China

The Great Wall Trekking

Level

Moderate/Challenging

Duration

7 days

Best time to travel

All around the year. ( avoid winter and public holidays)April; May; September and October are considered best months for this trek.

Route

Arrival Beijing-Beijing-  Huanghuacheng-Xishuiyu- Jiankou-Mitianyu -Gubeikou -Jinshanling-Simatai West- Beijing- Departure Beijing

Built by a succession of Chinese dynasties, the Great Wall of China is an architectural masterpiece that was constructed more than 2,000 years ago to hold back the Mongol invaders. The wall is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site and attracts millions of visitors each year.

This wall is a cultural icon and plays an important role in Chinese history- it was the wall that defended the Chinese Empire, protected the people, took years to build and cost the lives of hundreds in its construction.

Great Wall trekking is truly the best way to appreciate such a colossal feat of engineering; by trekking its sections, the history of the Great Wall of China comes alive!

Brief Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival Beijing (D)

A Rahhalah guide will pick you up at Beijing airport and drop you to your hotel. A welcome dinner will be organized in a local courtyard restaurant.

Accommodation: Hotel

Day 2 Beijing, Huanghuacheng to Xishuiyu (4 hours, 7 km hiking) ( L, D)

Meet you up at 8am at your hotel and then drive to Huanghuacheng. It will take 4 hours to hike on the Wall today.

 

Originally built in the Beiqi Dynasty (550 A.D.-577 A.D.), Huanghuacheng was extended and consolidated in the Ming Dynasty due to its close distance to the Ming Tombs area. It was critical to protect the imperial tombs area in the Ming Dynasty. There are four defence walls at this area and Huanghuacheng is the commanding center. The Wall was built on steep mountain ridges and it can be seen from a far distance. Two reservoirs were built in

 

1970s and the Wall was cut down at two positions, thus there’s reflection of the Wall on the lakes/reservoirs.

 

The Wall at the beginning is steep and you have to take many breaks to ease your pace. You will meander through jungles and bushes after halfway. A stunning view is waiting for you when you reach the last watchtower at today’s hike. You feel like you stand on the top of the Wall and enjoy a beautiful lake scenery.

 

We will then drive (1.5 hours) to Jiankou village and stay overnight here tonight.

Accommodation: local farmer’s guesthouse at Jiankou Village (western toilet & shower)

Meals: lunch/dinner

Day 3: Jiankou to Mutianyu (5 hours, 10 km hiking) (B, L, D)

We will drive 40 minutes to start the hiking at Jiankou, and it will take 5 hours hiking on the wall. You will hike on both restored and original walls. We will drive (2 hours) to Gubeikou village after lunch.

 

Jiankou to Mutianyu section offers a wonderfully satisfying experience of the Wall. It has superb scenery, dense vegetation and many fine watch-towers in an excellent restored section which is about six metres broad. The brickwork is elaborate, with crenellations on both sides and finely curved eaves on some watchtower roofs. There are decorative gables with animal statues, and tablets bearing calligraphy above some entrances. The first one hour is going straight up and reaches the wall, and then hikes unrestored towers. The wild Wall to the west is the original Ming Dynasty with fine stonework, and there are almost no other people. You will be rewarded when you approach Zhenbeilou Tower, where you will have a breathtaking view of Jiankou section. There will be a sharp contrast when you arrive at Mutianyu with the restored wall and towers.

 

There’s a chance to try toboggan (optional) when finishing the hike at Mutianyu.

Accommodation: local farmer’s guesthouse at Gubeikou village (western toilet & shower)

Meals included: breakfast/lunch/dinner

Day 4: Gubeikou to Jinshanling (5 hours, 10 km hiking) (B, L, D)

We drive for 10 minutes after breakfast to entrance at Gubeikou, from where we trek to Jinshanling. Gubeikou is located 146 kilometres north of Beijing. It has the Panlong (Coling Dragon) and Wohu (Crouching Tiger) mountains in the background. In 1378 General Xu Da ordered this section of the Great Wall rebuilt. Gubeikou has probably seen more battles than any other parts of the Great Wall including some of the most famous in Chinese history. Our trek takes us eastward along the old wall passing numerous watchtowers and other parts of the wall that have not yet been restored.

 

After 2 hours hiking on the wall of Gubeikou section, we have to get off the wall to avoid a military area nearby. Going through the path in the field for 1.5 hours, and then we will come back to the wall again at Jinshanling section. We will then off the wall to have fresh Chinese dishes in a local farmer’s restaurant.

 

 

 

We will drive back to Gubeikou village.

A Chinese dumpling-making learning lesson will be organised in the afternoon.

Accommodation: local farmer’s guesthouse at Gubeikou village (western toilet & shower)

Meals included: breakfast/lunch/dinner

Day 5: Jinshanling to Simatai West (3 hours, 6 km hiking) (B, L, D)

We will drive to Jinshanling in 20 minutes after breakfast at 8am. (Optional sunrise watching can be organised upon request without additional cost if weather permits, please advise your guide.) It will take about 3 hours hiking on the wall. We will get off the wall at East-five-eye Tower at Simatai West Great Wall.

 

This section offers arguably the finest hiking anywhere on the Great Wall. It is extremely photogenic, with over 18 watch-towers, and steep gradients that give constantly changing perspectives and wide, open views. There is fascinating variety in the watchtowers here. Some have two storeys, others three. Some have flat roofs, others rounded and others again are pitched with upturned eaves. The walkway along the top is paved with square bricks providing a level surface wide enough to construct or erect batteries. This section of the wall is wild, ruined, preserved and original. On a clear day, it is difficult to fail to take good photographs here.

 

We will organize a unique Hotpot lunch when back to the city. Hotpot is originally from Sichuan Province and now is popular all over China. You can choose Plain or Spicy one as you like. This is also a good opportunity to practise your chopstick skills.

Accommodation: Prime  Hotelor similar

Meals: breakfast/lunch/Beijing Duck dinner at a fine local restaurant

Day 6: Beijing (B, L)

Visit Tian’anmen Square, Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven.

Forbidden City, lying at the city centre and called Gu Gong in Chinese, it was the imperial palace for twenty-four emperors during the Ming and Qing dynasties. It was first built throughout 14 years during the reign of Emperor Chengzu in the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). Ancient Chinese Astronomers believed that the Purple Star (Polaris) was in the centre of heaven and the Heavenly Emperor lived in the Purple Palace. The Palace for the emperor on earth was so called the Purple City. It was forbidden to enter without special permission of the emperor. Hence its name ‘The Purple Forbidden City’, usually ‘The Forbidden City’

Accommodation: Prime Hotel or similar

Meals included: breakfast, lunch

Day 7: Beijing/ Departure (B, L)

Visit Summer Palace and Hutongs (rickshaw and lunch in a local family), last minute shopping at Silk Street or free exploration in the afternoon.

Our guide will escort you to the airport (afternoon flight recommended)

Meals included: breakfast, lunch

1,573 USD

per person in a group of minimum 6.

Trip Dates

14 April 2017 / 13th October 2017

NOTES

  • The above rate is based on Double Occupancy. Single Supplement applies.
  • The above rate is valid till 15th Dec 2017
  • Full payment should be made 30 days prior the departure
  • All services stipulated above are subject to availability at the time of booking / reservation. All prices are subject to change

THIS INCLUDES

  • Air-conditioned vehicle with experienced driver during the whole trip
  • Twin-shared accommodation as listed in itinerary
  • Entrance fees to all sections on the Great Wall and indicated attractions in the city
  • Fully-escorted English-speaking hiking tour guide
  • Unlimited bottled water stored in our vehicle for the whole trip
  • Trekking poles are available upon request
  • Snacks, energy bars, fruits on the Wall
  • Meals as indicated in itinerary, complimentary drinks on meals are included; extra drinks after meals are not covered

 

THIS DOES NOT INCLUDE

  • International Airfare and Airport Taxes
  • Visa fees
  • Travel insurance
  • Any other meals which are not specified in itinerary, or snacks, drinks
  • Gratuities, tips to guides and driver on good service separately
  • Optional activities
  • Other personal expenses
  • Excess baggage charge

Important: The itinerary and schedule are subject to change due to weather, road condition and operating conditions. In any case the guide has the RIGHT to change the program for the safety and convenience of the travelers.

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