Great Wall Camping

Gubeikou - Jinshanling - Simatai Great Wall Camping

Embark on a fantastic 20km Great Wall trek from the picturesque Wild Gubeikou Great Wall to restored Jinshanling Great Wall all the way till the west Simatai Great Wall. Camp overnight right next to the wild Jinshanling Great Wall and snap your best China picture while the sun rises over the rolling hills.

  • Key Info
  • Discounts & Inclusions
  • Hiking Distance: 20km
  • Hiking Duration: 2 days
  • Hike level: 3 medium / strong
  • Departure time: 9:30 am
  • Back in Beijing: 6-7pm /next day
  • Price: 1700¥ /275$

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

Day 1: Gubeikou Great Wall

Hiking distance: 10km / 4-5h

Camp right next to the Wall

Incl. meals: lunch, dinner

Day 2: Jinshanling to Simatai Great Wall

Hiking distance: 10km / 4-5h

Incl. meals: breakfast, late lunch

Highlights

Wild & restored Great Wall

Super scenic campsite

Only need to carry camping gears for 15 mins to the campsite

Authentic farmhouse meals

Upcoming trip:

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1:  Hike from Gubeikou to Jinshanling Great Wall 

From our meeting point (Lama Temple Subway exit B), we drive 2 hours to the border of Beijing and Hubei and have lunch at a small homestay surrounded by the Great Wall.  With a view of the Crouching Tiger Great Wall, we will enjoy a delicious meal.

It takes us only 15 minutes hiking  up the hill behind the farmhouse to get our first glimpse of the Gubeikou Great Wall.

Gubeikou Jinshanling Simatai Great Wall camping

Gubeikou Jinshanling Simatai Great Wall view

Gubeikou jinshanling Simatai Great Wall camping. Taking a break on top of a Gubeikou Great Wall watchtower

Gubeikou Jinshanling Simatai Great Wall trekking. Taking a break on top of the Gubeikou Great Wall Watchtower

We hike from tower to tower and take breaks on top of a watchtower. These breaks are  great chances to take some awesome pictures of this 1400 years old section of the Great Wall.  3 hours later we arrive at the highlight of today’s trail, the Gubeikou General Tower. From this tower, you can see the “whole Gubeikou-Jinshanling-Simatai Great Wall trek” from the start to the end. On a clear day, we can even see the highest tower at the end section of the Simatai Great Wall.

Gubeikou JInshanling Simatai Great Wall camping. View of Jinshanling Great Wall from the Gubeikou Great Wall General Tower

Gubeikou Jinshanling Simatai Great Wall camping. View of Jinshanling Great Wall from the Gubeikou Great Wall General Tower

Fr0m the Gubeikou General tower  we side track a bit  to get around the restricted military section of the wild Gubeikou and Jinshanling Great Wall. The side track is just as pretty as we hike on  hill ridges and through  farm fields next to the Great Wall. Just when you think “we are in the middle of nowhere” a small farmhouse appears and a the owner will welcome us for a fantastic diner.

With a renewed strength we hike another 15 minutes (this time with our camping gear) to our unrivalled camping spot right next to the Wild Jinshanling Great wall and with a view over our entire trek from start to finish.

Gubeikou Jinshanling Simatai Great Wall camping. Our camping spot at Jinshanling Great Wall

Gubeikou Jinshanling Simatai Great Wall camping. Our camping spot at Jinshanling Great Wall

A small campfire will keep us company while we admire the stars above the Great Wall of China.

Day 2:  Hike from Jinshanling to the western part of the Simatai Great Wall 

We get up early in the next morning, have a good breakfast and head straight to the Great Wall again. A small trail will bring us back on the mountain ridge and within 15 minutes we are on the Wild Jinshanling Great Wall.  The 10-km long Jinshanling Great Wall shows us some amazing defensive features like barrier walls, battlement walls, watchtowers, gun emplacements, shooting holes, horse holes, horse blocking walls.

Wild Jinshanling Great Wall. Our starting point on day 2

Gubeikou Jinshaling Simatai Great Wall camping. Wild Jinshanling Great Wall. Our starting point on day 2.

We hike on top of the  crumbled wild Jinshanling Great Wall for about 30 minutes till we reach at the most famous and best preserved section of the Jinshanling Great Wall. Here you can see how the Great Wall of China looked like during the Ming Dynasty.

Gubeikou Jinshanling Simatai Great Wall camping. Hiking on the famous Jinshanling Great Wall

Gubeikou Jinshanling Simatai Great Wall camping. Hiking on the famous Jinshanling Great Wall.

The last part of our hike is all the way uphill again. We pass the General Tower with its intoxicating views over miles and miles of Great Wall as we make our way to  the last of the 67 watchtowers of the Jinshanling Great Wall.  We visit 4 more towers of the Simatai Great Wall and take a last spectacular picture of the Fairy tower, the highest tower on the Simatai Great wall.

Gubeikou Jinshanling Simatai Great wall camping. Our last climb towards Simatai

Gubeikou Jinshanling Simatai Great wall camping. Our last climb towards Simatai

A small trail through the forest will bring us to the end of the valley. An excellent lunch will fill our hungry stomachs and a few beers will quench our thirst. After lunch, we can have a nap in the van while our faithful driver brings us back to our meeting point in Beijing around 6 to 7 pm.

Level 3: Strong

The Gubeikou Jinshanling Simatai is a long trek . Since we don’t have to carry any camping gear throughout the hike, it is suitable for anybody with an average to good physical condition.  On the first day there are no strong uphill section and there are shortcuts around the steepest section of the hike on the second day. nevertheless do prepare for some sore legs if you’re not used to climbing stairs 🙂

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