First, this tour starts with a hike at Huanghuacheng, which features classically restored brickwork and some stunning scenery. Huanghuacheng is the only Great Wall in Beijing that is connected to the water. About halfway through the hike we'll pass over into Xishuiyu, a little known section of Great Wall that is unrestored, meaning that the “wild wall” starts to take hold.
The next day you'll be driven to the Jiankou Great Wall, which features dramatic peaks and ruins that are a photographer's dream. In mythology, a general rides after a princess who has been abducted by the devil, but his bow is broken when he gallops. In the midst of the wind and clouds, the broken bow turned into a steep mountain, and the general turned into a stone statue guarding the border.... You'll soon hike over into Mutianyu, one of the most famous and popular sections of Great Wall, but one which has escaped the tackiness of other popular Great Wall spots.
This tour includes a tour to the East Qing Tombs, the burial site for most of China's last ruling dynasty. You'll then be taken to the Great Wall at Huangyaguan, which features classic brickwork, imposing watchtowers, and immense natural beauty.
In fact, Huangyaguan is designed to be a miniature representation of the entire Great Wall, allowing you to get a keen insight on the structure in a much shorter time than it would take to walk the entire wall! You'll hike at Huangyaguan for two days before embarking for the classic Jinshanling hike, a restored piece of wall that will gradually deteriorate into its natural state as we cross west onto the Gubeikou section of Great Wall.
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$1699
2 persons: US$1399 pp
3 persons: US$1129 pp
4-5 persons: US$1019 pp
6-9 persons: US$969 pp
10+ persons: US$819 pp
Early-bird discount (booking 6 months in advance): 10% off
Holiday discounts, seasonal discounts, and other special discounts available
Write us your personal story of this 5-day trek by detailing your activities day by day. We will reward you up to US$150 cash. Contact us for the details.
* 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
"Absolutely incredible!! Our guide Oliver and our driver (Mr Wong) took great care of us. Amazing adventure with the family (ages from 10 to 17). Challenging yet very rewarding. Wish we would have done the 11-day trek!! An absolute must. Thanks to all!"
-- Patick, B. on TripAdvisor, Date of experience: July 2019
Huanghuacheng is the only section that sits beside the lakes, so it is called Lakeside Great Wall. The Hanghuacheng Reservoir lies here, shaped like a curved moon. The water floods the Wall, and the dynamic landscape and the winding walls nestle and complement each other. Since the lake breaks this section of the Great Wall into three segments naturally, its uniqueness will surprise you. The Wall's highest point is a ruined watchtower, and from there, you will have a broad panoramic view of the whole valley. From this summit, the Wall dives steeply downwards into the valley.
The Great Wall of Jiankou fully demonstrates the astonishing, dangerous, strange, memorable, and unique features of the Great Wall. On top of the peculiar peaks, or encounter the sea of clouds, sunrise and sunset, reflecting the endless winding Great Wall. It allows you to appreciate the original and ancient landscape of the Great Wall.
The Mutianyu Great Wall is 5,400 meters long and is the longest section of the Great Wall in China.
The Mutianyu Great Wall is densely packed with enemy buildings. There are four enemy buildings within 500 meters. Such a section of the Great Wall with an enemy building about a hundred meters away is also rare. Mutianyu has also become popular for visiting foreign leaders and celebrities.
Meals: B, L, D
Accommodation: Good Fortune Inn
Gubeikou is mostly Wild Wall. It was first built during the Northern Qi Dynasty (550-557) and rebuilt in Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). It stretches 25 mile, there are 172 watchtowers, 14 beacon towers, 16 passes, 3 water passes, 3 barbarians, and 6 fortresses along with it.
In 1933, the Chinese army fought against Japanese invasion troops at Gubeikou. In the four-month-long battles, they killed over 5,000 Japanese soldiers at the price of 9,000 Chinese soldiers died. You can see that Gubeikou is not merely a relic, but it remained a battlefield in the modern world.
Meals: B, L,D
Accommodation: Gubeikou 1st Inn
Panlongshan (Coiling Dragon Mountain) is also a part of Gubeikou. It is a great place to see the Great Wall for the ancient Wall's original state with historical marks. There are 84 towers throughout the 15 kilometers length of Panlongshan Great Wall. The General Tower and 24-hole Tower represent the Wall design's uniqueness here, serving as the command center at the highest point of Panlongshan.
The climbing is challenging in places, but the level of danger is reasonable for the Great Wall. The architecture is impressive, the defense security features are unique, and the scenery is excellent.
After the hike, we will drive to Huangyaguan Great Wall. You will lodge in a local hotel for a good rest.
Meals: B, L,D
Accommodation: Huangyaguan Hotel
Today we'll start with Peace Fort (Taipingzhai) that begins from Banlagang Mountain in the east and arriving at Guafu Tower (Widow Tower) in the west. There are six watchtowers, one battlement, and one shortcut leading to the wall.
Waking westward, we will get to the steepest segment of this section, the Huangya Sky Ladder. You can climb over the ladder to reach the primitive Great Wall built in the Northern Qi Dynasty, marking the Huangyaguan section's end. You'll feel that this long stairway seemingly leads to the sky.
We will drive to Beijing this afternoon.
Meals: B, L
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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