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
* Accommodation at local hostels for 2 nights
* Three lunches, two dinners and two breakfasts (delivered
to your watchtower at no charge)
* 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
you’re into rugged scenery and unrestored Great Wall while looking
to get some amazing photos, then this is the program for you. This
hike takes you on two of the trendiest Great Wall treks, all the
while being treated to some of the most amazing vistas and scenery
that you will ever see. Jiankou-Mutianyu is fast becoming the most
popular Great Wall hike, and it’s easy to see why: unrestored Great
Wall magnificently set upon the mountains, elegant brickwork,
amazing watchtowers, dramatic peaks and valleys-Jiankou-Mutianyu has
On the Huanghuacheng-Xishuiyu, you’ll get to experience that rarest
of Great Wall treats-and underwater portion of the Great Wall! In
addition to all this you’ll have your own guide and driver with you
every step of the way, ensuring that your tour is both an exciting
and safe one.
Go on two of the hippest Great Wall hikes around!
For amateur photographers this tour will be a dream come true
Enjoy absolutely stunning scenery and panoramic views
All meals are included!
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. As
always, we will provide the equipment itself,
and this request applies to all able-bodied and
healthy participants (and not kids or the
elderly that are participating). In addition,
now that the weather in northern China is
beginning to turn cool, we advise that you
prepare your own thermal flask (for hot water or
coffee). Due to the long distance from the
restaurant to the watchtower, it may be
difficult to provide warm drinks for that
purpose. We thank you for your cooperation and
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 & 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)
Trekking at Jiankou
(L+D, appx. 7km/5miles, 3-4 hours)
In the late morning you will be picked up
from your hotel and will be driven to the Great Wall at
Jiankou. In order to hike on Jiankou, first we have
to climb up a path for about 30-40 minutes (2km) to reach it.
Our hike today will take about 2.5 hours and will cover 4km.
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
This part of the wall is often empty, so
you will have some peace and serenity on your hike today. Our
hike will begin in earnest from the watchtower known as
“Defending General”, and over the course of our trek we will
pass through seven to eight different watchtowers. Over the next
two hours we will be moving from west to east. As
we trek we’ll be able to see “Ying Feng Dao Yang” so named
because this watchtower was erected on the highest peak in the
area, and eagles and hawks often perch on it. Although the
majestic wall is slowly being conquered by small trees and
brambles, but the view from the top is still stunning! Other
landmarks will include the “Beijing Knot “ and the “Heavenly
Ladder”, but we will not be able to scale these peaks as they
are not accessible due to its toughness and dangerous footing.
The toughest challenge that this hike presents is a
portion known as the “38 Steps”, where the Wall vastly increases
in steepness, to the point that it is near 70 degrees! It is due
to this feature that we advise those with heart problems or a
phobia of heights not to go on this trip. The rest
of the hike is mostly smooth sailing.
We’ll end today’s hike at “Jiankou”, or
“Creek Pass” in English, which although pronounced the same as
the Great Wall section, has a different meaning in Chinese and
is composed of different characters. At “Jiankou” we’ll scale
down the wall, which, like the walk to get on, should take
roughly 30 minutes (2km). Once we descend from the Great Wall we
will spend the night at a farmer’s inn. The farmer’s family will
prepare for you a dinner of traditional Chinese dishes. Be sure
to get a good night’s sleep, for tomorrow we descend the wall
again at Zhengbeilou, where we will eventually cross over into
the Great Wall at Mutianyu.
Optional Camping on the Great Wall Tonight
the night under the stars on the Great Wall for an Optional Camping
on the Great Wall
additional fee of 540 RMB/person (USD $99/person)
You have the unique opportunity to camp in a watchtower at Jiankou
tonight! You'll be able to spend the night on the Great Wall under
the glow of the stars. Our local supplier, who owns a local
restaurant and inn, will carry the tent and sleeping pads for you
and place them in the watchtower. This will takes about 40 minutes,
as he has to reach the Great Wall by climbing a mountain path from
his restaurant at the foot of the mountain. He will also cook for
you a BBQ dinner, which will include Chinese wheat buns or pancakes,
kebabs (beef, pork or chicken), vegetables, photo chips, and fruits,
along with two bottles of local beers, spirits and other colas.
While he is setting up your camping equipment and making your meals,
please make sure to let him know your gratitude for all of his hard
and dedicated work!
Jiankou-Mutianyu (B+L appx. 10 kms/6 miles 3-4 hours)
After an early morning wake-up we will once
again climb up to the Jiankou Great Wall, where we will hike for
about 2 hours.
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
Msao”. 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.
appx. 9 kms/5.5 miles, 3.5-4 hours)
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