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Full-Day Small-Group Great Wall Hike: Simatai West to Jinshanling

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As the most popular hiking trip of Great Wall around Beijing, it will show you both untouched and restored sections of the Great Wall at Simatai West and Jinshanling within 3 hours. We will reach the Wall by Kylin Tower at Simatai West, and then walk westward to Jinshanling. We will get off the wall at Shalingkou at Jinshanling, or you can walk another 30 minutes if you feel energetic and then get off the wall at Zhuanduokou . The unrestored wall, the watch towers, the beacon towers snake on the mountain from east to west. You will have chance to meet local farmer friends, try local home-made food and learn local community development. It is the best place for keen photographers along the wall. Regarding fitness it is a medium-level hiking for all ages.
  • An off-the-beaten-track Great Wall of China hike 
  • Discover two of the most scenic and least visited sections of wall
  • Take an exhilarating trek through the rugged Chinese countryside
  • Top off your trek with a homemade lunch spread prepared by local farmers
What to Expect
As one of the world’s most famous historical landmarks, the UNESCO-listed Great Wall of China is usually packed with crowds. But most tourists head to the same areas, leaving other remoter parts of the ancient stone barricade more-or-less unvisited. During this adventure-filled hike, you’ll get a rare peek at two of the most scenic and unspoilt stretches of wall, discovering sections that most visitors never get a chance to see. Departing from Beijing, you’ll head straight to Simatai West, crossing through a photogenic area with 15 different kinds of watchtowers. From there, you’ll embark on a gentle, scenic trek to the wilder terrain of Jinshanling. You’ll get a chance to compare both renovated and unrestored sections, with plenty of opportunities to snap photos of the picturesque ruins. See how the Chinese countryside varies as you head westward. At the end of your invigorating walk through the history-filled landscape, you’ll get a chance to revive yourself over homemade specialties in a restaurant run by local farmers.
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Important Information
Departure Point
McDonald's, Dongzhimen, Dongcheng, China
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
  • 1. air-con vehicle with experienced driver
  • 2. personal English-speaking hiking tour guide
  • 4. unlimited bottled water; snacks on the Wall; lunch in a local farmer’s restaurant
  • 5. a certificate of completion for hiking on the Great Wall of China
  • Entry/Admission - Jinshanling Great Wall
  • Entry/Admission - Simatai Great Wall
  • 1. travel insurance
  • 2. chairlift
  • 3. personal expenses
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Children under 5 are not allowed to take this tour
  • Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
  • There is no toilet along the path on the Wall. There are toilets at the entrance of Simatai West and Jinshanling. Please prepare before hiking and always carry toilet paper by yourself.
  • Please don’t make any appointment after the trip as the return depending on the traffic between 5-6 pm.
  • You will be followed by local farmers when starting the hike. The farmers will give you help along the way, as a reward they will sell some souvenirs. If you don’t like this, you have to say NO firmly at the beginning (MAYBE LATER does not work in Chinese culture) or just ignore them and not speak a word with them; otherwise they can be persistent and follow you all the way on the Wall.
  • Unlimited bottled waters are stored in our car/van today, and you need a day pack to carry them.
  • We will bring trekking poles in our car/van and please tell your guide if you need one.
  • Travel insurance is optional and is the sole responsibility of travellers. It is encouraged to have coverage of injury or accident.
  • As responsible travelers, we “take nothing but photos, leave nothing but footprint”.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Reviewed 3 days ago

We went to the Jinshanling section of the wall. A 2 hour drive but well worth it as we were away from the crowds. There were some other people hiking but not many and on occasions it felt as if we were the only ones...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank Ian M
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Our guide Yaxin was absolutely wonderful. Picked us up at the instructed McDonald’s, which was very close to the tube/metro. The group was wonderfully small, just us two and another couple! The drive went quick and smooth, I get car sick easily and didn’t have...More

Date of experience: October 2019
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We opted for small group tour to this part of great wall (We wanted to avoid the crowd), but it turned out it was only me and my husband, so it was some sort of private tour for us. Barry (our guide) and the driver...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank 136evak
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It was so fantastic starting this trip at such a quiet part of the wall. Danny was friendly, helpful and knowledgeable, plus he had good English and was easy to understand. Would definitely recommend this trip.

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank climbagent
Reviewed 11 September 2019

I'd like to echo all the other positive reviews. I found this company through the suggested guided tours from Lonelyplanet, and I'm very satisfied we (me plus two friends)chose this. They handled all the transportation, picking us up from our hotel in the the middle...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank WillWG
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Ruben C
13 September 2019|
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Response from JayB346 | Reviewed this property |
Not the trip I took, we departed and arrived Beijing in the daylight.
Robert M
22 July 2019|
Response from David F |
The meeting point was at a McDonald restaurant in downtown Beijing. It was just outside of a subway station. I think it was at the Dongzhimen subway station but in any case it was only a short ride from near the Forbidden... More
21 June 2019|
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Response from Saintlysinner | Reviewed this property |
Good luck you'll be fine. Just take it at your own pace. Because at the end of the day it's your trip and you want to enjoy it. Have fun. It's absolutely breathtaking
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