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

  • 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
Full-Day Small-Group Great Wall Hike: Simatai West to Jinshanling
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Full-Day Small-Group Great Wall Hike: Simatai West to Jinshanling
From US$136.00

The Great Wall of China is one of the world’s most famous monuments, a centuries-old barricade that snakes through the countryside. Most people head straight to the most crowded sections, taking just enough time for photographs. But anyone in search of a more immersive, in-depth adventure will appreciate this gentle, photogenic trek, where you’ll discover two of the most scenic and rugged stretches of wall.

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.

Reviews (174)
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Reviewed yesterday
Fantastic Experience

We did a private tour of the Jinshanling to Simatai section (just me and my girlfriend, plus our wonderful guide Yaxin) and it was a truly remarkable experience, could not recommend it highly enough if you are looking to visit the wall and have the...More

Thank Sebastian M
Reviewed 1 week ago
Great experience

We did a full day hike with a small group. It was great. The wall section was steeper than I assumed based on photos. So a good grip shoe would be very helpful. Our guide Cheny and driver Bo were both very nice. The lunch...More

Thank Sunny V
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile
Fantastic Trip

We decided to avoid the crowds and go to a less busy part of the wall and having read positive reviews we decided to use Great Wall Hiking, we were not disappointed. Mark our guide was a great source of knowledge and moved our group...More

Thank Drummerred
Reviewed 1 week ago
Great Wall tour in an unrestored section in its full authentic glory, and far away from the crowds

This hike is real. Just be warned that this is a real hike and it is challenging. There are steep climbs and descends in rubble and slippery areas, hiking shoes are a must. It didn't help that it rained during the middle of our tour....More

Thank rygen1
Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Amazing hike on a not crowded portion of the wall - EXACTLY what I wanted!

This was a fantastic trip! Our guide Mark was extremely nice and knowledgeable and spoke good English. The hike was definitely steep in the coolest way. The Great Wall is just amazing! We were able to customize our hike a bit too and check out...More

Thank Casey S
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October 5, 2018|
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Response from Paul M | Reviewed this property |
Totally ... our guide was amazing checking us all the way, my partner was very unfit and was accommodated in the 35+ deg heat with extra stops and we managed to finish earlier than expected ..
August 1, 2018|
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Response from Christopher R | Reviewed this property |
From about 8am to 6pm
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July 20, 2018|
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Response from Paul M | Reviewed this property |
Runners would be fine, as others have said take plenty of water and if you can wear a hat and a breathable top as it is very hot this time of year . Enjoy !!
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