Compare hikes: Jinshanling to Simatai West hike VS. Gubeikou to Jinshanling hike

Still not quite sure which hike is for you? Check out the main points of difference between Jinshanling Simatai West hike and Gubeikou Jinshanling hike here.
woman hiker hiking on chinese great wall

 

Why Jinshanling to Simatai West Hike

Adventure travel on the most popular Jinshanling. Explore broken towers along the way. Walk towards Simatai West with memorable hiking experience. Be amazed by the steep slopes on the halfway. Spend a hiking-filled day away from the hustle of mainstream tourism.

Duration: 1 day
Distance: 7-8 km
Terrain: Rolling to hilly
Min altitude: 327m
Max altitude: 589m
Physical rating: Moderate difficulty, a few steep parts
Closest town: Luanping county, Hebei province
Start/Finish: This is one-way hike between Jinshanling and Simatai West. Both ends are accessed by vehicle

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The Great Wall of China in Beijing

 

Why Gubeikou to Jinshanling Hike

Enjoy an uncrowded adventurous hike to see the Great Wall at Gubeikou, Pass through Spider Valley, take a detour through military land, hear fantastic Great Wall history, Best views from seating at 24 window tower.

Duration: 1 day
Distance: 7-8 km
Terrain: Rolling to hilly
Min altitude: 270m
Max altitude: 475m
Physical rating: Moderate, a few steep parts; good physical condition is needed
Closest town: Luanping county, Hebei province
Start/Finish: This one-way hike starts at Gubeikou and ends at Jinshanling. Both ends are serviced by vehicle.

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Conclusion

Jinshanling is more touristy than the Gubeikou portion. Hiking from Jinshanling towards Simatai West with plenty of photography stops bring you the classic Great Wall hiking experience as well as the best scenery/landscape views of the Wall. Both Jinshanling and Gubeikou will offer you something less touristy and more challenging. As part of Gubeikou goes through military area, You need to bypass the military section. In that case, Jinshanling Simatai West hike will let you as much time on the wall as possible.

4 Responses to “Compare hikes: Jinshanling to Simatai West hike VS. Gubeikou to Jinshanling hike”

  1. Milana Dezube

    I got the same question as you. Did you succeed to walk Gukeikou – Simatai in one day? We are a group of 6. Can we get a price for small group price for a very long day of hiking, gukeikou to simatai, with shuttle around military zone, a van and driver with or without guide. Thanks

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