikou Great Wall is located in Miyun county, 140 kilometers away from downtown Beijing.
Gubeikou was first built during the Northern Qi dynasty (550-557). In the early Ming dynasty (1368-1644), General Xuda was ordered to rebuild it. To enhance its defensive capability, more stones were add. Unfortunately, not many can be found today. The best-preserved is called the Big Flower Watchtower (Dahualou), because of its square shape with 12-arrowed windows, which resembles a blossoming flower when seen from afar.
When Qi Jiguang was appointed the chief commanding officer of the Ji Garrison (one of the eleven garrisons during the Ming dynasty), he ordered to lay another layer of...
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What you should bring:
Comfortable hiking or sport shoes and long trousers are recommended.
A small daypack to carry water
Your camera & your favorite drink for during/after dinner
From October till April: warm clothes for during the evening.
From May till September: bring sun lotion & hat
Booking and Payment
You can reserve your place for the trip by clicking on “join this trip” and filling out our online booking form.
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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
Food (lunch, dinner, breakfast) & water
Transport, guide, entrance tickets
Overnight stay at a farmhouse
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.
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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 Gubeikou -Jinshanling- Simatai Great wall trekking (2 days)
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, entrance tickets, hiking sticks
All meals as described in the itinerary and water for during the hike
,Overnight stay in the farmhouse
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.