Great Wall Camping
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Gubeikou to Jinshanling Great Wall Camping 2 Days
Embark on a fantastic 16 km Great Wall trek from the picturesque Wild Gubeikou Great Wall all the way to the restored Jinshanling Great Wall . We camp overnight at a super scenic spot right next to the wild Jinshanling Great Wall, with excellent sunrise views all the way till Simatai Great Wall. It’s a once in a lifetime trip that should be on top of your bucket list.
Day 1: Hike from Gubeikou to Jinshanling Great Wall (10km, 4 hours hiking)
From our meeting point (Lama Temple Subway exit B), our drive will take 2-hour before we reach the border of Beijing and Hubei province. Our first stop is at our farmer friends living next to the Gubeikou Great Wall. They a run a small homestay at the back of a valley surrounded by the Great Wall. With a view of the Crouching Tiger Great Wall, we enjoy a delicious lunch in their backyard. From here our adventure starts.
It takes us only a 15-minute hike up the hill behind the farmhouse before we get our first glimpse of the Gubeikou Great Wall. After a few turns on the little bush trail, we reach the Great Wall. We hike from tower to tower and take breaks on top of different watchtower. These breaks are a great chance to take some awesome pictures of this 1400 years old section of the Great Wall.
3 hours into the hike we arrive at the highlight of today’s trail, the Gubeikou General Tower. From this tower, you can see the “whole Gubeikou-Jinshanling Great Wall trek” from the start to the end. On a clear day, we can even see the highest tower at the end section of the Simatai Great Wall.
Here we side track a bit from the Wall to get around the restricted military section of the wild Gubeikou and Jinshanling Great Wall. The side track is just as pretty as we hike on the hill ridges and through the farm fields next to the Great Wall. in the early evening we take a break for and excellent home cooked dinner with our local farmer friends. After dinner we continue our quest to one of our most scenic camping spots right on a mountain ridge right next the the Wild Jinshanling Great Wall. Time for stargazing and sipping your favourite drink around the campfire in a surreal surrounding.
Day 2: Hike from Wild Jinshanling Great Wall to the restored section of the Jinshanling Great Wall (4km, 2 hours hiking)
We get up early in morning for our perfect snapshot of the “Great Wall sunrise” and head down to our farmer friends for breakfast. With renewed strength we head straight to the Great Wall again. A small trail will bring us past an excellent view point and in no time we are on the Wild Jinshanling Great Wall.
The 10-km long Jinshanling Great Wall shows us some amazing defensive features like barrier walls, battlement walls, watchtowers, gun emplacements, shooting holes, horse holes, horse blocking walls.
We hike down the crumbled section of the wild Jinshanling for about 30 minutes till we reach at the most famous and best preserved and partly restored section of the Great Wall. Here you can see how the Great Wall of China looked like during the Ming Dynasty.
After a 1 hour hike on the restored Jinshanling Great Wall we take a small staircase from the Salinkou General tower and make our way to the parking lot where our driver will be waiting for us. By 2 O clock we will be back at our Lama temple meeting point.
Level 3: Medium
The Gubeikou to Jinshanling is a long but comfortable trip is there are no really steep sections to hike. We we have to carry our camping gear for about 20 minutes after dinner which makes the hike fit for everybody with a normal physical condition.
Gubeikou Great Wall is located in Miyun county, 140 kilometers away from downtown Beijing.
Gubeikou was first built during the Northern Qi dynasty (550-557). In the early Ming dynasty (1368-1644), General Xuda was ordered to rebuild it. To enhance its defensive capability, more stones were add. Unfortunately, not many can be found today. The best-preserved is called...
Meeting point and hiking location:
Detailed hiking route: (note: on this trip we dont hike all the way to Simatai but leave the Great Wall throught the first valley of the Jinahsling Great Wall, total distance is 14km)
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
Gubeikou Jinshanling camping in June 11
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 Gubeikou- Jinshanling 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)
Price per person in CNY
Price per person in USD
|Nr of people||Adults||Kids < 18||Adults||Kids < 18|
|4||2100 ¥||1890 ¥||348 $||313 $|
|5||1900 ¥||1710 ¥||315 $||283 $|
|6||1750 ¥||1575 ¥||290 $||261 $|
|7||1600 ¥||1440 ¥||265 $||239 $|
|8||1500 ¥||1350 ¥||249 $||224 $|
|9||1400 ¥||1260 ¥||232 $||209 $|
|10||1300 ¥||1170 ¥||215 $||194 $|
|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.