Great Wall Camping
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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. We camp overnight right next to the Wild Jinshanling Great Wall. From our 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. It’s a long hike but we don’t need to carry any camping gear so this camping trip is fit for everybody with a normal physical condition. Day 2 we drive the Jiankou Great Wall and hike all the way to Mutianyu Great Wall catching the amazing views of the Great Wall surrounded by steep cliffs.
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 the border of Beijing and Hubei provence where where the Gubeikou Great Wall is located. By lunchtime we reach our local friends that run a small homestay at the back of a valley surrounded by the Great Wall. With a view on the Crouching Tiger Great Wall we enjoy a truly delicious meal. From here our adventure starts.
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 dirt 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 watchtowers. The rooftop breaks a great chance to take some awesome pictures of this 1400 years old section of the Great Wall. Three hours later we arrive at the first 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.
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
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 Jiankou Great Wall
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.
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”.
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: Medium/strong
We rate this hike level 3 medium/strong because of the distance. There are no steep climbs on the first day but on the second day 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.
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)
Detail Hiking route day 2:
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
April was a month where we went to Gubeiko Great Wall quit a few times And every time it was completely different.
The second week of April is the week where everything is changing in the mountains around Beijing.
A few days later we were hiking on the same Gubeikou Great Wall…. This time the sun was shining and the hills were filled with white Apricot flowers.
Again a few days later the Apricot flowers where almost gone and and the strong wind give us rapid changes between sunshine and clouds during our hike from Gubeiko to Jinsanling.
Yesterday we went back again to Gubeiko Great wall and this time the sky was so clear we could see as far as the eye could reach. In this area of the Great wall that means that the landscape becomes so picturesque that it feels like you’re walking in a movie scene.
As you see this is times the same hike in the same month and yet every thing was so different each time we went there. Collors changed form yellow to white to green to blue…. a slow painter would have a hard time keeping track I guess
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 ,
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 Wild Jinshanling Jiankou Mutianyu Great Wall camping (2days)
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|
|3||2700 ¥||2430 ¥||447 $||402 $|
|4||2300 ¥||2070 ¥||381 $||343 $|
|5||2150 ¥||1935 ¥||356 $||320 $|
|6||2000 ¥||1800 ¥||331 $||298 $|
|7||1850 ¥||1665 ¥||306 $||276 $|
|8||1800 ¥||1620 ¥||298 $||268 $|
|9||1750 ¥||1575 ¥||290 $||261 $|
|10||1700 ¥||1530 ¥||282 $||253 $|
|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.