Great Wall Camping

4 Days Wild Great Wall Trekking & Camping from Chen Castle to General Xu

An amazing 40km Great Wall trek on long forgotten and rarely seen wild sections of the wall. We will pitch our tents twice on the Great Wall and stay once overnight at a local farm house. After hiking this trail you can truly say you hiked China’s wild Great Wall.

  • Key Info
  • Discounts & Inclusions
  • Hiking Distance: 40km
  • Duration: 4 days
  • Hike level: 4 strong
  • Departure time: 09:30 am
  • Back in Beijing: 4:00 pm (day 4)
  • Price: 3500¥/580$

Meeting/drop off point: Lama temple subway exit B (How to get there?)

Day 1 Chen Castle Great Wall

Hike distance: 6km/ 4h

Camp on the Great Wall

Day 2 Beijing highest Great wall

Hike distance: 15km/ 6-7h

Overnight at farmhouse

Day 3 Border Defence Great Wall

Hike distance: 14 km/ 6 h

Camp next to the Great Wall

Day 4 General Xu Great Wall

Hike distance: 5 km/ 3 h

 

Upcoming trip:

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Chen Castle Great Wall. Trekking on the Wild Great Wall

Chen Castle Great wall. Trekking on the Wild Great Wall

Chen Castle Great wall. Trekking on the Wild Great Wall

The 1.5 hour’s drive from Beijing will end deep in a valley filled with apple and pear trees. One of the few remaining families in the valley run a small farmhouse where we start with a good countryside style lunch.

After lunch we start hiking past a small temple and up the hills for about 1 hour towards the Great Wall of China. Once on top of the Great Wall you’ll be delighted with the endless views.

From then on it is a pretty relax hike on top of the  Great Wall.  As we cross mountain ridges, new sections of China’s Great Wall keep appearing. The Chen Castle Great Wall has never been renovated so once in while we side track a bit to avoid dangerous parts.

After a medium ascend on the famous staircases we reach the Chen Castle General tower, an excellent viewpoint over  miles and miles and miles of Great Wall.
From the General tower we hike downhill for a short time towards our camping spot. Here the Great Wall is in its best shape, a place for top class pictures.

We  pitch our tents on  the Great Wall and enjoy a home cooked  dinner brought up by a local farmer. We end this first night in style with  a beer around the campfire while watching the sun set behind the mountains.

Day 2: Beijing Highest Great Wall Tower. Trekking on the Wild Great Wall

Great wall trekking to the highest watch tower in Beijing on the Wild Great Wall

Great wall trekking to the highest watch tower in Beijing on the Wild Great Wall

After breakfast we pack our camping gear, wave the Great Wall goodbye and enter a little forest trail. A one hour hike in the shadow of the trees  bring us to the valley where we switch our back packs for a day pack an pick up a packed lunch.

Today’s goal is the Beijing’s highest watchtower. A 1.5 hours’ hike through the forest brings us to the Wild Great Wall again. The trail is quit steep so we have quit a few stops here. We reach the recently restored  Great Wall at an altitude of 1000 meter.

The next 2 hours we walk on top of the Great Wall and ascend another 500 meter before we reach Beijing highest Great Wall Watchtower. Time to rest, have lunch and take some of your best pictures of the hike. You’ll have a 360 degrees views of the never ending Great Wall.

We leave the Great Wall hike for an easy  10 km downhill hike trough the mountains passing a memorial stone for 5000 soldiers that died here in WW2 and a village completely made out of Great Wall bricks. We end the hike at a farmhouse located in Ming Dynasty walled village where we have dinner and a good night rest.

Day 3: Border Defense Great Wall to General Xu Great Wall.  Trekking on the Wild Great Wall

Border Defense Great Wall. Trekking on the Wild Great Wall

Border Defense Great Wall. Trekking on the Wild Great Wall

Today we pack our lunch as we are going for a long hike on the Yangbian  Great Wall. It’s a 15km hike on top of the Great Wall. A good ascend to start with and once at the highest point follow the Great Wall over the mountains ridge. In the distance we can spot the highest Great Wall watchtower we crossed yesterday. This section is  another highlight of this trip.

After a 6 hour hike we reach the General Xu  Great Wall. A massive Great Wall built by General Xu as an example for all the Great Wall in Beijing. Here our camping spot is again a flat grass field right next to the Great Wall (or on the wall if you like)

With cold beers and a home cooked buffet for dinner we celebrate our last night on the wall.

Day 4: General Xu Great Wall.  Trekking on the wild Great Wall

General Xu Great Wall, trekking on the wild Great Wall

General Xu Great Wall. Trekking on the wild Great Wall

Our final hike is beautiful. We will hike down for 2 hours on top of the mighty Yangbian Great Wall all the way to its lowest point. Here we say the Great Wall goodbye and follow a tiny trail down the hill and through the orchards till we reach a small road where our driver will be waiting to bring us back to Beijing.

Level 3: Strong

We rate this 4 days will Great Wall Trekking trip level 3 so you will need a good condition to enjoy this trip. On the first day you’ll have bring your backpack with camping gear up the Great Wall and the hikes on day 2 and 3 are quit intense. Be sure to bring good hiking boots as we will climb some crumbled parts of the Great Wall. There are no steep drop offs but people that have fear of heights might have difficulties at some points.

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