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.
Jiankou-Gubeikou-Jinshanling-Simatai west Great Wall Trekking 3 Days
  • Hiking Distance: 28 km
  • Hiking Duration: 4h /day
  • Hike Level : 4 strong
  • Departure time: 9:30 am
  • Back in Beijing: 4:00 pm (days 3)
  • Price: 2600¥/430$

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Jiankou, Gubeikou, Jinshanling and Simatai west Great Wall Trekking 3 Days

An epic Great Wall trek that covers 4 fantastic sections of the Great Wall. We will hike the amazing wild Jiankou Great Wall, the wild Gubeikou Great Wall and finish in style with a trek to Wild Jinshanling Great Wall, over the restored section of Jinshanling all the way to Simatai Great Wall. We will stay at a local farmhouse with views on the Great Wall for two night.

Day 1: Jiankou Great Wall Hiking 

We will hike 10-km on Jiankou wild Great Wall, pass numerous watchtowers overgrown by flowers and trees. It is a 10-km hike with a total ascend of 600 meters, so you’ll need a fair bit of energy. But your efforts will be rewarded because this trail is a mecca for photographers. We will stay overnight at an authentic farmhouse with view on the Jiankou Great Wall.

Jiankou Great wall camping, Great wall trekking

Jiankou Great Wall Camping

After a 2 hour drive from the meeting point (Lama Temple Subway) we arrive at  a local farmhouse  in the middle of a chestnut orchard  where we enjoy a royal organic meal.  Once lunch is finished your adventure  begins.

 

The start of this Jiankou Great Wall hike as immediately amazing.   The Great Wall drops down into WangQuan valley and climbs back out almost vertical.  We will follow a  mountain trail next to this drop off   for about 1 hour until we reach the Great Wall at  second beacon tower.   During the first part of this hike we will climb about 500 m  but once on  the Great Wall most of the uphill hiking is done.

 

As the hike continues on top of the Great Wall you  enjoy  fantastic views  of  famous Great Wall sections as  ” The Wall Bow “, “Arrow Nock” and the “Beijing Knot”  We pass 7 beacon towers on this section on the wall, the best preserved ones are called the 5 eye watchtower and the Jade tower.

 Great wall trekking

Jiankou Great Wall Trekking

After taking some nice pictures on the rooftop of the 6th watchtower, we follow a small path down the mountain. We will spend the night at a cute local farmhouse that will welcome us with spread of local dishes.

 

Day 2: Gubeikou Great Wall to Jinshanling Great Wall

 A 12-km hike from the authentic fortresses of the Gubeikou Great Wall to wild Jinshanling Great Wall. The scenery here is stunning and the photo opportunities are endless.

Jinshanling to simatai Great wall hiking, Simatai Great wall hiking

Jinshanling to Simatai Great Wall Hiking

After a good breakfast, we get back in the van and go for a 2-hour drive through countryside to Gubeikou Great Wall. We will bring you to our friend from the local village that lives right next to the Gubeikou Great Wall. The lady of the house is probably the best local chef we have ever met and she will serve you great organic food on her terrace with view on the Great Wall.

 

After lunch, we start our hike on Beijing’s oldest Great Wall. The Winding Dragon section of the Gubeikou Great Wall is over 1500 years old. As we hike on the Great Wall, the scenery will become more and more stunning. Once in a while, we climb on the rooftop of the watchtowers, have rest and take some memorable pictures.

 

We reach at the Gubeikou’s General Tower after a 6-km hike. It is a massive tower with views of the whole Gubeikou Great Wall, the Jinshanling Great Wall and even the Simatai Great Wall. It’s the highest point of today’s hike and a magical place for pictures.

 

From this 2-story height watchtower, we head down to a small dirt trail that leads to a local farmer who will serve us an excellent dinner. Here we stay overnight at the farmhouse with view on the wild Jinshanling Great Wall.

Great wall trekking

Gubeikou Great Wall Trekking

Day 3 Jinshanling to Simatai Great Wall 

Jinshanling Great wall Trek

Jinshanling Great wall Trekking

After a good local breakfast, we start hiking again and within 20 minutes we set our first steps on the Wild Jinshanling Great Wall. The 10-km long Jinshanling Great Wall shows some amazing defensive features like barrier walls, battlement walls, watchtowers, gun emplacements, shooting holes, horse blocking walls. We hike down on the crumbled section of the Wild Jinshanling for about 30 minutes till we reach the most famous and best preserved section and partly restored section of the Great Wall. Here you can see how the Great Wall of China looked like during the Ming Dynasty.

 

The last part of our hike is all the way uphill again. We will pass the General Tower with its intoxicating views over miles and miles of Great Wall and head for the last of the 67 watchtowers of the Jinshanling Great Wall. We reach at the Simatai Great Wall. We visit 4 more towers on the Simatai Great Wall and take a last spectacular picture of the Fairy tower, which is the highest tower on the Simatai Great Wall. A small trail through the forest will bring us to the end of the valley where a good lunch awaits us. After lunch, our driver will drive us back to Beijing. We will be back at our Lama Temple meeting point at 4 pm.

Great wall hiking

Jianshanling to Simatai Great Wall Hiking

 

Level 4:捕获2 strong

We rate this hike level 4 because it’s a long 3-day hike where you for sure will feel your leg muscles after the climb to the Jinshanling staircases on day 3.

The first day hike includes a good uphill hike with backpacks but the hike is not too long. Everybody with a normal physical condition can do each day trip, but for completing the 3 days hiking trip with a smile you’ll need an above average physical condition.

 

History of the Jiankou, Gubeikou, Jinshanling and Simatai 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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Day2 & day3 : Guubeikou to Jinshanling to Simaitai Great Wall Trekking

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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 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 tour 

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.

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