3-Day Private Hiking Adventure on the Great Wall: Gubeikou, Jinshanling and Simatai

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Day 1: Beijing – Gubeikou (L,D)
Morning transfer to Great Wall Gubeikou. Lunch in local restaurant. Afternoon hike on the wall. Overnight in local guest house.

Day 2: Gubeikou –Jinshanling (B,L,D)
Full day hike on the Great Wall from Gubeikou to Jinshanling. Picnic lunch on the wall. Late afternoon arrival in Jinshanling. Overnight in local guest house.

Day 3: Jinshanling -Simatai - Beijing (B, L)
Morning hike on the repaired wall from Jinshanling to Simatai. Lunch in local farmer’s restaurant. Afternoon return back to Beijing.

Day 1: Beijing – Gubeikou (L,D)
Morning picks up from your hotel in Beijing, and private transfer to the Great Wall at Gubeikou. You’ll first receive an introduction and briefing from your guide about the terrain, your itinerary and safety requirements. Gubeikou was a vital mountain pass dates back to 16th century. With 14 beacon towers, 143 watch towers, 16 strategic passes, the majority of wall building led by noted general Xuda in 1378 during the Ming dynasty. Divided into four parts: Wohushan, Panlongshan, Jinshanling, and Simatai, The famous Gubeikou Great Wall stretches for more than 40 kilometers (25 miles).

Today's hiking will start from Wohushan Great Wall, which is 665.2 meters above sea level. It built in the Ming Dynasty with the full length of 13.6 kilometers, which contains a great many watchtowers. Wohushan Great Wall becomes a masterpiece in the history of building Great Walls for its long history, ingenious distribution, steepness and complete facilities. Overnight in a guesthouse near Gubeikou.

Accommodation:
• Local farmer's guest house (1 night)
Transportation: private bus
Included Activities:
• Entrance to the Great Wall Wohushan at Gubeikou
Meals Included:
• Picnic lunch at the wall
• Dinner at local farmer's house

Day 2: Gubeikou –Jinshanling (B, L, D)
Enjoy breakfast at your hotel to gear up for today’s hike to Jinshanling. As you hike along with your guide, you'll see lush vegetation and learn how this part of the wall has crumbled because in the 1950s local farmers took bricks from the wall to build their houses. Pass by a local village and walk around the inner circle of the wall, which was the second defense in case the main wall breached. Continue walking until the late afternoon. Today, you’ll hike 7.5 miles (12 km) for a total of 4-5 hours, and will rest for 3-4 hours to take in the views and have lunch. Then you will come to a guesthouse in village calledErdaoliang Jinshanling area for accommodation. Overnight in a guesthouse Jinshanling.

Accommodation:
• Local farmer's guest house  (1 night)
Transportation: private
Included Activities:
• Entrance to the Great Wall - Jinshanling
Meals Included:
• Breakfast at the guest house
• Picnic lunch at the wall
• Dinner at local farmer's house

Day 3: Jinshanling -Simatai - Beijing (B, L)
After breakfast, follow your expert guide to Simatai to experience both original and restored sections of the wall. Catch scenic views of watchtowers snaking along the mountain. Some of these 2-story and 3-story towers have flat roofs, others rounded, and others pitched with upturned eaves. You’ll hike for 7 miles (12 km) on the mostly paved ground, and there are a few stretches of unrestored pathways with stairs and steep gradients. 

After the hike, head to a local farmer's restaurant to have lunch. Meet and chat with the farmers over a home-cooked Chinese meal and learn the surrounding community development.
End your tour with a drop-off at your original departure point in Beijing.

Transportation: private bus
Included Activities:
• Entrance to the Great Wall - Simatai
Meals Included:
• Breakfast and lunch

Remarks:  B= breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner

What to take:
- Comfortable shoes and boots.
- Sunscreen and sunglasses.
- Cap or hat
- Daypacka
- Camera and snacks
- Changing clothing for one overnight staying
- Rain jacket or wind proof jacket (depends on weather)

Important notes:
- There is no toilet along the oath on the wall. There are toilets at the entrance of each Great Wall sections.
- You will be followed by local farmers when starting the hike. They try to provide their help along the way, as a reward they will sell some souvenirs or snacks. If you don't like, you can say No, Thanks instead of saying Maybe later. Embrace it, or ignore them. Other they might follow you all the way on the wall.
- We provide unlimited bottled water in private car/bus, and you will need a daypack to carry them.
- It is traveler's responsibility to ensure that you have travel insurance. It is traveler's responsibility to be sure to have coverage of injury or accident.
- Trekking Poles: this is available to rent upon booking. 10 CNY per day/per a pair

Booking a Single Room - On this particular tour we are pleased to be able to offer travellers the option of pre-booking a guaranteed single room. Your accommodation is selected for convenient.

Vaccinations and Your Health - We recommend that you contact your primary care physician or a travel doctor for advice on vaccinations and travel health and we advise that you check to see if your tetanus-diphtheria booster is still valid every 10 years.

*At China Adventures we don't make money by taking you to commissioned shopping places, a common practice in China, wasting your time. Our well trained guides will privide the best services to you. Have a great trip!

3 Days