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 to Wild Jinshanling & Jiankou to Mutianyu Great Wall camping (2days)
  • Hiking Distance: 22km
  • Hiking Duration: 2 days
  • Hike level : 3
  • Departure time: 9:30 am
  • Back in Beijing: 7:00 pm
  • Price: 1800¥/ 299$

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Gubeikou to Wild Jinshanling and Jiankou to Mutianyu Great Wall Camping 2 Days

Embark on a fantastic 22 km Great Wall hike from the picturesque Wild Gubeikou Great Wall to the Wild Jinshanling Great wall.  From our super scenic camping spot we can watch the sun set and rise  over the Jinshanling Great wall, the Gubeikou Great Wall and see all the way to  Simatai Great Wall.

Day 2 we follow the famous Jiankou to Mutianyu Great Wall  trail where we can see the Jiankou Great Wall built on cliffs and the restored Mutianyu Great Wall.


Day 1: Gubeikou to Wild Jinshanling Great Wall Hiking and Camping (12 km, 5 hours hiking)

From our meeting point (Lama Temple Subway exit B), we drive for about two hours to  our local  friends  that run a small homestay  surrounded by the Gubeikou Great Wall. With a view on the Crouching Tiger Great Wall we enjoy a truly delicious organic meal.   After lunch  our adventure starts.

Hiking towards the Gubeikou General Tower

Hiking towards the Gubeikou General tower

It takes us only 15 minute hiking up the hill behind the farmhouse before we get our first glimpse of the Gubeikou Great Wall.  A few more  turns on a little bush trail and we are on top of the Great Wall.  We hike from tower to tower and take breaks inside or on top of the watch towers. The rooftop breaks a great chance to take some awesome pictures of this 1400 years old section of the Ming Great Wall.

Three hours later we arrive at the second  highlight of today’s trail, the Gubeikou General Tower. From this 2 story high  tower  you can see the entire “Gubeikou- Jinshanling-Simatai Great Wall ” . On a clear day we can even see the  Fairy Tower, the highest tower of the  Simatai Great Wall.

View of the Simatai & Jinshanling Great Wall from  the General tower at Gubeikou Great Wall

View of the Simatai & Jinshanling Great Wall from the General tower at Gubeikou 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. It’s a really beautiful  trail that meanders through farm fields and over the hill ridges next to the Wild Jinshanling  Great Wall.

Just when you think “we are in the middle of nowhere’ a small farmhouse appears. The farmers have been living there for 3 generations and  will prepare us an excellent dinner.  After dinner we pick up our backpacks with camping gear and hike up the hill for 20 minutes till we reach our camping spot. The view from this camping spot is just magic, having a view over the whole Gubeikou, Jinshanling and Simatai Great Wall. Time to pop a beer 😉


Our camping spot with view over Wild Jinshanling Great Wall

Our camping spot with view over Wild Jinshanling Great Wall

Day 2:  Magic sunrise over Jinshanling and Gubeikou Great Wall and hike Jiankou to Mutianyu

We get up early today to watch a fantastic sunrise over the Jinshanling and Gubeikou Great Wall. This is the moment to take the best picture of your China trip. If you pitched your tent in the right spot you can just watch the sunrise from the comfort of your tent. We pack our tents and head down to the farmhouse for breakfast. A short hike out of the valley brings us back to the main road where our driver will be waiting to drive us to the start of the Jiankou to Mutianyu Trail.

Jiankou to Mutianyu Great Wall Hike 

.After lunch at a local farmhouse with view on the Great Wall  we start hiking a steep dirt trail that leads to the Great Wall. It is a 500-meter ascent that takes us about 1 hour. Our efforts are rewarded when we stand on top of the Zhengbeilou Watchtower (991m) where some of the most spectacular pictures have been taken.

Jiankou to Mutianyu Great Wall Hike. View from the Zhengbeilou Watch tower

Jiankou to Mutianyu Great Wall Hike. View from the Zhengbeilou Watch tower


We walk east on the Wall to the highest point of Jiankou (1029 meters), allowing you to see the entire Mutianyu Great Wall plus most part of Jiankou as well. It’s a very enjoyable walk on top of the well preserved Great Wall where we pass the famous “Bull’s Horn section”.



Jiankou to Mutianyu Great Wall hike. the famous Oxhorn climb

Jiankou to Mutianyu Great Wall hike. the famous Oxhorn climb


After a good hour hiking on top of the Jiankou Great Wall, a tree full of prayer flags announces the start of the Mutianyu Great Wall. Here the Great Wall is restored. A short hike on the Mutianyu Great Wall leads us past 4 guard towers before we take start our 1 hour downhill hike through the valley. The trail ends at a picturesque village where our driver will be waiting for us. By 7 pm we should be back at our meeting point in Beijing.


Level 3:捕获1  Medium/strong

We rate this hike level 3 medium/strong because of  the distance. There are no steep climbs on the Gubeikou to Jinshanling hike but on the on the Jiankou to Mutianyu trail  we do start with a strong up hill hike. We don’t have to carry any camping gear hence the  medium/strong rating,  Anybody with a normal to good physical condition will enjoy this trip very much.

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


  Meeting point and hiking location: janguomen-subway00


Detailed hiking route day 1: (note: on this trip we hike out form the wild Jinshanling Great Wall. We dont hike all the way to Simatai)

Jinshanling to simatia Great wall hiking,

Gubeikou- Jinshanling – Simatai Great Wall camping map

Detail Hiking route day 2: Jiankou to Mutianyu

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