It is the better idea to explore the sections of Great Wall which has less crowds, and keep the wild original feature well. The Ming Dynasty Great Wall in Hebei Province, Beijing, Tianjin is the most suitable for hiking. Well, since some great walls are forbidden for hiking, some are filled with tourists. We have selects following great walls which are suggested for hiking most. (Jinshanling Great Wall will be closed for road and other tourist facilities construction from June 1, 2017. The reopening date has not been released yet. Travelers are not allowed to visit.)
Below are our travel experts’ handpicked the top Great Wall Hiking tour packages which take you to explore the best sections of Great Wall. The hiking usually departs from Beijing, after a short driving to the outskirts region of Beijing where you can get valuable Great Wall hiking. If time allows, we advise you take a Beijing city tour plus the Great Wall hiking, which is more enjoyable and fun.
Beijing Mutianyu Jinshanling
During this two days hiking, you will explore both wild and well-preserved sections of Great Wall. Mutianyu offers mightiest views of Great Wall. While Jinshanling Great Wall is featured in wild walls, towers build on steep mountains. The hiking is enjoyable and safe.Check Details
Jinshanling and Simatai are two famous sections of Great Wall which keep the wild features. During this tour, you will start the great wall hiking from Beijing, trek Jinshanling first, then go to hike the Simatai. Enjoy the fabulous fun of hiking on these brilliant walls while burning your energy with your feet.Check Details
Explore the fabulous history and local culture of Beijing, and take a side trip to the hike the JinshanlinG Great Wall of China so that you will have a complete and memorable vacation in Beijing.Check Details
Recommended Great Hiking Routes
1. Mutianyu Great Hiking Half Day
This half day hiking tour is perfectly taken as a brief great wall experience in a Beijing tour. You can see the best views of great wall, but also get rid of the crowds. You drive from Beijing to the Mutianyu Great Wall, then hike the great wall with enjoyable pace. The rest time is still enough for you to get back to Beijing, and see Ding Tomb of Ming Dynasty.
2. Mutianyu to Jinshanling Great Wall Hiking
This route takes two days to go. You will depart from your hotel in Beijing, drive about 1.5 hours to hike the Mutianyu Great Wall. You will spend about 3 hours on the Mutianyu, then get down the foot of Mutianyu to have lunch. After then, you need to drive about 2 hours to Jinshanling Great Wall. There are some good hotels near to Jinshanling Great Wall. Take a good rest. You can get up early to hike up to one of the towers to see the amazing sunrise from the great wall. Then spend about 4~5 hours to hike, and explore the best highlights of Jinshanling Great Wall.
3. Jinshanling Great Wall to Simatai Great Wall Hiking
This route is the best for those who want to see some original features of the ancient great wall. Jinshanling and Simatai are two great sections of great wall which have kept some original things. And the challenging paths there seem to be the most attractive reason. You need two days to finish this route. You will drive nearly 3 hours to get to Jinshanling firstly, then start your hiking in Jinshanling from Zhuanduo Tower on the west to the East Tower with Five Holes. This hiking takes about 4 hours. Then get back to your hotel close to the tourist center. On the second day, go to hike the Simatai Great Wall. Since Simatai Great Wall is divided by the Yuanyang Lake into two parts. If you want to hike both sides, you have to hike about 5 hours. After the hiking, drive back to Beijing.
Best time to hike Great Wall
The Great Wall is suitable for travel during all year around. But hiking the great wall is really something that weather matters most. Generally, April to November is the recommended time to hike the Great Wall. And summer and autumn are two best seasons to have a wonderful Great Wall hiking. Though summer is hot, but it is usually sunny, which makes the walls and towers clear to see. Besides, in summer, the mountains the Great Wall built on welcomes a flourish period for green plants. You will see the fabulous Great Walls snaking along the green hills and mountains. In autumn, it is usually cool and sunny when is the best time for hiking and photography. The plants turn to golden and red. But put it in mind to watch out the strong wild.
How to get to the Great Wall
There are mainly 5 different sections of the Great Wall opening to the public, which are scattered around the outskirts of Beijing, namely, Mutianyu Great Wall, Badaling Great Wall, Jianshanling Great Wall, Simatai Great Wall and Jiankou Great Wall. Since the geographic condition, distance to Beijing and available transportation methods of the great walls differ from one another. Here, we did some research and the detailed information on how to get to each section is provided for your reference. If you have any question, please do not hesitate to contact us!
Gears to be packed
Since you only have to hike about half day to some best highlight sections of Great Wall, so you don't have to camp for overnight. You can get supply from Beijing and some towns near to Great Wall. You only need to pack some personal gears, such as light and comfortable walking shoes, outdoor coat and pants. Besides, an alpenstock is necessary. You'd better also pack sun cream, sun glasses.
Other Top Recommended Tour Packages including Great Wall Hiking
Following are some best tour packages with more days which also cover the highlights of Great Wall hiking. You can travel Great Wall with other famous destinations which also offer great hiking trails, such as Guilin. If you have other idea, please feel free to contact us to customize a trip for you.
- 8 Days Best of China Tour
Beijing / Xian / Shanghai
- 11 Days Great Wall & Li River Hiking Tour
Beijing / Xian / Guilin / Shanghai