Four-day Trekking &
Camping on the Great Wall
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WHAT'S INCLUDED IN PRICE
* Personal transfers from and
* Entry fees to the Great Wall
* Four lunches, three dinners and three 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
* Free membership card
* A credit of $20 when you reserve the next tour with us
There are no unscheduled or
mandatory shopping stops.
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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.
Four-day Great Wall Trekking & Hiking around Beijing
(with camping inside the watchtower)
This program is an incredible way to get the best out of your short
time in China. In just 4 days you will get to go on the 3 most
popular Great Wall hikes. We’ll start out with the trek from
Jinshanling to West Simatai, a hike that combines classically
restored Great Wall along with its natural and unrestored state.
Tonight you’re in for a real treat, as you’ll get to camp inside one
of the Great Wall’s watchtowers! Next we’ll hike from Huanghuacheng
to Xishuiyu, a hike rapidly growing in popularity and featuring an
underwater portion of Great Wall.
If you come in the spring or summer, you’ll see that the surrounding
countryside is bathed in the glow of blooming yellow wild flowers.
Our program we’ll conclude with a trek from Jiankou to Mutianyu,
which also features restored and natural Great Wall. These three
hikes are a photographer’s fantasy, as you’ll have loads of
opportunities for stunning views and pictures.
Exploring the best of the Beijing portion of the
Seeing amazing panoramas and vistas that can only be seen by hiking
Seeing several best sections of the Wall which exemplifies the entire wall in
architecture, scenery, ruggedness, and military importance.
Have the unique opportunity to camp on the Great
Wall (in watchtower)
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
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 Itinerary (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner)
Day 1: Beijing-Jinshanling-Gubeikou (B+L+D, 4-5 hours of hiking)
Your English-speaking guide will pick you up from your hotel at about
9:00 am. Form there we’ll make the drive to Gubeikou, which should take about
2.5 hours. At Gubeikou, we’ll get started on our trek. 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.
check into Jinshan Hotel at Jinshanling to get ready for
tomorrow's hike to West Simatai.
Day 2: Jinshanling-West
Simatai (B+L+D, 3-4 hours of hiking)
After breakfast, we’ll hike from
Jinshanling to West Simatai
(the Second Valley or called West Simatai) for about 3 hours.
This afternoon, you'll watch the sunset while walking along the
Wall and finally reach Jinshanling to camp! Then we'll
take you to have a gorgeous Chinese countryside style dinner in
Mr. Duan's Restaurant. Mr. Duan is a famous Great Wall
photographer and is the winner of several national photographing
competitions. His wife
(middle in the left photo) and
her niece will cook traditional Chinese dishes and dumpling for you.
Mrs. Duan will
serve you Kong Pao Chicken, Stewed beef and potato, Green Pepper and
Pork, Fried Tofu in Spicy Sauce, Fried Egg Tomato, Sweet and
Sour Chicken, and lots of vegetables (great for
vegetarians), and soup. She changes her menu daily, so you
may have different dishes from the above. What's more
important is that all the vegetables she uses are planted in
her yard, so it is organic and fresh! Rice and Chinese
dumpling are also fresh and of genuine local flavor.
Drink and beer are free!
Then, before it gets dark, we'll go up to the mountain and sleep overnight 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. Here it is the sound sleeper's paradise -
let the mountain valley and the Great Wall echo your snoring sound! 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, in cold winter, we'll only overnight in a local hotel for safe.
Temperature on the Great Wall is usually 10 degree Celsius lower
than it is on the ground.
Huanghuacheng-Xishuiyu (B+L+D, 4 hours of hiking)
Wake up at 7:30AM with breakfast
in the watchtower. 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. 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 not very long, but 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 today’s hike we’ll drive to Jiankou, where we’ll sleep at an inn in the village.
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!
Day 4: Jiankou-Mutianyu-Beijing (B+L, 3.5-4 hours of hiking)
Our hiking will end on a high note as we will be visiting hikers’ most favorite section of the Great Wall. . In order to hike on Jiankou,
first we have to climb up a path for about 60 minutes to reach it.
Our hike today will take about 4 hours and will cover 10km/ 6 miles. 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. Another highlight of Jiankou is the enemy observation tower known as, "Ying Fei 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!
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. We’ll then drive back to your hotel in Beijing, ending your tour.
Photo: LA Clippers visited Mutianyu,
Great Wall, 2013