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Gubeikou to Jinshanling Great Wall Trekking 2 Days
Embark on a fantastic 14 km Great Wall trek from the picturesque Wild Gubeikou Great Wall all the way to the restored Jinshanling Great Wall . We stay overnight in a simple but cozy farmhouse with view on the the Wild Jinshanling Great Wall. We can watch the sun set and (if you are an early bird) rise over the Jinshanling Great wall, the Gubeikou Great Wall and see all the way to Simatai Great Wall. The Gubeikou to Jinshanling hike is enjoyable for everyone with an average to good physical condition.
Day 1: Hike from Gubeikou to Jinshanling Great Wall (10km, 4 hours hiking)
From our meeting point (Lama Temple Subway exit B), our drive will take 2-hour before we reach the border of Beijing and Hubei province. Our first stop is at our farmer friends living next to the Gubeikou Great Wall. They a 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 enjoy a delicious lunch in their backyard. From here our adventure starts.
It takes us only a 15-minute hike up the hill behind the farmhouse before we get our first glimpse of the Gubeikou Great Wall. After a few turns on the little dirt trail, we reach the Great Wall. We hike from tower to tower and take breaks on top of different watchtower. These breaks are a great chance to take some awesome pictures of this 1400 years old section of the Great Wall.
3 hours into the hike we arrive at the highlight of today’s trail, the Gubeikou General Tower. From this tower, you can see the “whole Gubeikou to Jinshanling trek” from the start to the end. On a clear day, we can even see the highest tower at the end section of the Simatai Great Wall.
Here we side track a bit from the Wall to get around the restricted military section of the wild Gubeikou and Jinshanling Great Wall. It’s a really beautiful trail that meanders through farm fields and over the hill ridges next to the Wild Jinshanling Great Wall. Just when you think “we are in the middle of nowhere’ a small farmhouse appears. The farmers have been living there for 3 generations and will prepare us an excellent dinner. They love playing badminton so if you are up for a game with Great Wall as a background, this is your chance.
Day 2: Hike from Wild Jinshanling Great Wall to the restored section of the Jinshanling Great Wall (4km, 2 hours hiking)
We get up early in morning for our perfect snapshot of the “Great Wall sunrise” and head down back down to our farmer friends for breakfast. With renewed strength we head straight to the Great Wall again. A small trail will bring us past an excellent view point and in no time we are on the Wild Jinshanling Great Wall.
The 10-km long Jinshanling Great Wall shows us some amazing defensive features like barrier walls, battlement walls, watchtowers, gun emplacements, shooting holes, horse holes, horse blocking walls.
We hike down the crumbled section of the wild Jinshanling for about 30 minutes till we reach at the most famous and best preserved and partly restored section of the Great Wall. Here you can see how the Great Wall of China looked like during the Ming Dynasty.
After a short hike on the restored Jinshanling Great Wall we take a small staircase from one of the battle stations and make our way to the parking lot where our driver will be waiting for us. By 2 O clock we will be back at our Lama temple meeting point.
Level 3: Medium/ strong
The Gubeikou to Jinshanling Great Wall is long but comfortable trip as there are no really steep sections to hike so it suitable for people in normal to good shape.
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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Meeting point and hiking location for the Gubeikou to Jinshanling Great Wall trek:
Detailed hiking route: (note: on the Gubeikou to Jinshanling Great wall trek we dont hike all the way to Simatai but leave the Great Wall throught the first valley of the Jinahsling Great Wall, total distance is 14km)
Trip and booking information
What to bring – Booking and Payment info
Discounts – What’s included - What’s not included –
Cancelation policy – Meeting point maps
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.
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
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.
Meeting point maps
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 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
Price per person in CNY
Price per person in USD
|Nr of people||Adults||Kids < 18||Adults||Kids < 18|
|4||2100 ¥||1890 ¥||348 $||313 $|
|5||1900 ¥||1710 ¥||315 $||283 $|
|6||1750 ¥||1575 ¥||290 $||261 $|
|7||1600 ¥||1440 ¥||265 $||239 $|
|8||1500 ¥||1350 ¥||249 $||224 $|
|9||1400 ¥||1260 ¥||232 $||209 $|
|10||1300 ¥||1170 ¥||215 $||194 $|
|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.