Three-Day Hiking and
on the Great Wall
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WHAT'S INCLUDED IN PRICE
Personal transfers from and to hotel in Beijing
* Entry fees to the Great Wall
* Three lunches, two dinners and two breakfasts (delivered to
your watchtower at no charge)
* The privilege of camping on the Great Wall and exclusive
access to the camping watch tower
* All necessary camping gears such as tents & bags
* Quality vehicle, professional driver and English-speaking tour
* Free membership card
* A credit of RMB100 when you reserve the next tour with us
Guaranteed no detours to shops,
markets, factories, 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.
Three-day Great Wall Hiking & Camping
Route 3A: Gubeikou-Jinshanling-Simatai
West (Second Valley)-Jiankou-Mutianyu
Go on five of the most popular
& picturesque Great Wall hikes!
Valley is the premier hike
for Great Wall enthusiasts, and the Jiankou-Mutianyu hike is fast
becoming one of the most popular with Great Wall enthusiasts
On this hike you will get the best of both Great Wall worlds, both
majestically restored Wall in Mutianyu, as well as wild and dramatic unrestored "Wild
Wall” in Gubeikou, Jiankou and Jinshanling, making the hike much more interesting than others
Learn how Chinese soldiers used Great Wall at Gubeikou to defend China against Japanese
invasion in 1931.
Camping on the Great Wall! This is the once-in-your-life experience
that you never want to miss!
All necessary camping gears such as tents, pads & bags are provided.
For those of you curious
about Great Wall camping conditions, please be advised that camping
on the Great Wall is very rugged and adventurous, and you should
expect a relatively low comfort level from what you're normally used
to. Following dinner, we'll walk about 20-30 minutes to the camping
site in the Great Wall watchtower. It is there we will set up the
tent, sleeping bags, etc. Please be aware that this experience is
significantly different from staying in a hostel/farmotel/hotel. The
camping settlement is very basic, although we are constantly
striving to improve this experience.
Due to the high and heavy volume of camping equipment (tents, pads,
sleeping bags, etc.) in use during your Great Wall hiking tour, we
kindly ask that you give your guide a helping hand in getting your
equipment up to the watchtower where you'll spend the night. We thank you for
your cooperation and understanding!
The outdoorsman: Stay overnight on the Great
Wall of China
"When people come to the Great Wall of China,
they want to explore the history and see why it
was built. A day trip to the tourist sites won’t
achieve that, but a sleepover on one of the
world’s most storied ruins certainly will. The
Great Wall Adventure Club organizes trips to
sleep in a watchtower where soldiers were
formerly garrisoned. When night falls, the only
thing above is the stars, while the incredible
land of the surrounding hills is absolutely
silent ..." (June 11, 2012)
Guaranteed Camping in An Ancient Watch Tower!
A few online agents claim they can do so
but that's not true. What they usually mean is that they may take
you to the foot of the Great Wall to camp on the ground or to sleep
at a guesthouse. Not us. For each participant (even children), we
must pay a hefty relic preserving fee to the Great Wall
administration office. This fee allows for you to camp on the Great
Wall, hence why the price for this program is higher than most.
Great Wall Adventure Club (GWAC) is the only company approved by the
Great Wall Administration Office to offer camping for international
guests. This is what sets us apart from other operators.
& Camping Itinerary
(The following day-by-day
schedule may swap with the concern of weather or availability of
accommodation in the Great Wall villages on certain dates)
Day 1: Beijing-Gubeikou-Jinshanling (L+D, appx. 10km/6miles, 4-5
The day begins at 8:30 AM. Your guide will meet you at
your hotel between 8-8:30 am, and by private minivan we
will head to the Great Wall at Gubeikou, Geat Wall. Gubeikou Great Wall occupies a
location, which is difficult to access. Situated between Shanhaiguan Pass and Juyongguan Pass, and about 62 miles to Beijing, it is the
bastion protecting the northern gateway to the capital. There are 14
beacon towers, 143 watchtowers, 16 strategic pass, three citadels
and many other military constructions. Many of them are famous
cultural relics, such as the Big Flower Beacon Tower of the Northern
Qi Dynasty, Fairy Tower, General Tower, and the dominant Wangjing
After walking on Gubeikou we will cross over to Jinshanling. Much of
the hiking that we will do on Jinshanling today is relatively easy,
as 1/4 of the Wall here is restored and the surface smooth. Jinshanling
has five main passes and 67 watchtowers. Every 100 meters (328
feet), there is an enemy tower each of which is about ten meters (33
feet) high. Featuring various structures and having various
functions, those watchtowers are either one tiered or two-tiered.
Among them, the most celebrated are the Big Jinshan Watchtowers. The Wangjinglou Tower, the General Tower, the
Black Tower and the Taochun Tower are also must-sees on the
Jinshanling Great Wall. Each tower has its legend. Legend has it
that the stone bars used to build the Wangjinglou Tower were carried
to the mountaintop by Er Lang Shen, the nephew of the Jade Emperor.
The general tower was named to commemorate Wu Guihua, a heroine who sacrificed herself to resist northern invader's invasion in the Ming
Dynasty. The Black Tower and the Taochun Tower were christened to
commemorate two girls, Heigu and Taochun, who made great
contributions to the construction of the Great Wall.
toward Jinshanling, we will conclude for the day by watching the
sunset on the Great Wall. Then we'll go down the mountain and head
to a local farmer's house for a traditional Chinese
country-style dinner. Dinner will be at 6 pm. It will be hearty
and refreshing, preparing you for the hike ahead - Pork, beef,
chicken, vegetable and soup. For vegetarians, you'll have lots
veggies for you such as tomatos, cucumbers, green beans, and
Chinese cabbages. The dinner will be prepared by Mrs. Duan,
wife of Mr. Duan, a local farmer photographer famous for
Great Wall photographing.
After dinner, before it gets dark, we'll go back up the Great
Wall in order to set up our tents and other equipment in a watch
tower. We'll prepare the necessary camping
facilities such as sleeping bags so you don't have to bring anything
but yourself. Please bring your camera or camcorder to
shoot this great moment on the Great Wall for your lifetime
memory. If you prefer sleeping in a local hostel or a farmer's
house, you certainly can without extra charge. However, during the
winter, we'll only overnight in a local hotel for safety reasons,
because the temperature on the Great Wall is usually 10 degree
Celsius lower than it is on the ground.
Day 2: Simatai West-Jinshanling (B+L,
After waking up at 7:30am, we will have breakfast, and then drive to
resume our hike on Jinshanling. While Jinshanling in the
mostly restored with grand watchtowers, as we head east the Wall
will start to gradually deteriorate, making the hike progressively
more challenging, but also interesting to observe and compare. Then
we hike to the
Second Valley or Simatai West.
Valley (aka Coiling Dragon Mountain of Simatai
West) is a great place to hike the Great
Wall. The climbing is challenging in places but the level of danger is
reasonable for the Great Wall. The architecture is interesting, the
defense security features are unique, and scenery is excellent. The Second Valley Great Wall is also in
a serious state of ruins and is thereby a perfect
example of the true Great Wall, while also being
extremely beautiful and rustic. The wall is 7.8 m high
and 5 - 6 m thick at the bottom. On the top, the wall is
about 4 meters wide with 2 meters high parapets on each
side. On the side facing the enemy were 2 m high crenels
called Duokou. On the upper part of the Duokou were
large openings used to watch and shoot at attackers. On the
lower part were small openings ('loopholes') through which
defenders could also shoot while in greater safety from incoming
In addition to the gorgeous scenery on your hike, you'll also get to
see how the wall was designed for practical purposes, that being the
defense against outer enemies and how the Great Wall was supposed to
keep them out. There are 'obstacle-walls' built perpendicular to the
parapets - a feature quite unique to the Second Valley part of
Jinshanling Great Wall. These 'walls-within-walls' were used for
defense against enemies who might have succeeded in scaling the
outer wall. The steps of the Great Wall at Second Valley are rather
steep and rocky with loose stones at times. It is important to
choose comfortable footwear with a good grip and support for the
Tonight, we'll overnight in a "farmotel"
at the foot of the mountain in Jiankou to prepare for the
next day's hike there.
The chefs working in this hostel used to work in
the restaurants in Beijing, so they can cook with better
skills than those who are home cooks in the countryside.
Something you will try include those you may have tried in
the Chinese restaurants in your home country such as Kong Pao
Chicken, Stewed beef and potato, Green Pepper and Pork, Fried Tofu
in Spicy Sauce, Fried Egg Tomato, Sweet and Sour Chicken, and
vegetables (great for vegetarians), and soup, but with more
This “farmotel”, as we call it, includes brand new rooms with
city-hotel standard beds, in-suite bathrooms, and 24-hour
hot water. Overall, this is a clean and safe
environment that you would expect from any hotel. This place
is Great Wall Adventure Club
due to its rural location there are a few amenities that are
lacking, so we’d like to advise you on bringing some items
(especially toiletries) that you would normally use in a
Jiankou-Mutianyu-Beijing (B+L appx. 10km/6miles 3-4 hours)
The day begins at 8:30 AM. The hiking today will cover about
10km/6miles. The Jiankou section is known for its ruggedness and
wild beauty, and you will be in awe of the marvelous views it
affords. Be sure to see the watchtower known as
“Eagle on the peak”, this tower is extremely high and forms the
highest reaching point of the Jiankou section. This is the
pinnacle of exotic Great Wall scenery.
From Jiankou you will cross over onto
Mutianyu, a section of the Wall that has been largely
restored. Although it has gotten a face-lift, it avoids the army
of tourists that plague Badaling.
Mutianyu offers some breathtaking views of the v*ey and Wall
below, and if you look to your right you’ll see a large sign
engraved in the side of the mountain encouraging you to “Cherish
the teaching of Chairman Mao”.
You can hike down to the parking lot or take a toboggan (highly
recommended, and lots of fun! See below intro.) down to meet our
We'll probably get back home in Beijing by 4-5 pm.
Mutianyu Toboggan (German
|Optional Toboggan Run at Mutianyu
You'll surely be intrigued about taking the toboggan
down from Great Wall to the entrance gate down the hill.
You can ride as fast or as slow as you want. However, it
is also a driving test. One person to a toboggan, you
have a little handle with which you press down to go
faster and pull up to stop. But if you are not
intentionally pushing it, it will slow down anyway. "It
is funny when we Westerners are on there, because we
like to go a bit quicker than the Chinese (read a lot
quicker) and you hear the shrill voices of locals
shouting "brake! brake! Slow down!" It is hilarious. Go
on it even if it is just to hear that." --taylorstonebridge
People at age 70 have managed the riding successfully.