* 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 these areas!
* 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 fall)
* All meals and home-stays/hostels are included!
Days 1-2: Kick off the hike at Gubeikou. There are 19 enemy buildings. In 1933, the anti-Japanese battles of Gubeikou happened here. Passing over into Jinshanling, where restored brickwork and large watchtowers dot the land. There are 5 major and minor passes, 2 beacon towers, and 67 enemy buildings of different shapes and sizes, including square buildings, round buildings, flat buildings, corner buildings, domes, etc. We'll also continue the hike toward West Simatai, a strategic point on the Great Wall that is a bit of a challenge due to its steepness and condition.
Day 3-4: We'll spend the next two days with the Great Wall at Jiankou, which features dramatic peaks and ruins. Because it was built on a cliff with a strange peak and a steep mountainous terrain, the Jiankou section is the essence of the Great Wall. Meandering through the silent mountains, Jiankou is covered with mottled, historical vicissitudes, making it even more impressive and majestic. We'll walk across to Mutianyu finally, the northern gate of the capital, and has been known since ancient times as the northern barrier defending the capital and the imperial mausoleum. The toboggan sleigh at Mutianyu is a beautiful interlude in your entire trek. Sliding straight down from the Great Wall is both thrilling and enjoyable. Last, we'll camp at Huanghuacheng Great Wall in the end. Pitch a tent in the beacon tower of the Great Wall where the ancient defenders perched, sleep by moonlight and starlight, and awaken to the light of the morning sunrise.
On the last day, we'll hike at Huanghuacheng where the Great Wall hovers over a ridge of mountains. The Wall surrounds a vast, calm lake with spectacular views, forming a scene of the Great Wall playing in the water and the water running over the ancient walls.
We guarantee you a rare opportunity to camp inside the ancient beacon on the Great Wall during the five-day itinerary. This beacon was once a command post for old wars, a place where generals planned their defenses. On the Wall, you'll see sunsets and sunrises that can only be seen from camping.
1 person: US$1629
2 persons: US$989 pp
3 persons: US$959 pp
4-5 persons: US$899 pp
6-9 persons: US$859 pp
10+ persons: US$769 pp
Early-bird discount (booking 6 months in advance): 10% off
Holiday discounts, seasonal discounts, and other special discounts available
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* Personal transfers from and to hotel
* Entry fees to the Great Wall
* One night camping in a watchtower
* Accommodation of 3 nights in local hostels or farmer's courtyards
* 5 lunches, 4 dinners and 4 breakfasts
* Quality vehicle, professional driver and English-speaking tour guide
* Free membership card
* A credit of US$50 when you reserve the next tour with us
From the moment we started our enquiries through Vivian, the GWAC company was very professional, and very quick, clear & concise with their communication, which instantly makes you feel confident. We are 8 x 45-50 yr olds, all of whom are pretty fit. There were certainly times when our fitness was tested, but the constant rewards were certainly worth the effort. Henry was our guide, and he was a great guy, and great guide. The views are awesome, the inclines and descents are amazing and exhausting, but in the end we were rewarded with 5 days of trekking on one of mankinds incredible creations, and to have the opportunity to camp on the wall was such an honour. Very worthwhile trek!!
-- AustPest, Experienced in June, 2016
Gubeikou is mostly Wild Wall. It was first built during the Northern Qi Dynasty (550-557) and rebuilt in Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). Stretching for about 25 miles (40 kilometers), there are 172 watchtowers, 14 beacon towers, 16 passes, 3 water passes, 3 barbarians, and 6 fortresses along it.
In 1933, Chinese army fought against Japanese invasion troops at Gubeikou. In the four-month-long battles, over 5,000 Japanese soldiers were killed while 9,000 Chinese soldiers died. You can see that Gubeikou is not merely a relic but it remained as a battlefield in modern world.
Meals: B, L, D
Accommodation: Jinshanling Hostel
Our hike will start from Simatai, and we will make our way west along the wall into Jinshanling. This is the classic Great Wall that hikers are very thrilled about. wall enthusiasts have done. The Wall runs from deteriorated wild state to the restored in the end to allow hikers to compare the differences between the two wall status.
Tonight, we will camp on the Great Wall in an ancient watchtower.
Meals: B, L, D
Accommodation: Jiankou Hostel
Jiankou is the part where the shape of the mountain looks like an arrow, with the collapsed ridge opening as its arrow nock. It 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 is the pinnacle of exotic Great Wall scenery.
Once we descend from the Great Wall we will spend the night at a farmer’s inn.
Meals: B, L, D
Accommodation: Laohe's Inn
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.
We will drive to Huanghuacheng to camp on the Great Wall tonight.
Meals: B, L, D
Huanghuacheng is the only section that sits beside the lakes, so it is called Lakeside Great Wall. Since the lake breaks this section of the Great Wall into three segments naturally, its uniqueness might surprise you.
The Hanghuacheng Reservoir lies here, shaped like a curved moon. The highest point of the wall is a broken watchtower, and from there you will have a wide panoramic view of the whole valley. From this summit the Wall dives steeply downwards into the valley.
We'll treat you with farm-to-table meals and special breakfast watchtower delivery on the camping day. We offer a dining experience that reflects the unique ingredients and creativity of every part of the Great Wall we travel. After an active day on the Wall, it's time to see what other great choices are on the menu. Have a food allergy or a restricted diet? Just let us know, and we'll make sure there are meal options available to you.
Our three-day expedition to the Great Wall covers some of China's most spectacular original Great Wall routes and demonstrates how hard the Great Wall has been built throughout history. Our experienced guides and drivers will bring you an unforgettable holiday that will take you back for a lifetime of three days and two nights with the world's cultural monuments.
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