Thursday, September 8, 2016

Five-day Great Wall Trekking & Camping

These tours are designed in mind for those serious Great Wall hikers who have a little more time on their hands than the average traveler. This is some serious hiking, so please be in the right physical condition to handle the strenuous activity involved for these programs. These hikes take you to the best Great Wall spots, from the classic Jinshanling-Gubeikou hikes (as well as Jinakou-Mutianyu) and the fascinating Huangyaguan, to the more unknown and wild sections like Xishuiyu and Panlongshan. All of these areas of the Great Wall feature dramatic vistas and postcard-like scenes, so please remember to have your camera with you! In addition to the Great Wall you'll also get to take in some of China's lesser-known sites and explore the Chinese countryside, where the majority of China's population lives. You'll get a brief insight into how people truly live in China, which is a stark contrast away from the big cities. You'll get to interact with villagers, try the local countryside cuisines, and sleep in their homes, making for a truly authentic experience! For those that have already explored the more well-known and touristy sections of the wall, then this tour will be a welcome change. Please join us for a five day hike that will give you a whole new perspective of the Great Wall!

This five-day program is the perfect way to explore the wilder side of the Great Wall. We start at Badaling, but this isn’t the touristy Badaling that’s always packed with tourists; this other Badaling has been left in its natural state and is largely avoided by visitors. The hiking here is a challenge, but it eases a bit when we reach Shixiaguan, a largely intact portion of the Great Wall set against a lovely backdrop of mountains and rolling hills. The scene then shifts to Huanghuacheng-Xishuiyu, a hike featuring both restored and unrestored Great Wall, and which features a Great Wall bonus, a portion of the wall underwater! We’ll then set off for Jiankou, which has become one of the premier Great Wall hiking spots due to its breathtaking ruins and mountain setting. We’ll soon cross into Mutianyu, one of the Great Wall’s most photographed spots and which has played host to countless world leaders and dignitaries. The toboggan ride on the way down should not be missed! Our final leg brings us to Gubeikou, a strategically vital part of the Great Wall which even saw action in the 1930s against the Japanese invasion. This will lead us to Jinshanling, a section famed for its watchtowers and grand brickwork. It is here, in one of Jinshanling’s watchtowers where we will camp overnight. We finish at the western portion of Simatai (the rest is closed for the time being), a steep portion where the hiking is tougher than usual.

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