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Seven-day Great Wall Trekking and Camping Tours

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Week-long Great Wall Adventures for Great Wall Purists!  

These epic seven-day journeys are composed for the ultimate Great Wall enthusiast. These seven day adventures are optimally designed to give you the ultimate Great Wall experience. These hikes require you to be in good physical condition, so please be aware of how much you can handle. While these hikes are tough physically, you will gain a greater understanding of the Great Wall and its original strategic purpose, as well as a wonderful tour of rural Chinese culture and nature. These seven day programs take you to the best of the Beijing-area Great Wall sections, and also to some of the lesser known ones, like Shixiaguan, Sandaoguan, and Badaling (unrestored), and some even take you out to the wall’s eastern-most point where the Great Wall meets the Yellow Sea. All these hikes contain the beautiful and majestic ruins of a Great Wall unrestored, along with glimpses of a restored Great Wall with grand watchtowers and spectacular brickwork. While daytime on the Great Wall is a great experience, you’ll have the rare opportunity to camp overnight on the Great Wall as well (in one of Jinshnaling’s watchtowers). This once-in-a-lifetime opportunity is sure to be one of your most cherished moments during your China trip. Just imagine how great it will be to witness the sunset and sunrise over the Great Wall. For all you amateur photographers, this is a treat you won’t want to miss. Like all of your Great Wall programs, you will be accompanied by an English-speaking guide and your own driver, making sure that your Great Wall experience is safe as well as fun.

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Route 7A: Explore on the ancient wall from Laolongtou (Old Dragon's Head), where the wall meets the sea

A bit out of the ordinary, we begin our hike at Old Dragon Head, the eastern-most point of the Great Wall where the wall touches the Yellow Sea. We’ll start hiking west through Shanhaiguan and Jiaoshan, stopping through some local villages on the way. For the next day we will hike to Sandaoguan, an exquisite piece of wall that features both unrestored “Wild Wall” and restored wall. Afterwards, we’ll really rough it by hiking from Dongjiakou to Xiaohekou, rugged unrestored sections that will be a challenge to climb, but the experience will be extraordinary. The following day we’ll take a brief respite from the Great Wall to visit the East Qing tombs, the resting place for much of China’s final ruling dynasty. We’ll then resume our hike by trekking Huangyaguan, which represents a miniature composition of the entire Great Wall. We’ll then end your adventure by going on the most popular Great Wall hike, starting from the western end of Simatai (the rest is closed for the time being), we’ll pass through Jinshanling before ending in Gubeikou, a strategically important part of wall that last saw action when the Japanese invaded in the 1930s. The wall here is highly photogenic, and its steepness and partly-dilapidated state is sure to give you a good work out.



Enjoy all the beauty of Great Wall near Beijing

High physical demand
Route 7B: Seven-day Epic "Wild Wall" Odyssey     

We kick off your adventure in a fitting way by hiking the unrestored section of Badaling, which is often passed over by Chinese tourists. This hiking here is steep and tough, but the experience will be invigorating. We’ll cross over into Shixiaguan, a dramatic and preserved piece of wall situated among mountains and rolling hills. The next day the scene will shift to Hunaghuacheng, and from here we will hike to Xishuiyu. The hiking here is a challenge, but you’ll be rewarded by an amazing sight when we reach Xishuiyu-the Great Wall underwater! The next day we will trek at Jiankou, a gorgeous section dotted with epic ruins and set up in the mountains. We will soon move into Mutianyu, one of the most photographed sections of the Great Wall and which features a toboggan ride on the way down! The following day we will begin at Gubeikou, a strategically important part of the wall that even saw action during the Japanese invasion of the 1930s. We will pass over into Jinshanling, where in one of its watchtowers is where we will camp overnight. The next day we will move into west Simatai (the rest of Simatai is closed for the time being), where the unrestored “Wid Wall” and steep steps will give you quite the workout. We’ll then drive to Huangyaguan, a section of that is a composite of the entire Great Wall, and which is set in a gorgeous valley. We’ll conclude your odyssey by visiting the Baiyangu Marble Wall, an often overlooked unrestored section that features a 1.5k long marble wall. [TOP]



Be a historian of China and expert of Great Wall with this expedition

High physical demand
Route 7X: The Extreme Great Wall Odyssey with 5-hour-long Hike Daily  

Not for the regular tourist, this hike is designed for the well-conditioned hiker with experience. Featuring 5-7 hours of hiking per day, this hike is only for those serious about exploring the Great Wall. We begin at Badaling, not the tourist one, but a quiet unrestored section noted for its challenging terrain. We’ll move into Shixiaguan, a largely intact portion set among the mountains and hills. The scene then shifts to Hunaghuacheng, where we will trek until we reach Xishuiyu, which is famed for its underwater portion of the Great Wall. Next, we’ll tackle Jiankou, a largely dilapidated section that features awe-inspiring ruins set against some of the most beautiful scenery imaginable. We’ll get a break when we cross over into Mutianyu, a largely restored section where the hiking is relatively tame. The following day we’ll be at Gubeikou, a vitally important section that saw some fighting during the Japanese invasion of the 1930s. From here we’ll hike into Jinshanling, where that night we will camp out in one of its countless watchtowers. The next day we’ll encounter west Simatai (the rest is closed for the time being), which features some of the steepest hiking you’ll find. Our final trek will be at Hunaghuacheng, and while the wall here is restored its setting upon rolling hills makes for some hard trekking.  [TOP]



The highest challenge that you will ever have from hiking on the Great Wall of China!

High physical demand
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