Explore the best of the Great Wall's dramatic ruins. Push yourself to the limit both mentally and physically trek the two most famous Great Wall hikes, while also experiencing some of the more underrated gems Camp overnight in one of the Great Wall watchtowers! Witness elusive such sites like the Great Wall underwater and the marble Great Wall Free airport pickup!
If you're looking for a rough and tumble hiking experience, then this is the tour for you. You'll get to explore the best of the unrestored "Wild Wall" sections. Please keep in mind that this is a physically and mentally challenging program, so please make sure that you are in the right physical and mental condition, as each day averages at least five hours of hiking.
While hiking the fan-favorite paths of Jiankou-Mutianyu and Jinshanling-Simatai, you'll also get to experience some of the more overlooked trails, like the unrestored Badaling to Shixiaguan and Huanghuacheng-Xishuiyu. For those looking for that extra special memory-you'll be able to camp overnight in one of the Great Wall watchtowers, allowing you to view both the sunset and sunrise over the Great Wall. To top it all off, we end your adventure with a visit to Baiyangyu, which features an exceptionally rare trait-a 1.5km piece of the wall that is pure marble. As always, this tour comes with your English-speaking guide and driver.
Get your first taste of the Great Wall on a picturesque hike to Shixia Pass (Stone Gorge Pass). Here, the Great Wall is very distinctive, with independent buildings, double-pile walls, and rings. It is a "living specimen" of the Great Wall. In the steep mountains with deep and dangerous ravines, the Great Wall shows its unique position. You can still see its magnificent scale when you sit in the distance overlooking the distance. Move to Huanghuacheng Great Wall and camp in a watchtower.
It is thrilling to see sunrise rising over the Great Wall from the place you are camping. After breakfast
Set off on a hike across Huanghuacheng. The Huanghua Great Wall is majestic and precipitous, magnificent, hovering above the mountain ridges, surrounded by the Hao Ming Lake, the scenery is spectacular. The Great Wall is to guard the northern gate of the capital, and become the guardian of the Ming Tombs "thirteen mausoleums" important portal, which is the essence of the Great Wall of Ming Location. We'll move to Jiankou to relax in a cozy hostel.
New from Summer 2022 - Kayaking at the Great Wall *Get the experience of 1-hour kayaking at the foot of the Great Wall for $69.
Venture from Jiankou onto Mutianyu, a section of the Wall that has been largely restored and famous for visiting foreign leaders and celebrities. The advantage of the Great Wall at Mutianyu is the beautiful scenery, the majestic Great Wall hidden among the pines and cypresses, which makes the most beautiful picture. Try the toboggan slide at the end.
Trek 4.5 hours from Gubeikou to Jinshanling. Gubeikou became a vital gateway to Mongolia, the Ming dynasty's capital, and was known as "the place where the throat is strangled and tends to the Shuoshuo Desert, while the sky is left with a key to pillow the Xiongguan Pass" due to its majestic terrain. The battlefield Gubeikou was where the Chinese army fought against the Japanese invasion in the 1930s. We'll camp on the Great Wall for the second time. Today's camping site was the one used as the General's Tower in the battles.
Hike 3 hours from Jinshanling to West Simatai. The Great Wall here meanders and twists, with an expansive view. The Great Wall rises and falls between the mountains and the rivers in an incredibly majestic situation. In particular, it is densely packed with enemy towers, exquisitely constructed and of various forms. Drive to Huangyaguan.
Trek four hours from the Peace Fort to Huangyaguan and the Sky Ladder famous for its steepness and splendor. The Great Wall here is of 1450 years old, and it was a crucial pass in the Ming Dynasty to defend against Manchu invasion. Move to Baiyangyu tonight.
Explore 3 hours at Baiyuangyu that enjoys the unique reputation of marble Great Wall. Return to Beijing in the afternoon. Baiyang Pass is famous for its majesty, while Lengkou is known for its danger, and is also known as the "majestic pass and dangerous pass". Here the marble Great Wall is about 1.5 km long, 10 meters high, 5 meters wide, the base of the enemy building is mostly marble, the marble barrier mountain is very Rarity is the wall's essence. Return to Beijing in the afternoon and end our excursion.
1 person: US$3129
2 persons: US$1629 pp
3 persons: US$1599 pp
4-5 persons: US$1429 pp
6-9 persons: US$1289 pp
10+ persons: US$1199 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 on the Great Wall
* Accommodation of 5 other nights in local hostels or farmer's courtyards
* 7 lunches, 6 dinners and 6 breakfasts
* Quality vehicle, professional driver and English-speaking tour guide
* Complimentary airport or train station pickup
* Free membership discount card for future tours
* A credit of USD30 for your next tour with us
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 volute wall set in the lofty mountains reveals its grandeur. However, a castle in Shixiaguan was pulled down during the Great Leap Forward. Nevertheless, the Wall remains relatively intact because of its strategic location. Shixiaguan Pass was initially built in the reign of Ming Emperor Wanli(about 1600 AD), which was then a key pass guarded by a large number of soldiers.
Accommodation: Good Fortune Inn
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: Camping on the Wal
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 famous for visiting foreign leaders and celebrities.
Meals: B, L, D
Accommodation: Camping on the Great Wall at Gubeikou
Gubeikouis mostly Wild Wall. It was first built during the Northern Qi Dynasty (550-557) and rebuilt in Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). The Wall here streches for about 40 kilometers with 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, the Chinese soldiers killed over 5,000 enemies but lost 9,000 their own lives. 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, D
Accommodation: Camping on the Wal
Our hike will start from Simatai, and we will make our way west along the wall into Jinshanling. It 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: Huangyaguan Hotel at the foot of the Wall
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. It stretches to the ridge, seemingly leads to the sky. Climbing over the ladder, we will reach the primitive Great Wall built in the Northern Qi Dynasty, marking the end of the Huangyaguansection.
We will transfer to Baiyangyu tonight.
Meals: B, L, D
Accommodation: Baiyangyu Hostel
Baiyangyu enjoys the outstanding reputation of marble Great Wall. "Baiyangyu" literally means "White Sheep Valley." A river called Baiyang River passes the valley from north to south. There used to be a grand water pass of the Great Wall bridging the valley, which now divides the Baiyangyu Great Wall into two sections – East and West. The east branch of the Wall has a 1.5km unique marble wall, 10km high and 5m complete, rarely seen among other wall sections.
We will end this adventure tonight.
Meals: B, L
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