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7-day Great Wall Backpacking Trek from the Ocean

TOUR 7A: A week-long trekking to explore on the ancient wall from Old Dragon's Head to Beijing

In this tour, we will start from the Old Dragon Head in Hebei province, the eastern starting point of the Ten-thousand-li Great Wall, to Huangyaguan Pass in Tianjin, and trek on to Simatai, Jinshanling and Gubeikou in Beijing, and finally Jiankou and Mutianyu Great Wall. The sections of the Wall you will visit are typical in architecture, scenery, wildness, and military importance. The total length we will trek in the trip is about 60km. Some part of the Wall is too broken to walk, please prepared to experience some hardship on the way. You have the chance to visit and explore beautiful sections of the Great Wall that most people will never see.

TOUR 7A: Off-the-beaten from the Ocean

Highlights of the Trek

* If you are looking for breathtaking views with a relatively peaceful walk, then the Jinshanling-West Simatai Great Wall hike is perfect for you. You’ll also get breathtaking views of the sunset from the vantage point of the Great Wall. It will, without a doubt, be one of the highlights of your entire China trip!
 

* You’ll have the option of sleeping overnight in one of the watchtowers of the Great Wall, which is sure to be an unforgettable experience! Watch the sunrise and sunset from the best seat in the house!
 

* Visit the Qing Tombs, the resting place of China’s last ruling dynasty.
 

* Huangyaguan Pass is designed to be a composite of the Great Wall, therefore it’s like seeing the whole Great Wall of China in a fraction of the time!

  

* Our program we’ll conclude with a trek from Jiankou to Mutianyu, which also features restored and natural Great Wall as well as a toboggan ride!

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7-day Great Wall Trekking Itinerary

Day 1: Old Dragon's Head

Day 3: East Qing Tombs to Huangyaguan

Day 1: Old Dragon's Head

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We will make the 4-hour drive to the Old Dragon's Head and Shanhaiguan Pass, the First Pass Under Heaven. We will start our hike at Old Dragon's Head, also known as Laolongtou. Shanhaiguan Great Wall is the entrance to the Great Wall of China. "The two Beijings are invincible, the first pass of the Great Wall." 

We will enter the Shanhaiguan Great Wall Museum, where we will learn about the history and military strategy of this section of the wall, as well as displaying military relics. After dinner, you will tour the Old Town of Shanhaiguan. 


INCLUDED

Meals: B, L, D 

Accommodation: Shanghaiguan Hotel or similar

Day 2: Jiaoshan

Day 3: East Qing Tombs to Huangyaguan

Day 1: Old Dragon's Head

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The Jiaoshan Peak is two miles away from Shanghaiguan. Most of the wall were made from local materials and masonry. Some of the walls were made of bricks and slabs. The height and width have distinct characteristics of following the mountain. Jiaoshan Great Wall includes Jiaoshan's central peak, the Dapingding, and it adjoins the Jiaoshan Great Wall. The distant mountains have a panoramic view of the sea. 


We will drive to Dongjiakou Great Wall and overnight there. 


Walk: 9 km

Hours: 4

INCLUDED

Meals: B, L, D 

Accommodation: Shanghaiguan Hotel or similar

Day 3: East Qing Tombs to Huangyaguan

Day 3: East Qing Tombs to Huangyaguan

Day 4: Peace Fort to Huangyaguan and Sky Ladder

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We will make the short trip to the East Qing Tombs, which is among the finest, best-preserved, and most significant of the extant tomb complexes in China. Five emperors, four empresses, five imperial concubines, and one princess are arrayed based on the traditional concept of placing the most senior and most distinguished in the center. 


We will also walk the Huangyaguan Great Wall and the fortress where there is a Bagua pattern, a specially designed labyrinth designed to confuse and entrap the enemy. 


INCLUDED

Meals: B, L, D 

Accommodation: Huangyaguan Hotel or similar

Day 4: Peace Fort to Huangyaguan and Sky Ladder

Day 4: Peace Fort to Huangyaguan and Sky Ladder

Day 4: Peace Fort to Huangyaguan and Sky Ladder

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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 drive to Jinshanling to sleep tonight. 


Walk: 8.5 kms

Hours: 4

INCLUDED

Meals: B, L, D 

Accommodation: Huangyaguan Hotel or similar

Day 5: Jinshanling to West Simatai

Day 4: Peace Fort to Huangyaguan and Sky Ladder

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. It is the classic Great Wall that hikers are very thrilled about. This area is famous for its full vision, dense enemy buildings, strange landscapes, exquisite architectural art, sound military defense system, and excellent preservation.


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

Day 4: Peace Fort to Huangyaguan and Sky Ladder

Day 5: Jinshanling to West Simatai

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Gubeikouis mostly Wild Wall. It was first built during the Northern Qi Dynasty (550-557) and rebuilt in Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). There are 172 watchtowers, 14 beacon towers, 16 passes, three water passes, three barbarians, and six fortresses along with it. The entire Gubeikou Great Wall has not been artificially repaired, and it has a difficulty of life. The broken walls and bullet holes make people feel like they were in the war-torn era. Under the rays of the setting sun, people burst into tears.


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. 


INCLUDED

Meals: B, L,D

Day 7 Jiankou-Mutianyu

Complimentary Airport Drop-off

Complimentary Airport Drop-off

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From Jiankou, we will cross over onto Mutianyu. Jiankou stands on top of the mountain and lays hovering slowly, such as the dragon rising and falling with the mountains, which is very spectacular. The enemy building was built following the danger of the mountain. The trend is full of change and rhythm. With the strong support of the government, the Jiankou Great Wall has been well protected, showing visitors its majestic and precipitous ancient appearance. 


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.

 

We will end our 7-day trip this afternoon. 


Walk: 11 kms

Hours: 4

INCLUDED

Meals: B, L, 

Complimentary Airport Drop-off

Complimentary Airport Drop-off

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

Complimentary Airport Drop-off

Food on the Road

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

Price Structure

1 person: US$3189

2 persons: US$1639 pp

3 persons: US$1619 pp

4-5 persons: US$1439 pp

6-9 persons: US$1309 pp

10+ persons: US$1229 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. 

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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