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PRICE TABLE

(Per Person)

 

# of Head
USD
1
909
2
559
3
529
4-5 459
6-9
419


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 tour guide
* 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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TRAVEL INSURANCE

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.

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Three-day Great Wall Hiking
Route 3AB: Jiankou-Mutianyu-Huanghuacheng-Xishuiyu

 

 

If 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 it all.

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.

Highlights:

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 understanding!

 

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 & 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

 

 

 

 

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 scenery.

 

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

Spend 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!


 

Day 2 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 technology) RMB50
Optional Toboggan Run at Mutianyu (extra)

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 on LonelyPlanet

 

People at age 70 have managed the riding successfully. Can you?
 

Day 3

 




 

 

Huanghuacheng-Xishuiyu (B+L, 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 Xishuiyu section.

 

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.

 

 

Stuff you should bring with you:

* Tough hiking boots, sunscreen and sunglasses
* Backpack, and snacks or energy/protein supplements you want to have before lunch
* Extra cash for driver/guide tips
* Don’t forget your camera!

 

Read complete itinerary of Route 3A:  Gubeikou-Jianshling-Simatai-Jiankou-Mutianyu hike.
Read complete itinerary of Route 3B:  Chenge-Panjiakou Reservoir-Xifengkou hike.
Read complete itinerary of Route 3C:  East Qing Tomb-Huangyaguan-Chengde hike.
Read complete itinerary of Route 3D:  Laolongtou-shanhaiguan-Sandaoguan-Jiaoshan-Jiumenkou hike.
Check testimonials from former hikers and view their photos.

 

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