Walk the Great Wall of China

Centuries after its construction, Chinas Great Wall remains one of humankinds engineering marvels. At over 21,000 km (13,048 mi) in length, the Wall is a trip in and of itself. You wont tackle the whole thing on this ten-day trip, but youll return home with a deeper understanding of the life that goes on around and upon it. The Beijing-to-Beijing route will take you to small villages that have stood for centuries in the shadow of this massive tribute to human will and introduce you to the cuisine, culture, and history that make this one of Chinas most captivating attractions. The Walls been standing for centuries. Isnt it about time you turned up?

Duration: 10 Days Guaranteed Departure: Yes
For lovers of: Hiking, Road Cycling, Parks & Nature Reserves, Local Culture & Cuisine, History, Wildlife, Trekking Physical rating: Demanding
Accommodation standard:   Budget% Traveller Tour Rating: 0%  
Your Guide: English speaking Tour code: 141593
Starts: Beijing, China Finishes: Beijing, China
You will visit
  • Beijing
  • Beijing



Day 1: Beijing

Arrive at any time.

Included Activities:
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting


Day 2: Beijing (1B)

Discover the history of the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square, then enjoy a traditional tea ceremony and tea art lesson, where you learn about the benefits of drinking tea and how best to taste it.

Included Activities:
Forbidden City
Tiananmen Square Guided Tour
Tea Art Lesson


Day 3: Beijing/Huairou (1B, 1D)

Transfer to Mutianyu. Trek along the Great Wall to Xizazi village for the night. Enjoy an included dumpling cooking class.

Included Activities:
Great Wall Trek
Dumpling Cooking Class

Private Vehicle


Day 4: Huairou/Gubeikou (1B, 1L, 1D)

Trek along the Great Wall to Jiankou. This is one of the toughest days of hiking, as parts of the Wall are broken up and loose and there are several ascents and descents. Transfer to Gubeikou for the night.

Included Activities:
Great Wall Trek

Private Vehicle (1.00 hour(s))


Day 5: Gubeikou (1B, 1L, 1D)

In the morning, stop for a tai chi lesson to stretch your legs before the hike. Trek around Gubeikou and take in two sections of the Wall before heading to a farmer's village for the night.

Included Activities:
Tai Chi Lesson
Great Wall Trek: Gubeikou


Day 6: Gubeikou/Jinshanling (1B, 1L, 1D)

Hiking along the wall from Gubeikou to Jinshanling. The Wall starts to get more well maintained here, and walking becomes easier along the way. Walk through this rolling landscape and see the watchtowers that disappear over the horizon.

Gubeikou to Jinshanling
Approximate hiking distance: 12.5km/7.7 mi
Highest altitude - 670m/2,198 ft
Hiking (6.00 hour(s))


Day 7: Jinshanling/Simatai Changcheng (1B, 1L, 1D)

Enjoy another morning tai chi lesson and get ready for the hike. Continue along the Wall towards Beijing. The Wall is better restored here, but the trek is no less spectacular. Spend the night in a guesthouse.

Included Activities:
Tai Chi Lesson
Great Wall Trek: Jinshanling to Simatai

Private Vehicle (2.00-3.00 hours)


Day 8: Simatai Changcheng/Beijing (1B)

Enjoy the last day trekking along the Wall at Huangyaguan, named for the bright yellow flowers that appear in this region.

Included Activities:
Great Wall Trek
Qing Tombs Exploration

Local bus


Day 9: Beijing (1B)

Today is free to explore Beijing. Take a tour of the ancient hutongs (alleyways) in Beijing's Old City. Other options include the Summer Palace or a visit to a Tibetan monastery.


Day 10: Beijing (1B)

Depart at any time.

Included Activities:
Departure Day

    • Great Wall entrances and trek (6-day)
    • Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square guided tour
    • Tai chi classes
    • Tea ceremony
    • Chinese cooking class
    • Luggage transfer on every hiking day
    • Hotels (4 nts), simple guesthouses (5 nts)
    Meals Included
    • 9 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 5 dinners
    • Local bus, walking
    Group Leader
    • English-speaking Chinese Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides
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Tour Highlights:
  • Explore Beijing's Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square
  • Trek along the Great Wall
  • Sleep in rural villages
  • Enjoy a traditional tea ceremony and tai chi lessons.