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.
Jinshanling to Gubeikou Great Wall Hiking and Homestay 2days
  • Hiking Distance: 15km
  • Hiking Duration: 4-5h
  • Departure time: 8:30am
  • Back in Beijing: 12:00am (next day)
  • Hike level: 3
  • Price: 1300¥/215$

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Jinshanling to Gubeikou Great Wall Hiking and Homestay

An intense 15 km hike from the renovated staircases of Jinshanling Great Wall to the authentic fortresses of the Gubeikou Great Wall.  The scenery here is stunning and the photo opportunities endless.  You’ll need a good physical condition to hike this trail but there is plenty of time for it.

Jinshanling Great wall trekking ,wild Great wall

Jinshanling to Gubeikou Great Wall Trekking

Fast facts : Leave at Lama temple subway station exit B at 8.30 am, Back in Beijing 12.30pm next day Day 1: 6 hour/ 15 km hiking – day 2: 1.5 hour / 4 km hiking Lunch at a farmhouse – excellent farmhouse cooked dinner Good breakfast at farmhouse with coffee/tea


Level 3:捕获1 Medium-strong These are hikes where you need a good physical condition. Hikes marked as level 3 are usually long day hikes and might include a steep uphill hike and/or trails where you need some balance.

From the meeting point our van will head North East for about 2 hours to the border of the Beijing and the Hebei province.


The hike starts with a climb of the infamous staircases of the JinshanLing Great Wall.  The Jinshanling section has a total length of 10km with intact watchtowers almost every 100meter.   As we walk south, the Great Wall becomes less renovated, tourists become sparse and new views unfold. Just before we reach the restricted military zone we take a detour of the wall and up a hill top where you have a fantastic 360 degrees view of the Great Wall winding on the mountain ridges. We head down a small dirt trail that leads to a local farmer who will serve us an excellent lunch.


With renewed strength we follow a 5 km trail that curls alongside the wall, over the hills, trough a small forest and pops out of the bush at the General tower of the Gubeikou Great Wall. Here we have reached the highest point of the day and another magic place for pictures.   The last part of the hike is entirely on top of the Great Wall again.  It’s a 5km walk on top the Wild Great wall where will go trough and climb up numerous watch towers. There are no steep climbs on this sections but the trail can be slippery so be sure to wear comfortable shoes.


By sunset we arrive at a farmhouse surrounded by the Great Wall. Our hosts will cook  a fantastic dinner accompanied by beers. Next day after breakfast we walk out the valley and trough a small folk village where our driver will be waiting for us. By lunch time we will be back at our meeting point.


History of the Jinshanling Great Wall and Gubeikou Great Wall

It was said that 3,000 soldiers from Jiangsu and Zhejiang provinces built two watchtowers, under the command of famous Ming general Qi Jiguang. They named this part of the Wall after the Great Jinshan Island and Small Jinshan Island in their hometown to show their sentimental feelings.

The Great Wall at Jinshanling is about 155 kilometers away from downtown Beijing and stretches from Miyun county of Beijing to Luanping county of Hebei province. Jinshanling connects to the Great Wall at Simatai in the east and Great Wall at Gubeikou in the west.

The Jinshanling Great Wall was first constructed in Northern Qi dynasty (550-577), with the wall, fortresses and passes. When the Ming dynasty was established in 1368, the famous general, Xu Da supervised and directed the construction of the Great Wall between...


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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?

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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!


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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.

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