Great Wall Hiking

Jinshanling Great Wall to Gubeikou Great Wall Hike

Hike 12 km from the restored Jinshanling Great Wall to the Wild Gubeikou Great Wall. The scenery is stunning, the hike is intense, the photo opportunities are endless... and local food is very good.

  • Key Info
  • Discounts & Inclusions
  • Hiking Distance: 12km
  • Hiking Duration: 1 day
  • Hike level: 3 medium - strong
  • Departure time: 8:30 am
  • Back in Beijing: 7-8 pm
  • Price: 650¥ /109$

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

Short Itinerary

08:00 am    Gather at meeting point

08:30 am    Departure with private van

10:30 pm     Start hiking

12:00 pm     Lunch at a local farmhouse

02:00 pm    Continue hiking

05:00 pm    End hiking

07:00 pm    Arrive in Beijing


Wild & restored Great Wall

Included meals

Authentic farmhouse lunch

Upcoming trip:

Detailed Itinerary

From our meeting point (Lama temple subway station exit B) our van will head northeast for about 2 hours to the border of Beijing and the Hebei province.

Jinshanling Great Wall

The hike starts with a climb of the infamous staircases of the Jinshanling Great Wall. The Jinshanling section has a total length of 10km with intact watchtowers almost every 100 meters. As we walk  south, the Jinshanling Great Wall becomes less renovated, tourists become sparse and new views unfold. Just before we reach the restricted military zone we take a detour of the wall and climb up a hilltop where we have a fantastic 360 degrees view of the Great Wall winding on the mountain ridges.

Jinshanling Great Wall trek during fall

Jinshanling Great Wall trek during fall

We head down a small dirt trail that leads to a local farmer who will serve us an excellent lunch. With the renewed strength, we follow a 5km trail that curls alongside the wall, over the hills, through a small forest and pops out of the bush at the General tower of the Gubeikou Great Wall. Here we have reached the highest point of the day and another magical place for pictures.

Gubeikou Great Wall

The Winding Dragon section and Crouching Tiger section of Gubeikou Great Wall are stretched out in front of you. We hike the Gubeikou Great Wall till the 5th watchtower and take a small dirt trail down the ridge, through the bush till we reach a small lake where our driver waits for us. By 7pm we will be back at our meeting point in Beijing.

Jinshanling to Gubeikou Great Wall hiking

Jinshanling to Gubeikou Great Wall hike

Level 2: Medium-Strong

We give Jinshanling to Gubeikou Great Wall hike a level 2 rating because it is quite a long hike. However there are no steep climbs which makes it enjoyable for everybody with an average physical condition. The fact that we take a lunch break after 1/3rd of the hike helps as well. One important factor for this trip is also the season. Outside the summer this can be rated as “easy-medium”. During hot summer days we would rate the Jinshanling to Gubeikou hike “medium-strong” as there is very little shade on the trail.

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