Great Wall Camping

ChinaHiking Founders’ Favorite Sunset Great Wall to Chen Castle Great Wall Camping 

A fantastic 13 km of the beaten patch Great Wall camping trip where we pitch our tents on top a recently renovated Great wall section with perfect sunset views of  Beijing highest Great Wall in the North and the Chen Castle General Tower in the east.

  • Key Info
  • Discounts & Inclusions
  • Hiking Distance: 15km
  • Duration: 2 days
  • Hike level: 3 medium-strong
  • Departure time: 1:30 pm
  • Back in Beijing : 4:00 pm (day2)
  • Price: 1500¥/249$

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

Day 1: ChinaHiking Founders’ Favorite Sunset Great Wall

Hiking distance 6km / 4h

Camp on the Wall

Incl. meals: dinner

Day 2:  Chen Castle Great Wall

Hiking distance 7km / 3.5h

Incl. meals: breakfast

Highlights

Wild & restored Great Wall

Authentic farmhouse meals

Upcoming trip:

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Great Wall camping on our favourite sunset spot.

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 (Lama Temple Subway exit B) in Beijing

This Great Wall camping trip starts with a 30 minutes hike through an abandoned park followed by a 45 minute strong up hill hike through a dense forest. We pop out of the forest and climb onto the Great Wall at the highest point of this Great Wall section and pitch  our tents on top of the Great Wall

Get ready to pitch your tent right here on our favourite sunset Great Wall camping spot

Get ready to pitch your tent right here on our favourite sunset Great Wall camping spot

Sunset Great Wall to Chen Castle Great Wall camping

Sunset Great Wall to Chen Castle Great Wall camping

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.

Sunset great wall camping

Sunset Great wall camping

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. We pitch our tents on top of the Great Wall and enjoy an excellent buffet style home cooked dinner.  We fill the evening with sharing stories around the campfire and fall asleep by counting the stars.

Great Wall camping in style. Pitching our tents on the Great Wall of China

Great Wall camping in style. Pitching our tents on the Great Wall of China

Day 2: Chen Castle Great Wall Hike

If you’d like to see a wild part of the Great Wall, then Chen Castle is your destination. Chen Castle Great wall is a well-preserved part of the wild great wall that combines famous staircases and great views. Chen castle was once the gateway for the army of Li Zicheng, the  rebel leader who end the Ming Dynasty. Li Zhicheng tried to enter Beijing many times, but only succeeded by breaking the lines trough this Great Wall.  

Chen Castle General Tower. Our first goal on day 2 of this Great Wall camping trip

Chen Castle General Tower. Our first goal on day 2 of this Great Wall camping trip

After breakfast, we continue hiking on  the crumbled and overgrown Great Wall,

This section of the Great Wall has never been renovated, so once in while we must side track a bit to avoid a few dangerous parts. Every 20 minutes you get a new scenery enfolding on this hike.

After 3 hour hiking on the Great Wall we reach the Chen Castle  General Tower, the highest watchtower on this part of the wall.  The steep and  crumbled  staircases of this wild Great Wall are overgrown with bush and trees.

Great Wall hiking trekking in Beijing

Chen Castle Great Wall hiking

We keep following the wall as it goes slowly downhill over the mountain ridges.

A bit before noon we leave the Wall and follow a winding trail through a hills  till we reach a small farmhouse where we will have  a good countryside style lunch before we head back to Beijing.

Level 2: Medium-Strong

We rate this hike a level 2 (medium-strong) as  both days’ hike start with a steep climb on the Great Wall.  Both days we carry our camping equipment. The first day is short and easy hiking. On the second day the train is quit rough so be sure to wear good hiking shoes.

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