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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.
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: 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.
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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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
in The April 11 I been guide three people hiking from Gubeikou to Jinshanling Great wall and camping next to the Jinshanling Great wall
usually we hiking the opposite driection start from jianshanling Great wall and nighe camping next to GubeikouGreat wall but this time the day before i check the weather , the wind level is 4-5, so in the morning we decided start hiking from Gubeikou Great wall and night camping next to Jinshanling Great wall, because the Jinshanling Great Wallit camp site is more sheltered
together is four of us ,me Heidi and two Dutch Nicky and her boy friend , one Norwegian Hans there are so nice people ,i like then a lot , after we set up tens We talked under the moon and the stars. Nicky will traveling a one year in Asia, and Hans is law professor teach at Peking University short-term
during the day there are some cloudy and wind ,
but we are lucky afternoon around 4 clock the sky became clear when we arrived camping site we have a good sunset and beautiful moon and the stars at night
I bought a new camera, hoping to take the stars pic , because I often take guests camping on the great Wall, often see a very beautiful starts , Unfortunately my little camera is not good enough, maybe good enough , i just should learn good from camera manual . the Stares pic is not beautiful like a reality ,
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- Simatai Great wall Camping (2 days)
Prices are per person and include:
All camping gear (tents,mats, sleeping bags, backpacks), English speaking guide, entrance tickets, lunch, dinner, breakfast, water, Pick up and drop of by private bus. ( Please let us know the pick up address.)
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.