Walk the Great Wall of China


Route map for Trek the Great Wall of China (ACGA)

Day 1 Arrive Beijing

Arrive in Beijing at any time.

Day 2 Beijing (1B)

Discover the history of the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square then enjoy a traditional tea ceremony and tea art lesson, where you learn about the benefits of drinking tea and how best to taste it.

Day 3 Mutianyu (1B, 1D)

Transfer to the beginning of the walk along the Great Wall at Mutianyu, a journey of approximately 3 hours. Mutianyu is one of the best preserved sections of the Wall, and one of the oldest, being originally built as early as the 6th century. Trek between 5-6 hours along the wall today, passing some of the 22 watchtowers that make up this section. On arrival in Xizazi village for the night, there is an included dumpling cooking class.

Mutianyu to Jiankou
Approximate hiking distance: 12km/7.5mi
Estimated hiking time: 5-6 hrs
Highest altitude - 1015m/3330ft

Day 4 Jiankou (1B,1L,1D)

Continuing along the Wall today, the trail starts to change. The granite of Mutianyu gives way to larger, white rocks, and the Wall is less well preserved here. Hiking is more adventurous here, and the spectacular scenery is very rewarding along the way. Take care when hiking as the trek is steeper and there are loose stones underfoot along the way.

Approximate hiking distance: 5.5km/3.4mi
Estimated hiking time: 3-4 hrs
Highest altitude - 870m/2854ft

Day 5 Gubeikou (1B,1L,1D)

Today starts with a tai chi lesson on the Wall. This ancient martial art is renowned for it's health benefits and is an ideal way to limber up for a day of walking. Hiking to Gubeikou cross over Wohu pass, where the watchtowers are ruined, and the wall is more broken bricks. Continuing along the wall is Panlongshan, where many of the battles along the wall were fought.

Approximate hiking distance: 6.5km/4mi
Estimated hiking time: 4 hrs
Highest altitude - 766m/2513ft

Days 6 Jinshanling (1B,1L,1D)

Hiking along the wall from Gubeikou to Jinshanling. The Wall starts to get more well maintained here, and walking becomes easier along the way. Walk through this rolling landscape and see the watchtowers that disappear over the horizon.

Gubeikou to Jinshanling
Approximate hiking distance: 12.5km/7.7mi
Estimated hiking time: 6 hrs
Highest altitude - 670m/2198ft

Day 7 Simatai/Huangyaguan (1B,1L,1D)

Along the way from Jinshanling to Simatai, the watchtowers get closer together, and the wall is in it's best state of repair. These watchtowers were used to store weapons, and to keep an eye out for invading enemy forces, as this was getting closer to the centre of the Chinese empire. Today starts with another tai chi lesson, before a walk along the wall to Simatai. From here it's a short transfer to Huangyaguan where we spend the night. Due to circumstances beyond our control, some parts of the Great Wall around Simatai are closed, which may affect the hiking in this area. It may be that the walking on this day varies slightly, although you will still spend the day hiking along the Wall.

Jinshanling to Simatai
Approximate hiking distance: 4km/2.5mi
Estimated hiking time: 3 hrs
Highest altitude - 736m/2414ft

Day 8 Huangyaguan/Beijing (1B)

After one more day walking along the Wall, there is time to visit the Qing tombs, burial grounds of the Qing dynasty. From here it's a short ride back to Beijing.

Day 9 Beijing (1B)

Today is free to explore Beijing. Take a tour of the ancient hutongs (alleyways) in Beijing's old city. Other options include the Summer Palace or a visit to a Tibetan Monastery.

Day 10 Beijing (1B)

Depart at any time