The Gubeikou Great Wall is one of the most accessible stretches of ‘wild’ wall in Beijing. Even if there was a cable car – there’s not – you wouldn’t need it.
The hike is picturesque, offering views without too much hard work. You’ll have long views of ‘wild’ Great Wall running along ridgelines, and as you crest high points the wall unfolds in front of you – perfect for your photos.
Surprisingly, Gubeikou is seldom-visited. There’s a great chance it’s going to be just you and your guide, with the wall all to yourself.
3–4 hours walking over 6–8km. 212m ascent, 169m descent. Highest point 321m.
Included: English-speaking hiking guide, bottled water, snacks, lunch and drinks, hiking sticks, tickets, transportation in private vehicle.
The Great Wall at Gubeikou
Beijing has more than 600km of Great Wall, found mainly in the mountains north and northeast of the city. Much of Beijing’s Great Wall dates back to the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), but there are remnants of much older wall to be found, too.
Ming Dynasty-era Great Wall is what you’ll see at Gubeikou. Parts of the wall here lie inside a park area, and have had light restoration work. The majority of the Gubeikou Great Wall is in unrestored condition.
As you hike, your guide will provide information about what you’re seeing, and answer any questions you have.
The hiking trail
We begin with a walk through a small village before following a paved trail up to the Great Wall.
You’ll follow the wall for a short distance before reaching a fifteen-minute detour through a pine forest.
After the detour you’ll be back on postcard picture Great Wall, following it up and down through large towers – some intact, some tumbled down ... and some blown up during the 1930s.
This hike features an option to hike further up to the highest tower on this line of Great Wall. We recommend you take this option – it’s worth the extra effort!
3–4 hours of hiking over 6–8km. 212m ascent, 169m descent. Highest point 321m.
Beijing Hikers reserves the right to alter, postpone, or cancel the hike if participation is deemed unsafe for hiking, for example but not excluding forecast temperatures above 35°C, heavy rain or storms forecast, strong winds, icy or closed roads.
- 08:00 - Depart from your hotel
- 10:00 - Begin the hike
- 14:00 - Finish the hike
- 14:15 - Lunch at countryside restaurant
- 15:00 - Begin drive back to your hotel
- 17:00 - Arrive at your hotel
Travel and hike times are approximate, and depend on traffic and the pace at which you hike. We can leave earlier in the morning, or later, if preferred – it’s up to you!
What is included in the cost?
- Round-trip transport in private vehicle from central Beijing
- Beijing Hikers staff hiking guide
- Bottled mineral water (four bottles per person)
- A banana and a muesli bar
- Entry tickets (where applicable)
- Local guide (where applicable)
- Meal of Chinese food at countryside restaurant at the end of the hiking trail. Includes soft drinks and local beer.
- Hiking poles available on request.
What is not included in the cost?
- Anything not specifically mentioned as being included can be counted as not included.
- Beijing Hikers doesn’t include any shopping trips. Don’t worry about that.
What do you need to bring?
- Basic hiking gear, including a light backpack.
- Strong, sturdy footwear with good grip.
- Comfortable layers of clothing (dress warmly for winter).
- Waterproof jacket or poncho.
- Sun protection: hat, long-sleeved shirt, suncream.
- Toilet paper and wet wipes.
- A plastic bag to carry away any of your used tissues or banana peels.
Where do we meet up?
For a private trip, we’ll come to meet you at your hotel or hostel in Beijing. Your guide will arrive early and shoot you a text when they’re in the lobby and ready to go.
How long will it take to drive there?
The Gubeikou Great wall is 2–2.5 hours away from central Beijing. Bad traffic may increase travel time.
How do you pay for the trip?
For small groups, your guide will collect the payment in cash when they meet you. For larger groups, you’ll pay a deposit to confirm the booking, with the balance due on the day of the hike. We’ll provide payment details and methods as part of the booking process.