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.
West Jiankou to Middle Jiankou Great Wall Trek 2 Days
  • Hiking Distance: 15 km
  • Hiking Duration: 8 h (2days)
  • Hike level : 3 medium strong
  • Departure time: 9:30 am
  • Back in Beijing: 4:30 pm (next day)
  • Price: 1600¥/265$

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West Jiankou to Middle Jiankou Great Wall Trek 2 Days

This Jiankou Great Wall trek cover 2 sections of the famous Wild Jiankou Great Wall.  Famous pictures of the Great Wall have been taken here making it the Great Wall Mecca for photographers and a real treat for adventurers that love to go off the beaten path.  The views on the Jiankou Great Wall trek  are magic and strangely enough there is usually not a single person around.

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West Jiankou to Middle Jiankou Great Wall Trek, (A view of Jiankou West Great Wall watchtower at sunrise)

Day 1:  

From our meeting point (Lama temple subway station) we drive for about 2 hours till we reach picturesque Dazhenyu village.  Before we start the Jiankou Great Wall trek we enjoy a good farm house lunch in yard surrounded by chestnuts and with a view on the Jiankou Great Wall. Today it’s an 8 km trek with a total ascend of 600 meter so you ll need a fair bit of energy to make it to the top.

The start of this Jiankou Great Wall trek is immediately amazing.  The Great Wall drops down into WangQuan ( spring valley) valley and climbs back out almost vertical. We ascend about 500 following  a small trail up the mountain for about 1 hour until we reach the Great Wall at  second beacon tower. From here it’s all about enjoying the scenery.

As our trek on the Great Wall continues  you can enjoy  fantastic views of the valleys and the middle Jiankou Great Wall.  We will walk trough and over 7 beacon towers , the best preserved ones are called the 5 eye watchtower and the Jade tower.

Jiankou great wall trek

West Jiankou to Middle Jiankou Great Wall Trek

At a highest point of our hike we reach a Great Wall intersection and follow the Wall towards middle Jiankou.  This part of the hike is all down hill till the end of the hike. You’ll need a little balance here once in while but it’s all safe.  At the wall’s lowest point we  follow a small trail that curls trough the forrest and ends up right at our guesthouse in Zhuanghu village.

The guest house is a farm house run by  a friendly local couple. The Chinese country style rooms are clean and the cheff will kook us an excellent organic dinner.


Day 2:

Today we make an early start and head for middle Jiankou . It’s a 4 hour trek with scenic views of the famous Jiankou ‘sky ladder and Beijing knot.

Jiankou Great Wall Trek

Jiankou Great Wall Trek

About 2,5  hour into the hike  we arrive at the “Beijing knot” where the Great Wall splits in 3 directions. One section leads southwest to the famous Jiayuguan Great Wall. The second Great Wall section extends all the way to the ocean and the 3rd Great Wall  goes North to Simatai Great wall.

From a distance this Great Wall junction looks like a giant bow, locals call it the silk bow.  After the Beijing knot the  most dangerous part of the Jiankou Great wall  will become visible,”The Flying Down  Eagle” .  Here the Great Wall is constructed on steep cliffs and looks like an eagle hurling down the mountains.

This section of the  Great Wall is  only reachable by rope ladders the locals call “the staircases to heaven”.  We leave this section to professional climbers  and make a short detour to the bottom of the sky ladder.  The hikes continues on top of the Great Wall towards the   “General guarded pass”.

The Middle Jiankou Great Wall trek ends at Xizhazi village where we have our final lunch. Around 5 pm our driver will drop us of at our lama Temple meeting point.;

Level 3:捕获1 Medium-strong
We rate the Jiankou  Great Wall trek Level 3 because there is a decent 1 hour climb to start with.  On this part of the hike there is no shade so definitely bring a hat in the summer. You’ll need a bit of balance for the hike down as the way down can be slippery so hiking boots are excellent for this trail. As usual we take a relax pace so everybody with an average to good physical condition can join the Jiankou Great Wall trek. The second day of the Jiankou Great Wall trek is a bit more relax.
Great wall trek

Great Wall Trek





    What is included:

      Lunch,  dinner, breakfast &  water

      Transportation, guide, entrance fee, overnight home-stay

      What you should bring:

      Comfortable hiking shoes, camera & warm jacket for the night

History of the Jiankou Great Wall

Jiankou could be translated as “Arrow Nock” in English, because the shape of the mountain there looks like an arrow or letter W, with the collapsed ridge opening as its arrow nock.

Jiankou Great Wall is located at Xizhazi village in Huairou district, about 80 km from downtown Beijing. It connects to the Mutianyu Great Wall in the east (10 km away) and Huanghuacheng Great Wall in the west.

It was first built in the Tang dynasty (618-907) and was restored largely in the Ming dynasty (1368-1644). Jiankou Great Wall was mainly built with...

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