Great Wall Trekking

Gubeikou to Jinshanling Great Wall Trekking

Embark on a fantastic 14km Great Wall trek from the picturesque Wild Gubeikou Great Wall to restored fortresses of the Jinshanling Great Wall. Stay overnight a cozy farmhouse with view on the Wild Jinshanling Great Wall makes this trip a fantastic cultural experience combined with nature and some of the most amazing views the Great Wall has to offer.

  • Key Info
  • Discounts & Inclusions
  • Hiking Distance: 14km
  • Hiking Duration: 1.5 days
  • Hike level: 3 medium strong
  • Departure time: 9:30 am
  • Back in Beijing: 1-2 pm/next day
  • Price: 1400¥ /229$

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

Day 1: Gubeikou Great Wall

Hiking distance: 10km / 4-5h

Farmhouse stay

Incl. meals: lunch, dinner

Day 2: Jinshanling Great Wall

Hiking distance: 4km / 2h

Incl. meals: breakfast

Highlights

Wild & restored Great Wall

Authentic farmhouse meals

Upcoming trip:

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1:  Hike from Gubeikou to Jinshanling Great Wall 

From our meeting point (Lama Temple Subway exit B), our drive will take 2-hour before we reach the border of Beijing and Hubei province. Our first stop is at our farmer friends living next to the Gubeikou Great Wall. They a 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. From here our adventure starts.

Gubeikou to Jinshanling Great Wall trekking. The long views all the way to Simatai

Gubeikou to Jinshanling Great Wall trekking. The long views all the way to Simatai

It takes us only a 15-minute hike up the hill behind the farmhouse before we get our first glimpse of the Gubeikou Great Wall. After a few turns on the little dirt trail, we reach the Great Wall.  We hike from tower to tower and take breaks on top of different watchtower. These breaks are a great chance to take some awesome pictures of this 1400 years old section of the Great Wall.

Gubeikou to Jinshanling Great wall trekking.

Gubeikou to Jinshanling Great Wall trekking.

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.

Gubeikou to Jinshanling Great Wall trek. View of Jinshanling Great Wall from the Gubeikou General tower

View of Jinshanling Great Wall the Gubeikou General tower

Here we side track a bit from the Wall to get around the restricted military section of the wild Gubeikou and Jinshanling Great Wall.  It’s a really 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. The farmers have been living there for 3 generations and  will prepare us an excellent dinner.  They love playing badminton so if you are up for a game with Great Wall as a background, this is your chance.

 

Day 2:  Hike from Wild Jinshanling Great Wall to the restored section of the Jinshanling Great Wall  

We get up early in morning for our perfect snapshot of the “Great Wall sunrise” and head down back down to our farmer friends for breakfast.  With renewed strength we  head straight to the Great Wall again. A small trail will bring us past an excellent view point and in no time 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 down the crumbled section of the wild Jinshanling for about 30 minutes till we reach at the most famous and best preserved  and partly restored section of the Great Wall. Here you can see how the Great Wall of China looked like during the Ming Dynasty.

Gubeikou to Jinshanling Great Wall trek. Our last climb on the restored Jinshanling Great Wall

Gubeikou to Jinshanling Great Wall trek. Our last climb on the restored Jinshanling Great Wall

After a short hike on the restored Jinshanling Great Wall we take a small staircase from one of the battle stations and make our way to the parking lot where our driver will be waiting for us. By 2 o’clock we will be back at our Lama temple meeting point.

Level 2: Medium-Strong

The Gubeikou to Jinshanling Great Wall is long but comfortable trip as there are no really steep sections to hike  so  it suitable for people in normal to good shape.

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