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Full-Day Small-Group Great Wall Hike: Simatai West to Jinshanling

  • 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
From $136.00
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.
Reviews (180)
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Reviewed December 19, 2018
Dream to Hike the Great Wall of China Came True!

My dream of hiking the Great Wall of China came true! It was unforgettable and everything that I had hoped it would be. I spent time upfront researching which section of the Wall would be best for me--I wanted a less touristy, more authentic hiking...More

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank CaroltheAdventurer
Reviewed December 2, 2018
Great day on the Great Wall!

That was a memorable experience! This small company is very well-organized and understands what people value most. So if you want a very competent guide (who knows English and history of the Chinese civilization), a hike on a section of the wall without anybody (literally,...More

Date of experience: November 2018
2  Thank AntoineP636
Reviewed November 26, 2018
Amazing day

I thoroughly enjoyed this hike. Great guide (and photographer) - Peter Great bunch of people (and a small group) This was a really non-touristy part of the wall. Tip: Wear trainers or shoes with good grips!

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank manfield24
Reviewed November 17, 2018 via mobile
Awesome Day Hike Away From The Crowds

Our guide Yaxin was an awesome guide. Very knowledgeable, friendly and great communicator. We must have taken a million pictures during our hike and he was very patient. He even took some amazing pictures of us. The full day hike from Simatai West to Jinshanling...More

1  Thank 86rkl
Reviewed November 15, 2018
Excellent experience!

We did this trip in May, and it was fantastic! Mark was our guide, and I would recommend him to anyone. He was very attentive and helpful, as well as informative. We had a delicious lunch afterward. Make sure you have good shoes for walking...More

Date of experience: May 2018
1  Thank Fearless60162797489
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February 21, 2019|
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Response from tonyng2002 | Reviewed this property |
I can’t remember what’s that initial stair climb but you’ll be panting like hell when you get to the level of the wall. That’s only the beginning. Along the wall, there are more stairs to go up and down. The hike time... More
January 17, 2019|
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Response from tonyng2002 | Reviewed this property |
Wear hiking shoes if possible. Some parts are steep and can be very slippery if wet. It’s about 100 flights of stairs according to my iPhone. Bring something to eat along the hike.
October 5, 2018|
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Response from 357PaulM357 | Reviewed this property |
Totally ... our guide was amazing checking us all the way, my partner was very unfit and was accommodated in the 35+ deg heat with extra stops and we managed to finish earlier than expected ..