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 – Huanghuacheng Great Wall Trekking (2 days)
  • Hiking Distance: 16km
  • Hiking Duration: 3-4 h/day
  • Hike level: 3 medium/strong
  • Departure time: 9:30 am
  • Back in Beijing: 16:30 pm
  • Price: 1600¥/265$

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Jiankou – Huanghuacheng  Great Wall Trekking (2 Days)

An epic 16 km Great Wall trek that covers 2 fantastic sections of the  Beijing Great Wall.  We hike Wild Jiankou Great Wall and stay overnight in a farmhouse. On the 2nd day we climb the recently  restored Huanghuacheng Great Wall to its highest point and see the dramatic Ming Wall dropping into Huanghua lake.

Day 1: Wild Jiankou Great Wall Hiking 

From our meeting point (Lama Temple subway station exit B), we drive for about 2 hours till we reach the picturesque Dazhenyu village where we  enjoy a good farmhouse lunch in a yard  surrounded by chestnuts and with a view on the Jiankou Great Wall. Today we hike 8 km with a total ascend of 600 meters, so you need a fair bit of energy to make it to the top.

Our first Jiankou Great Wall watch tower of this trip

Our first Jiankou Great Wall watch tower of the Jiankou camping trip

Jiankou Great Wall hike is stunning from the first step and the higher we get the better the views over the surrounding mountains gets.

We follow an  uphill  trail through the bush for about 1 hour until we reach the Great Wall at the second beacon tower. During the first part of this hike, we will ascend about 500 meters. Once we arrive on the Great Wall, our uphill hiking is mostly done.

Jiankou Great Wall hiking

Hiking the Jiankou Great Wall


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


Jiankou Great wall trekking

Jiankou Great Wall Trekking


We climb the last watchtower to watch the sunset and make our way down to the valley towards our farmer friends for dinner and a good nights rest. The homestay is very nice with shower and toilets in the renovated rooms. The host are super friendly and their organic food comes strait  from their own backyard.


Day 2: Huanghuacheng Great Wall Hike 

The trail we hike today is about 6 km long (3 hours) and gives us an excellent opportunity to see some restored Great Wall away from the crowds.  Make sure to keep some space on your memory card because you might snap your perfect picture right here  at Huanghuacheng Great Wall 🙂

Huanghuacheng Great wall hike

Huanghuacheng Great Wall Hike


After breakfast, we go for a short drive and start our Huanghuacheng Great Wall hike. The Huanghuacheng Great Wall  is almost 11 kilometers long and joins with Mutianyu Great Wall in the east, Juyongguan Great wall Pass and Badaling Great Wall in the west.


Huanghuacheng lake

Lake view from todays highest point at Huanhuacheng Great Wall.


We hike on top of this fabulous Ming Great wall al the way down to the lake where we finish in style with a splendid lunch and cold beers.

By 4 pm we will be back in at our Beijing meeting point.


Level 3:捕获1 Medium-strong

 The first day hike on the Jiankou Great Wall deserves a medium strong rating as as it includes a strong uphill hike. We never rush and include some breaks so this hike is suitable for everyone with an average to good physical condition.  The Huanghuacheng Great Wall hike  is fairly easy  so we give day 2 an easy/medium rating..


History of the Jiankou Great Wall and Huanghuancheng 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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