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Gubeikou to Wild Jinshanling and Jiankou to Mutianyu Great Wall trekking2 Days
Embark on a fantastic 22 km Great Wall hike from the picturesque Wild Gubeikou Great Wall to the Wild 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. It’s a long hike but there are no strong up and downhill parts trip what makes this trip fit for everybody with a normal physical condition. Day 2 we drive the Jiankou Great Wall and hike all the way to Mutianyu Great Wall catching the amazing views of the Great Wall surrounded by steep cliffs.
Day 1: Gubeikou to Wild Jinshanling Great Wall Hiking (12 km, 5 hours hiking)
From our meeting point (Lama Temple Subway exit B), we drive for about two hours to the border of Beijing and Hubei provence where where the Gubeikou Great Wall is located. By lunchtime we reach our local friends that run a small homestay at the back of a valley surrounded by the Great Wall. With a view on the Crouching Tiger Great Wall we enjoy a truly delicious meal. From here our adventure starts.
It takes us only 15 minute hiking up the hill behind the farmhouse before we get our first glimpse of the Gubeikou Great Wall. A few more turns on a little dirt trail, and we are on top of the Great Wall. We hike from tower to tower and take breaks inside or on top of the watchtowers. The rooftop breaks a great chance to take some awesome pictures of this 1400 years old section of the Great Wall. Three hours later we arrive at the first highlight of today’s trail, the Gubeikou General Tower. From this 2 story high tower you can see the entire “Gubeikou- Jinshanling-Simatai Great Wall ” . On a clear day we can even see the Fairy Tower, the highest tower 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: Magic sunrise over Jinshanling and Gubeikou Great Wall and hike Jiankou to Mutianyu
If you are an early bird you can get up early today to watch a fantastic sunrise over the Jinshanling and Gubeikou Great Wall. This is the moment to take the best picture of your China trip. The view point is just 20 minutes walking form the farmhouse so we highly recommend the effort. After breakfast a short hike out of the valley brings us back to the main road where our driver will be waiting to drive us to the Jiankou Great Wall
Jiankou to Mutianyu Great Wall Hike
.After lunch at a local farmhouse with view on the Great Wall we start hiking a steep dirt trail that leads to the Great Wall. It is a 500-meter ascent that takes us about 1 hour. Our efforts are rewarded when we stand on top of the Zhengbeilou Watchtower (991m) where some of the most spectacular pictures have been taken.
We walk east on the Wall to the highest point of Jiankou (1029 meters), allowing you to see the entire Mutianyu Great Wall plus most part of Jiankou as well. It’s a very enjoyable walk on top of the well preserved Great Wall where we pass the famous “Bull’s Horn section”.
After a good hour hiking on top of the Jiankou Great Wall, a tree full of prayer flags announces the start of the Mutianyu Great Wall. Here the Great Wall is restored. A short hike on the Mutianyu Great Wall leads us past 4 guard towers before we take start our 1 hour downhill hike through the valley. The trail ends at a picturesque village where our driver will be waiting for us. By 7 pm we should be back at our meeting point in Beijing.
Level 3: Medium/strong
We rate this hike level 3 medium/strong because of the distance. There are no steep climbs on the first day but on the second day we do start with a strong up hill hike. We don’t have to carry any camping gear hence the medium/strong rating, Anybody with a normal to good physical condition will enjoy this trip very much.
Detailed hiking route day 1: (note: on this trip we hike out form the wild Jinshanling Great Wall. We dont hike all the way to Simatai)
Detail Hiking route day 2:
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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.
Meeting point maps
This is about the Great Wall of Beijing’s most famous wild Great wall hiking trails from Jiankou to Mutianyu Great Wall Hiking,on this Great Wall hiking trails, you can see the original part of the Great wall and the restored section of the Great Wall
time is early June, very sunny and beautiful day, the past few years Beijing’s air pollution is very serious, so it is lucky to have such good weather. in the Group have a girl called Rachel, I love her, she worked in the northern Chinese city call Shenyang, about three years time she went to the Great Wall hiking and camping with us four times, one is with her parents, she was very kind Girl
Jiankou Great Wall is the most famous wild Great Wall , every day hikers from all over the world come here. also lot of photographers, they often camping on the Great Wall, waiting for sunrise and sunset or in the winter snowy weather or after rain sea of clouds，A lot of famous Great Wall picture been take from here.
Jiankou Great Wall was built on a steep cliff. in this area the mountains are not very high, the highest point about 1000 meters, but the mountains are quite steep
This is the place to start walking, here we have 1,5hour uphill,form this pic you can see the Greta wall on top of the mountain
This kind of flower n Beijing mountains not often can seen them , but in early June in the valley, there are a lot of them very beautiful like a lantern, i really like them . in china this is also medicinal herb,for the treatment of uterine diseases
This is the Great wall view when wen reach the top of the mountain
this is that Beautiful girl Rachel hiking on the Great Wall
This is the arrow hole for archery, hiking on the Great Wall you will see a lot more of them，On the different part of Great Wall, the arrow holes are designed to have a lot of different styles.
are very nice couple hiking on the jiankou Great Wall with us
This is one of the tower on the Jian kou Great Wall, it has never been restore
From here we hike in to the Great Wall of Mutianyu part, some of the steps and the walls towers are being restored
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 Wild Jinshanling Jiankou Mutianyu 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
|Group size||price per person in CNY||Price per person in USD|
|Nr of people||Adults||kids < 18||Adults||kids < 18|
|3||2700 ¥||2430 ¥||447 $||402 $|
|4||2300 ¥||2070 ¥||381 $||343 $|
|5||2150 ¥||1935 ¥||356 $||320 $|
|6||2000 ¥||1800 ¥||331 $||298 $|
|7||1850 ¥||1665 ¥||306 $||276 $|
|8||1800 ¥||1620 ¥||298 $||268 $|
|9||1750 ¥||1575 ¥||290 $||261 $|
|10||1700 ¥||1530 ¥||282 $||253 $|
|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.