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Great Wall Hike: Simatai West to Jinshanling from Beijing

  • 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

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.

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Reviewed 1 week ago
Amazing day trip to the Wall - highlight of our time in China!

We had a wonderful day with our guide Mark. He was considerate and knowledgeable, fun and took great pictures and videos (which he shared with us later). There were hardly any tourists on this part of the Wall - an easy but steep hike up...More

Thank AustrianLondon
Reviewed 1 week ago
Inspiring Visit to Jinshanling Wall

A superb experience. Our guide Mark, was informative, considerate, prompt and all administrative arrangments were efficiently dealt with by Kathy. The Jinshanling section is quiet and offers stunning views across the mountains; and Mark kindly recommended the best photo opportunities. I was fascinated by both...More

1  Thank David H
Reviewed 1 week ago
Spectacular Great Wall Hike

Our group hike, lead by Robert, was the highlight of my trip to China. The Simatai to Jinshanling portion of the wall feels remote and uncrowded with spectacular views of the wall snaking along the ridgeline for miles in the distance. Many watchtowers are in...More

Thank Carol S
Reviewed 1 week ago
Ideal Experience

This was a great first experience visiting the Great Wall. Every part of the tour was well-managed and arranged: -We were picked up and dropped off at our hotel for maximum convenience. -The company offers several different options for your visit, and we were able...More

Thank louishellman
Reviewed 2 weeks ago
The best way to hike the Great Wall of China devoid of mass tourist numbers

We set off from Beijing at our meeting point at 8am after being greeted by our very helpful tour guide, Cheney. The 140kms to Jinshangling seemed to pass by quickly with our five group participants swapping travel and life stories as well as listening to...More

1  Thank deanwwhite
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August 1, 2018|
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Response from Christopher R | Reviewed this property |
From about 8am to 6pm
Malgorzata C
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 !!
Aurélien B
May 25, 2018|
Response from Aurélien B |
Never mind... I see it written in the vouchers, sorry !