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* Personal transfers from and to hotel
* Entry fees to the Great Wall
* Accommodation of 3 nights in local hostels or farmer's courtyards
* Privilege to camp on the Great Wall and camping facilities
* 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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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
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Great Wall Sections
Five-day Great Wall Trekking & Camping
Exploring the best of the eastern portion of the
Great Wall to Beijing!
Seeing amazing panoramas and vistas that can only be seen by hiking
Seeing a section of the wall which exemplifies the entire wall in
architecture, scenery, ruggedness, and military importance.
Opportunity to sleep overnight on the Great Wall (summer and
All meals and home-stays/hostels 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.
||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)
Day 1: Beijing-Gubeikou-Jinshanling
You will meet your guide at your hotel between
9-9:30AM, and via
private van go directly to the Gubeikou Great Wall. We will hike for
about 10km/6miles, and it will take us a leisurely 5 hours. There is
a military area where you are not allowed to hike on the wall, so
you may walk into the quaint little village down the path and
re-enter the wall at the Jinshanling section.
Jinshanling is known
for its beautiful watchtowers, and at the wall’s highest point, you
can see Beijing from the “Watching Beijing” watchtower. Our hike
will finish at around 4pm.
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 is unlimited. You also can also drink
as much beer as you want!
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.
Day 2: Jinshanling-West Simatai (Second Valley)
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.
We'll drive 1.5 hours to check into "Deep
Missing" Hostel in Jiankou for lodging tonight.
Day 3: Trekking in Jiankou
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.
Day 4: Jiankou-Mutianyu
The day starts at 7:30 AM for
breakfast in the hotel, and then we will head over to the Jiankou
section and continue to hike its striking and rugged terrain. Along
the way we will encounter some watchtowers that have fallen into a
state of disrepair. It is an interesting contrast compared with the
restored section you will see later at Mutianyu.
From Jiankou you will cross over onto Mutianyu, a section of the
wall that has been mostly 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
You can hike down to the parking lot, take the cable car, or slide
down on the toboggan* (Lots of fun and highly recommended!). Our
driver will be waiting to take you to lunch at a local farmer’s
restaurant! After lunch we will drive about 40 minutes to
check into "Good Fortune" Inn and Hostel in Huanghuacheng area.
Here you will have a chance to refresh yourself and have dinner.
You will probably sleep like a rock after today’s hike!
*Mutianyu cable car or toboggan is extra.
Not included in the package price.
Day 5: Huanghuacheng-Xishuiyu-Beijing
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. 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
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
After hiking on Xishuiyu, we will drive you back to your Beijing
hotel, thus finishing your Great Wall odyssey.