This program allows you to experience the two best Great Wall hikes at the Great Wall's most popular and photogenic sections. This hike starts at Gubeikou, an unrestored section of “wild” Great Wall. You'll then cross over into Jinshanling, which features magnificent watchtowers and grand watchtowers. You will be amazed at how the Great Wall snakes and winds its way across the countryside here. You'll spend the night to sleep on the Great Wall with a tent in the watchtower called The General's Tower, and the next morning you will swing to Jiankou, which like Gubeikou is in its natural state. The ruins here are highly dramatic! After hiking through Jiankou you'll come to Mutianyu, which is in many ways similar to Jinshanling, as it is a more restored section of Great Wall. The 22km's distance on the Wall will take us about 10-11 hours of hiking.
Against the stars, looking at the moon, there was silence and peace. Have you imagined how nervous the soldiers camped in the beacon hundreds of years ago were? Here they stood guard for the sneak attack of the mad enemy, fighting tooth and nail. We make sure you experience a night on the Great Wall where they camped that year too, and remember this memorable moment forever.
We'll leave Beijing at 8 (in winter) and 9:30 (in summer). Drive 2.5 hours to Gubeikou. We'll hike from Gubeikou to Jinshanling today for 4.5 hours. Gubeikou was often the battlefield in many wars including the fight against the Japanese invasion in 1930's. Jinshanling is the section that represents the Great Wall the best. The pictures are often in public media and government offices. Gourmet lunch and dinners are served locally. Camping on the Great Wall will be the highlight of the day! We'll sleep on the Wall with a tent in an ancient tower called "The General's."
After watching the sunrise from the Great Wall, we'll drive to Jiankou to start the 3.5 hours of hiking after breakfast. Jiankou is completely unrestored while Mutianyu is 50% rebuilt. Jiankou is known as the most beautiful Great Wall with stunning views. Mutianyu is the destinations for many international celebrities and events. We'll return to Beijing after having lunch at Mutianyu in the afternoon. You'll get back to your hotel by 5 pm.
PLATINUM PACKAGE from USD $389/person (4-person group)
Private or Semi-private English Tour including private transfers, tickets, camping setup, and meals. Your guide will walk with you for every step from hotel pickup to drop-off and on the Great Wall!
GOLD PACKAGE from USD $289/person (4-person group)
Private tour with our local Chinese-speaking guide who can use a translation app. with private transfers. You'll have the professional transfer service with our driver. Everything is the same as the Platinum Package except that you pay less.
SAVE $40 when you consider 2AD program
You like camping on the Great Wall. We hear it. That's why we'd like to invite you to try our newest camping base at Huanghaucheng lakeside Great Wall. We have established our camping site on a better-preserved Great Wall and a famous ancient watchtower. Moreover, we have contracted a new restaurant that make organic food and provide with a better eating enviroment.
* Personal transfers from and to hotel
* Entry fees to the Great Wall
* Two lunches, one dinner and one breakfast (delivered to your watchtower)
* 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 tour guide
* Free membership card
* A credit of $10 when you reserve the next tour with us
My wife and I, plus an Aussie adventurer, did a 2-day hike with Great Wall Adventures at the beginning of July. The entire expedition was AMAZING! We hiked "wild" sections of the wall and saw about 20 other hikers the entire time, which we preferred as we're always looking for a more authentic, less touristy experience. For our sleeping accommodations, we hiked down from the wall (about 45 minutes) to pick up sleeping bags, sleeping pads and a tent, then hiked back up to one of the crumbling towers. My favorite moment of the entire hike might have been sitting on the corner of a crumbling watchtower, looking up at the stars, sharing a beer with my wife and two people who I had just met that day and simply being in that moment on the Great Wall. So amazing.
Overall we were extremely happy with the hiking, sleeping arrangements (in a watch tower!!), our guide, the food, the experience, everything!
- Sam J. , Experienced July 2017.
9:30 am: We will pick you up from your hotel, and drive directly to the Gubeikou section of the Great Wall, where we will begin our two-day hike on the wall. It is 2.5 hours of driving.
Today we will hike for around 10 km/6 miles. Gubeikou is covered with over 140 watchtowers, all differing in size and design. From the wall here you will be able to witness how the wall twists and winds along the steep mountain ranges. This is as dramatic a view on the Great Wall as you’ll find.
The Jinshanling Great Wall, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, while 1/4 of it is restored, is allowing you to have a more intimate experience with the wall. This afternoon, you'll watch the sunset while walking along the Wall.
Then we'll take you to have a gorgeous Chinese countryside style dinner served by a local housewife. 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 including tents and 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!
Meals: Lunch & Dinner in the local restaurants
Bottled Water: Unlimited
Accommodations: Camping at Gubeikou Great Wall
If camping is not your choice, you may overnight in a home inn at the foot of the Great Wall.
First thing to do today is to watch the magnificent sunrise in early morning. After a brief breakfast, we'll drive to Jiankou and start hiking at Jiankou for Mutianyu. You'll get to a village called Xizaizhi at the bottom of Jiankou Great Wall where we have to climb up a path for about 30 minutes to reach the Great Wall. Our hike today will take about 4 hours and will cover 9 kms/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.
From Jiankou we will cross over onto Mutianyu, a section of the wall that has been largely restored. Mutianyu offers some breathtaking views of the valley and wall below. In the side of the mountain, you can see a large sign engraved encouraging you to “Cherish the teachings of Chairman Mao.”
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 have a lunch at a local restaurant. We will then drive back to Beijing and drop you off at your hotel in the afternoon.
Meals: Breakfast & Lunch in the local restaurants
Bottled Water: Unlimited
Camp at Huanghuacheng, perfectly back-dropped with a two lakes. Sleep in our newest camping tower on the Great Wall.
Pay a historical tour to the Royal Palace during the day and sleep inside a watchtower where soldiers defended the imperial family.
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