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.
Jiankou – Gubeikou-Jinshanling-Simatai West Great Wall Camping 3 Days
  • Hiking Distance: 28 km
  • Hiking Duration: 4h /day
  • Hike Level: 4
  • Departure time: 9:30 am
  • Back in Beijing: 4:00 pm (days 3)
  • Price: 2600¥/430$

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Jiankou, Gubeikou, Jinshanling and Simatai West Great Wall Camping

An epic Great Wall trek that covers 4 fantastic sections of the Great Wall. We hike the amazing wild Jiankou Great Wall and pitch our tents in a watchtower or on the Great Wall. The second day we hike the wild Gubeikou Great Wall and pitch our tents at the wild Jinshanling Great Wall. In day 3, we hike on top of the restored section of Jinshanling all the way to Simatai Great Wall.


Day 1: Jiankou Great Wall hiking & camping 

We will hike 10-km on Jiankou wild Great Wall, pass numerous watchtowers overgrown by flowers and trees. Then pitch our tents on the Great Wall or in a watchtower and stargaze around the campfire. It is a 10-km hike with a total ascend of 600 meters, so you’ll need a bit of energy to do it. But your efforts will be rewarded because this trail is a mecca for photographers.

Jiankou Great wall camping, Great wall trekking

Jiankou Great Wall Camping

After a 2-hour drive from the meeting point (Lama Temple Subway), we arrive at a local farmhouse in the middle of a chestnut orchard where we enjoy a royal organic meal. Once lunch is finished you will receive your backpack with camping gear and your adventure begins.


The start of the Jiankou Great Wall hike is amazing right away. The Great Wall drops down into WangQuan valley and climbs back out almost vertical. We will follow a mountain trail next to this drop off for about 1 hour until we reach the Great Wall at the second beacon tower. During the first part of this hike, we will climb about 500 meters. Once we arrived at the Great Wall, most of the uphill hiking is done.


As we continue hiking on top of the Great Wall, you will enjoy fantastic views of the famous Great Wall sections as “The Wall Bow”, “Arrow Nock” and the “Beijing Knot”. We pass 7 beacon towers on this section on the Wall, the best-preserved ones are called the 5-eye watchtower and the Jade tower.


Just before we arrived at the 6th tower, we will pitch our tents on top of the Great Wall, cook dinner on a wood fire and watch the sunset with a glass of wine. A small campfire will keep us warm while we watch the stars.

Great wall camping, great wall trekking

Great Wall Camping

Day 2 :  Gubeikou Great Wall to Jinshanling Great Wall Hike (camping or homestay)

A 12-km hike from the authentic fortresses of the Gubeikou Great Wall to wild Jinshanling Great Wall. The scenery here is stunning and the photo opportunities are endless.


After a cup of coffee on the roof top of the Great Wall watchtower, we hike down to a small trail through the forest where our driver will be waiting for us. We put our camping gear in the van and drive to the Gubeikou Great Wall.


After a great lunch with our friends from the local village, we start our hike on Beijing’s oldest Great Wall. The Winding Dragon section of the Gubeikou Great Wall is over 1500 years old. As we hike on the Great Wall, the scenery will become more and more stunning. Once in a while we climb on the rooftop of the watchtowers, and have a rest and take some memorable pictures.


We reach at the Gubeikou’s General Tower after a 7-km hike. It is a massive tower with views of the whole Gubeikou Great Wall, the Jinshanling Great Wall and even the Simatai Great Wall. It’s the highest point of today’s hike and a magical place for pictures.


From this 2-story height watchtower, we head down to a small dirt trail that leads to a local farmer who will serve us an excellent dinner. You can choose to have a rest and stay overnight at the farmhouse with view on the Great Wall or you can pitch your tent on a scenic spot right next to the Great Wall.

Jinshanling Great wall Trek

Jinshanling Great wall Trekking

Day 3 Jinshanling to Simatai Great Wall 

After a good local breakfast, we start hiking again and within 20 minutes we set our first steps on the Wild Jinshanling Great Wall. The 10-km long Jinshanling Great Wall shows some amazing defensive features like barrier walls, battlement walls, watchtowers, gun emplacements, shooting holes, horse blocking walls. We hike down on the crumbled section of the Wild Jinshanling for about 30 minutes till we reach the most famous and best preserved section and partly restored section of the Great Wall. Here you can see how the Great Wall of China looked like during the Ming Dynasty.


The last part of our hike is all the way uphill again. We will pass the General Tower with its intoxicating views over miles and miles of Great Wall and head for the last of the 67 watchtowers of the Jinshanling Great Wall. We reach at the Simatai Great Wall. We visit 4 more towers on the Simatai Great Wall and take a last spectacular picture of the Fairy tower, which is the highest tower on the Simatai Great Wall. A small trail through the forest will bring us to the end of the valley where a good lunch awaits us. After lunch, our driver will drive us back to Beijing. We will be back at our Lama Temple meeting point at 4 pm.


Level 4:捕获2 strong

We rate this hike level 4 because it’s a long 3-day hike where you for sure will feel your leg muscles after the climb to the Jinshanling staircases on day 3.

The first day hike includes a good uphill hike with backpacks but the hike is not too long. Everybody with a normal physical condition can do each day trip, but for completing the 3 days hiking trip with a smile you’ll need an above average physical condition.


History of the Jiankou, Gubeikou Great Wall, Jinshanling Great Wall and Simatai 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 dolomite which is different from the bricks used for building Mutianyu and Simatai Great Wall. So the base of Jiankou Great Wall is much harder and stronger, as well as steeper and higher compared with other sections of the Great Wall in Beijing.

This is not something like touristic Disney-style Walls restored to please you, but real Great Wall. Most Beijing people loving outdoor activities heard about it. Many people have seen a picture of it from books or postcards because it is well known for its unique...

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Day 1: Jiankou Great Wall Hike


Day 2: Gubeikou to Jinshanling to Simatai Great Wall Trekking



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