Great wall trekking

Embark on an experience of a life time and trek for days on the Great Wall of China. Longer treks give you the chance to see many different styles of wild Great Wall and restored Great Wall sections. All trips listed under great wall trekking are longer hikes where we stay overnight overnight at a local farmhouse. These trips are perfect for people who are up for a multiway trip but still like the comfort of a bed at night. The Great Wall treks are possible all year round and a good alternative for camping during wintertime.
Gubeikou to Jinshanling Great Wall trekking (2 days)
  • Hiking Distance: 14km
  • Hiking Duration: 1.5day
  • Hike level: 3 medium strong
  • Departure time: 9:30 am
  • Back in Beijing: 1-2 pm/next day
  • Price: 1300¥ /215$

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Gubeikou – 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 cosy 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 hike is enjoyable for everyone with an average to good  physical condition.

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Gubeikou Great wall hiking

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-Jinshanling-Simatai Great Wall 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.


Our fabulous camping spot at Wild Jinshanling Great Wall

Our fabulous camping spot at Wild Jinshanling Great Wall

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.

Sunrise over Jinshanling Great Wall

Gubeikou – Jinshanling – Simatai Great Wall Trekking


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:捕获2 Medium/ strong

The Gubeikou to Jinshanling is long but comfortable trip as there are no really steep sections to hike  so  it suitable for people in normal to good shape.


History of the Gubeikou Great Wall, Jinshanling Great Wall and Simatai Great Wall

Gubeikou was originally named “Beikou”, which literally means “Northern Pass”, during the Tang dynasty (618-907), since it is the northern defensive line of Beijing. Later generations added “Gu” (ancient) in the front of “Beikou”, and meant “Old Northern Pass”.

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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Detailed hiking route: (note: on this trip 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)

Jinshanling to simatia Great wall hiking,

Gubeikou- Jinshanling – Simatai Great Wall camping map


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