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Jinshanling Gubeikou Crouching Tiger Great Wall Camping (3 Days)
An intense 20-km hike from the renovated staircases of Jinshanling Great Wall to the authentic fortresses of the Gubeikou Great Wall. The scenery here is stunning and the photo opportunities are endless. You’ll need a good physical condition to hike this trail, but there is plenty of time for it. All camping gear will be delivered to the campsites, so you do not need to carry anything during the hike.
From the meeting point, our van will head northeast for about 2 hours to the border of Beijing and the Hebei province. Close to the Jinshanling Great Wall we stop at a local restaurant for a good lunch and make our way to the entrance of the Great Wall.
The hike starts with a climb on the infamous staircases of the Jinshanling Great Wall. The Jinshanling section has a total length of 10kms with intact watchtowers almost every 100 meter.
We hike on top of the Great Wall for 3 hours and as we walk south, the Great Wall becomes less renovated, tourists become sparse and new views unfold. Just before we reach the restricted military zone, we take a detour of the wall and up a hill top where you have a fantastic 360 degrees view of the Great Wall winding on the mountain ridges. We head down a small dirt trail that leads to a local farmer who will serve us an excellent dinner.
With a satisfied stomach we make the final ascend to our campsite. A one of a kind campsite with a view over the entire jinshanling Great Wall
After sunrise we head down for a healthy breakfast and hit the road again. With renewed strength, we follow a 5-km trail that curls alongside the Wall, over the hills, through a small forest and pops out of the bush at the General Tower of the Gubeikou Great Wall. Here we have reached the highest point of the day and this is another magical place for pictures.
The last part of the hike is entirely on top of the Great Wall again. It’s a 5-km walk on top of the wild Great Wall where we will go through and climb up numerous watchtowers. There are no steep climbs on this section but the trail can be slippery, so be sure to wear comfortable shoes.
By sunset we arrive at a flat field right next to the Great Wall where your bags and tents wait for you. Our friends from the local village will bring up a fantastic dinner accompanied by beers. Now it’s time to relax, watch the stars and grab some beers around the bonfire.
Next day we hike down and enjoy a good breakfast with our friends from the local village.. After breakfast, we walk out the valley and pass a small folk village and head for the Crouching Tiger Great Wall. This recently renovated section is build upon a steep mountain ridge and gives a fantastic view over the entire Gubeikou Great Wall.
We end the hike in a folk village with a healthy lunch and of course some beers to celebrate our journey.
Level 3: Medium-strong
A good physical condition is required for hiking in these designed trails. Hikes marked as level 3 are usually long day hikes or day hikes that include a steep uphill hike and/or trails where some balance is needed. Usually kids from age of 10 are all right with these trips.
The Great Wall at Jinshanling is about 155 kilometers away from downtown Beijing and stretches from Miyun county of Beijing to Luanping county of Hebei province. Jinshanling connects to the Great Wall at Simatai in the east and Great Wall at Gubeikou in the west.
The Jinshanling Great Wall was first constructed in Northern Qi dynasty (550-577), with the wall, fortresses and passes. When the Ming dynasty was established in 1368, the famous general, Xu Da supervised and directed the construction of the Great Wall between...
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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
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 Jinshanling – Gubeikou – Crouching Tiger Great Wall camping 3 days
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|
|4||3800 ¥||3420 ¥||629 $||566 $|
|5||3500 ¥||3150 ¥||579 $||521 $|
|6||3200 ¥||2880 ¥||530 $||477 $|
|7||2900 ¥||2610 ¥||480 $||432 $|
|8||2700 ¥||2430 ¥||447 $||402 $|
|9||2600 ¥||2340 ¥||430 $||387 $|
|10||2500 ¥||2250 ¥||414 $||373 $|
|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.