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Gubeikou Great Wall Trekking “Winding Dragon to Crouching Tiger Great Wall (2 Days)
The 1460 year old Gubeikou Great Wall is made up by the Winding Dragon Great Wall and the Crouching Tiger Great Wall. It’s the oldest Great Wall around Beijing and yet the numerous watchtowers are in great condition. With it’s fantastic far views all the way till the Jinshanling Great Wall this trek is a one in a lifetime experience. In 2 days we will hike both the whole Gubeikou Great Wall and stay overnight in a farmhouse surrounded by the Great Wall.
9.30: Departure at Lama temple 11.30: Arrive at Gubeikou Great Wall and have lunch 12.30: Start hiking
16.30: Arrive at farmhouse 17.30 : dinner
8.00: Breakfast 8.30: Start hiking 12.30 lunch at local farmhouse
13.30 drive to back to Beijing 15.30: Back in Beijing
Day 1: Gubeikou (Winding Dragon) Great Wall Hike
From our Lama Temple meeting point we will drive out to the border of the Beijing and Hubei provence. It is a 100 km drive that will take us about 2 hours. Our arrival point is a small folk village where we enjoy with a good country side style lunch.
After lunch we will follow a small trail for about 45 minute hike between the fields and trough the forest and up the hils until we arrive at the highest Great Wall watchtower of the Gubeikou Great Wall. The view from this General Tower is the first highlight of the day, a painting like view of the Great Wall winding over the mountain ridges as far as the eye can see. On nice weather days we can see the whole Gubeikou Great Wall, the Jinshanling Great Wall and even the Simatai Great Wall. .
From this watchtower on we will walk on top of the Great Wall for about 3 hours passing numerous Great Wall watchtowers. The hike itself is quit relax. There are no steep climbs and we will have plenty of time to take in the scenery and snap some perfect pictures from the rooftop of the old signal towers.
Just before the last intact tower we take a hidden trail trough the bush and field towards our farmer friends where we will spend the night. The rooms are simple and clean, the farmers super nice and the food just fantastic.
Day 2: Crouching Tiger Great Wall Hike
Today we start with breakfast on the terrace of our homestay with a view on the General tower of the Crouching Tiger Great Wall, our destination for today.
We hike for up for a good 2 hours till we reach the General tower. This part of the Great Wall and it’s watchtowers have been renovated 2 years ago and is now accessible for everyone. Most of the restoration was done for keeping hikers like us safe. The watchtowers were still in excellent condition. The General tower build on top of Wohu mountain with high steep cliffs on both is an exceptional peace of architecture. The views from this mountain top give us an excellent chance to snap a last and maybe best picture of the whole area.
The Crouching Tiger hikes finishes at Cultural heritage village where we celebrate our hike with a nice lunch in one of the village courtyard restaurants. With a happy stomach we drive back to Beijing. By 15.30 we will be back at our meeting point in Beijing.
Level 3: Medium-strong
We rate this hike Level 3 medium. The first day there is only a short climb at the start of the hike. Once on top of the Great Wall there are only gentle climbs making the first day quit relax. The second day has a stronger climb but the hike is not very far. Even if you don’t reach the top the views will be top and you can just take a rest and wait for the other to come back down. This makes this hike enjoyable for everybody with an normal physical condition.
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...
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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.
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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
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 Great Wall Trekking “Winding Dragon to Crouching Tiger Great Wall (2days)
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.