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 to Beijing’s Highest Great Wall Camping (2 days)
  • Hiking Distance: 25km
  • Duration: 2 days
  • Hike level: 4 strong
  • Departure time: 9:30 am
  • Back in Beijing : 8:00 pm (day2)
  • Price: 1700¥/280$

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ChinaHiking Founders’ Favorite Sunset Great Wall to Beijing’s Highest Great Wall Camping (2 Full Days)

An epic 2 full days Great Wall hike combines the crumbled staircases and strange turns of the ChinaHiking founders’ secret Sunset Great Wall and Beijing’s highest Great Wall. We camp on top of the Great Wall and hike all the way to Beijing’s highest watchtower. This perfect viewpoint will grant you top pictures the endless Great Wall build over the surrounding mountain ridges.


A Great View of Sunset Great Wall

Day 1, The Most Beautiful Curves of the Great Wall 

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


After a great lunch at the farmhouse courtyard we take a beautiful trail through the valley till we meet the Great Wall at its lowest point. Here we start hiking the famous steep staircases for a good hour, passing numerous guard towers on the way. The highest section of the Great Wall has been partly restored and it is in a perfect condition for easy hiking now.


We continue hiking a bit more and looking for a nice flat place on the Great Wall to camp. We put down our backpacks and pitch our tents. While the guides collect firewood and prepare dinner, you can go explore more parts of the Great Wall. You will find more watchtowers and the famous 180 degrees Great Wall Turn, a perfect place for pictures.


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. It is 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.

Camping After the Sunset

Day 2: The Hike to Beijing’s Highest Watchtower

Next morning, we wake up with a cup of coffee and watch the sunrise from behind the mountains. We pack our tents, hike a bit further on the wall and take a small trail through the forest down to the stone valley. When we arrive our destination, a big breakfast at a local farmhouse will be prepared for us for the next highlight of this trip, the hike to Beijing’s highest watchtower. (without our backpacks   )

View from Beijing's highest Great Wall watch tower

View from Beijing’s Highest Great Wall Watchtower

A small forest trail leads us pass an old beekeeper and walk into the forest. The trail becomes smaller and steeper as we hike up the Bijia Mountain and the fantastic sceneries unfold as we walk further down the trail. After hiking around 2 hours, we reach the mountain ridge and see the Great Wall on the top. We relax and take some pictures as a break time.


We continue our hike for another 1.5 hours on the steep staircases of the partly restored Great Wall till we reach Beijing’s highest Great Wall watchtower. With its 360 degrees view over the mountains and miles and miles of Great Wall, there is no argue that Great Wall tower we are going to see is the most scenic view in Beijing. We cross the mountain top and follow a gentle downhill ridge trail for about 2 hours till we reach an authentic mountain village completely built with the Great Wall rocks and bricks. It’s a hidden cultural gem where just a handful of people still live in a traditional way.


Our driver will be waiting for us in that village to drive us back to a local restaurant for a well-earned late lunch before we head back to Beijing. By 6.30pm, we will be back at our Lama Temple meeting point.


Level 4:捕获2 Medium-strong

We rate this hike a level 4 (medium-strong) as its both days’ hike start with steep climbing on the Great Wall where it can be slippery sometimes. You should be all right if you have a normal to good physical condition, as we never rush during our hikes. In the first day, we carry our backpacks up to the camping spot. The second day we hike without backpacks.


History of the Sunset Great Wall and Beijing Highest 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,...


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Abour 2 hour diver each way

About 2 hours drive each way

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