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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

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 (163)
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile
Beautiful scenery with a fun guide

Our day with Mark was incredible! My mother struggled a little with the initial climb to the wall, but Mark was patient and allowed us to stay back while the group did and extra part of the wall, giving us time to catch up. The...More

Thank 859katie
Reviewed 1 week ago
Amazing scenery, away from the crowds

This is a great way to really experience the Great Wall. You have to put up with a little more driving than some Great Wall locations. It's 2 hours from Beijing, but the drive is scenic, and the end point is definitely worth it. This...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Worth every penny, fantastic tour!

A group of 8 of us did the Full-Day Small-Group Great Wall Hike: Simatai West to Jinshanling. It was absolutely fantastic and worth every penny. As a group of 8 we filled the minibus, so it was effectively a private tour! We got to see...More

Thank worldietraveller
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile
Unforgettable Experience!

Anyone doubting whether this is worth paying for or not, don’t question it, just do it! The Great Wall is an incredible structure to behold, and this hike is the best way to see it. Not only because it’s good exercise, but more importantly it’s...More

Thank dashawshot
Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Put this on your bucket list

We are a group of 3 ladies in our mid 30s visiting Great Wall for the first time. My 2 friends are of average fitness. I consider myself moderately fit and had done trail hiking previously. Because of our differences in physical fitness, we decided...More

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6 October 2018|
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Response from Paul M | 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 ..
2 August 2018|
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Response from Christopher R | Reviewed this property |
From about 8am to 6pm
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20 July 2018|
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Response from Paul M | Reviewed this property |
Runners would be fine, as others have said take plenty of water and if you can wear a hat and a breathable top as it is very hot this time of year . Enjoy !!