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9-day Great Wall Trek from Old Dragon's Head to Beijing

Not to miss any important sections of the Great Wall from the ocean to Beijing

This program has been crafted for serious Great Wall enthusiasts. Inaddition to being a test of strength and endurance, this tour shows youthe best sections of the Great Wall in northeast China.

TOUR 9A: The Trek

Highlights

For Great Wall enthusiasts, this is the ultimate experience. This 9-day tour takes you to every popular Great Wall hike in northeast China. You’ll see every example of Great Wall architecture and structure on this trek.


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!


Your private guide will be with you every step of the way, ensuring that your tour is both safe and informative.

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


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


Spend more days on the Great Wall? 

10-day trek and 12-day trek are also available. 


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Day-by-day Great Wall Trekking Itinerary

Day 1: Beijing to 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 the Heaven. We will start our hike at Old Dragon’s Head, also known as Laolongtou. We will enter the Shanhaiguan Great Wall Museum, where we will learn about the history and military strategy of this section of 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 Great Wall

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The Jiaoshan Peak is two miles away from Shanghaiguan. Though relatively diminutive in size, this is the first actual mountain the Great Wall passes heading west, and so is known as “the first mountain of the Great Wall.” Jiaoshan ancient wall provides you a sense of historical vicissitude. The wall appears more and more crumbled and deformed as you forge ahead. We will drive to Dongjiakou Great Wall and overnight there. 

 

Walk: 9 kms

Hours: 4

INCLUDED

Meals: B, L, D 

Accommodation: Shanghaiguan Hotel or similar


  

Day 3: East Qing Tombs to Huangyaguan

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We will make the short trip to the East Qing Tombs.  which is among the finest, best-preserved and largest 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

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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 drive to Jinshanling to sleep tonight. 

 

Walk: 9 kms

Hours: 4

INCLUDED

Meals: B, L, D 

Accommodation: Huangyaguan Hotel or similar


 

Day 5: West Simatai to Jinshanling

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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. 

 

Walk: 8 kms

Hours: 3.5

INCLUDED

Meals: B, L, D 

Accommodation: Camping on the Wall


   

Day 6: Jinshanling to Gubeikou

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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 transfer to Jiankou to sleep tonight. 

 

Walk: 11 kms

Hours: 4.5

INCLUDED

Meals: B, L, D 

Accommodation: Miss-U-Much Hostel 


  

Day 7: Jiankou

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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. 

 

Walk: 9 kms

Hours: 4

INCLUDED

Meals: B, L, D 

Accommodation: Laohe's Inn



Day 8: 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. 


We will transfer to Huanghucheng to sleep.

 

Walk: 9 kms

Hours: 4

INCLUDED

Meals: B, L, D 

Accommodation: Good Fortune Inn


  

Day 9: Huanghuacheng Lakeside

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Huanghuacheng is the only section that sits besidethe 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. 


We will drive back to Beijing in late afternoon. 

 

Walk: 10 kms

Hours: 4

INCLUDED

Meals: B, L

Accommodation:  Holiday Inn Express or similar 



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.  


 

What else our service includes

* Entrance fees to the Great Wall sections

* Daily meals (when hiking on the Great Wall)

* The privilege of camping on the Great Wall and exclusive access tothe camping watch tower

* All other accommodation along the Great Wall

* All necessary camping gears such as tents & bags

* Quality vehicle, professional driver and English-speaking tourguide

* Free membership card

* A credit of USD50 toward your next China national tour with us. 



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. 


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Price Structure

1 person: US$3659

2-3 persons: US$2089 pp

4-5 persons: US$1659 pp

6-9 persons: US$1549 pp

10+ persons: US$1409 pp


Early-bird discount (booking 6 months in advance): 10% off

Holiday discounts, seasonal discounts, and other special discounts available


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Included

* Free personal transfers from and to hotel/airport/train station and drop-offs
* Entry fees to the Great Wall sections
* Daily meals (when hiking on the Great Wall)
* The privilege of camping on the Great Wall and exclusive access to the camping watch tower
* All other accommodation along the Great Wall
* All necessary camping gears such as tents & bags
* Quality vehicle, professional driver and English-speaking tour guide
* Free membership card
* A credit of RMB100 toward your next China national tour with us. 

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