Great Wall Hiking

Wild Jinshanling to  Simatai West Great Wall Hike

A fabulous 10km hike on top of the 400 year old Jinshanling Great Wall.  We start in the cornfields, climb hills with pine trees,  hike past all 67 watchtowers of the Jinshanling Great Wall end with the steepest staircases of the Great Wall just West of Simatai Great Wall.  Most magazine photos of the Great wall of China are taken from this section.

  • Key Info
  • Discounts & Inclusions
  • Hiking Distance: 10km
  • Hiking Duration: 1 day
  • Hike level: 3 medium-strong
  • Departure time: 8:30 am
  • Back in Beijing: 7:00 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

11:30 pm    Start hiking

12:30 pm    Lunch at a local farmhouse

02:00 pm    Continue hiking

05:00 pm    End hiking

07:00 pm    Arrive back in Beijing


Wild & restored Great Wall

Included meals

Authentic farmhouse lunch

Upcoming trip:

Detailed Itinerary

From our meeting point (Lama Temple Subway exit B), we will take you on a 2 hour drive  to the border of Beijing and Hubei. The hike starts with a 45 minute hike through the farm fields and over the hill ridges allowing us splendid views  over the wild Gubeikou and Jinshanling Great Wall. We follow the trail to our farmhouse friends  for a delicious lunch at their authentic courtyard with view on the Wall.

Wild Jinshanling to simatai Great Wall hiking, Simatai Great Wall hiking

Wild Jinshanling to Simatai Great Wall hiking

After lunch, we continue our hike. Within 20 minutes we set our first steps on the Wild Jinshanling Great Wall. The 10-km long Jinshanling Great Wall shows some amazing defensive features, such as barrier walls, battlement walls, watchtowers, gun emplacements, shooting holes and horse blocking walls.

Wild Jinshanling Great Wall

Wild Jinshanling Great Wall

We hike down on the crumbled section of the Wild Jinshanling for about 30 minutes till we reach the extraordinary well preserved  Jinshanling Great Wall Here you can see how the Great Wall of China looked like during the Ming Dynasty.

Jinshanling Great Wall hike

Jinshanling Great Wall hike

The last stage of our hike is all the way up on the famous Great Wall staircases. We pass 67 watchtowers and  the General Tower with its intoxicating views over miles and miles of Great Wall.  We visit 4 more towers on the Simatai Great Wall and take a last spectacular picture of the Fairy Tower, the highest tower on the Simatai Great wall.

Jinshanling Great Wall steep staircases . Jinshanling Great Wall hike

Jinshanling Great Wall steep staircases

A small trail through the forest will bring us down the mountain where our faithful driver will be waiting for us. We will be back at our Lama temple meeting point around 7 pm.

Level 2: Medium-strong

Its a long hike that involves a good climb at the end of the hike so we can rate it medium strong. There is a short cut where can avoid climbing up the steepest staircase but even with the shortcut it remains a strong hike so you need at least an average to good physical condition.

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