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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
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Four-day Great Wall Trekking Adventure around Beijing
West-Crounching Tiger Mountain-Jiankou-Mutianyu
In just 4 days you will experience 2 of the
most popular Great Wall hikes, while also exploring in detail a
section of Great Wall that is often overlooked by most hikers, both
Chinese and foreign. We’ll start out with the trek from
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! Afterwards you’ll be taken to Wohushan Great
Wall (“Crouching Tiger Mountain”), where you will get to trek
through its numerous watchtowers while admiring the surrounding
mountains and valleys. Our program we’ll conclude with a trek from
Jiankou to Mutianyu, which also features restored and natural Great
Wall as well as a toboggan ride! Mutianyu is one of the most
photographed sections of Great Wall and has played host to numerous
heads of state, while Jiankou is quickly becoming one of the most
popular and talked-about Great Wall hikes.
•Explore the 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 best 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
•Trek through Wohushan (“Crouching Tiger
Mountain”) Great Wall, a diamond in the rough when it comes to 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 (B+L+D, 4-5 hours of hiking)
Your English-speaking guide will pick you
up from your hotel at about 8:30 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. 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 Jinshanling’s watchtowers!
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!
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 safety reasons, because the
temperature on the Great Wall is usually 10 degree Celsius lower
than it is on the ground.
Day 3: Wohushan - Crounching Tiger
3-4 hours of hiking)
waking up and breakfast we’ll restart our Great Wall hike and
hike from Jinshanling to Crouching Tiger Mountain (Wohushan).
Wohushan is probably one of the most scenic places the Great
Wall has to offer. “Wohu” means “Crouching
Tiger” in English, because the mountain looks like two tigers,
one lying on its back while the other lies on its stomach.
Located in the western section of the Gubeikou Great Wall, its
highest peak measures about 665 meters (2,181 feet). A watch
tower is erected every 150 meters (492 feet) of the wall,
overlooking a deep valley or mounted on a strategically
important hilltop. A professor from Beijing University compares
the wall to a huge cursive script work with the watch towers
providing the pausing or transitional strokes. It retains its
fascination today as its raw condition is still evident.
Wohushan is quite high, but
you don't have to be a great athlete to hike this trail. An easy
1 hour trail through the cornfields, about 1 hour of Great Wall
hiking and another hour down through the farmlands will complete
this nice loop. During lunch on top of the great wall we will
tell you some more of the historical importance of this place.
After our hike through
Wohushan we will
drive about 3 hours or so to the Jiankou Great Wall, and we will
spend the night at a farmer’s inn at the foot of the Great Wall
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 $89/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, 4-5 hours of hiking)
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
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.