Great Wall Trekking

Gubeikou - Wild Jinshanling - Jiankou - Huanghuacheng Great Wall Trekking

An epic Great Wall trek that covers 3 fantastic sections of the Beijing Great Wall. We hike the Wild Gubeikou Great Wall and stay overnight at a farmhouse with view on the Wild Jinshanling Great Wall . Day 2 we climb the watchtowers of the Jiankou Great Wall and stay overnight at a farmhouse with view on the Wild Jiankou Great Wall. Day 3 we finish in style with an easy hike on the restored Huanghuacheng Great Wall.

  • Key Info
  • Discounts & Inclusions
  • Hiking Distance: 27 km
  • Hiking Duration: 3 days
  • Hike level: 3 medium/strong
  • Departure time: 9:30 am
  • Back in Beijing: 4:00 (day 3)
  • Price: 2500¥/415$

Meeting/drop-off point: Lama temple subway exit B (How to get there?)

Day 1: Gubeikou Great Wall  

Hiking distance: 10km / 4-5h

Wild Great Wall

Incl. meals: lunch, dinner

Day 2: Wild Jiankou Great Wall

Hiking distance: 9km / 5h

Wild Great Wall

Farmhouse stay

Incl. meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 3: Huanghuacheng Great Wall  

Hiking distance:  8km / 4-5h

Wild & restored Great Wall

Farmhouse stay

Incl. meals: breakfast, lunch

 

Upcoming trip:

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Gubeikou to Wild Jinshanling Great Wall Hike and Homestay

From the meeting point (Lama Temple subway exit B), we drive about 2 hours to our farmer friends next to the Gubeikou Great Wall. They run a small homestay at the back of a valley surrounded by the Great Wall. With a view of the Crouching Tiger Great Wall, we enjoy a delicious lunch in their backyard.It’s  only a 15-minute hike up the hill behind the farmhouse to  get our first glimpse of the Gubeikou Great Wall.  After a few turns on the small trail over the hill we arrive on top of the Great Wall.  We hike from tower to tower and take breaks on top of the  watchtowers,  a great chance to take some awesome pictures of this 1400 years old section of the Great Wall.

Great Wall trek

View of Gubeikou from our first break on top of a Great Wall watchtower

3 hours’ later we arrive at the highlight of today’s trail, the Gubeikou General Tower. From this tower, you can see the entire Gubeikou-Jinshanling-Simatai Great Wall ” . On a clear day, we can even see the Fairy tower, the highest tower at the end of the Simatai Great Wall.  This view point is the best picture opportunity of the day.

Jinshanling-Simatai Great view from the Gubeikou Great Wall General Tower

Jinshanling-Simatai Great view from the Gubeikou Great Wall General Tower

From this view point we follow an small trails that meanders trough farm fields an over the hill ridge next to the Wild Jinshanling  Great Wall.  Just when you think “we are in the middle of nowhere’ we will arrive at our homestay with view on the Wild Jinshanling Great Wall.

The rooms here are nice and clean with toilet and shower in the room.  After dinner you have the chance to go for a 20 minutes hike to a viewpoint to catch the sunset over the Jinshanling Great Wall.

Day 2: Wild Jiankou Great Wall Hiking and Homestay 

Hike  10-km on Jiankou wild Great Wall, passing numerous watchtowers overgrown by flowers and trees.

This Great Wall hike has total ascend of 600 meters. You’ll need a fair bit of energy to reach top but your efforts will be rewarded as this trail is a mecca for photographers.

Jiankou Great Wall Camping, Great Wall trekking

Jiankou Great Wall Camping

After a 2 hour drive, we arrive at a local farmhouse in the middle of a chestnut orchard where we enjoy a royal organic meal.

The start of the Jiankou Great Wall hike is immediately  beautiful. Just  100 meters away from the Echoing Lake, the Great Wall drops  down into WangQuan valley and climbs back out almost vertical.

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.

From the top of the last watchtower of today’s hike we can watch the sunset before we make our way down the mountain towards our homestay for the night. The homestay is very nice with shower and and toilets in the renovated rooms. The host are super friendly and their organic food comes right from their own backyard.

Jiankou Great wall trekking

Jiankou Great Wall trekking

 Day 3: 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. The trail we hike is about 6 km long 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 🙂

Huanghuacheng Great wall hike

Huanghuacheng Great Wall hike

We drive 40 minutes to Huanghuacheng Great wall and start with  a 30 minute easy hike till we the  reach Huanghuacheng Great Wall at this lowest.

 A 1 hour uphill hike on the wall will bring us to a very well preserved and impressive section of the Huangcheng Great Wall. From here you can see the whole picture of the west and east  Huanghuacheng Great wall , and Huanghuacheng Lake .

The west part of  Huanghuacheng Great Wall itself is quit unique as it doesn’t have any of the famous big stairs so hiking up the steeper parts of  Huanghuacheng Great Wall can be a bit tricky. The Great Wall is very well restored and the patch nicely paved so you will not have to much trouble.

Huanghuacheng Great wall

Huanghuacheng Great Wall

We hike on top of the west Huanghuacheng Great Wall for about 1.5 hours till the  Wall drops in into Huanghuacheng Lake. We cross the lake and go for a late but good  lunch.  The celebration beers are on us 🙂

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

Level 2:  Medium-Strong

The first day of this trip we give a medium- strong rating as it is a long hike but there are no steep ascends. The second day starts with a strong uphill hike  on the Jiankou Great Wall. The reset of the hike is fairly easy so the second day we give a medium-strong rating.  The last day is an easy hike so this day we give an easy/medium rating.  If we add up all the 3 days we end up with a level 2 medium-strong rating because of the 3 consecutive days of hiking.

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