Why Book This Tour
Take a first -class Great Wall camping experience in Jiankou, travel at your pace to savour the delights of sunsets & sunrises over Jinhshanling and Jiankou, Enjoy endless photography opportunities and plenty of myth and legend, history and heroes – with an overnight stay on Jiankou to enhance the experience.
- OverviewDuration: 2 daysOptimal season: All year around, best time: March-DecemberArea: Huairou district, Luanping countyBegin in: Your hotelEnd in: Your hotel or central-located place in the cityAvg. daily distance: 5 milesTerrain: Rolling to hillyMin altitude: 331mMax altitude: 978mPhysical rating: ModerateDeparture: Daily departing from Beijing
- PricesPrice table:
Group size 1pax 2pax 3pax 4pax 5pax 6pax 7pax 8pax 9pax Prices (RMB Per Person) 3980 2480 2280 2180 2080 1980 1880 1780 1680
All Prices shown are in RMB (Chinese Yuan) and based per person.Price Promises:
- No factory / shopping stop
- No hidden costs
- No booking fees
For your peace of mind you don’t pay for the trip until after the trip has taken place. You could pay cash to your tour guide when you are picked up if you are certain that you will not cancel the trip with us. No pre-payment or deposit is required at reservation. Your money will be safe. Both RMB and US dollar are acceptable. Money ConverterSpecial for kids:
To help families we offer discounts to all children aged 17 years and below. No reason to leave the kids at the hotel.
- Ages 0 to 4 years – FREE!
- Ages 5 to 11 years – 50% off–children must be accompanied by at least two responsible adults.
- Ages 12 to 17 years – 5% off
- 5% off with valid student ID
- City accommodation pick-up
- Transportation from Beijing to the wall and back
- On request, drop-off at (same) different locations: centrally located hotel, airport, train station with your luggage (greater luggage requirements please ask for a quotation)
- Luggage transfer
- Service hotline
- Friendly knowledgeable English-speaking guide
- Delicious meals as described in the itinerary
- Free-bottled mineral water in the vehicle
- Camping equipment: tents (1 tent per 2 persons), mats (1 per person), sleeping bag (1 for summer, 2 for cold nights)
- Admission fees
- You’ll automatically become a member of WGW, your spouse and kids to a lifetime discount of 5% off any hiking trip after your first one (membership details)
- Gratuity to driver and guide (optional)
- Drinks and other meals
- Personal expenses
- Travel insurance
- Cable car
- Sunscreen, sunglasses
- Hiking or trekking shoes/boots
- Long sleeve shirt and pants due to overgrown bushes in summer
- Extra bottles of water, fruit, cereal or protein bars, snacks
- Full itineraryFull Itinerary:
Day 1: Beijing – Jinshanling – Simatai West (East Gate )- Jiankou camp
You will be collected from your accommodation at 7:30 am or you could choose the best time for you for a wonderful day out to Jinshanling. The adventure begins at the east gate of Jinshanling where you ascend via a newly constructed trail toward the east five eye tower. If you’re a step-master, this is right for you. At the top, you will feast your eyes on the spectacular panorama of Jinshanling. Take your time and enjoy the views.
Start the walk at east five eye tower then goes up to the ruined towers. The difficulty of the hike is moderate. Along the way you will pass through several famous towers: Black Tower, Lesser Jinshan Tower, Big Jinshan Tower. From the towers, you can capture the true nature of Jinshanling basin and Simatai, Gubeikou Great Wall. Certain parts of Jinshanling can be quite slippery due to loose rock, gravel on steep slopes.
You will be rewarded with a yummy lunch at Bakeshiying town after the hike. Afterward, take a short drive to Wohushan (Crouching tiger) section Wild Great Wall for a short walk. Start the short hike after crossing the railway line. Two distinct peaks resemble a pair of tigers making it difficult to access to the top tower, our hike doesn’t cover the top watchtower, only part of it for the reasons of safety and return back to the foot of the hill afterward.
Unfortunately, due to the construction of hot spring resort, the famous Simatai east is closed for the 2010-2013 season, however, Simatai east can be seen from the other vantage points at Jinshanling. Jinshanling has 5 main passes and 67 watchtowers. The entire hike is about 6 miles /10 km and takes roughly 3 – 5 hours. This hike brings you an unforgettable journey through the wild beauty of Jinshanling.
A delicious dinner will be organized on the way to Jiankou. Stay overnight at the hand-picked camping site on Gubeikou or Jiankou (depending on which site is available during tourist season) where you can enjoy incredible and spectacular views of the Wall.
Note: We’ll provide the necessary camping equipment such as sleeping gear and you don’t have to bring any stuff. For safety reasons, we might stay at a hostel or local guesthouse due to a thunderstorm or other weather conditions.
Day 2: Jiankou – Mutianyu – Beijing
Wake up in front of the beautiful Jiankou and enjoy the amazing surrounding landscape. Your adventure begins at Xizhazi village–587m /1926ft above sea level. Once you leave the village, the hike is a decent uphill to reach the ruined tower-Zhengbeilou–830m / 2723ft above sea level. On the halfway to Zhengbeikou, your guide will take you on a short nature walk to explore the less Potala, a broken tower where you will capture the best scenery /landscape views of Jiankou. Take your time and enjoy views.
After a short break continues on Zhengbeikou. At the top, the hard part is now behind you. You will be rewarded with a spectacular panorama of Jiankou and the true nature of Jiankou basin. Afterward, you will walk eastwards to Mutianyu. There are a few vertical climbs and scrambles along the way. Due to the overgrown bushes, you have to walk along the very edge, quite high above the ground.
After passing through many towers along the way, you’ll reach Ox Horn Edge–a dangerous section looks like Ox Horn Edge in shape – 101m / 3317ft above sea level. From there take a forest detour past a campsite in the bush, with tracks to walk through and gives you the feel of being close to nature. Going through the bush takes about 10 minutes then you will walk on Jiankou again. From there it’s a short walk to the fully restored Mutianyu.
Mutianyu also features a summer toboggan run: open hour: 8 am-5 pm in summer, situated on tower 6, it was built and opened in 1998. The total length of the run is 1580m / 5184ft. The toboggan run goes down a series of zigzag bends, with an altitude difference of around 100m / 328ft. The toboggan ride can be as fast as you want or as slow as you want with a hilarious experience. Mutianyu toboggan ride price is 60RMB during the tourist season.
It’s a sharp contrast between the restored one and the ruined one. When ending up at tower 14 of Mutianyu, There are three options: (1) sit back and let the cable car take you down to the exit from tower 14, usually takes about 8 minutes; (2) walk down from tower 14 to 10 where you can get off Mutianyu then walk down the hill trail to reach the exit, usually takes 1.5 hours; (3)continue walking until reach tower 6 then going down by the toboggan /lift chair. As the track is very easy to follow, if you choose option 3, your guide will meet you at the exit of toboggan /lift chair so you can enjoy the additional hike on your own.
Lunch will be enjoyed at local at Mutianyu before the drive back to Beijing.
Optional: Your driver will be happy to have photography stop at the Bird’s nest free of charge on the way back to Beijing if required.Additional services:You can add night performance: Chinese Folk Acrobatic Show, kungfu Show to this tour, please ask for a quotation.
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