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* Personal transfers from and to
* Entry fees to the Great Wall
* One night camping in a watchtower
* Accommodation of 3 nights in local hostels or farmer's
* 5 lunches, 4 dinners and 4 breakfasts
* Quality vehicle, professional driver and English-speaking tour
* Free membership card
* A credit of RMB200 when you reserve the next tour with us
Guaranteed no detours to shops,
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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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TOUR 5X: Shixiaguan-Badaling-Huanghuacheng-Xishuiyu-Jiankou-Mutianyu-Gubeikou-Jinshanling-West
Simatai Great Wall Expedition
Five-day Great Wall Trekking & Camping
This trek is for the ultimate Great Wall
enthusiast. In just five days you will see the best of the
Beijing-area Great Wall and experience all of the most popular
Great Wall hikes. This program has everything: unrestored “Wild
Wall” magnificent brickwork and watchtowers, awe-inspiring
views, beautiful scenery, and even camping on the Great Wall
Equipped with your own English-speaking guide and driver, you will
get to see up close and personal just what makes the Great Wall one
of mankind’s lasting achievements. You’ll go on the two most
renowned Great Wall hikes (Jinshanling-west Simatai and
Jiankou-Mutianyu), which seamlessly combines unrestored portions of
the wall with tastefully patched up ones. If you are an amateur
photographer, then these two hours will leave you in a state of
You also get to hike two of the more overlooked routes on the Great
Wall (Badaling-Shixiaguan and Huanghuacheng-Xishuiyu). These two
paths, long ignored by Chinese visitors, are a great example of
untouched Great Wall, while also providing you with a fun and
invigorating challenge. At Xishuiyu, you’ll even get to see the
Great Wall underwater!
Hike the four most popular Great Wall hikes
Camp overnight on the Great Wall! (summer and fall)
See the Great Wall underwater at Xishuiyu and witness the dramatic
and amazing ruins of the Great Wall at Jiankou
This tour comes with your own English-speaking guide and driver,
which will make your experience both a safe and hassle-free one!
All meals provided!
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!
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.
||This program features sleeping on the Great
(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)
In the morning your guide and
driver will pick you up from your hotel. From there we will
be driven to the Badaling Great Wall. The ruined Badaling
Great Wall (now officially named “Ancient Badaling Great
Wall”) is 10km southwest of the restored Badaling Great
Wall. So, as its name hints, this section of the Great Wall
is partially restored and more adventurous, while not being
easy to climb. Its hikers are mainly foreign travelers
instead of domestic travelers, who prefer hiking at the
restored Badaling Great Wall.
After about 2-3 hours of hiking, we’ll
cross over into Shixiaguan (Stone Gorge) Pass, 5km southwest of
the Badaling section of the Great Wall. It is one of the most
intact parts of the whole Great Wall. In spite of serious
damage, the winding wall set in the lofty mountains reveals its
grandeur. However, a castle in Shixiaguan was pulled down during
the Great Leap Forward. Nevertheless, the wall remains
relatively intact because of its strategic location. Shixiaguan
Pass was originally built in the reign of Ming Emperor Wanli
(about 1600 AD), which was then a key pass guarded by a large
number of soldiers. There are sites such as official residences,
the ancient castle, clay walls and brick walls in the village.
After our hike we will drive to the village of
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.
2: Huanghuacheng-Xishuiyu (B+L,
We will wake up at 7:30AM with breakfast at
the farmotel. We will then continue our trek, this time from
Xishuiyu. Huanghuachengis 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 we
will drive back to our inn in Huanghuacheng village for the
Day 3: Jiankou-Mutianyu
In the morning our driver will take us to
the Jiankou 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 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.
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 will then drive back
to your hotel in Beijing, where you will have a chance to
freshen up and recharge before we begin the second half of your
Great Wall odyssey.
*Mutianyu cable car or toboggan is extra.
Not included in the package price.
Day 4: Gubeikou-Jinshanling (L, D, 10 kms,
4-5 hours of hiking)
You will head to the Great Wall at Gubeikou to start our hike
after the breakfast.
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.
After walking on Gubeikou we will cross
over to Jinshanling. Much of the hiking that we will do on
Jinshanling today is relatively easy, as much of the wall here
is restored and the surface smooth. Jinshanling has five main
passes and 67 watchtowers.
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!
Before it gets dark, we'll set up our tents
and other equipment 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, during 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.
Day 5: Jianshanling-Second Valley (the West
Wing of Simatai) -Beijing
(B, L, 8 kms, 3 hours of
The first thing we'll do today is to watch the
magnificent sunrise early in the morning. After a hearty breakfast
we will resume our hike on Jinshanling's right wing, where we will
hike until we reach Simatai West (aka Second
Valley.) As we head
west the wall will start to gradually deteriorate, making the hike
progressively more challenging, but also interesting to observe and
As there are relatively fewer tourists at the
Second Valley part of the Jinshanling Great Wall, it is a good place
to explore on foot. If you are looking for breathtaking views with a
relatively peaceful walk, then the Second Valley of Jinshanling
can't be better, so we hope that you remembered to bring your
camera! The Second Valley features a complicated and well preserved
fortification system at Jinshanling. The Second Valley Great Wall
meanders through fantastic natural scenery and connects to the
Gubeikou Great Wall to the west.
In addition to the gorgeous scenery on your
hike, you'll also get to see how the wall was designed for practical
purposes, that being the defense against outer enemies and how the
Great Wall was supposed to keep them out. There are 'obstacle-walls'
built perpendicular to the parapets - a feature quite unique to the
Second Valley part of Jinshanling Great Wall. These
'walls-within-walls' were used for defense against enemies who might
have succeeded in scaling the outer wall. The steps of the Great
Wall at Second Valley are rather steep and rocky with loose stones
at times. It is important to choose comfortable footwear with a good
grip and support for the feet.
After about 3 hours of hiking on Second Valley
we’ll again meet up with our van and you’ll be taken back to
Beijing, where you will be dropped off at your hotel, ending your
tour. If you have booked a Beijing city tour or night show with us,
the next representative will be meeting you for another wonderful
time with Great Wall Adventure Club!