Great Wall Camping

Take your favorite bottle of liquor and together with some good friends go and enjoy one of the best traveling experiences of your life. Camping overnight at the Great Wall, you can look up at a sky full of glittering stars. This nighttime Great Wall makes one feel like being in a cradle, its ancient body kindly embracing us. This place has seen the blood and tears of war, and also a thousand years of solitude. Perhaps like us, you are nothing but an adventurous, youthful vigor. Perhaps like us, you love to gaze at the shooting stars and tell stories till sunrise. In the morning you wake to another beautiful clear day, footprints and the echoes of laughter are the only things left behind.
Gubeikou- Jinshanling – Simatai Great Wall Camping 2 Days
  • Hiking Distance: 18km
  • Hiking Duration: 4h/day
  • Hike level: 4 strong
  • Departure time: 8:30 am
  • Back in Beijing: 7-8 pm/next day
  • Price: 1800¥ /285$

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Gubeikou – Jinshanling – Simatai Great Wall Camping 2 Days

Embark on a fantastic 18km Great Wall trek from the picturesque Wild Gubeikou Great Wall, hike over the Jinshanling Great Wall all the way till the west section of the Simatai Great Wall. We camp overnight right next to the wild Jinshanling Great Wall, where the views are excellent. In the end of day 2, you will feel the muscles you haven’t been exercised and you will think this is a very rewarding trip. The hike is enjoyable for everyone with an average physical condition.

Gubeikou - Jinshanling - Simatai Great Wall trekking

Gubeikou – Jinshanling – Simatai Great Wall Trekking

Day 1:  Hike from Gubeikou to Jinshanling Great Wall (10km, 4 hours hiking)

From our meeting point (Lama Temple Subway exit B), our driver will take 2-hour to reach at the border of Beijing and Hubei. Our first stop is meeting our friends living next to the Gubeikou Great Wall. They are local farmers than 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 will enjoy a delicious meal 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 dirt trail, we will reach on top of the Great Wall.  We hike from tower to tower and take breaks on top of a watchtower. During our break time, it is also a great chance to take some awesome pictures of this 1400 years old section of the Great Wall.


3 hours later we arrive at the highlight of today’s trail, the Gubeikou General Tower. From this tower, you can see the “whole Gubeikou-Jinshanling-Simatai 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 our hike on the hill ridges and through the farm fields next to the Great Wall. When we reach the camp site which is next to the wild Jinshanling Great Wall, we will be pitching our camp and relax.


Day 2:  Hike from Jinshanling to the West Part of the Simatai Great Wall (9km, 4 hours hiking)

We get up early in the next morning, have a good breakfast and head straight to the Great Wall again. A small trail will bring us pass an excellent view point and we are on the Wild Jinshanling Great Wall after 15 minutes’ hike. 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 section and partly restored section of the Great Wall. Here you can see how the Great Wall of China looked like during the Ming Dynasty.


The last part of our hike is all the way uphill again. We will pass the General Tower with its intoxicating views over miles and miles of Great Wall and we will head to the last of the 67 watchtowers of the Jinshanling Great Wall. Then we reach at the Simatai Great Wall. We visit 4 more towers of the Simatai Great Wall and take a last spectacular picture of the Fairy tower which is the highest tower on the Simatai Great wall.

A small trail through the forest will bring us to the end of the valley. An excellent lunch will fill our hungry stomachs and a few beers will quench our thirst. After lunch, we can have a nap in the van while our faithful driver brings us back to our meeting point in Beijing around 4pm.

Level 4:捕获2 strong

This is a challenging trip, and it is suitable for people in good shape. Level 4 hikes are often multiple days trekking or trips with more dangerous ascend or descend.


History of the Gubeikou Great Wall, Jinshanling Great Wall and Simatai Great Wall

Gubeikou was originally named “Beikou”, which literally means “Northern Pass”, during the Tang dynasty (618-907), since it is the northern defensive line of Beijing. Later generations added “Gu” (ancient) in the front of “Beikou”, and meant “Old Northern Pass”.

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...

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