Great Wall Camping
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5 Days’ Wild Great Wall Trekking Camping
This is an amazing 50-km hike on the wild Great Wall of China. These sections of the wall are long forgotten & rarely seen by anyone. Apart from our starting point, we will most likely not meet a single other person. The trip includes the highest Great Wall watchtower of Beijing, 1000-year-old villages and of course miles and miles of Great Wall. Every day we will camp on or right next to the Great Wall, fall asleep next to the campfire and wake up with fantastic sceneries.
Day 1： Chen Castle Great Wall
Pick up at the hotel at 9.30 am
Lunch at a local restaurant
3-4-hour hike/ 6km
Chinese BBQ for dinner
We will carry up our own camping gear
Camping on/next to the wall
From our pick up point in central Beijing
The 1.5 hour drive from Beijing will end deep in a valley filled with apple and pear trees. One of the few remaining families in the valley runs a small farmhouse where we will start with a good countryside style lunch.
After lunch, we start hiking past a small temple and go up to the hills for about 1 hour towards the Great Wall of China. Once we arrive on top of the Great Wall you’ll be delighted with the endless views.
From then on, it is a pretty relaxing hike on top of the Great Wall. As we walk on the wall over the mountain ridges, new section of the Great Wall keep unfolding. Because this section of the Great Wall has never been renovated, occasionally we will do side track a bit to avoid a few dangerous parts.
After medium ascend on the famous staircases, we reach the highest tower of this Great Wall. From this General Tower, you have excellent views on miles and miles of the Great Wall. From this view point, we mostly hike downhill. It’s a 1 hour hike towards our camping spot. The Great Wall is in its best shape and it is a good place for top classical pictures.
Once we arrive at the camping spot, we can set our tents on a flat section on top of the wall or next to the Great Wall. Once the tents are up you can choose to explore another part of the wall or just relax and enjoy the view while we prepare a Chinese BBQ for you. We will end this first night in style and have a beer around the campfire while watching the sun set behind the mountains.
Day 2: Chen Castle Great Wall to Long Valley Great Wall
We hike down with our backpacks & camping gear (1-2h)
Lunch at local farmhouse
6-7-hour hike/ 15km
Dinner cooked on wood fire
Camping next to Beijing’s highest Great Wall watchtower
After breakfast we pack our backpack and our camping gear, wave goodbye to the Great Wall and enter a little forest trail. A one hour hike in the shadow of the trees will bring us to stone valley where we can refresh ourselves and have an early lunch.
After lunch, we head for the mountains again. Our goal is the Beijing’s highest watchtower. A 1.5-hour hike through the forest brings us to the Wild Great Wall again. The trail is quite steep so we have a few stops here. We will reach the crumbled Ming Dynasty Wall at an altitude of 1000 meter. In the next 3 hours, we walk on top of the Great Wall and ascend another 500 meter before we reach our destination. At the start of the Great Wall and the watchtowers are crumbled and mystique. The last part of today’s hike is going to a strong uphill on the renovated staircases of the Great Wall until we reach Beijing highest Great Wall watchtower.
Right next to the watch tower we will pitch our tents. This camping spot is without doubt the most scenic camping spot Beijing offers. From our tents, we have a 360 degrees’ views of the never ending Great Wall. As usual we end our night with dinner and a campfire.
Day 3：Long Valley Great Wall to Border Defense Great Wall
Hike down with back packs 5km / 1-2h
Continue hiking without back packs 4 km / 1-2h
Lunch is at a local farmhouse
Hike 8km (2-3h)
Camping next to the Great Wall in an Apricot Orchard
All camping gear delivered – BBQ dinner
Waking up early is a must today. The sunrise is just fantastic to be viewed in this part of the Great Wall. With a cup of coffee in our hands we will watch the nature waking up. We follow a gentle downhill ridge trail for about 2 hours till we reach an authentic mountain village completely build with the Great Wall rocks and bricks. It’s a hidden cultural gem where just a handful of people still live in a traditional way.
We keep walking out of the valley till we reach a small town with a long and important history. It used to be a walled village that functioned as reinforced gateway to Beijing. Here we will have lunch and have the possibility to freshen up again.
After lunch, we head for nature again. An easy 2-hour uphill hike through the forest brings us to the Border Defense Great Wall. We will have short hike on the Great Wall and head down into the next valley where we will camp in an Apricot Orchard. It’s a very beautiful place and you can go explore a nearby canyon while we prepare a BBQ and a campfire. However, it is a good idea to relax as next day awaits another highlight.
Day 4: Border Defense Great Wall to General Xu Great Wall
6-7hour hike/ 15km
All camping gear delivered
Wood fire cooked dinner
Camping next to the Great Wall
Today we pack our lunch as we are going for a long hike all the way on a forgotten part of the Great Wall. It’s a 15-km hike on top of the Great Wall. Start with a good ascend and once we arrive at the highest point, we will follow trails on the Great Wall over the mountain ridges. In the distance, we can spot the highest Great Wall watchtower where we camped two nights ago. This section will be another highlight of this trip.
After a 6 hour hike we will reach the Yangbian Great Wall. A massive Great Wall built by General Xu as an example for all the Great Wall in Beijing. Our camping spot is a flat grass field right next to the Great Wall again. With cold beers and a dinner cooked over the fire we will celebrated our last night on the wall.
Day 5： General Xu Great Wall
2-3-hour hike/ 6km
Finish hike at 10.30am
Back in Beijing at 12.30
We will wake up with the early sunrise, and you can feel it shining in our tents. You don’t even have to get up for the sunrise as you are able to see it by just unzipping your tent.
Our final hike is beautiful. We will hike down for 2 hours on top of the mighty Yangbian Great Wall all the way to its lowest point. Here we say goodbye to the Great Wall and follow a tiny trail down the hill. We walk through the orchards till we reach a small road where our driver will be waiting to bring us back to beijing.
Level 4: Strong
We rate this hike a level 4 (medium-strong) as its both days’ hike start with steep climbing on the Great Wall where it can be slippery sometimes. You should be all right if you have a normal to good physical condition, as we never rush during our hikes.
Chen Castle is located in Huailai county, Hebei province. It connects north to the Badaling, and south to the General Xu Great Wall.
The Chen Castle Great Wall was built in the early Ming dynasty, about 600 years ago. It was the defense wall and protected the northern gateway of Beijing for over 250 years. The army of Lizicheng, the Nomad King who end the Ming dynasty, led numerous attacks to Beijing. As his army grew stronger, the imperial forces led by field marshal Sun Chuanting were getting weaker due to famine and disease. In 1644 Lizicheng succeeded in breaking the lines of the Great Wall at the Chen Castle and Humpback Great Wall, conquered Beijing and ended the Ming dynasty.
Emperor Chongzhen hanged himself on Coal Hill (Jinshan park) and was buried in Siling, in the Ming Tombs area. There his tomb is preserved in excellent condition and people...
Trip and booking information
How it works – What to bring – Booking and Payment info
Discounts – What’s included – What’s not included –
Cancelation policy – Meeting point maps
How it works:
After lunch we will give you a backpack filled with all camping gear (tent, mats, sleeping bag), and bottles of water you need for this Great Wall camping trip.
All our camping gear is small and light. All the gear for 2 or 3 people will fit in 1 back pack.
If you sign up with 2 people, 1 person can carry the backpack we provide. The other person can carry his/her own daypack with personal things.
If you sign up as 1 person you can expect the same set-up but obviously you can put your personal belongings in the provided the backpack.
A backpack with all gear and water for 1 person will weigh about 5 kg.
A backpack with all gear and water for 2 people will weigh about 7,5 kg.
A backpack with all gear and water for 3 people will weigh about 10 kg.
In the sign up form you can fill out what kind of tent you prefer and we will pack your backpack(s) accordingly.
We have 1 person – 2 person and 3 person tents.
Mats and sleeping bags we will bring for everybody.
Check FAQ for more info about our gear.
Anything you don’t need during the camping trip you can leave in our van.
Big travel bags or valuable items you can give to us at the meeting point and we will store them at our office.
What you should bring:
Comfortable hiking or sport shoes and long trousers are recommended.
For every 2 people 1 should bring a medium size daypack.
Your camera & your favorite drink for during/after dinner
Toilet paper and flashlight
From October till April: warm clothes for during the evening.
From May till September: bring sun lotion & hat
Booking and Payment
You can reserve your place for the trip by clicking on “join this trip” and filling out our online booking form.
You will receive an automatic reply with an overview of your reservation and a link to PayPal.
You can click on the PayPal link and follow the instructions to make your online payment.
If you live in China and you wish to pay online in CNY you can do that trough Wchat.
Our Wchat account is hikingchina
Kids younger than 18 receive 10% discount.
Members receive 20% discount.
Kids younger than 7 receive 50% discount.
Included in the price:
English speaking guide
All camping gear (back packs, tent, mats, sleeping bags),
Food (lunch, dinner, breakfast) & water
Transport, guide, entrance tickets
You need to have travel insurance when you engage in our activities. Organizing this insurance from your own country is the best choice as China has different rules.
If you don’t have any insurance yet you can request a quote from our insurance partner Worldnomads
Cancelation made by the participant more than 1 week before the trip will entitle the participant 100% refund.
In case of cancelation by the participant 7 days or less before the trip there is no refund but you can reschedule your trip to another date.
If a trip gets canceled due to unforeseen circumstances (very bad weather, closed trails, heavy pollution, not enough people signed up for a trip or other acts of god) you will of course get a 100% refund.
Bad weather plan.
In case of rainy weather we might change the location of the hike.
If the weather is too bad for camping we will go hiking but stay overnight in a farmhouse.
Meeting point maps
General Xu Great Wall camping (2days) June 18 2016
Are you planning far ahead but your favorite trip is not on our schedule at the time you’re coming to China? Are you an indepentdant traveler that wants to keep the costs as low as possible? Just let us know your favorite trip and starting date at least 6 weeks in advance and we will add your trip to our hiking agenda. As soon as we have 6 people joining the trip we are good to go!
Private tour prices for this 5 days Wild Great Wall trekking camping
Prices are per person and include:
Pick up and drop of by private bus at your hotel ( Please let us know the pick up address.)
English speaking guide, entrance tickets, hiking sticks
All meals as described in the itinerary and water for during the hike
All camping gear (tents,mats, sleeping bags, backpacks),
Overnight stay in the farmhouse .
Are you planning far ahead but your favorite trip is not on our schedule at the time you’re coming to China?
Are you an independent traveler that wants to keep the costs as low as possible?
Just let us know your favorite trip and starting date at least 6 weeks in advance and we will add your trip to our hiking agenda.
As soon as we have 6 people joining the trip we are good to go!
Private tours are great ways to travel if you have a group of friends, family or colleagues ready to explore nature together.
Also for school trips or company team building activities, a private tour is the way to go.
We have experience guiding trips with up to 60 people from international schools and companies.
Price for private tours will vary depending on the number of people, the chosen transportation and accommodation.
Let us know your desires and we will customize a trip for you.