Private Great Wall Hiking Tour from Simatai West to Jinshanling

Duration: 9 hours
Destination: China, China, Beijing

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  • 9 hours
  • Beijing
  • E-Voucher
  • Lowest Price
  • Cancellable


Snaking along the ridge of the mountains from Simatai West to Jinshanling. It takes you through crumbling, ancient watch towers along the way. It is extremely photogenic! The 15 fascinating variety watch-towers(Some are with two or three stories, and some are with only flat roofs), and steep gradients that give constantly changing perspectives and wide, open views. This section of the wall is wild, ruined, preserved and original. On a clear day, you can take great photos here. If you like a challenging hiking tour, don't miss this one out! (total hiking time is around 3 to 4 hours).

Note: This tour also offer Private Transfer Only Service if you wish to have a self-guided tour by your own.

In the morning, your hiking tour guide and driver with car will come to meet you at your hotel lobby. Then, you will be transferred to drive to the Great Wall (about 2 hours without traffic jam, and closer to 2.5-3 if runs into a jam). You will first arrive Great Wall at Simatai West (the east gate entrance of the Jinshanling Great Wall). Simatai Great Wall is located along the ridges, and it takes about 30 minutes to go up there.

You will see an amazing view from one of the highest points on the way, and have some snacks and drinks during your break time.

After 3 to 4 hours hiking, we will walk down some local restaurant to enjoy some tasty lunch with local flavor.

The end of tour, you will meet our driver in the parking lot, do some final post-hike stretches, and jump in the car for a nap or reflections on the day’s hike at the Great Wall. Depending on traffic heading into the city, and the distance from the expressway to your hotel, the drive home may range from 2-3 hours.

  • Private driver
  • Licensed English speaking tour guide
  • Transport by private vehicle
  • Hiking tour guide
  • Local food lunch
  • Snacks
  • Bottle water
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Entry/Admission - Jinshanling Great Wall
  • Entry/Admission - Simatai Great Wall

  • Gratuities
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Minimum age is 6 years
  • Please wear comfortable hiking shoes and clothes
  • Note: This tour also offered as Private Transfer-Only Service if you wish to have a self-guided tour on your own
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
You will pickup in your city center hotel lobby

Departure Time

07:30 AM

Voucher info

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


9 hours

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

User's Reviews


06 Jan, 2019

Bruce was knowledgeable and a good climber. The trip was one of the highlights for the three teenagers (all grew up in the US). The scenery was better than the popular Great Wall sites in that it is more "authentic" (many parts are not repaired so showing the rust and true history--warning: you need to be more careful as side walls are missing in some parts, so small children are not recommended on this trip). The hike is of appropriate length and difficulty (for teenagers and healthy people under 70). And on a clear winter day, our hike with Bruce was truely unforgettable. Thank you again Bruce!


14 Dec, 2016

We were a little sceptical about the crowds on the GWOC considering we visited during peak tourist season. However, since this section of the wall is a few hours away from the city, we were very pleased to not find any crowd at the wall during our hike.
The travel in and out of the city may be something you would want to factor, in case you have little time in the city. But if time is not an issue for you, it is totally worth opting for this tour. Our guide was very friendly and since we were 2 vegetarians in the group - she had taken care of making necessary dietary arrangements. Honestly one of the best tours we have done on La Vacanza Travel.
The scenery is just out of this world!!! Also there are umpteen options for photography without anyone photobombing your memories!!

Sabrina F

10 Aug, 2016

While the drive from Beijing was long, the hike on the Great Wall was worth it. The view is absolutely beautiful and our group was so glad we were able to see the older, not reconstructed parts of the wall. The hike was difficult, so keep that in mind before booking the tour.

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