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


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From $144.00

223 reviews   (4.98)

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Pricing Info: Per Person

Duration: 9 hours

Departs: china, china

TicketType: Mobile or paper ticket accepted

Free cancellation

Up to 24 hours in advance.

Overview

As the most popular hiking trip of Great Wall around Beijing, it will show you both untouched and restored sections of the Great Wall at Simatai West and Jinshanling within 3 hours. We will reach the Wall by Kylin Tower at Simatai West, and then walk westward to Jinshanling. We will get off the wall at Shalingkou at Jinshanling, or you can walk another 30 minutes if you feel energetic and then get off the wall at Zhuanduokou . The unrestored wall, the watch towers, the beacon towers snake on the mountain from east to west. You will have chance to meet local farmer friends, try local home-made food and learn local community development. It is the best place for keen photographers along the wall. Regarding fitness it is a medium-level hiking for all ages.


What's Included

1. air-con vehicle with experienced driver

2. personal English-speaking hiking tour guide

4. unlimited bottled water; snacks on the Wall; lunch in a local farmer’s restaurant

5. a certificate of completion for hiking on the Great Wall of China

What's Not Included

1. travel insurance

2. chairlift

3. personal expenses


Traveler Information

  • CHILD: Age: 6 - 12
  • ADULT: Age: 13 - 99

Additional Info

  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Please don’t make any appointment after the trip as the return depending on the traffic between 5-6 pm.
  • There is no toilet along the path on the Wall. There are toilets at the entrance of Simatai West and Jinshanling. Please prepare before hiking and always carry toilet paper by yourself.
  • Travel insurance is optional and is the sole responsibility of travellers. It is encouraged to have coverage of injury or accident.
  • Unlimited bottled waters are stored in our car/van today, and you need a day pack to carry them.
  • We will bring trekking poles in our car/van and please tell your guide if you need one.
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Please don’t make any appointment after the trip as the return depending on the traffic between 5-6 pm.
  • There is no toilet along the path on the Wall. There are toilets at the entrance of Simatai West and Jinshanling. Please prepare before hiking and always carry toilet paper by yourself.
  • Travel insurance is optional and is the sole responsibility of travellers. It is encouraged to have coverage of injury or accident.
  • Unlimited bottled waters are stored in our car/van today, and you need a day pack to carry them.
  • We will bring trekking poles in our car/van and please tell your guide if you need one.

Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours before the scheduled departure time.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

What To Expect

Jinshanling Great Wall
Partially restored and original section of the Great Wall.

3 hours • Admission Ticket Included

Simatai Great Wall
A short part of Simatai West instead of Simatai East section.

30 minutes • Admission Ticket Included


Reviews

Great experience!
nicolelE3497WH, 27-04-2021
Fantastic experience. I just went with myself and my dad and our tour guide, Jimmy. We went pre-pandemic, this is a late review. But when we went it was fantastic. Since it was just our small group it was very personal and we could tailor the day to whatever we wanted to do. Our guide was very knowledgeable about the area and history.
Great Wall Tour
AchingInEconomySeat, 11-12-2019
You can (fairly) easily see the Great Wall closer, cheaper, and less strenuously than on this tour. What made this tour great WAS the physical challenge and the remoteness of the section visited. My guide Peter took me to Dinjangling, a sparsely populated area on the far outskirts of Beijing.

Peter spent the long drive to the site explaining the rich history of the wall network’s construction. I dare say I came away with a much greater understanding of modern China by learning about this important piece of its past. When you’ve been fending off invaders to your homeland for centuries, it tends to have a strong influence on one’s national psyche and policies at home and abroad.

This tour is for people who want a good workout with a great amount of history and fascinating facts thrown in. I consider myself a pretty experienced hiker, yet some steep stair descents forced me onto my hands and behind to avoid tumbling face-first off the wall. Total hiking time was only a few hours, but the many elevation changes made it a worthy challenge.

Some unexpected highlights: Receiving a shiny thumb drive full of photos Peter took of me and unique Wall features during the hike. In addition to being a superb historian, he is also an excellent photographer! We ate lunch at a rural roadside restaurant; what it lacked in five-star Beijing opulence, it made up for in local authenticity and flavor.

I went during the low season (late November), so there were only a few people on the wall peddling wares to passersby, and even fewer tourists. It made for a memorable and truly private first encounter with one of China’s best-known marvels.
Easy and organised
annprsnd, 02-12-2019
I went in early November, luckily the weather was still good and in fact it felt quite warm at times. I went solo and we formed a small group of one couple and another solo traveller with Peter as our guide. Learned a lot about the history and features of the wall. While there were other people at Jinshanling, it was by no means crowded (noting November is the beginning of low season). In terms of the walk itself, a few steep areas but if you're of average fitness (ie walking and stairs are usually no issue) with grippy shoes (I wore running shoes) you'll be fine - the stairs to the top at the beginning I found more strenuous than the wall itself (but I hate stairs).

My review sounds underwhelming but it was absolutely amazing - I'm glad I picked Jinshanling and this company to take me as it was pretty much a perfect experience, with enough variability in the walk to make it fun, excellent views and an escape from crowds. Highly recommended.
A truly memorable way to see the Great Wall!
Phoebe S, 30-11-2019
Our guide was Tao. He is very knowledgeable about Beijing and the Great Wall. The group that I went with was 8 people. We all definitely bonded after our trek on the Wall! Trekking the Wall felt physically demanding and challenging. There are hiking sticks that are provided at the beginning. I wish I used one, although other people felt like it ended up being something else they had to carry. The initial climb up the stairs to get to the Wall was by far the most challenging part! Luckily, a local dog joined us for the beginning and made it that much more fun. When you're on the Wall, the views are incredible. It was cold, but the weather was overall great for a hike. The lunch that is provided at a local restaurant is delicious as well. This was definitely a highlight on my trip. :)
Excellent way to see the Great Wall
Blairb2222, 29-11-2019
This was an excellent trip and way to see the Great Wall. It was a challenging hike with lots of steep parts going up and down, but amazing views so totally worth it. The tour guide, Tao, was great and was able to tell us a lot about the history of China. Definitely the highlight of my trip to Beijing and something I would do again!




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