Explore the best of the Great Wall's dramatic ruins while pushing 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.
We will start from the most famous section called Badaling and its adjacent section Shixiaguan.
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. 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 largen number of soldiers.
Accommodation: Good Fortune Inn
Huanghuachengis 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 full 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 the 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: Campiing 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). With an area of 25 miles (40 kilometers), there are 172 watchtowers, 14 beacon towers, 16 passes, three water passes, three barbarians, and six 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 were killed while 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 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. 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
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. The long stairway 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 Huangyaguan section.
We will transfer to Baiyangyu tonight.
Meals: B, L,D
Accommodation: Baiyangyu Hostel
Baiyangyu enjoys the unique 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 still divides the Baiyangyu Great Wall into two sections – East and West. The east section of the Wall has a 1.5km unique marble wall, 10km high and 5m full, rarely seen among other parts of the Wall.
We will end this adventure tonight.
Meals: B, L
We will transfer you to the airport from your hotel in Beijing for free. It's our appreciation to you for having chosen us for your lifetime Great Wall experience.
Have a food allergy or a restricted diet? Just let us know and we'll make sure there are meal options available to you.
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
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