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5 Days Great Wall Hiking Tour from Huangyaguan to Huanghuacheng

We have selected five sections of the Great Wall for your hiking tour from Huangyaguan to Huanghuacheng, which can show you the changing perspectives of restored and original walls. Be impressed by the magnificent Great Wall at Huangyaguan and Mutianyu. Challenge yourself at Jiankou. Sense the history at Jinshanling and Gubeikou. Enjoy the lake view and camping at Huanghuacheng.

It is a considered tour designed for energetic people who want to have a panorama of the Great Wall near Beijing.

Highlights

  • Hike up the restored but less touristy Great Wall section at Huangyaguan.
  • Visit the most photogenic section of the Great Wall at Jinshanling.
  • Discover the well-preserved and unrepaired sections of the Great Wall at Jiankou and Gubeikou.
  • Have an exclusive camping experience on the Great Wall at Huanghuacheng.
Trip Advisor 2500+ Excellent Reviews
We did the day hike of the Great Wall from Jiankou to Mutianyu and it was absolutely amazing. You get to see both the old and restored wall and our tour guide Yaxin was fantastic - very knowledgable, friendly and patient
— Barry H, from UK
Day 1The Historic Huangyaguan Section (3 Hours, 4 Kilometers)

Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Your personal hiking guide and driver will collect you from your hotel and take you to the Great Wall at Huangyaguan in Tianjin. The journey takes about 3 hours. You will hike for about 3 hours from Taipingzhai to Huangyaguan and have a late lunch afterward.

The Great Wall at Huangyaguan was first built in the Northern Qi Dynasty (550–577) almost 1,500 years ago. It was restored during the Ming Dynasty (1368–1644).

When hiking on this section of the Great Wall, you will see various watchtowers built in different shapes, something that is only found in Huangyaguan. There are not many tourists in this area as it is a remote and seldom visited location.

Good to Know

The Great Wall at Huangyaguan is the venue for the annual international Great Wall Marathon, one of the world's most demanding courses with exhausting ascents, steep descents, and more than 3,700 steps.

You will only hike this section once, rather than completing the circuit twice as is required of the marathon runners. Look out for the two types of bricks — ask your guide why two types were used.

Hotel options:
Yeshufang Farmer's Guesthouse (clean, basic facilities)

Hiking on the Great Wall at Huangyaguan Hiking on the Great Wall at Huangyaguan

Day 2Gubeikou to Jinshanling (5 Hours, 10-Kilometer Hike)

Breakfast, lunch and dinner

After breakfast, you will be driven for about 10 minutes to reach the entrance at Gubeikou and then you will hike from Gubeikou to Jinshanling.

The Gubeikou section of the Great Wall has the Panlong (Coiling Dragon) and Wohu (Crouching Tiger) mountains as its background. As an important pass between Beijing and Northeast China, Gubeikou has probably witnessed more battles than any other section of the Great Wall.

You will hike along the old city wall passing many watchtowers and other parts of the wall which have not yet been restored.

You need to get off the wall to avoid a military area nearby after hiking on the Gubeikou section of the wall for 2 hours. You will encounter the wall again at the Jinshanling section after hiking along a path in a field for 1½ hours.

Lunch will be arranged in a local farmer's restaurant. You will be driven back to Gubeikou Village and a lesson on how to make Chinese dumplings will be arranged in the afternoon.

Hotel options:
Yeshufang Farmer's Guesthouse (clean, basic facilities)

The broken watchtower at Gubeikou The broken watchtower at Gubeikou

Day 3 Jinshanling to Simatai West (3 Hours, 6-Kilometer Hike)

Breakfast, lunch and dinner

After breakfast, you will be driven for 20 minutes to reach the Great Wall at Jinshanling. You will have a fantastic 3-hour hike from Jinshanling to Simatai West and then get off the wall at East Five-Eye Tower at the Simatai West section of the Great Wall.

This section is the most popular among hikers and photographers. Every turn and watchtower gives you different perspectives and good views. The 15 watchtowers in this section vary in style.

You can imagine the glory days of the Great Wall and also sense the history in this section as it is a combination of restored and wild sections. It is hard to take a bad picture there.

After lunch, we will drive you to Jiankou village, which will take about 2 hours.

Hotel options:
The Guesthouse at Jiankou village (clean, basic facilities)

Enjoy the view at the Jinshanling Great WallEnjoy the view at the Jinshanling Great Wall

Day 4The Most Challenging Section — Jiankou to Mutianyu (5 Hours, 10 Kilometers), Camping on the Great Wall

breakfast, lunch and dinner

You will be driven for about 40 minutes to reach the Jiankou section of the Great Wall. Your hike will take about 5 hours. It will include both wild and restored sections.

The Great Wall at Jiankou is regarded as the most magnificent and the most challenging section. After climbing up to the wall, you will hike through unrestored towers.

Zhenbeilou Tower is a great place to get breathtaking views of the Jiankou section. There will be a sharp contrast when you arrive at Mutianyu, which has a restored wall and towers.

You can try to toboggan (optional) down the wall when you have finished your hike at Mutianyu. You will then be driven to the village of Huanghuacheng for your camping experience.

You will have a homemade dinner in a local farmer's guesthouse and you will be able to take a shower there. Your host will lift all your camping gear up to the watchtower on the wall after dinner.

You will return to the watchtower after a 30-minute walk. You need to use the toilet before ascending the wall. Alternative accommodation at local guesthouses is available in case of bad weather in summer.

Hotel options:
Camp on the Great Wall or the local Guesthous

The Jiankou Great WallThe Jiankou Great Wall
The Jiankou Great WallThe Jiankou Great Wall
Day 5Huanghuacheng to Xishuiyu (4 Hours, 6 Kilometers), Back to Your Hotel in Beijing

breakfast and lunch

Have breakfast on the Great Wall and enjoy the sunrise. Take some amazing photos before starting your 4-hour hike. Normally, there are no other tourists on the wall early in the morning.

Originally built in the Northern Qi Dynasty (550–577), Huanghuacheng received more attention from the government in the Ming Dynasty due to its close proximity to the Ming Tombs area. It was important for protecting this area of imperial tombs.

The wall was built on steep mountain ridges and it can be seen from a long distance away. It was cut into two sections by the reservoir that was built in the 1970s.

You might need to take a few breaks to ease your pace at the beginning of the hike as it is steep. You will meander through bushes and jungle areas after the halfway point.

It is enjoyable to see the beautiful lake scenery when you get to the last tower.

A unique hot pot lunch follows your hike at noon. You can choose a plain or spicy hot pot to suit your preferences. This is also a good opportunity to practice your chopstick skills.

You will get back to your hotel in downtown Beijing at about 4pm.

the sunriseEnjoy the sunrise on the Great Wall at Huanghuacheng

Trip Notes

1. The Accommodation

Due to the limited conditions in the countryside, the types of accommodation available during this hiking tour are just basic guesthouses but we always select the cleanest and most comfortable ones in the villages. Western toilets and showers are available.

2. The Pick-Up and Drop-Off Points

The hotel pick-up and drop-off points in downtown Beijing are included. If you would like to be picked up or dropped off at the airport or train station, please let your travel advisor know.

3. The Food During the Tour

We arrange for you to have your meals in the local restaurants. If you have any special dietary requirements, please let your guide know. We will prepare drinks and snacks, such as cookies and chocolate bars.

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From USD1,219
Service Includes
  • 1-1 consultancy from an experienced travel expert
  • Private air-conditioned business car with big windows and ample space
  • English speaking local guide
  • Activities, hotels, and meals listed in the itinerary
  • 24/7 helpline for while you are traveling
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