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.
ChinaHiking Founders’ Favorite Sunset Great Wall Camping (2days)
  • Hiking Distance: 10km
  • Hiking Duration: 4 h
  • Hike level : 3 medium/strong
  • Departure time: 9:30 am
  • Back in Beijing: 12:30 pm next day
  • Price: 1100¥/185$

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ChinaHiking Founders’ Favorite Sunset Great Wall Camping (2 days)

The most beautiful curves of the Great Wall

A 10-km of the beaten path Great Wall camping trip where we pitch our tents on top of the Great Wall. You need a good physical condition and some balance for this trip as it is a 1,5-hour uphill hike. The camping spot is magical, having a view on the highest Great Wall in the north, miles and miles of Great Wall in the south and the Chen Castle General Tower in the east.

Get ready to pitch your tent right here on our favourite sunset Great wall camping spot

Get ready to pitch your tent right here on our favourite sunset Great Wall camping spot

The secret Sunset Great Wall section is located about 15 km north from the famous Badaling Great Wall. It’s a 2-hour drive from our meeting point at Lama Temple till our lunch place, a local farmhouse with view on the Great Wall.

After a great lunch at the farmhouse courtyard we distribute the back packs with camping gear and the take a beautiful trail through the valley till we meet the Great Wall at its lowest point.

 

Here we start hiking the crumbled and overgrown  staircases of the Wild Great wall for a good hour. Make sure to wear sturdy boots for this section!

Sunset Great Wall. Hiking the Great Wall from the Valley to the top.

Sunset Great Wall. Hiking the Great Wall from the Valley to the top.

 

The closer the we get to the highest point of the hike the better the views get. A last scramble on the famous staircases brings us to the highest point of todays hike. Now the hard work is done and and we get rewarded for our effort with endless views

Last scramble on the famous Great Wall staircases

Last scramble on the famous Great Wall staircases

 

 

The highest section of the Great Wall has been restored in a very nice way and is now in perfect condition for easy hiking. Over the last 3 years the old bricks have been collected and used to restore one of the most beautiful sections of the Great Wall. It’s a perfect time to take pictures while we hike up and down the renovated staircases towards our camping spot.

Hiking towards our camping spot on the restored Great Wall

Hiking towards our camping spot on the restored Great Wall

We put down our backpacks and pitch our tents on top of the Great Wall or at one of the watchtowers. While the guides collect fired wood and prepare your home cooked buffet dinner, you can go explore more of the Great Wall. You will find more watch towers and the famous 180 degrees Great Wall Turn, a perfect place for pictures.

Our camping spot on the sunset Great Wall

Our camping spot on the sunset Great Wall

 

The camping spot is very magical, having a view on the highest Great Wall in the north, miles and miles of Great Wall in the south and the Chen Castle General Tower in the east. A great place to enjoy a wood fire cooked dinner and watch the sunset with beer or a glass of wine. We fill the evening with sharing stories around the campfire and fall asleep by counting the stars.

hiking down on suset great wall

hiking down on Sunset Great Wall

 

Next morning, we wake up with a cup of coffee and watch the sun rise from behind the mountains. We pack our tents and continue our hike on the restored Great Wall section. At its lowest point we climb down the Great Wall and follow small trail through the forrest all the way into the valley where a good farmhouse brunch will be waiting for us.  By noon we will be back in Beijing.

Level 3:捕获1 Medium-strong
A good physical condition is required for this hike as we start the trip with a strong up hill hike up over crumbled staircases for about 2 hours with our backpacks. As usual we don’t rush and take a good number of breaks so most people with a normal physical condition have no problem with the hike.  Make sure you bring good hiking shoes as we do encounter a few sections with loose bricks.

 

History of the Sunset Great Wall

This section of the Great Wall was called Humpback (Luoguo Cheng), later the name changed to the Sunset Great Wall because the ChinaHiking founders found out this is a perfect and best location to watch sunset on the Great Wall.

It is located in Huailai county, Hebei province, west part of Beijing. Due to its geographical uniqueness, the direction of its mountain ridge, the Great Wall formed a huge 180°of an “U” turn. Thus the local people call it...

 

 

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Abour 2 hour diver each way

About 2 hours drive each way

Chen castle Great wall camping 2 days Map

Chen castle Great wall camping 2 days Map

 

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As soon as we have 6 people joining the trip we are good to go!

 

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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.

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