An epic Great Wall trek that covers 2 fantastic sections of the Beijing Great Wall. We hike Wild Jiankou Great Wall and pitch our tents inside the Great Wall watchtower. On the 2nd day we climb the beautifully restored Mutianyu Great Wall.
Hiking Distance: 15km
Hiking Duration: 4h /day Hike level: 3 Medium/strong
Departure time: 9:30 am Back in Beijing: 4:00 pm (days 2)
Price: 1600RMB (1440 RMB for kids 7-17, 1280 RMB for membership, 800 RMB for kids younger than 7)
After a 2 hour driver, we arrive at a local farmhouse in the middle of a chestnut orchard where we enjoy a royal organic meal. We put on our backpacks with camping gear (tent, mat and sleeping bag) and head for the mountains.
The start of the Jiankou Great Wall hike is immediately beautiful. Just 100 meters away from the Echoing Lake, the Great Wall drops down into WangQuan valley and climbs back out almost vertical. We follow an uphill trail through the bush for about 1 hour until we reach the Great Wall at the second beacon tower. During the first part of this hike, we will ascend about 500 meters. Once we arrive on the Great Wall, our uphill hiking is mostly done.
As the hike continues on top of the Great Wall, we enjoy fantastic views of famous Great Wall sections known as “The Wall Bow”, “Arrow Nock” and the “Beijing Knot”. We pass 7 beacon towers on this Jiankou Great Wall hike. The best-preserved ones are called the 5-eye watchtower and the Jade tower. We pitch our tents in front of the 6th tower and cook dinner over a wood fire. At night, a small campfire will keep us warm while we watch the stars.
Day 2 Mutianyu Great Wall Hike
We pack our tents and leave this beautiful place without a trace. We hike down the mountain on an easy trail for about 1 hour and go for a strong farmhouse breakfast.
The Mutianyu Great Wall ,built in the Tang dynasty (618-907), is our destination for today. The Mutianyu Great Wall was reinforced during the Ming dynasty and restored by Deng Xiao Ping in the 198o’s making it today’s best preserved section of the Beijing Great Wall
After 1 day of strong hiking we deserve a relax approach of the Great Wall and take the cable car up to the 14th tower of the Mutianyu Great Wall. From this platform we have a fantastic view over the 26 Mutianyu Great Wall watchtowers and we can still see the Jiankou Great Wall sneaking over the mountains tops we hike yesterday.
We walk on top the nicely paved Great Wall passing through 8 watchtowers. From watchtower number 6, Zhengguan Terrace, we slide our way down the Great Wall on the Tobogan. and go for a late but good lunch. The celebration beers are on us By 4 pm our driver will drop us of at our Beijing meeting point.
Level 3: Medium-strong
We rate this Great Wall trek level 3 because the trail on the first day includes a good uphill hike and we carry our backpacks all the way up the the campsite. The trail on the second day is fairly easy. No strong climbs on this hike. People with normal physical condition will be able to enjoy this trip.
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