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 Adventure 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. 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 will conclude with a trek from
Jiankou to Mutianyu, which, like the
West portion, also features restored and natural Great Wall. The
Jiankou-Mutianyu hike has risen rapidly in popularity, thanks to the
amazing views and vistas that these two sections provide. Finally,
when leaving Mutianyu, you have the option to descend the wall by
way of toboggan, a fun and thrilling experience that shouldn’t be
missed! These two hikes are a photographer’s fantasy, as you’ll have
loads of opportunities for stunning views and pictures.
•Explore the very best of the Beijing
portions of the Great Wall
•See amazing panoramas and vistas that can only
be seen by hiking these areas!
•See several sections of the Wall which
exemplifies the entire wall in architecture, scenery, ruggedness,
and military importance.
•Have the unique opportunity to camp in a Great
•All meals are included!
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 (L+D, 4-5 hours of hiking)
Your English-speaking guide will pick you
up from your hotel at about 9:00 am. From there we’ll make the
drive to Gubeikou, which should take about 3 hours. At
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. We’ll then stop by a farmer’s
house and yard in Panlongshan (Simatai West) to do some
traditional Chinese activities –such as paper artistry, working
on a grain-mill and grain-picking. We’ll sleep in the courtyard
of the farmer’s home..
Day 2: Panlongshan/West
Simatai to Jinshanling (B+L+D, 3-4 hours of hiking)
After breakfast, we’ll hike starting from
Panlongshan (the Second Valley or called West
Simatai) for about
3 hours. This afternoon, you'll watch the sunset while walking
along the Wall as well as finally being able to camp in one of
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.
If you prefer sleeping in a local hostel or a farmer's house,
you certainly can without extra charge. However, in 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.
Following our day of hiking on the Great
Wall we'll take you to have a gorgeous Chinese countryside-
style dinner at 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.
Beer and other drinks are free!
Day 3: Jiankou Adventure (B+L+D,
3-4 hours of hiking)
After waking up in the morning we will
begin our drive to the Jiankou Great Wall, which should take
around 3 hours or so. 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!
4: Jiankou-Mutianyu-Beijing (B+L, 4-5 hours of hiking)
Our hiking will end on a high note as we
will be visiting hikers’ most favorite section of the Great
Wall. 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
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.