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7-day Great Wall Backpacking Trek with Camping

TOUR 7X: The Extreme Seven-day Beijing Great Wall Odyssey

This tour is not for the faint of heart as it is our most challenging program. This seven day adventure is truly designed for the most experienced of hikers and may not be suitable for families with small children. During this program, you’ll put your mind and body to the limit, as you’ll endure seven consecutive days of 5+ hours of hiking. For those up to the task however, the reward is more than suitable, as you’ll be treated to a cornucopia of Great Wall fun and excitement. So for those of you that are man (or woman) enough, give this seven day Great Wall challenge a try, you won’t be sorry that you had.

TOUR 7X: The Odyssey

Highlights

You’ll have the opportunity to try your at hand at every single challenging Beijing-area Great Wall hike. Jinshanling-Simatai, Jiankou-Mutianyu, Huanghuacheng-Xishuiyu, and Huangyaguan near Tianjin, all of the most popular hikes are here for you to encounter. For these hikes, we will be taking the long route, so your endurance will be put to the test. You’ll also get to experience a long overlooked hike-Badaling-Shixiaguan. To top it all off, you’ll get to camp overnight on the Great Wall itself-which is sure to be one of your most cherished memories of your China trip.  


*Explore the best of the Beijing-area Great Wall with these 5 memorable routes


*See amazing panoramas and vistas that can only be seen by hiking these areas! This tour is perfect for amateur photographers you want to show their friends some amazing photos


*See sections of the Great Wall which exemplifies the entire wall in architecture, scenery, ruggedness, and military importance.


*Camp overnight on the Great Wall (any season)


*All meals and home-stays/hostels are included!


*Experience traditional Chinese life in authentic villages


*Complimentary airport drop-off! 

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7-day Great Wall Trekking Itinerary

Day 1: Shixiaguan-Badaling

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Shixiaguan (Stone Gorge) Pass, 5km southwest of the Badaling section of the Great Wall. It is one of the most intact parts of the whole Great Wall. In spite of serious 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 remain srelatively intact because of its strategic location. Shixiaguan Pass was originally built in the reign of Ming Emperor Wanli(about 1600 AD), which was then a key pass guarded by a largen umber of soldiers.


INCLUDED

Meals: B,L,D

Accommodation: Good Fortune Inn or camping on the Great Wall at Huanghuacheng

Day 2: Huanghuacheng Lakeside

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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. 

 

INCLUDED

Meals: B,L,D

Accommodation:  Laohe's Inn at Jiankou 

Day 3: Jiankou Trekking

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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. 


INCLUDED

Meals: B, L, D 

Accommodation: Laohe's Inn

Day 4: Jiankou to Mutianyu

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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. 


INCLUDED

Meals: B, L, D 

Accommodation: Good Fortune Inn

Day 5: Jinshanling to West Simatai

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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. 


INCLUDED

Meals: B, L, D 

Accommodation: Camping on the Wall

Day 6: Gubeikou-Jinshanling

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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. 


We will return to Beijing in late afternoon. 


INCLUDED

Meals: B, L,D

Day 7 Huangyaguan Sky Ladder

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Today we'll start with Peace Fort (Taipingzhai) that starts from Banlagang Mountain in the east and arriving at Guafu Tower (Widow Tower) in the west. There are six watch towers, 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. Stretching to the top of the ridge, this 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 end this adventure tonight. 


INCLUDED

Meals: B,  

Complimentary Airport Drop-off

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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. 

Food on the Road

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Have a food allergy or restricted diet? Just let us know and we'll make sure there are meal options available to you. 

Price Structure

1 person: US$2889

2 persons: US$1839 pp

3 persons: US$1579 pp

4-5 persons: US$1399 pp

6-9 persons: US$1299 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


CASH BACK

Write us your story of this 7-day trek by detailing your activities day by day. Send to us for a review. We will reward you up to US$200 cash. Contact us to learn more.

Included

* 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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