5 Day Exclusive Hiking Tour on the Great Wall
The Great Wall is the universal symbol of China. Starting from the eastern Shanhaiguan Pass, and ending at the Jiayuguan Pass in the west, the Great Wall fully merits its designation as a wonder of the world. Our 5 days Great Wall trek route is carefully designed for the Great Wall enthusiast who would like to experience the best parts of the eastern Wall but has only limited time. This excursion, as a special opportunity offered to Great Wall hiking enthusiasts, covers different areas of the “Wild Wall” fairly close to Beijing, but which most tourists never have a chance to see. During this trip, we will not only see the different types of Great Wall architecture and military design, but we will visit some villages at the bottom of the Wall and experience the daily life of local people there. It goes without saying that photographic opportunities will be amazing! A really unique experience!
*B=Breakfast L=Lunch D=Dinner
DAY 1 - East Qing Tombs / Huangyaguan (L/D)
5 km/2-2.5 hrs hiking
* Please contact your guide to confirm the pickup time in advance
This morning, we will drive about 3 hours to the spectacular East Qing tombs. The East Qing Tombs make up an imperial mausoleum complex from the last feudal empire in China, the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911). The Eastern Qing Tombs are the final resting place of 5 emperors: Shunzhi, Kangxi, Qianlong, Xianfeng, and Tongzhi.
After lunch, we will make a one-hour drive to Taipingzhai Village near Huangyaguan Great Wall. Huangyaguan is considered to be a miniature of the Great Wall of China. In this section, you can find the stone base built in the Northern Qi Dynasty (550 - 557) and the brick battlements laid in the Ming Dynasty (1368 - 1644).
There are two entrances to the scenic area: one is at Huangya Pass (main entrance) and the other is at Taiping Mountain Stronghold (east entrance). It is recommended to start from Taiping Mountain Stronghold and hike about 1.5-2 hours westwards to Huangya Pass.
Walking westward for 550 yards (503 meters) from the Huangya Pass, you will get to the steepest segment of this section, the Huangya Sky Ladder. Stairs there are not very smooth. Some of them even crack in the middle. Stretching to the top of the ridge, this long stairway seemingly leads to the sky. After climbing the ladder (over 200 steps), you will reach the primitive Great Wall built in the Northern Qi Dynasty, marking the end of the Huangyaguan section.
Overnight in the courtyard hotel in Huangyaguan (two beds per room, with private washroom).
DAY 2 - Gubeikou / Jinshanling / Stay in Gubei Watertown of Simatai (B/L/D)
10 km/5-6 hrs hiking
After breakfast, we will transfer directly to Gubeikou section of the Great Wall. This is a 10 km hike from the authentic fortresses of the Gubeikou Great Wall eastward to the renovated staircases of Jinshanling Great Wall.
Our path along the wall takes us slowly up to the 24-Eyes Tower, the tallest in the area. Two sides of the tower have fallen down, and the rest is being held together by a metal scaffold. On the way, we will take a pleasant detour through Hemp Village in Spider Valley, and head on towards Jinshanling. At lunchtime, if the day is too hot, we will have our picnic lunch inside one of the beacon towers, where it is always cool. We’ll follow the wall down to Zhuanduo Pass, where we’ll find a big statue of Qi Jiguang, a general of the Ming Dynasty who was responsible for the reinforcement of much Ming Dynasty Great Wall in Beijing. From there we’ll follow the park road down to the big parking lot at Jinshanling, where we’ll finish the hike at a pre-designated time in the late afternoon.
Our minivan will transport us directly to our next destination, Gubei Watertown nearby the Mandarin Duck Lake lies at the foot of Simatai Great Wall. Check-in the comfortable economic guest house in the town. Tonight, you will be treated with a great dinner.
Overnight in a comfortable economic style guesthouse in the Watertown.
DAY 3 - Gubei Watertown / Simatai / Stay in Xishuiyu Village (B/L/D)
6 km/2-3 hrs hiking
This morning is free for us to either: a) Climb to the top of Simatai Great Wall for the sun-rising panoramic view of the whole area. or b) Explore the Watertown and experience unique local customs and participate in native activities (e.g. learning tie-dye, kite painting, need to be booked ahead of time).
A famous Great Wall specialist said: "The Great Wall is the best of Chinese architecture, and Simatai is the best of the Great Wall." The Simatai Great Wall is not only recognized as the World Culture Heritage Sites by UNESCO, but also the No. 1 site on the list of the "must-see-in-your-life-time" by The Times. This section was constructed under the supervision of Qi Jiguang, a famous general in the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). It stretches 3.4 miles (5.4 kilometers) and is separated into eastern part and western part by Mandarin Duck Lake.
At the end of the hike, transfer to Xishuiyu Village.
Overnight in the guest house near Xishuiyu Great Wall (two persons per room, with private washroom)
DAY 4 - Huanghuacheng / Xishuiyu / Stay at Xizhazi Village (B/L/D)
8 km/4 hrs hiking
In the morning, take a 2-hour drive to Huanghuacheng, then start our hike westward to Xishuiyu. Huanghuacheng Great Wall is completely unrestored and still remains its plain character since its construction commenced in 1404, two years before the Ming Dynasty moved its capital to Beijing, and continued for 188 years.
There are several up-and-down parts today. First, there is a good trail alongside the Wall, after about half an hour we will get to a watchtower on the cliff. Then, after another half-an-hour hiking, we will reach the highest point in this area, on the pinnacle of which there is a broken watchtower. From this vantage point, you will have a nice sunny panoramic view of the whole wide valley, stretching even further toward the west.
After picnic lunch at the Great Wall tower, we’ll walk down to the lake and take a short boat tour around the lake, viewing distinguished parts of the wall underwater.
At the end of our hike, we will drive to the Jiankou section of the Wall, where we will enjoy a comfortable night in the home of a local family (2 beds with private washroom) at Xizhazi Village.
DAY 5 - Jiankou / Mutianyu (B/L)
10 km/4-5 hrs hiking
Today we will spend the day on the Jiankou and Mutianyu section of the Wall. Jiankou section of the Wall, recognized as one of most beautiful parts of the “Wild Wall” near Beijing and much-loved by photographers. Not visited often by “typical” tourists, this section is really rough and broken.
Firstly, from Xizhazi village, we will take a small mountain trail behind one of the villagers’ houses straight up to the wall. This part takes about one hour, and it is not that easy. When we get to the top, you will find the effort worth it - there is a deserted watch-tower right where we emerge onto the Wall, from which you will have a panoramic view of the whole valley, of the Xizhazi village below, and of the wall itself, snaking and disappearing over the mountain crest. This is a great place to catch your breath and take pictures.
The hike along the wall will take about 4 hours, and it is unlikely you will meet any other tourists along the way. Looking toward to the west, one of the highlights is the enemy observation tower known as "Ying Fei Dao Yang".
Walking along the wall to the east, you will be impressed by a big change, emerging from the peaceful, authentic section of the Wall, so full of history, onto the restored portion of the Wall at Mutianyu, full of tourists! Normally, our hike will stop at Tower 14 of Mutianyu Great Wall, from there, you could choose to take a cable car (CNY80/P/one way) down to the bottom of Mutianyu. Or you could choose to continue to walk from Tower 14 to Tower 10, then walk down to the exit through the North hiking trail. Totally, take 1-1.5 hrs. For the participants with rich hiking experience and good physical strength, they could further walk down from Tower 10 to Tower 6, then he could choose to take toboggan/slideway (CNY80/P/one way) or walk down through South hiking trail to the exit. You will enjoy your lunch at a restaurant near Mutianyu, known for its delicious fish, rainbow trout, before ending your 5-day trek this afternoon and returning to Beijing.
Things to Know Before You Book:
• Booking should be made at least one month before the preferred tour date.
• We reserve the right to change the visiting order of the scenic spots in the itinerary depending on weather conditions and any other unforeseen events.
• The area we will visit is not as developed as Beijing and Shanghai. While it is good to enjoy the well-protected natural landscapes and experience unique primitive customs, we should be prepared for modest accommodations and meals. Be assured, we will do everything possible to guarantee that you are comfortable.
• The prices do not apply to National Holidays (e.g. Chinese National Day Sep. 30th -Oct.8th). Please contact us to learn our tour fees during these days.
|Meetup Location||Hotel pickup|
- Land transfer service as listed
- Meals as listed in the itinerary (some picnic lunch while doing horse-riding)
- English-speaking guide
- Entrance fees: All first-entrance tickets to the tourist spots mentioned in the itinerary
- Domestic flight to and out of Beijing
- Personal gear required (ie. hiking shoes, sleeping bag, etc.)
- During your free time: Transfer, guide, entrance tickets, and meals.
- Personal expenses
- Extra costs due to unforeseen events
- Personal travel insurance & accident insurance
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