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

Duration: 9 hours
Destination: China, Beijing, Beijing
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  • 9 hours
  • Beijing
  • E-Voucher
  • Lowest Price
  • Cancellable

Overview

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.

Itinerary
This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Jinshanling Great Wall, Chengde Shi, Luanping County 068250 China

Partially restored and original section of the Great Wall.

Duration: 3 hours

Stop At: Simatai Great Wall, Gubeikou Town, Beijing 101508 China

A short part of Simatai West instead of Simatai East section.

Duration: 30 minutes

Inclusions
  • 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

Exclusions
  • 1. travel insurance
  • 2. chairlift
  • 3. personal expenses
  • 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”.
  • Near public transportation
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
Departure Point

McDonald's, Dongzhimen, Dongcheng, China, 100007


Departure Time

08:00 AM


Return Details

Returns to original departure point

Voucher info

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Duration

9 hours

For a full refund, cancel at least 3 days in advance of the start date of the experience.

User's Reviews

katycash

29 Aug, 2019

We were so happy with this tour along the Great Wall: there were nearly no tourists even though it was a beautiful day in August, the guide was very helpful and gave a lot of great info. This section of the wall is gorgeous, and challenging, but it wasn't too long, and the food at the end was delicious.

annprsnd

02 Dec, 2019

I went in early November, luckily the weather was still good and in fact it felt quite warm at times. I went solo and we formed a small group of one couple and another solo traveller with Peter as our guide. Learned a lot about the history and features of the wall. While there were other people at Jinshanling, it was by no means crowded (noting November is the beginning of low season). In terms of the walk itself, a few steep areas but if you're of average fitness (ie walking and stairs are usually no issue) with grippy shoes (I wore running shoes) you'll be fine - the stairs to the top at the beginning I found more strenuous than the wall itself (but I hate stairs). My review sounds underwhelming but it was absolutely amazing - I'm glad I picked Jinshanling and this company to take me as it was pretty much a perfect experience, with enough variability in the walk to make it fun, excellent views and an escape from crowds. Highly recommended.

Anamuk

03 Sep, 2019

From the first contact till the end of our hike I can only praise the quality of service and the organisation. Kathy help us select the most adapted hike for the family (that turned out to be just perfect) and patiently answered all my questions. On the day of the hike Peter, our guide, collected us from the hotel. He is knowledgeable and interesting to talk to. He taught us so much about the history, building and function of the wall that made walking on it an even bigger privilege. The hike it self takes you over different parts of the wall that are relatively quiet. We could see different features of the wall and enjoy the fabulous scenery. At the end we had a really nice meal and were driven, tired and happy, back to Beijing. We were really happy we have chosen this tour!

Susie B

22 Aug, 2019

We were expecting the wall to be busy but were delighted to find that we were taken to a part of the wall that we had largely to ourselves (and our guide) for the first few hours of the hike. The views were stunning and the experience was very much the highlight of our week in Beijing. The walking was much more strenuous than we had expected - there are really a lot of steep ups and downs and it was very hot and humid, but we managed it and we and our two teenage children all had a fantastic day. Our guide (Cheney) was wonderful and spoke excellent English and hiked at our pace. My only hesitation is that the tour seems now very expensive compared to the price of everything else in Beijing -- but then the day was otherwise absolutely perfect so maybe it was worth the money.

AchingInEconomySeat

11 Dec, 2019

You can (fairly) easily see the Great Wall closer, cheaper, and less strenuously than on this tour. What made this tour great WAS the physical challenge and the remoteness of the section visited. My guide Peter took me to Dinjangling, a sparsely populated area on the far outskirts of Beijing. Peter spent the long drive to the site explaining the rich history of the wall network’s construction. I dare say I came away with a much greater understanding of modern China by learning about this important piece of its past. When you’ve been fending off invaders to your homeland for centuries, it tends to have a strong influence on one’s national psyche and policies at home and abroad. This tour is for people who want a good workout with a great amount of history and fascinating facts thrown in. I consider myself a pretty experienced hiker, yet some steep stair descents forced me onto my hands and behind to avoid tumbling face-first off the wall. Total hiking time was only a few hours, but the many elevation changes made it a worthy challenge. Some unexpected highlights: Receiving a shiny thumb drive full of photos Peter took of me and unique Wall features during the hike. In addition to being a superb historian, he is also an excellent photographer! We ate lunch at a rural roadside restaurant; what it lacked in five-star Beijing opulence, it made up for in local authenticity and flavor. I went during the low season (late November), so there were only a few people on the wall peddling wares to passersby, and even fewer tourists. It made for a memorable and truly private first encounter with one of China’s best-known marvels.

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The Great Wall

Window View

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Hiking the Great Wall

Small group of 5 with an excellent tour guide named Robert

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Simatai West to Jinshanling Great Wall hike

The climb up to the wall is steep, but offers some beautiful moments as well

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Simatai West to Jinshanling Great Wall hike

Beautiful views of the wall on this tour

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Simatai West to Jinshanling Great Wall hike

There are some very steep sections of the wall here

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Simatai West to Jinshanling Great Wall hike

Looking out on the wall from one of the watchtowers

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Simatai West to Jinshanling wall hike

Beautiful scenery and the wall stretching on across the mountains

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