Great Wall Trekking

Gubeikou - Wild Jinshanling - West Jiankou - Restored Mutianyu Great Wall Trekking

An epic 3 days trek where we hike on Beijing's oldest Great Wall, stay overnight in a farmhouse with views of the Jinshanling Great Wall, watch the sun set at wild Jiankou Great Wall and finish on the restored Mutianyu.

  • Key Info
  • Discounts & Inclusions
  • Hiking Distance: 27 km
  • Hiking Duration: 3 days
  • Hike level: 4 strong
  • Departure time: 9:30 am
  • Back in Beijing: 4:00 pm (days 3)
  • Price: 2700¥/449$

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: Restored Mutianyu Great Wall  

Hiking distance:  8km / 4-5h

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 minutes 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.

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

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

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

This Great Wall hike has total ascent 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 trekking

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.

Last watchtower of the day at Wild Jiankou Great Wall

Last watchtower of the day at Wild Jiankou Great Wall

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.

Day 3: Restored Mutianyu Great Wall Hike

The Mutianyu Great Wall built in the Tang dynasty (618-907),  is our destination for today. The Mutianyu Great Wall was reinforced during the Ming dynasty and restored by Deng Xiao Ping in the 198o’s making it today’s best preserved section of the Beijing Great Wall

Great Wall hiking. Great Wall of China

Great Wall hiking.

After 2 days of strong hiking we deserve a relax approach of the Great Wall and take the cable car up to the 14th tower of the Mutianyu Great Wall.

From this platform we have a fantastic view over the 26 Mutianyu Great Wall watchtowers and we can still see the Jiankou Great Wall sneaking over the mountains tops we hiked yesterday.  We walk on top the nicely paved Great Wall passing through 8 watchtowers. From  watchtower number 6, Zhengguan Terrace, we slide our way down the Great Wall on the Tobogan. and go for a late but good  lunch.  The celebration beers are on us 🙂

By 4 pm our driver will drop us of  at our Beijing meeting point.

Level 2: Medium-Strong

The first day of this trip we give a medium 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 rest of the hike is fairly easy so 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 rating because of the 3 consecutive days of hiking.

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