Great Wall Trekking
Wild & Restored Great Wall Trekking Camping
6 Days’ Wild & Restored Great Wall Trekking Camping
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Jiankou West Great Wall
Gubeikou to Wild Jinshanling
Jinshanling to Simatai
Crouching Tiger Great Wall
Gubei Water Town
Back to Beijing
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Day 1： Jiankou West Great Wall Trekking camping
Pick up at the lama temple subway exit B at 9.30 am
10月20号 早晨9:30在雍和宫地铁B出口 出发
Lunch at a local restaurant
4-hour hike/ 10km
下午一点开始徒步 ，4个小时徒步 大约10公里
We will carry up our own camping gear
Overnight at a farmhouse
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.
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.
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.
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 home stay is very nice with shower and toilets in the renovated rooms. The host are super friendly and their organic food comes straight from their own backyard.
Day 2：Middle Jiankou . 中箭扣长城
Today we make an early start and head for middle Jiankou . It’s a 5 hour trek with scenic views of the famous Jiankou ‘sky ladder and Beijing knot.
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 dinner and stay overnight in a local guesthouse.
Day 3： Gubeikou to Wild Jinshanling Great Wall Trekking
Embark on a fantastic 13km Great Wall hike from the picturesque Wild Gubeikou Great Wall to the Wild Jinshanling Great wall. From our super scenic camping spot we can watch the sun set and rise over the Jinshanling Great wall, the Gubeikou Great Wall and see all the way to Simatai Great Wall.
After breakfast, we drive to the home stay surrounded by the Gubeikou Great Wall. With a view on the Crouching Tiger Great Wall we enjoy a truly delicious organic lunch.
It takes us only 15 minute hiking up the hill behind the farmhouse to get on top of the Gubeikou Great Wall. We hike from tower to tower and take breaks inside or on top of the watch towers. The rooftop breaks a great chance to take some awesome pictures of this 1400 years old section of the Ming Great Wall.
3 hours into the hike we arrive at the highlight of today’s trail, the Gubeikou General Tower. From this tower, you can see the “whole Gubeikou to Jinshanling trek” from the start to the end. On a clear day, we can even see the highest tower at the end section of the Simatai Great Wall. Here we side track around the restricted military section on a 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. After dinner we pick up our backpacks with camping gear and hike up the hill for 20 minutes till we reach our camping spot. The view from this camping spot is just magic, having a view over the whole Gubeikou, Jinshanling and Simatai Great Wall. Time to pop a beer
Day 4： Jinshanling to Simatai Great Wall Trekking
We get up early in the next morning, have a good breakfast and head straight to the Great Wall again. A small trail will bring us back on the mountain ridge and within 15 minutes we are on the Wild Jinshanling Great Wall. The 10-km long Jinshanling Great Wall shows us some amazing defensive features like barrier walls, battlement walls, watchtowers, gun emplacements, shooting holes, horse holes, horse blocking walls.
We hike on top of the crumbled wild Jinshanling Great Wall for about 30 minutes till we reach at the most famous and best preserved section of the Jinshanling 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 pass the General Tower with its intoxicating views over miles and miles of Great Wall as we make our way to the last of the 67 watchtowers of the Jinshanling Great Wall. We visit 4 more towers of the Simatai Great Wall and take a last spectacular picture of the Fairy tower, the highest tower on the Simatai Great wall.
A small trail through the forest will bring us to the end of the valley. An excellent lunch will fill our hungry stomachs and a few beers will quench our thirst. After a late lunch
DAY 5 Crouching Tiger Great Wall hike
A great wall hike on the rarely visited eastern part of the Gubeikou Great Wall. Here the Great wall is vast, green en wild and it’s crowned with a beautiful 2 story watch tower. The untouchable Fairy Tower lives a lonely life hidden on the cliff of Wohu mountain.
As usual we have a good breakfast at a local farmhouse before we start our Great Wall adventure. From the farmhouse we take an almost invisible trail through the low bush towards the Great Wall. The trail is only used by shepherds these days. It will take us about 1.5 hour of uphill hiking till we reach the Great Wall. A normal physical condition is enough to make it to the top.
A short walk on top of the wall brings us past a few strong intact tower and seldom seen round tower. Here we will cross the wall and hike down for 1 hour trough the bush towards a tiny village at the other side of the mountain range where our driver will pick us up. We go for lunch and take you on a short ride a short drive to Simatai and Gubei Water Town
Gubei Water Town surrounds the beautiful Mandarin Duck Lake Reservoir and leans against the Simatai Great Wall. Gubei Water town is a replica of Wuzhen Water Town in the Southern China. Here you have free time to ride a boat on the small canals. The night hike from tower 2 to 10 will be the grand finale of this trip
第6天 我们的司机会拉着我们回到北京 用时大约2个半小时 回到雍和宫地铁
Day 6: Back to Beijing.
Level 3: Strong
We rate this 6 days of Great Wall Trekking trip as level 3 so you will need a good condition to enjoy this trip. This multi day hike include steep climbs for some days. Be sure to bring good hiking boots as we will climb some crumbled parts of the Great Wall. There are no steep drop offs but people that have fear of heights might have difficulties at some points.
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