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GWT25- 2-Day Great Wall Hiking & Trekking: Middle Jiankou-East Jiankou-Mutianyu
 
 
Meeting Time   9am
Trip Length   Two Days
Meeting Point   Exit B of Tuanjiehu(团结湖)subway station of line 10
Hiking Distance   Approx. 16km
Hiking Duration   About 8 hours
Level of Difficulty   Level 4
Number of People   1-15
Price   1600RMB
Hiking Date  
Detailed information about this hike
Highlights of this hike:
1. This hike covers three different sections of the Great Wall: Middle Jiankou Great Wall, East Jiankou Great Wall and Mutianyu Great Wall. This hike offers a great chance for you to witness a wide variety of both architecture and topography, as well as to sample the culture and history;
2. Walk on both restored and unrestored authentic wild Great Wall: an excellent chance for you to compare and contrast what the wall may have looked like when they were originally finished, and how it looks after about 600 years of exposure to the elements;
3. Great Challenge for experienced hikers;
4. Awesome views for photographers;
5. Home-made Chinese meals at a local farmer’s guest house;
6. Stay at a local guest house: a great chance for you to know about rural Chinese culture and rural Chinese lifestyle;
7. Camping overnight on the Great Wall is optional;
8. No commission shopping stops.

Price and discount:
The cost is 1600RMB (about 260 US$) per person. It includes transportation, entrance fees, water, four meals and guides. We give 10% discount for members and kids under 12’s.

Detailed itinerary:
Day 1: Middle Jiankou Great Wall Hike
Jiankou Great Wall has perhaps the most frequent appearance on picture books and post cards of the Great Wall. This section of wall retains its original appearance since its construction in 1368. It is uniquely made of large white rocks. Jiankou Great Wall is considered to be a "wild" section of the Great Wall, due to its disrepair and its location along a mountain ridge with steep cliffs on each side, which makes it an ideal place for adventurous and experienced hikers and photographers.

We will meet in the early morning at 9am, and will arrive at the Xizhazi village at about 11am. We will start our hike along a trail in the mountains. It is easy to get to the wall. Bypassing some very dangerous parts such as "The Eagle Flies Facing Upward" watchtower and "Sky Stairs", you still have chances to witness the stunning scenery of these dangerous parts. We will walk on the wall for about 3 hours and then we will follow a nice mountainous trail down to the Xizhazi village. We will have a late lunch at a local farmer’s guest house after the hiking.

You can have a good rest in the local guest house after the late lunch, or do a short hike to the "Beijing Knot" watch tower on the West Jiankou Great Wall. We will stay overnight at a local farmer’s guest house.

Day 2: East Jiankou - Mutianyu Great Wall Hike
After breakfast we will start off the hike from a small village in the Jiankou area, following a hillside trail to a Great Wall tower that is 1,050 meters above sea level. It takes about one hour to get to the tower which name is Zhenbeilou. We will get a peak overlooking of the whole section of Jiankou Great Wall on top of the tower. Then we will trek eastward on the wall. This section of wall is completely untouched and almost devoid of tourists, allowing for a serene walk.

About forty minutes later we will reach the top tower of the Mutianyu Great Wall. Mutianyu Great Wall is the most popular section of wall among travelers from other countries. You will see people from all over the world there. We will pass through 15 towers on our way, starting from the 24th tower and ending up at the 10th tower of Mutianyu Great Wall. Then we will come down the wall along a trail to the parking lot, where our driver will be waiting for us. The driver will drive us to a nice countryside restaurant to have a late yet big lunch there.

If you want to take toboggan, you need to walk to the 6th watch tower and take toboggan down the wall. The toboggan is long and it offers a lot of fun.

Bad weather plan:
We will email you 2-3 days before the hike to let you know about the weather condition. If there is thunder storm, heavy rain or strong wind it will be dangerous to do the hike on the wild unrestored Great Wall in the mountains. So we will cancel it, change the dates or arrange a hike to the restored section of the Great Wall.

What to bring on this hike?
1. Snacks;
2. Sun protection: hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, long-sleeved shirt;
3. Two bottles of sports drink with salt content;
4. Comfortable sport shoes (hiking boots are strongly suggested).

Level 4: Challenging Level
These hikes usually involve a lot of walking, climbing and descending over varied terrain, and sometimes also camping. The elevation is about 1000 meters and the length ranges from 10 to 15 kilometers. Some roads/trails can be a little rough. The hiking time is usually somewhere between 4 and 6 hours. People with acrophobia shouldn’t join these kinds of hikes.

For whom are Level 4 hikes suitable?
Level 4 hikes are suitable for people who are fit and healthy, doing aerobic type exercise regularly and have prior hiking experiences.

What is included on this hike?
1. Air-conditioned vehicle with experienced driver;
2. English-speaking hiking tour guide;
3. Entrance fees;
4. Unlimited bottled water;
5. Four meals and one night’s accommodation.

What is excluded on this hike?
1. Travel insurance;
2. Cable car, chairlift, toboggan (slide way) or any other additional local facilities;
3. Personal expenses.

Customize this hike and make a private reservation:
In addition to our regular weekly hikes, we also offer private tours. You can customize a private hike for you, your family or your friends exclusively. Just tell us what you want and we will organize a hike for you, with places, guides, transport, food, and accommodation all taken care of. You can make a private reservation on the private tour page.

Pricing for a private tour:
Group size
1
2
3
4-5
6-9
10+
Cost (per person)
4800
2700
2200
1800
1600
1500
1. A private tour is more flexible. Both extra distance and less distance are available.
2. Discounts are available for larger groups.
3. Prices are quoted in Chinese dollars.

Notes:
1. There are risks involved in outdoor activities. Please read our Risk Acknowledgment and Waiver
and inform yourself before participating.

Other information about this hike:
Reviews of this Hike
Information about Jiankou Great Wall
Information about Mutianyu Great Wall
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