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ChinaHiking Founders’ Favorite Sunset Great Wall to Chen Castle Great Wall Camping (2 Full Days
A fantastic 13 km of the beaten patch Great Wall camping trip where we pitch our tents on top a recently renovated Great wall section with perfect sunset views of Beijing highest Great Wall in the North and the Chen Castle General Tower in the east.
The afternoon start makes this Great Wall camping trip perfect for the hot summer months. Be sure to wear some sturdy boots on this trip though as on day 2 we go for a challenging 10 km hike on overgrown and crumbles staircases of the Chen Castle Great Wall
Day 1: Great Wall camping on our favourite sunset spot.
The secret Sunset Great Wall section is located about 15km north from the famous Badaling Great Wall. It’s a 2-hour drive from our meeting point (Lama Temple Subway exit B) in Beijing
This Great Wall camping trip starts with a 30 minutes hike through an abandoned park followed by a 45 minute strong up hill hike through a dense forest. We pop out of the forrest and climb onto the Great Wall at the highest point of this Great Wall section and pitch our tents on top of the Great Wall
While the guides collect firewood and prepare dinner, you can go explore more parts of the Great Wall. You will find more watchtowers and the famous 180 degrees Great Wall Turn, a perfect place for pictures.
The camping spot is very magical, having a view on the highest Great Wall in the north, miles and miles of Great Wall in the south and the Chen Castle General Tower in the east. We pitch our tents on top of the Great Wall and enjoy an excellent buffet style home cooked dinner. We fill the evening with sharing stories around the campfire and fall asleep by counting the stars.
Day 2, Chen Castle Great Wall Hike
If you’d like to see a wild part of the Great Wall, then Chen Castle is your destination. Chen Castle Great wall is a well-preserved part of the wild great wall that combines famous staircases and great views. Chen castle was once the gateway for the army of Li Zicheng, the rebel leader who end the Ming Dynasty. Li Zhicheng tried to enter Beijing many times, but only succeeded by breaking the lines trough this Great Wall.
After breakfast, we continue hiking on the crumbled and overgrown Great Wall，
This section of the Great Wall has never been renovated, so once in while we must side track a bit to avoid a few dangerous parts. Every 20 minutes you get a new scenery enfolding on this hike.
After 3 hour hiking on the Great Wall we reach the Chen Castle General Tower, the highest watchtower on this part of the wall. The steep and crumbled staircases of this wild Great Wall are overgrown with bush and trees.
We keep following the wall as it goes slowly downhill over the mountain ridges.
A bit before noon we leave the Wall and follow a winding trail through a hills till we reach a small farmhouse where we will have a good countryside style lunch before we head back to Beijing.
Level 3: Medium-strong
We rate this hike a level 3 (medium-strong) as both days’ hike start with a steep climb on the Great Wall. Both days we carry our camping equipment. The first day is short and easy hiking. On the second day the train is quit rough so be sure to wear good hiking shoes.
It is located in Huailai county, Hebei province, west part of Beijing. Due to its geographical uniqueness, the direction of its mountain ridge,...
Hiking location & meeting point:
About 2 hours drive each way
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
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 ：ChinaHiking Founders’ Favorite Sunset Great Wall to Chen Castle Great Wall Camping (2 days)
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)
|Group size||price per person in CNY||Price per person in USD|
|Nr of people||Adults||kids < 18||Adults||kids < 18|
|4||2000 ¥||1800 ¥||331 $||298 $|
|5||1800 ¥||1620 ¥||298 $||268 $|
|6||1700 ¥||1530 ¥||282 $||253 $|
|7||1650 ¥||1485 ¥||273 $||246 $|
|8||1600 ¥||1440 ¥||265 $||239 $|
|9||1550 ¥||1395 ¥||257 $||231 $|
|10||1500 ¥||1350 ¥||249 $||224 $|
|15+||please contact us for larger group prices|
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.