Great Wall of China Trek

Great Wall of China Trek

Great Wall of China Trek, 2022/23

So it can’t really be seen from the moon, but who cares? 

With a history this rich and the most impressive specifications of any man-made structure ever built, the Great Wall of China will capture your heart and soul regardless. 

No, you won’t be walking the whole thing. (That’d take you about 18 months and we’ve only got ten days to play with.)

But you will be soaking up some serious Chinese culture, traditions and local life at their finest on your 10-day trek along the Great Wall of China. So join us to hike these rugged paths and explore the wild beauty that can only belong to this incredible country. 

Each day of the trek will challenge and delight you. You’ll get off the beaten track, head further from Beijing and delve deep into the dense countryside for some truly awesome views on your journey like no other. 

What is it like?

The Great Wall of China winds over the hills like a majestic dragon

They say a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. Only in the case of the Great Wall of China, it’s more like thirteen thousand miles and it actually starts with a couple of plane journeys (which are included in the price of this trip, by the way).

But the moment you arrive in the land of the dragon, you’ll remember why this adventure was on your Bucket List. 

China rocks, and your Great Wall trek will give you a great insight into the traditions and landscapes that make this enormous country so unique. 

Winding up and down across deserts, grasslands, mountains and plateaus, the Great Wall stretches the entire way from the East of China to the West. And while some sections of the wall are mere ruins now, so much has survived the last two thousand years, thanks to some  serious ancient engineering prowess (and a little touch up here and there). 

The Great Wall is thought to have originally been built in very distinct sections. The story goes that seven different states each built their own walls and used them for defence until the unification of China in the Qin Dynasty, back around 221BC. 

That’s when the first emperor, Qin Shihuang, is said to have ordered the connection and extension of all the separate walls, to defend against attacks from the North. In the (many) intervening years, more emperors have added to the wall to make it the whopping length it is today.

On this trip, not only will you tackle the Great Wall herself and drink in this rich history, but you’ll get to grips with Beijing too. You’ll taste China’s exciting and fertile culture in Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City and Beijing’s old residential quarters. And you’ll make some memories that you’ll certainly never forget. 

Day 1

Depart from the UK

Depart UK and fly to Beijing Capital International Airport.

Day 2

Arrive in Beijing

Arrive in Beijing.

Day 3

TREKKING THE JIANKOU AREA OF THE WALL

Jiankou Hike (10km/6 miles, 5 hours) Our hiking will start on a high note as we will be visiting hikers’ most favorite section of the Great Wall Jiankou. The Jiankou section is known for its ruggedness and wild beauty. Today, we’ll mainly explore the east side of Jiankou where only Great Wall purists will go.

Day 4

TREK HUANGHUACHENG TO XISHUYU

Huanghuacheng-Xishuyu- (6km/4 miles, 5 hours) After breakfast, we’ll hike from Huanghuacheng to Xishuiyu for about 4 hours. We will also try an additional hike at Huanghuacheng for an hour to enjoy the great view to see the beautiful lake water. In the afternoon, we’ll drive to Jinshanling.

Day 5

Crouching Tiger and Hidden Dragon

Today we walk two wild sections of the wall, the first is the Crouching Tiger section and there are some great photo opportunities here. We are driven to the Hidden dragon, second section of todays trek along the wall. After returning to the guest house we have some dinner and spend some time learning about the local culture.

Day 6

WALK GUBEIKOU TO JINSHANLING

Gubeikou- Jinshanling (10km/6 miles, 5 hours) We will be continuing our hike westward from Gubeikou to Jinshanling. Gubeikou is mostly “Wild Wall” so the hiking will be tougher than the beginning of our hike. In the afternoon, we’ll stop by a farmotel and yard in Panlongshan for dinner.

Day 7

TREK PANLONGSHAN TO HUANGYAGUAN

Panlongshan to Huangyaguan (6km/4 miles, 5 hours). We’ll hike at Jinshanling and West Simatai for about two hours, then drive to Huangyaguan Great Wall where we’ll hike about another 2.5 hours for the afternoon.

Day 8

DRIVE TO BEIJING VIA OLYMPIC VILLAGE, ROYAL SUMMER PALACE TOUR

We will drive back to Beijing, stop for photos at Olympic Village with Bird Nest and Water Cube on the way back. Then go to tour the Royal Summer Palace. Free evening and check into a local hotel for tonight.

Day 9

VISIT TIANANMEN SQUARE, FORBIDDEN CITY AND HUTONG

We will visit Tiananmen Square and Forbidden City, then tour Beijing’s old residential quarters where you can feel the old culture of this part of vanishing old town called Hutong in Chinese.

Day 10

RETURN TO THE UK

Time to say goodbye and depart back to the UK.

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  • 30/10/2023 11 Spaces available
    £2000
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    £125.00 x 16

    Booking fee: £200 Non-refundable & not included in the total cost of this trip.

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  • 04/11/2024 15 Spaces available
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    Single payment: £2150

    Single payment: £

    Monthly payments: £74.14 x 29

    Monthly payments: £0.00 x 29

    Price is per adult in a twin share room

    Want your own room?

    From an extra £400
    This applies to stays in all hotels whilst on your trip. This does not always apply whilst you are trekking. Please contact us for more details.
    This applies to stays in all hotels whilst on your trip. This does not always apply whilst you are trekking. Please contact us for more details.

    Only Pay £200 Today. Secure this base price then add your flights & extras in the Trip Builder

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Day 3

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Day 4

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Day 5

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Day 6

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Day 7

Twin room

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Day 8

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Day 9

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Day 10

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Here’s what some of our awesome customers had to say:

“Just returned from a fabulous trip to China walking (or should I say climbing) the Great Wall! Can’t recommend The Bucket List Company enough – Gareth and Rolando were a complete pleasure to be with. None of us wanted to leave. I’d definitely do it again if there weren’t so many other things I want to do! Can’t wait for my next adventure.”

Christine Nicholson Great Wall of China trek The Bucket List Company Reviews

“I have just recently been to the Great Wall of China with The Bucket List Company. What a fantastic experience I had! 10 days of action-packed adventure; wild and restored sections of the wall, lots of walking and exploring, amazing Chinese food, and exploring the sights of Beijing including Tiananmen Square, Summer Place, the Forbidden City and Pearl Market.

Along with crazy culinary delights such as snake and scorpions, the highlight of my holiday was the Gubeikou and Jinshanling sections of the wall.  Our Bucket List Guides, along with Charles in Beijing, were a great support to the group, as well as being fun people to spend time with. Thank you to The Bucket List Company for a great holiday and experience.”

Angie Britton Great Wall of China trek The Bucket List Company Reviews

If you are thinking of trekking the Great Wall of China (firstly, great choice), we have written a couple of articles with some interesting facts about the Great Wall that we thought you might like to know before you head out on this unforgettable adventure trip! CLICK HERE to learn more and wow your friends with all these factoids!

Now this trip takes on one of the wonders of the world and the biggest bucket list items out there – The Great Wall of China.

To find out more about our Great Wall of China trip CLICK HERE and read our 2019 Trip Report!

Trip Walkthroughs

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Ever wondered what it looks like to walk the Great Wall of China? Check out our Great Wall of China Daily walk through starting with Day 1 where the group arrives in Beijing and begin trekking the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall of China itself.

Head over to our YouTube channel to catch the rest of our Great Wall of China Daily Walk Series.

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