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Gubeikou to Wild Jinshanling & Jiankou to Mutianyu Great Wall camping (2days)

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Overview
Embark on a fantastic 22 km Great Wall hike from the picturesque Wild Gubeikou Great Wall to the Wild Jinshanling Great wall.  From our super scenic camping spot we can watch the sun set and rise  over the Jinshanling Great wall, the Gubeikou Great Wall and see all the way to  Simatai Great Wall.

Day 2 we follow the famous Jiankou to Mutianyu Great Wall  trail where we can see the Jiankou Great Wall built on cliffs and the restored Mutianyu Great Wall.
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Itinerary

Day 1: Gubeikou Great Wall

Stop At: The Great Wall of Gubeikou, Gubeikou Town, Beijing 101508 China
Day 1: Gubeikou to Wild Jinshanling Great Wall Hiking and Camping (12 km, 5 hours hiking)

We drive for about two hours to our local  friends  that run a small home stay  surrounded by the Gubeikou Great Wall. With a view on the Crouching Tiger Great Wall we enjoy a truly delicious organic meal.  

It takes us only 15 minute hiking up the hill behind the farmhouse before we get our first glimpse of the Gubeikou Great Wall.  A few more turns on a little bush trail and we are on top of the Great Wall.  We hike from tower to tower and take breaks inside or on top of the watch towers. The rooftop breaks a great chance to take some awesome pictures of this 1400 years old section of the Ming Great Wall.

Three hours later we arrive at the second  highlight of today’s trail, the Gubeikou General Tower. From this 2 story high  tower  you can see the entire “Gubeikou- Jinshanling-Simatai Great Wall ” . On a clear day we can even see the  Fairy Tower, the highest tower of the  Simatai Great Wall.

Here we side track a bit from the Wall to get around the restricted military section of the wild Gubeikou and Jinshanling Great Wall. It’s a really beautiful  trail that meanders through farm fields and over the hill ridges next to the Wild Jinshanling  Great Wall.

Just when you think “we are in the middle of nowhere’ a small farmhouse appears. After dinner we pick up our backpacks with camping gear and hike up the hill for 20 minutes till we reach our camping spot. The view from this camping spot is just magical. Time to pop a beer.

Duration: 12 hours

Stop At: Jinshanling Great Wall, Chengde Shi, Luanping County 068250 China
From the General tower of the Gubeikou Great Wall we side track a bit to get around the restricted military section of the wild Gubeikou and Jinshanling Great Wall. 

It’s a really beautiful  trail that meanders through farm fields and over the hill ridges next to the Wild Jinshanling  Great Wall.

Just when you think “we are in the middle of nowhere’ a small farmhouse appears. The locals will server us an incredible spread of fantastic local food.

After dinner we pick up our backpacks with camping gear and hike up the hill for 20 minutes till we reach our camping spot. The view from this camping spot is just magical. Time to pop a beer with a view over Gubeikou Great Wall, Jinshanling Great Wall, all the way to the Simatai Great Wall

Duration: 10 hours

Meals included:
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Overnight in a tent overlooking Gubeikou, Jinshanling and Simatai Great Wall

Day 2: Jiankou Mutianyu Great Wall

Stop At: Jinshanling Great Wall, Chengde Shi, Luanping County 068250 China
Magic sunrise over Jinshanling and Gubeikou Great Wall and hike Jiankou to Mutianyu

We get up early today to watch a fantastic sunrise over the Jinshanling and Gubeikou Great Wall. We pack our tents and head down to the farmhouse for breakfast. A short hike out of the valley brings us back to the main road where our driver will be waiting to drive us to the start of the Jiankou to Mutianyu Trail.

Duration: 3 hours

Stop At: The Great wall of Jiankou-The Great Wall Alternative, Beijing China
Day 2:  Magic sunrise over Jinshanling and Gubeikou Great Wall and hike Jiankou to Mutianyu

We get up early today to watch a fantastic sunrise over the Jinshanling and Gubeikou Great Wall. We pack our tents and head down to the farmhouse for breakfast. A short hike out of the valley brings us back to the main road where our driver will be waiting to drive us to the start of the Jiankou to Mutianyu Trail.

After lunch at a local farmhouse, we start hiking a steep dirt trail that leads to the Great Wall. It is a 500-meter ascent that takes us about 1 hour. Our efforts are rewarded when we stand on top of the Zhengbeilou Watchtower (991m) where some of the most spectacular pictures have been taken.

We walk east on the Wall to the highest point of Jiankou (1029 meters), allowing you to see the entire Mutianyu Great Wall plus most part of Jiankou as well. It’s a very enjoyable walk on top of the well preserved Great Wall where we pass the famous “Bull’s Horn section”.

After a good hour hiking on top of the Jiankou Great Wall, a tree full of prayer flags announces the start of the restored section of Mutianyu Great Wall. A short hike on the Mutianyu Great Wall leads us past 4 guard towers before we take start our 1 hour downhill hike through the valley. By 7 pm we should be back at our meeting point in Beijing.
Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Mutianyu Great Wall, Mutianyu Road, Huairou District, Beijing China
After a good hour hiking on top of the Jiankou Great Wall, a tree full of prayer flags announces the start of the restored section of Mutianyu Great Wall. A short hike on the Mutianyu Great Wall leads us past 4 guard towers before we take start our 1 hour downhill hike through the valley. By 7 pm we should be back at our meeting point in Beijing.
Duration: 2 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
No accommodation included on this day.
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Important Information
Departure Point
Lama Temple, 12 Yonghegong St, Dongcheng Qu, China, 100007
Departure Time
9:30 AM
Duration
2 days
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
Inclusions
  • 1x Breakfast
  • 1x Dinner
  • 2x Lunch
  • Accommodation included: 1 night
  • English speaking guide
  • Transport by minivan
  • Meals as per itinerary
  • Water
  • A backpack with all camping gears ( tent, sleeping bag and mat)
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Bottled water
  • Entry/Admission - The Great Wall of Gubeikou
  • Entry/Admission - Jinshanling Great Wall
  • Entry/Admission - The Great wall of Jiankou-The Great Wall Alternative
Exclusions
  • Insurance
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • Bad weather plan. In case of rainy weather we might change the location of the hike. If the weather is too bad for camping we will go hiking but stay overnight in a farmhouse.
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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We really enjoyed this experience. Walking on the the wild part of the wall was fantastic. We only saw a small number of other people. Our guides were fantastic. The pace was good and they gave us great explanations. The trip was advertised as saying we would stay in a home
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I had the best time! The guys were great, communication was top notch, no issues at all, super friendly, informative and helpful. Farmhouses food was superb, I will use them again if I come back to China!
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We had a great time. Only good vibes during the trip. Guides did their best all througout the trip. Recommended 10/10. Bastiaan and Maaike (Dutchies)
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Thank you so much to Jimmy and Dana for the hike and camp. Saw a shooting star at camp and will always remember the beautiful experience of watching the sunrise over Great Wall.
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Very Nice tour on the wall with super good guide and lovely hosts! Magic to camp next to the great wall.
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