Days 1-2: Kick off your journey from Stone Gorge Pass. The Great Wall here sits on steep mountains, deep ravines, and dangerous defiles. It is kept primitive with full of broken walls. Pass over to Badaling, It is made of masonry, and the walls are mostly double-sided stacks. It has 22 enemy platforms on it with an elevation of 1015 meters above sea level. Move to Huanghuacheng Great Wall for a friendly local dinner and camp in a beacon tower on the Great Wall tonight.
Camp out on the ancient once-battled Great Wall, experience the sleepless nights when warriors were stationed there, and listen to your guide talk about the past in the moonlight! STORY. Early morning, with the sunrise, everything rises. After breakfast on the Great Wall, hike the Huanghuacheng Great Wall - the only place in Beijing where the Great Wall is connected to the water. The existing Great Wall was built during the Ming Dynasty and its pass, also known as the Tou Dao Pass, was the last pass from the outside into the capital. “North Gate" is the name of the pass.
Day 3: Admire jaw-dropping views of the Great Wall by hiking fromJiankou Great Wall and Mutianyu. The Jiankou Great Wall is one of the most precipitous and majestic sections of the Great Wall in Beijing. Here, one enemy tower after another on the hills, making your heart beat faster. The Mutianyu Great Wall has become one of the best-preserved parts of the Ming Dynasty Great Wall. It would be best if you tried the toboggan sleigh to slide down to the ground from the Great Wall in the end.
Days 4-5: Continue to experience the grandeur of the Great Wall at Gubeikou and Jinshanling. The Great Wall here has always been a battlefield for soldiers. The Great Wall rises and falls between the mountains and the rivers in an incredibly majestic situation. It is densely populated with enemy buildings, which are exquisitely constructed and of various forms. The battles never end, so the role of the Wall is incredibly essential. During World War II, Japan attacked China and fought a fierce battle with the Chinese defenders at the Great Wall at Gubeikou, killing 5,000 soldiers on both sides. At the end of the Great Wall hike, we saw that the Great Wall had protected China in the present war.
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$1609
2 persons: US$1059 pp
3 persons: US$969 pp
4-5 persons: US$919 pp
6-9 persons: US$869 pp
10+ persons: US$779 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
This was a truly amazing experience and it was made even better that out tour was very personal and private. We were provided with more water than we expected and the food provided was always delicious. We were driven everywhere, leaving our energy for pure sightseeing which was perfect. Our favorite part was exploring the Great Wall and we were extremely happy we got to actually camp on it. We had an AMAZING time !
-- John C. on TripAdvisor, Date of experience: August 2019
Shixiaguan (Stone Gorge) Pass is 5km southwest of the Badaling section of the Great Wall. It is one of the most intact parts of the whole Great Wall. Despite severe damage, the winding wall set in the lofty mountains reveals its grandeur. The wall remains relatively untouched because of its strategic location. The Shixiaguan Pass was initially built in the reign of Ming Emperor Wanli(about 1600 AD), which was then a key pass guarded by a largen number of soldiers.
Accommodation: Good Fortune Inn or camping on the Great Wall at Huanghuacheng
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 Wall's highest point is a broken 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.
Accommodation: Laohe's Inn at 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. The construction of the Mutianyu Great Wall has a unique style. The Zhengguan platform, with three enemy towers standing side by side, is rare in the Great Wall. Thus, Mutianyu offers some breathtaking views of the valley and Wall.
Mutianyu has also become popular for visiting foreign leaders and celebrities.
Meals: B, L, D
Accommodation: Good Fortune Inn
Our hike will start from Simatai, and we will make our way west along the Wall into Jinshanling. Here is the classic Great Wall that hikers are very thrilled about. The Wall runs from a 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: Camping on the Wall
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 with it.
In 1933, the Chinese army fought against Japanese invasion troops at Gubeikou. In the four-month-long battles, over 5,000 Japanese soldiers and 9,000 Chinese soldiers died. You can see that Gubeikou is not merely a relic, but it remained a battlefield in the modern world.
We will return to Beijing in the late 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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