Great Wall Camping

Jiankou - Gubeikou Great Wall Camping

An epic Great Wall hike that covers 2 fantastic sections of the Beijing Wild Great Wall. We hike the amazing Wild Jiankou Great Wall and pitch our tents inside a watchtower. On the second day, we hike and enjoy the fanatic views over Gubeikou, Beijing's oldest Great Wall.

  • Key Info
  • Discounts & Inclusions
  • Hiking Distance: 17km
  • Hiking Duration: 2 days
  • Hike level: 3 medium/strong
  • Departure time: 9:30 am
  • Back in Beijing: 7 pm (day 2)
  • Price: 1700¥/280$

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

Day 1: Jiankou Great Wall

Hiking distance: 7km / 4h

Camp on the Wall

Incl. meals: lunch, dinner

Day 2: Gubeikou Great Wall

Hiking distance: 10km / 5h

Incl. meals: breakfast, late lunch

Highlights

Wild & restored Great Wall

Authentic farmhouse meals

Upcoming trip:

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Jiankou Great Wall Camping

From our meeting point (Lama Temple subway station), we drive for about 2 hours till we reach on the picturesque Dazhenyu village. Before we start this Great Wall trek, we  enjoy a good farmhouse lunch in a yard  surrounded by chestnuts and with a view on the Jiankou Great Wall. The trip is an 8km hike with a total ascend of 600 meters, so you need a fair bit of energy to make it to the top.

Jiankou Gubeikou Great Wall camping. Our hiking trail for day 1.

Jiankou Gubeikou Great Wall camping. Our hiking trail for day 1.

Jiankou Gubeikou Great wall camping. Taking a break at the first Jiankou Watchtower

Jiankou Gubeikou Great wall camping. Taking a break at the first Jiankou Watchtower

The view from the beginning of the Jiankou Great Wall trek is love at first sight. The Great Wall drops down into WangQuan (Spring valley) and climbs back out almost vertical. We ascend about 500 meters and follow a small trail up the mountain for about 1 hour till we reach the Great Wall at the second beacon tower. From this point of the hike, it’s all about enjoying the scenery.

Jiankou Gubeikou Great Wall camping. On the "Great Wall Road" to our Camping Spot

Jiankou Gubeikou Great Wall camping. On the “Great Wall Road” to our camping spot

As our trek on the Great Wall continues you can enjoy fantastic views of the valleys and the middle  Jiankou Great Wall. We walk through and over 7 beacon towers, the best-preserved ones are called the 5-eye watchtower and the Jade tower. The wild Jiankou Great Wall is one of the few section of the wild Great Wall where the side walls are still in perfect condition.

Jiankou Gubeikou Great Wall camping. Hiking on Jiankou Great Wall

Jiankou Gubeikou Great Wall camping. Hiking on Jiankou Great Wall

Just before we reach at the 6th tower, we pitch our tents inside a watch tower, wait for our home cooked dinner to be served buffet style and watch the sunset with a glass of local wine. A small campfire will keep us warm while we gaze at the stars.

Jiankou Great Wall camping. Pitching our tents on top of the Jiankou Great Wall

Jiankou Great Wall camping. Pitching our tents on top of the Jiankou Great Wall

Day 2:   Hiking Gubeikou Great Wall

We pack our tents and leave this beautiful place without a trace. We hike down the mountain on an easy dirt trail for about 1 hour. Down in the Valley we stop in our friends Chestnut yard for a good local breakfast.

We drive to our  local farmers friends  than run a small homestay at the back of a valley surrounded by the Gubeikou Great Wall. With a view of the Crouching Tiger Great Wall, we enjoy a delicious lunch in their backyard. Here our adventure starts.

Our first rest spot on Gubeikou Great Wall.

Our first rest spot on Gubeikou Great Wall.

It takes us only a 15-minute hike up the hill behind the farmhouse to  get our first glimpse of the Gubeikou Great Wall. After a few turns on a small trail over the hill we arrive on top of the Gubeikou  Great Wall.  We hike from tower to tower and take breaks on top of a watchtower,  a great chance to take some awesome pictures of this 1400 years old section of the Great Wall.

3 hours into the hike, we arrive at the highlight of today’s trail, the Gubeikou General Tower. From this tower, you can see the entire Gubeikou-Jinshanling-Simatai Great Wall ” . On a clear day, we can even see the Fairy tower, the highest tower at the end of the Simatai Great Wall. This view point is the best picture opportunity of the day.

Jiankou tio Gubeikou Great wall camping trip. The view of Jinshanling-Simatai Great Wall from the Gubeikou General tower

Jiankou to Gubeikou Great wall camping trip. The view of Jinshanling-Simatai Great Wall from the Gubeikou General tower

From this view point we follow a small trail alongside the wild Jinshanling Great Wall, pas the remnants of a few old abandoned farmouse till we reach the end of the valley. Here our driver will pick us up and drive us back to Beijing. By 7 pm we will be back at our meeting point.

Level 2: Medium-Strong

We rate the Jiankou Gubeikou  Great Wall camping trip level 2 because the trail on the first day includes a good uphill hike and we carry our backpacks all the way up the the campsite. The trail on the second day is fairly easy. No strong climbs on this hike. People with normal physical condition will be able to enjoy this trip.

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