Great Wall Trekking

Gubeikou to Wild Jinshanling Great Wall Trekking

A fantastic 12km Great Wall hike from Gubeikou Great Wall to the wild Jinshanling Great Wall. Stay overnight at a farmhouse and catch the sunrise and sunset from a nearby viewpoint overlooking the entire Jinshanling and Gubeikou Great Wall.

  • Key Info
  • Discounts & Inclusions
  • Hiking Distance: 12km
  • Hiking Duration: 1.5 days
  • Hike level: 3 medium/strong
  • Departure time: 9:30 am
  • Back in Beijing: 12:30 pm
  • Price: 1200¥/199$

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: Wild Jinshanling Great Wall

Hiking distance: 2km / 1h

Incl. meals: breakfast


Wild Great Wall

Farmhouse stay

Authentic farmhouse meals

Upcoming trip:

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Gubeikou to Wild Jinshanling Great Wall Hiking and Camping

From our meeting point (Lama Temple Subway exit B), we drive for about two hours to  the border of Beijing and Hebei province where where the Gubeikou Great Wall is located.

By lunchtime we reach our local  friends  that run a small homestay at the back of a valley surrounded by the Great Wall. With a view on the Crouching Tiger Great Wall we enjoy a truly delicious meal.   From here our adventure starts.

Hiking towards the Gubeikou General tower

Hiking towards the Gubeikou General tower

It takes us only 15 minute hiking up the hill behind the farmhouse before we get our first glimpse of the Gubeikou Great Wall.  A few more  turns on a little dirt trail  and we are on top of the Great Wall.  We hike from tower to tower and take breaks inside or on top of the watchtowers. The rooftop breaks a great chance to take some awesome pictures of this 1400 years old section of the Great Wall.

Three hours later we arrive at the first highlight of today’s trail, the Gubeikou General Tower. From this 2 story high  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 of the  Simatai Great Wall.

View of the Simatai & Jinshanling Great Wall from the General tower at Gubeikou Great Wall

View of the Simatai & Jinshanling Great Wall from the General tower at Gubeikou Great Wall

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. 

After dinner we can go for a 20 minute hike to the nearby magic viewpoint.  From the top of the hill we have a view over the entire Gubeikou, Jinshanling and Simatai Great Wall. 

Jinshanling Great wall trekking ,wild Great wall

Jinshanling to Gubeikou Great Wall Trekking

Day 2:  Magic Sunrise over Jinshanling and Gubeikou Great Wall 

If you are an early bird you can get up early today to watch a fantastic sunrise over the Jinshanling and Gubeikou Great Wall. This is the moment to take the best picture of your China trip. After watching the sunrise,  we go to the farmhouse for a good breakfast with tea and coffee.

A short hike out of the valley brings us back to the main road where our driver will be waiting for us. By lunch time we will be back at our meeting point in Beijing.

Level 2: Medium-Strong

We rate this hike level 2 because. For the distance we could give a medium-strong rating but there are no steep climbs so a medium to medium-strong rating is appropriate. Anybody with a normal physical condition will enjoy this trip very much.

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