Great Wall Camping

Jiankou - Huanghuacheng Great Wall Camping

An epic 14 km Great Wall trek that covers 2 fantastic sections of the Beijing Great Wall. We hike Wild Jiankou Great Wall and pitch our tents inside a Great Wall watchtower. On the 2nd day we climb the beautifully restored Huanghuacheng Great Wall allowing us views on the Great Ming Great Wall dropping into Huanghua lake.

  • Key Info
  • Discounts & Inclusions
  • Hiking Distance: 14km
  • Hiking Duration: 2 days
  • Hike level: 3 medium/strong
  • Departure time: 9:30 am
  • Back in Beijing: 16:30 pm
  • Price: 1600¥/265$

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: Huanghuacheng Great Wall

Hiking distance: 7km / 4h

Incl. meals:  breakfast, late lunch


Wild & restored Great Wall

Authentic farmhouse meals

Upcoming trip:

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Wild Jiankou Great Wall Hiking and 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. Today’s trail is 7km  with a total ascend of 600 meters, so you need a fair bit of energy to make it to the top.

Jiankou Great wall camping. Great Wall trekking

Jiankou Great Wall camping. Our first Great Wall watch tower

The start of the Jiankou Great Wall hike is imediately  beautiful. Just  100 meters away from the Echoing Lake, the Great Wall drops  down into WangQuan valley and climbs back out almost vertical.

We follow an  uphill  trail trough the bush for about 1 hour until we reach the Great Wall at the second beacon tower During the first part of this hike, we will ascend about 500 meters. Once we arrive on the Great Wall, our uphill hiking is mostly done.

Hiking on Jiankou West Great Wall

Continuing our hike on Jiankou West Great Wall

As the hike continues on top of the Great Wall, we enjoy fantastic views of famous Great Wall sections known as “The Wall Bow”, “Arrow Nock” and the “Beijing Knot”. We pass 7 beacon towers on this Jiankou Great Wall hike. The best-preserved ones are called the 5-eye watchtower and the Jade tower.

We pitch our tents in front of the 6th tower  and have a very nice warm home cooked meal served buffet still on top of the Great Wall.  At night, a small campfire will keep us warm while we watch the stars.

Great wall Camping, Great Wall trekking

Great Wall Camping

We pack our tents and leave this beautiful place without a trace. We hike down the mountain on an easy  trail for about 1 hour and go for a strong farmhouse breakfast.

Day 2: Huanghuacheng Great Wall Hike

The Huanghuacheng Great Wall  is almost 11 kilometers long and joins with Mutianyu Great Wall in the east, Juyongguan Great wall Pass and Badaling Great Wall in the west. The trail we hike is about 6 km long and gives us an excellent opportunity to see some restored Great Wall away from the crowds.  Make sure to keep some space on your memory card because you might snap your perfect picture right here  at Huanghuacheng Great Wall 🙂

Huanghuacheng Great Wall hike

Huanghuacheng Great Wall hike

We drive 40 minutes to Huanghuacheng Great wall and start with  a 30 minute easy hike till we the  reach Huanghuacheng Great Wall at this lowest.

 A 1 hour uphill hike on the wall will bring us to a very well preserved and impressive section of the Huangcheng Great Wall. From here you can see the whole picture of the west and east  Huanghuacheng Great wall , and Huanghuacheng Lake.

The west part of  Huanghuacheng Great Wall itself is quit unique as it doesn’t have any of the famous big stairs so hiking up the steeper parts of  Huanghuacheng Great Wall can be a bit tricky. The Great Wall is very well restored and the patch nicely paved so you will not have to much trouble.

Following Huanghuacheng Great Wall towards the lake

Following Huanghuacheng Great Wall towards the lake

We hike on top of the west Huanghuacheng wall for about 1.5-hours till the Huanghuacheng Great Wall drops in into  Lake. We cross the lake and go for a late but good lunch.  The celebration beers are on us 🙂

By 4:00 pm we will be back in at our Beijing meeting point.

Level 2: Medium-Strong

 The hike and camping day on the Jiankou deserves a medium strong rating as we carry our camping gear to the campsite. The second day is an easy hike so this day we give an easy-medium rating..

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