Three-Day Hiking and
on the Great Wall
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WHAT'S INCLUDED IN THE 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
* One night accommodation in a local hostel
* Quality vehicle, professional driver and English-speaking
* 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
on the Great Wall
Route 3AA: Gubeikou-Jinshanling-Jiankou-Mutianyu-Lakeside Huanghuacheng-Xishuiyu
In just three
days you will get to experience the three most
popular Great Wall day hikes while also seeing the
best of the Beijing-area Great Wall. The
Gubeikou-Jinshanling is the premier hike for Great
Wall enthusiasts, and the Jiankou-Mutianyu hike is
fast becoming one of the most popular with Great
Wall trekkers. On the Huanghuacheng-Xishuiyu hike,
you’ll see both restored and preserved Great Wall,
along with a rare site-the Great Wall underwater!
This hike you will give the best of both Great Wall
worlds, both majestically repaired Great Wall at
Mutianyu and Huanghuacheng, as well as wild and
dramatic unrestored "Wild Wall” in Gubeikou, Jiankou
and Jinshanling, and Xishuiyu, which will make the
hike much more interesting than others. You’ll also
get to learn how Chinese soldiers used the Great
Wall at Gubeikou to defend China against the
Japanese invasion in 1931.
Last, but certainly not least, you’ll get to camp
overnight on the Great Wall itself! This is a
once-in-your-life experience that you never want to
The outdoorsman: Stay overnight on the Great Wall of
"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)"
Hike the three most popular Great Wall hikes
See amazing panoramas and vistas that can only be
seen by hiking these areas!
Sleep overnight 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!
All meals are included!
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: Gubeikou-Jinshanling (L+D, appx. 10km/6miles, 4-5
Your English-speaking guide will pick you
up from your hotel at about 7:30 am. From there we’ll make the
drive to Gubeikou, which should take about 3 hours. At Gubeikou,
we’ll get started on our trek. The Gubeikou Great Wall occupies
a strategically important 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 Tower.
We’ll hike until we reach the landmark of the General Tower. We
will have lunch on the wall, and the countryside in front of us
will provide the perfect backdrop. We’ll continue on to
Jinshanling in the afternoon.
Before it gets dark, we'll 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. 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.
Jiankou-Mutianyu (B+L+D, appx. 10km/6miles 3-4 hours)
After an early morning wakeup (where we can
view the sunrise over the Great Wall), we’ll climb down the wall
to meet our driver, who will take us to the Jiankou Great Wall
(about a 3 hour drive).
In order to hike on Jiankou, first we
have to climb up a path for about 60 minutes to reach it. Our
hike will today will take about 4 hours and will cover 10km/ 6
miles. Jiankou is translated as 'Arrow Nock' in English, for the
shape of the mountain is like an arrow, with the collapsed ridge
opening as its arrow nock. The Jiankou
section is known for its ruggedness and wild beauty, and you
will be in awe of the marvelous views it affords. As soon as we
reach Jiankou we will see a deserted watchtower that gives you a
panoramic view of the entire valley. In the early morning the
view is priceless with its morning fog. This section of the wall
is not well known by tourists, although if you see a picture of
the Great Wall from exotic traveling magazines, chances are it
is from Jiankou. This is the pinnacle of exotic Great Wall
scenery, and the view from the top of Jiankou is still stunning!
From Jiankou we 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 valley 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 teachings of Chairman
Mao”. Mutianyu has also become popular for visiting foreign
leaders and celebrities (former U.S. President Clinton visited
Mutianyu on one of his trips to China).
You can hike down to the parking lot, take
a cable car, or take a toboggan ride (highly recommended, and
lots of fun!) down to meet our driver, who will drive us to our
inn for the night. Tonight, we'll overnight in a village called
Huanghuacheng Village. We'll stay in a “farmotel”
called "Good Fortune Restaurants & Lodge" which has been
approved by Great Wall Adventure Club and which is located at
the foot of the Huanghuacheng Great Wall.
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.
Day 3: Huanghuacheng-Xishuiyu
Lakeside Great Wall
We will wake up at 7:30AM with breakfast at
the hotel. We will then continue our trek, this time from
Huanhuacheng to Xishuiyu.
Huanghuacheng, like Jiankou, is fast
becoming popular with hikers and tourists who are looking for
something a little different in their Great Wall experience. The
wall here is a combination of both restored and unrestored
areas, giving your hike a little more variety and adventure.
When you reach the middle of the wall you will be able to see
that the countryside is swathed in yellow, as masses of wild
flowers come into bloom. We will then cross over onto the
Today’s hike is quite special-part of the
wall is under water! In 1974 China built the Xishuiyu Reservoir,
and when the water level rose, some low-lying sections of the
wall were submerged under water. Seen from the dam of the
reservoir, this stately sunken wall is still visible under the
water’s smooth and glimmering surface.
Following our hike today our driver will
take us back to Beijing, where you will be dropped off at your
hotel, ending the tour.
In the afternoon, we will drive back to Beijing and arrive at
your hotel at around 5:00 PM.