Hiking Across the Great Wall of China

Hiking Across the Great
Wall of China

Taking on one of the Wonders of the Ancient World on foot for an extraordinary experience

WHY THIS TOUR?

As one of the wonders of the world, the Great Wall is a must on any visit to Beijing. Stand atop one of the ancient watchtowers and cast your eye towards the horizon, taking in the vast scale and sheer beauty of the Wall as it snakes its way across the tops of impossibly steep mountain ridges. Originally a series of smaller walls built to repel northern invaders, it was not until the unification of the empire under Qin Shi Huang Di in 221 BC that the various sections of the Wall were linked up. It is said that more than 300,000 men worked for ten years to complete it.

This activity for those wanting a slight challenge in their Great Wall experience will conquer only part of the Great Wall during a 2-day trek along the Jiankou and Gubeikou part. Overnight is en route at a guesthouse, adding to this quite physically-demanding authentic side of travel in China.

TRAIL ITINERARY

Day 1 | 2 Days Hiking Across the Great Wall of China

Day 1

Beijing – Jiankou Great Wall                                                                                         [D]

Your hike over the Great Wall of China starts with an 8 am departure from your hotel to the Jiankou side of the Great Wall. As part of the least-accessible parts of this UNESCO protected site, it has been favoured by many visitors because of its unique construction and its non-restored environment. This area is particularly interesting because of the precipitous mountains ranges that not only surround the Jiankou region but also form parts of the foundation of this site. Translated as ‘Arrow Rock’ – due to the shape of the mountain, its striking appearance will quickly rise from behind the horizon as your hiking guide and driver guide you closer to the starting point. Lunch is not included during this day.

As you make your way across the construction that once kept intruders from the north away from Beijing, your English-speaking guide explains the history of this section. Moments to rest and gaze away over the rugged landscape and into the horizon are of course part of the experience. The complete Jiankou Great Wall meanders like a snake for around 20 kilometres, connecting the famous Mutianyu and the lesser-known Huanghuacheng part. Illustrious names such as Ox Horn Edge, Nine-Eye Tower, and the Beijing Knot will be pointed out until you reach your guesthouse for the night over where you can ease your muscles and relax while sharing your experiences with your companion traveller. Dinner is included at a local restaurant.

Accommodation in a local guesthouse.

Day 2 | 2 Days Hiking Across the Great Wall of China

Day 2

Jiankou Great Wall – Beijing                                                                                          [B, L]

Breakfast is included at your booked homestay.

After a good nights’ rest, it is time to pack up and say goodbye to the Jiankou part of the Great Wall of China and move to another exciting and demanding section. The Gubeikou Great Wall section is in and around Gubeikou District Town, about 130 kilometres northeast downtown Beijing. This part is also known as Wohu Mountain (“Wohu” means “Crouching Tiger”). The main reason that it gains this name is that the mountain looks like two tigers, one lying on its back while the other lies on its stomach. Located in the western section of the Gubeikou Great Wall, its highest peak measures about 665 meters (2,181 feet). A watchtower is erected every 150 meters (492 feet) of the wall, overlooking a deep valley or mounted on a strategically important hilltop.

Lunch en route is included at a local restaurant.

At the end of hiking Gubeikou, your transportation will be waiting for you in bringing you back to Beijing and your booked accommodation. Somewhat relieved of the physical activity but most of all, awestruck for seeing an unseen part of China’s Great Wall, you thank your guide and driver for an amazing two days out among this UNESCO protected site.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

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INCLUSIONS

  • Tours with licenced English-speaking guiding services / assistance. Other languages are on request and are subject to availability
  • Accommodation in sharing twin/double at a local guest house en route
  • Transportation for tour and transfers by air-conditioned vehicle, unless otherwise stated
  • All entrance fees for visits as mentioned in the program
  • All applicable taxes and service charges
  • All meals as indicated in the program (food only)

EXCLUSIONS

  • Personal expenses such as other meals, drinks, tips and gratuities, shopping, portage fees and optional tours/ visits, unless otherwise stated
  • Hotel accommodation in the destination of commencement
  • Any domestic / international airline tickets, airport taxes, visa fees, specific camera / video fees, additional transportation cost from and to the general pick-up / drop-off regions (such as airports, out-of-town resorts, ports, harbours and accommodation in surrounding towns)
  • Any accommodation expenses of a personal nature. This includes (compulsory festive) meals and drinks, mini-bar consumption, laundry, room service, any telephone or other communication cost not mentioned in the program
  • International travel and medical insurance coverage for customers

GOOD TO KNOW

  • It is recommended to book one night in Beijing before commencing this package
  • We regret to inform you that most of the museums in China are closed all day on Mondays; wherever possible, we will try to offer alternative visits for touring options on this day
  • The accommodation used during this tour is simple accommodation with basic amenities. This may include no air-conditioning (fan only), lack of Wi-Fi and/or warm water. Due to the location of our overnight address and aligned with the concept of this soft-adventure experience.
  • This tour includes driving over uneven paths, surfaces and off-road bumpy roads, unsuitable for pregnant women, people with neck and back problems and those with limited mobility.
  • Guests traveling over and during local holidays may experience longer waiting times than normal, may see certain sites being closed down, and this program may be subject to supplementary charges
  • Natural elements of any kind have a destructive effect on electronic equipment. It the customer’s own responsibility to ensure that any camera, mobile telephone or other device is properly wrapped and protected against these elements. We cannot be held responsible in any way for negligence and/or not following suggestions for any damage related to this
  • We reserve the right to make necessary changes to the tour in case of unfavourable weather conditions or situations where we are forced to make alterations to guarantee the safety of our guests
  • Tours and excursions often include obstacles of various kinds that may not make this excursion suitable for wheelchair users or guests with limited mobility
  • The protection of the country’s flora, fauna and its historical and cultural treasures is of immense importance for us. We will not pursue any activities that are not in line with our animal, wildlife and environment protection principles
  • Please ensure that you bring sunglasses, a hat /cap and sunblock with a high SPF factor when traveling with us. Even when it is cloudy, the sun still has an immense power
  • All mentioned times, durations and stops are based on approximations and may change due to unforeseen circumstances, weather and traffic conditions beyond our control
  • This tour is not recommended for families with children under the age of 12 years old.

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