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Price Structure

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# of Head USD
1 629
2 379
3 349
4-5 319
6-9 299
10+ 259

WHAT'S INCLUDED IN PRICE

 

* Personal transfers from and to hotel
* Entry fees to the Great Wall

* Two lunches, one dinner and one breakfast
* Overnight in a Great Wall hotel or farmotel
* Quality vehicle, professional driver and English-speaking tour guide
* Free membership card
* A credit of RMB50 when you reserve the next tour with us

 

Guaranteed no detours to

shops or markets, etc.

 

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If you currently don’t have travel insurance then you will be required to purchase our PICC (People's Insurance Company of China) travel and accidental insurance.
The fee will be $7.99 per person, and will cover the duration of your hiking/camping/trekking in order to ensure that you are comprehensively protected if injured.

For more information about our travel insurance policy please see our insurance page.


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Gubeikou-Jinshanling-Second Valley (Simatai West)
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unset & Sunrise Hiking

 

Route 2SS2 : Two-day overnight sunset and sunrise tour to view the beautiful views from watchtowers

 

POPULARITY RANKING*:

*Ranked by the quantity of signups of all 2-day hiking routes.

 

Highlights:


If you are looking for breathtaking views with a relatively peaceful hike, then this program was made just for you!

 

This trek will give you the best of both Great Wall worlds, including both majestically restored Great Wall as well as wild and dramatic unrestored “Wild Wall”, making the hike much more interesting than others.


Pick-up and drop-off from your Beijing hotel is included, as well as your own guide and driver!

 


The Great Wall, Our Way

BY JEANNIE RALSTON, JULY 31, 2013

A two-day hike along a remote stretch of China? Great Wall affords endless views without the distraction of crowds.

 

When New York Times looks to investigate the rise in popularity of Great Wall hiking, who do you think they turn to? Why Great Wall Adventure Club of course! Read about how a New York Times travel correspondent went on the trip of a lifetime with Great Wall Adventure Club!

 

 

Departure:

 

Our Great Wall hiking is a private service. What this means is that you can hike on the Great Wall at any time at your convenience. If you would much rather be part of a group for the experience for economic and social reasons, we'll check to see if there are more signups for the same date as your own. We'll keep you updated whenever there are more. If you would like to keep your tour a private one, please let us know and we'll assign you a guide and driver. 

 

Day-by-day Hiking and Sleeping Tour Itinerary
(B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner)

 

 
Day 1: Beijing-Gubeikou-Jinshanling (L, D, 10 kms, 4-5 hours of hiking)

Your guide will meet you at your hotel between 7:30-9:30am, and by private sedan or minivan we will head to the Great Wall at Gubeikou to start our hike. The Gubeikou Great Wall has long been an important pass of great military significance on the route to the capital city of Beijing. The Gubeikou Great Wall was built along a mountain range, rising and falling along its length. The Gubeikou Great Wall has kept its original appearance. Unlike other sections of the Great Wall, Gubeikou also has some historical sites like temples and temporary imperial palaces. It is suitable for hiking and photography.

Today, the famous Gubeikou Great Wall stretches for more than 40km. There are 14 beacon towers, 143 watchtowers, 16 strategic passes, three citadels and many other military instillations. Many of them are famous cultural relics, such as the Big Flower Beacon Tower of the Northern Qi Dynasty, the Fairy Tower, the General Tower, and the dominant Wangjing Tower.

After a few hours of hiking Gubeikou we will eventually cross over into the Jinshanling Great Wall. The Jinshanling Great Wall is one of the best-preserved parts of the Great Wall, maintaining much of its original features. It got its name because it was built on the Greater and Lesser Jinshan (Gold Mountain) Ranges. A tablet with the Chinese inscription for Jinshanling Great Wall was set into this section. The Jinshanling Great Wall has not been repaired since 1570. It is a remote and relatively isolated section of the Great Wall. As there are relatively few tourists at the Jinshanling Great Wall, it is a good place to explore on foot. If you are looking for breathtaking views with a relatively peaceful walk, then the Jinshanling Great Wall is a great place to start!

As it starts to get dark, we’ll descend the Great Wall and spend the night at the Jinshan Hotel, which is located at the foot of the Jinshanling Great Wall (a 20 minute walk). Dinner will be had at the hotel. Be sure to get a good night’s sleep, as you’ll want to wake up early in order to catch the sunrise over the Great Wall.



Day 2: Jianshanling-Second Valley (the West Wing of Simatai) -Beijing (B, L, 8 kms, 3 hours of hiking)

After an early morning start, breakfast, and viewing the sunrise over the Great Wall, we’ll begin the second portion of your Great Wall hike. Starting from eastern Jinshaling, we’ll soon cross into the western portion of the Simatai Great Wall (the eastern portion has been permanently closed). The Simatai Great Wall is celebrated for its steepness and intactness. Constructed under the supervision of Qi Jiguang, a famous general of the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), it is the only Great Wall section that still has the original appearance during the Ming Dynasty.

The eastern portion of the Simatai Great Wall has 16 watchtowers and was constructed on the steep ridge of the mountain. It looks like a winding dragon jumping out of the lake. Among them the most distinctive watchtowers are the Fairy Maiden Tower and the Wangjing Tower.

After about 2.5 hours of hiking we will descend the Great Wall and drive back to Beijing, arriving at approximately 12:00pm. The great thing about this program is that you’ll have the rest of the afternoon and evening to sightsee, explore or even catch a flight or train to your next destination. If you desire we offer many evening Beijing tours where you can experience Peking Opera, Kung Fu, Chinese acrobatics and much more!



Stuff to bring on your trip:

* Tough hiking boots, sunscreen and sunglasses, and water
* Backpack, and snacks or energy/protein supplements you want to have before lunch
* Extra cash for drive/guide tips along with money for either cable car or toboggan ride
* Don’t forget your camera!

We have up to 8 different routes for overnight hiking and camping on the Great Wall!

Read complete itinerary of Route 2X: Forbidden City + Sleep in the Watchtower (Camp!)
Read complete itinerary of Route 2AA: Gubeikou-Jinshanling-Jiankou-Mutianyu hike (Camp!)
Read complete itinerary of Route 2AB: Gubeikou-Jinshanling-Second Valley Hike & Camp (Camp!)
Read complete itinerary of Route 2B: Huanghuacheng-Jiankou-Mutianyu hike 
Read complete itinerary of Route 2C: Chengde-Panjakou Reservoir-Xifengkou hike.
Read complete itinerary of Route 2D: Panjiakou Reservoir-Xifengkou hike.
Read complete itinerary of Route 2E: East Qing Tomb-Huangyaguan hike.
Read complete itinerary of Route 2F:
Laolongtou-Shanhaiguan-Sandaoguan-Jiaoshan-Jiumenkou-Huangtuying hike

 

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