One-Day Simatai West to Jinshanling Great Wall Hiking Tour

A lifetime experience to the most elegant and photogenic section of the Great Wall

“Hiking up this 3-hour, moderately challenging section of the Great Wall from Simatai West to Jinshanling offers you breathtaking views of the Great Wall snaking along the ridge of the mountains. Standing on these original, wild and ancient bricks will bring you back in time to the heyday of imperial China when tens and thousands Ming Dynasty soldiers sent to the northern frontier of Chinese Empire to protect this imperial capital, Beijing and against nomadic invaders. This section is also famous for being one of the most photogenic sections of the Great Wall and is hailed as the “paradise for photographers”.”

David Deng, the product manager of Trippest

Reasons for booking this tour

This hike covers the most beautiful and photogenic section of Great Wall on the ridge of the mountains.

You’ll see the original, ancient and wild Great Wall which was built in Ming Dynasty to defeat the enemies.

This hiking trip does not require a high level of physical strengths which fits for most of the hikers.

This hiking trip is escorted by a professional English-speaking guide who will make your trip more interesting and easier.

This trip has included a delicious local lunch and round-way transfers, especially no visiting to tourist shops and unnecessary time-wasting stops thus you don’t have to worry about anything after you have signed up the tour.


Know before you go





Suitable time for the trip: the best time to taking this trip is spring and autumn as the weather is neither too hot nor too cold. We don’t suggest travelers take this trip in later winter (from mid Nov. to early Feb.) as there might be snowy and slippery.

Suitable group: this trip is suitable for all age range. It requires average physical strengths.

Friendly to disabled: no, this trip is not suitable for disabled people.

Group Size: this is a small group tour with no more than 6 travellers in the group.

Dressing Code: Sport, suggest wearing comfortable clothes and sport/hiking shoes with sun glasses.

Tipping Notes: it is not required to tipping but it would be a great encouragement for them if you give CNY 50 -100 to your guide and driver if you are satisfied with their services.

Pick-up and Drop-off Area: The pick-up and drop-off area should be within the fourth ring road of Beijing. For further distance an extra cost might be added for the transfer which you'll be notified by your travel advisor.

Trip Route Map

Hotel pick-up Drive to the Great Wall at Simatai West

Your guide will be waiting for you at your hotel lobby (or any other appointed place) in the early morning around 7:00 AM in order to avoid the traffic. It will take about 2.5 hours for the drive to the Great Wall at Simatai. Your guide will help to purchase tickets and start our climb on a trail leading up to the Wall. The Great Wall at Simatai is located along the ridges, so we will have to complete a 15-minute hike some stairs before we reach it.

Good to know:

  • How can I know my pick-up time? For detailed hotel pick-up time and your guide information you can simply find it at: The informatio will not be updated until the day before your trip date. If you failed in getting the information, please contact your trip advisor.
  • Could you please tell me some background information about the section of Great Wall? Yes,The Great Wall at Simatai West is also called the east gate entrance of the Jinshanling Great Wall. Tourists are not allowed to enter the east part of Simatai Great Wall due to the repaire of the Great Wall and military reasons. The Great Wall at Simatai West is about 130 kilometres from Beijing downtown. This part of Great Wall weaves along steep mountain ridges for 10.5 kilometres through a mountainous rural area with dense vegetation. This section of Great Wall was firstly constructed in the early period of the Ming Dynasty during the late 14th century, the Simatai West - Jinshanling Great Wall was subsequently rebuilt to a much higher standard in the late 16th century after the Ming Dynasty decided to beef up its border defenses following a major military raid on Beijing by Mongol nomads in the mid 16th century.
  • Worry about the poor air quality of Beijing? Yes, poor air can be the most concern when you are travelling in Beijing. There're good days. There're bad days. We have equipped with an air purifier in each vehicle to provide better and healthy air quality during your trip. We will keep on doing our best to make you enjoy your trip better.

Hike the Great Wall from Simatai West to Jinshanling

We will start our hike from an un-restored watchtower called Houchuankou Pass (后川口), the first among many towers that we will be seeing along the hike. In this hike you will be rewarded with stunning panoramas and be able to see the Great Wall stretching out to the horizon. This section of the Great Wall is known for being built atop sharp ridges, and hikers will have a great chance to understand the impressive feat of engineering the Great Wall represents with each section we ascend and descend.

You'll have chance to find some ancient text brick dated back to Ming Dynasty of 1560'.

Totally wild, original, un-restored section of the Great Wall. You'll feel like walking into the history!

Feel tired? Take a cup of the Great Wall Red Wine on the Great Wall. What a cool thing! But please keep in mind that this bottle of wine is not included in the itinerary. If you need it, please tell us in advance.

During the hike you can stop to take in the amazing view from one of the highest points we will reach that day.

Take these beautiful memories home, make it a lifetime experience.

A beautiful young girl dancing on the Wall! What a perfect artistic conception!

Our final finishing line is at Zhuanduokou Pass (砖垛口), it is a three-story tower with large red, wooden windows facing north. This will be our last few moments on the Wall, so make sure you have taken enough pictures along the way! We will then get off the wall and walk down a short path to a local restaurant where we will have our lunch.

The gate of the Great Wall at Jinshanling.

Good to know:

  • Please take enough water for the hike especially in summer time. We suggest we take at least 2 bottles of water (500 ml/bottle) we will prepare enough water for you but you might need to carry the water by yourself.

Lunch at a local farmer's house.

Lunch will be served at a local villager’s family style restaurant where you’ll have chance to taste authentic Beijing local food.

Return back to your hotel in Beijing

After lunch we will drive back to Beijing which might be taken 2-3 hours based on the traffic. If you want to catch an onward flight or train please make sure to check the time with your guide and make sure to reserve enough time for the connection. But please be noted that price does not include the transfer to airport or train station. If you need this service you can click here to book airport transfer service. (price from 18 USD p/p.)

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Adult (age 12+) Child (age 2 – 11) Infant (age < 2)
$139 USD $109 USD Free

Price Include:

  • Admission to the Great Wall at Jiankou and Mutianyu.
  • Transport between attractions, including pickup and return to your hotel.
  • English-speaking professional local hiking guide service.
  • Snacks and drinking waters.
  • Lunch at Xinshuangquan Restaurant.

Price Exclude:

  • Airport transfer. Click here to book airport transfer service. (price from 18 USD p/p.)
  • Cable cars at the Great Wall.
  • Your personal expenses.
  • Gratuities to your tour guide & driver (usually CNY 50 - 100 per person). It is not compulsory but would be a great encouragement for them.

Important Notes:

  • This tour is available every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, guaranteed departure.
  • This tour might not be open during Nov. 15. 2017 - Feb. 13. 2018 due to the cold and snowy weather condition.
  • You'll be a part of a small group with maximum 6 people.
  • We don’t recommend taking babies and children under 12 to do this Great Wall hike, as it requires sure-footedness and stamina, and is potentially dangerous.

Cancellation Policy for Trippest Beijing Tours

  • If we are not able to implement the services that we list in this trip due to war, flood, typhoon, fire, strikes, storm, earthquake, or any other condition we are not able to foresee and avoid, we will inform customers at the first possible opportunity and offer the best possible solutions, and the final bill shall be settled based on the service we actually provide.
  • Up to 7 days before departure: 100% refund of all money paid, excluding penalties charged by hotels, railways, airlines, and PayPal, if applicable. All penalties will be itemized.
  • From 3 to 7 days before departure: 90% refund, excluding penalties charged by hotels, railways, airlines, and PayPal, if applicable. All penalties will be itemized.
  • Within 3 days before departure: no refund.
  • After the trip has commenced, we are unable to refund any amount for cancelled services due to non-participation, early departure, late arrival, or missed days on tours.
  • For groups of more than 10 people: The terms for cancellation may vary from case to case. Please ask your travel advisor regarding the cancellation policy for your group.

About Beijing 72-Hour Visa-Free Transit Policy

  • Citizens of certain countries who meet the criteria are allowed 72-hour visa-free transit via and travel in nine China cities including Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Chengdu, Chongqing, Xi'an, Guilin, Shenyang, and Dalian. Please make sure you have read the detailed Visa-free policies before you decide to take the Visa-free policy. And please keep in mind that Trippest does not take any resposibility for the risk or loss of customer who use the Visa-free policy.

Last Minute Booking of Trippest Beijing Tours

  • All the bookings are required to be placed at least 48 hours in advance before your trip start so that we may have enough time to make the arrangement. However, it might be possible that there are several seats available with the last 48 hours. So please do make us a phone call at: +86-13910694045 to check the availability for the last minute booking.

Francis L

"5 hours great wall hike"

Reviewed July 22, 2017

We had a great day of hiking with Peter on the most beautiful parts of the great wall in Beijing. The tour takes us through different parts of the wall, from very difficult to more accessible. Throughout our journey, we could appreciate a transition between the less renovated parts to the newly renovated ones. Our guide Peter was very knowledgable and he answered to all of our questions. He also was attentive to everyone during the most difficult parts of the hike. I would absolutely recommend Peter and this hiking trip. Bring good shoes and sunscreen! A hat would be a good idea also.

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"Peter - Jiankou - to Mutianyu (Great Wall) small-group hiking tour - an awesome guide and a larger-than-life experience!"

Reviewed July 3, 2017

Jiankou to Mutianyu, Great Wall small-group hiking tour, in early June 2017. Online booking was seamless. PayPal was accepted. Excellent and proactive pre-trip communications by phone and by email (from Iris, travel coordinator). There were four guests including myself on this small-group tour that day. Peter, the guide, was just superlative in every way. He showed up at my hotel early, and the pick-up was easy. This hike starts out on a muddy trail rapidly gaining elevation along a forested mountainside up to one of the Great Wall's watchtowers, where you ascend a rope ladder to gain access to the Wall. The wild (unrestored) Jiankou section of the Great Wall, the highlight of this hike, certainly can be at times technically difficult and challenging for the casual hiker, but Peter made it possible to comfortably "conquer" and enjoy this rigorous stretch, through his detailed guidance, useful advice, and strategically spaced breaks. There were no crowds at Jiankou; we met a fairly few isolated hikers on that section. Peter is knowledgeable about the Great Wall's history, and he is a patient and caring guide, cognizant of the guests' different pace on the more difficult parts of the route. Peter was often offering to help with photos at the numerous scenic spots on the Wall. The restored - and correspondingly more crowded - Mutianyu section is incredibly photogenic (on a side note: I visited Badaling independently on a different day, and I liked Mutianyu much better) - the generally downward walk at this point can feel tough at times; Peter's good cheer, ample common sense, and positive attitude made it feel easier! Our driver was courteous, the minivan was comfortable for the longish ride, complimentary water and pre-hike snacks were provided as advertised. The (included) post-hike lunch was at a lovely and (importantly) clean restaurant, serving an assortment of regional specialties as well as better-known Chinese dishes, all shared and rotated around the table in the traditional Chinese fashion. Multiple local beers were on offer. Altogether, I would unhesitatingly recommend this company and this particular small-group hiking tour. The Great Wall is an absolute must-see (and a must-feel).

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"One-Day Jiankou to Mutianyu Great Wall Hiking Tour"

Reviewed June 16, 2017

I had an incredible time in Beijing but the Jiankou to Mutianyu Great Wall Hiking Tour stood out as the most amazing portion of the trip. We had 3 adults and one 8-year-old on our tour. The views were breathtaking. Mark, our guide, entertained and shared his deep knowledge of the history and culture of the surrounding region. To top it off, the food was phenomenal at the end of the tour. I highly recommend Trippest and Mark!

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Magnus L

"Fantastic hike from Jiankou to Mutianyu"

Reviewed Nov. 7, 2016

We went for a hike on november 7th from Jiankou to Mutianyu with our guide Mark. The hike at Jiankou was amazing! The wild, non-touristy, non-restored section is so beautiful and is very much recommended. Mark was very helpful and informative, both on the hike and on the drive to and from the great wall. Afterwards Mark showed us a great local restaurant 30 mins away where we tried about 10 different chinese dishes and ate till we could not stand. I would recommend both Trippest tour to Jiankou and our guide Mark to anyone.

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"Hiking the Great Wall - Jiankou to Mutianyu"

Reviewed April 29, 2017

On Friday, 17th of June, we got picked up for our full day tour, walking the Great Wall from Jiankou to Mutianyu. Our transport was clean and comfortable. Our driver spoke no English, but was happy, friendly and polite. Our guide, Yaxin, was great! He was very informative about both our day ahead, and also pointing out interesting things along the way. The hike itself was amazing! Yaxin took it upon himself to be our personal photographer, knowing all the good photo opportunities, this has left us with so many memories to look back on. Thankyou! We had the first few hours with the wall completely to ourselves. An unreal experience being alone in a part of the world so significant! The hiking was good, difficult in parts, and yes, dangerous in some places if you were stupid about it, but with a great guide and safety in mind, perfectly fine. We had the option to either hike to the top of the bull/ox horn section which is very steep and slippery, or bypass it via another track. We definitely recommend to do take the challenge! The view is amazing and you get the added bonus of being able to say you did it! Once we had made our way to the Mutianyu section of the wall, seeing the contrast between the unrestored and restored parts was really interesting. There were a lot more tourists and was also really beautiful. We chose to take the toboggan ride back down which was a lot of fun. We were then taken to a Chinese restaurant for lunch, where we chose a few dishes and Yaxin shared dishes that he enjoyed also. After lunch we were driven in comfort back to our accommodation. All in all it was a truly amazing day. Thank you so very much to our brilliant guide, Yaxin, you are fantastic at your job and an all round genuinely great person! Your company are very lucky to have you. All the very best with your new family :)

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Why Book With Trippest?

Go Local!

Experience the real local culture with a local guide!


No text-book recite but interesting and vivid stories and experiences behind every attraction.


Our guide and driver are knowledgeable and friendly! They are willing to serve you with their passion and enthusiasm.


Professional hiking guide will make your hiking trip easier and safe!

Real Small Groups!

Our small groups are limited to Max. 6 persons to ensure a better experience and flexibility.

Time-smart Arrangement!

We make full research of each attraction in the itinerary to make sure you don't have to spend unnecessary time on the road.

Well-selected Restaurant!

We choose featured local restaurant where local people loved to taste the most authentic local food!

Comfortable & Safe!

Air-conditioned business car with GPS facilities, big windows, and ample space. Reliable licensed local driver with at least 5 years’ driving experience.

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