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.
West Jiankou to East Jiankou to Mutianyu Great Wall Camping (2days)
  • Hiking Distance: 9km/day
  • Hiking Duration: 4h/day
  • Hike level: 3 medium/strong
  • Departure time: 9:30 am
  • Back in Beijing: 6 to 7pm
  • Price: 1600¥/265$

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West to East Jiankou to Mutianyu Great Wall Camping (2 days)

This  20 km  Jiankou to Mutianyu Great wall Camping trip offers an in-depth exploration of the Wild Jiankou and the restored Mutianyu Great Wall. It’s a top opportunity trip for the adventurous hiker to pitch his tent in a watchtower and gaze at the overgrown Ming Great Wall built on top of mountain ridges and cliffs.

West Jiankou and East Jiankou to Mutianyu camping in Autumn

West Jiankou and East Jiankou to Mutianyu camping in Autumn

Day 1:  Jiankou Great Wall Camping

From our meeting point (Lama temple subway station) we drive for about 2 hours till we reach picturesque Dazhenyu village where we enjoy a good farm house lunch in a yard surrounded by chestnuts trees and with a view on the Jiankou Great Wall.

Today we hike about 8 km with a total ascend of 600 meters, so you’ll need a fair bit of energy to make it to the top.

The start of this Jiankou Great Wall trek is amazing. The Great Wall drops down into WangQuan (spring valley) and climbs back almost vertical. We ascend about 500 meters following a small trail up the mountain for about 1 hour until we reach the Great Wall at the second beacon tower. From here it’s all about enjoying the scenery.

West Jiankou and East Jiankou to Mutianyu hiking in Spring

West Jiankou and East Jiankou to Mutianyu hiking in Spring

As our trek on the Great Wall continues, you can enjoy fantastic views of the valleys and the middle of the Jiankou Great Wall. We will walk through and over 7 beacon towers, the best-preserved ones are called the 5-eye watchtower and the Jade tower.

At the highest point of our hike, we reach a Great Wall intersection and follow the wall towards the middle of Jiankou. This part of the hike is all downhill till the camp tower. You’ll need a little balance here occasionally but it’s all safe. At the wall’s lowest point, we pitch our tents on top of the Great wall.

Jiankou to Mutianyu Great Wall Camping

Jiankou to Mutianyu Great Wall Camping

Day 2 East Jiankou to Mutianyu Great Wall Trekking 

We get up early and enjoy a good local breakfast before we step into our van for a short drive to the eastern part of the Jiankou Great Wall. Jiankou to Mutianyu is a breathtaking 10-km trek that combines wild and restored Great Wall. You need a bit effort to reach there but you will be rewarded with fantastic sceneries.

Jiankou to Mutianyu Great wall hike

West to East Jiankou to Mutianyu Great Wall Trekking (View from the Zhengbeilou Watchtower)

From a Chestnut orchard, we start walking on a dirt trail that leads to the east Jiankou Great Wall. It is 500 meters ascend that will take us about 1 hour. You will agree that it is worth the effort when you finally climb the ladder to the Zhengbeilou Watchtower (991meters) where some of the most spectacular pictures have been shot.


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 a well preserved Great Wall where we pass the famous “Ox 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 celebrate the Jiankou to Mutianyu Great Wall trekking with a late but good lunch and a few beers. By 6 pm we should be back at our meeting point in Beijing.


Level 3:捕获1 Medium-strong

We rate the West to East Jiankou to Mutianyu Great Wall trekking Level 3 because both days include a steep climb to reach the Great Wall.  Good Hiking shoes are recommended as we will hike some crumbled sections of the Great Wall.  We always hike at a relax pace so if you have an average to good physical condition you will enjoy this trip. There is little shade during start of the first day’s hike so don’t forget to bring sun lotion and a hat during summer.


History of the Jiankou Great Wall and Mutianyu Great Wall

Jiankou could be translated as “Arrow Nock” in English, because the shape of the mountain there looks like an arrow or letter W, with the collapsed ridge opening as its arrow nock.

Jiankou Great Wall is located at Xizhazi village in Huairou district, about 80 km from downtown Beijing. It connects to the Mutianyu Great Wall in the east (10 km away) and Huanghuacheng Great Wall in the west.

It was first built in the Tang dynasty (618-907) and was restored largely in the Ming dynasty (1368-1644). Jiankou Great Wall was mainly built with...


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