Great Wall Camping

Jiankou - Jinshanling - Gubeikou Great Wall Camping

Camp inside a watchtower and watch the sun set over Jiankou Great Wall . Hike the restored staircases of the famous Jinshanling Great Wall and take your best picture of Beijing's oldest Great Wall at Gubeikou. This 19 km Great wall camping trip offers you every highlight a Great Wall camping trip can give in 2 full days.

  • Key Info
  • Discounts & Inclusions
  • Hiking Distance: 19 km
  • Hiking Duration: 2 days
  • Hike level: 3 medium/strong
  • Departure time: 9:30 am
  • Back in Beijing: 6:00 pm (day 2)
  • Price: 1800¥/299$

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: Jinshanling to Gubeikou Great Wall

Hiking distance: 12km / 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  the picturesque Dazhenyu village. We  enjoy a good farmhouse lunch in a yard  surrounded by chestnut trees  and with a view on the Jiankou Great Wall and get ready for our Great Wall adventure. Today we hike  8 km hike with a total ascend of 600 meters, so you will need a fair bit of energy to make it to the top.

Jiankou Jinshanling Gubeikou Great Wall camping. Jiankou Great Wall during fall

Jiankou Jinshanling Gubeikou Great Wall camping. Jiankou Great Wall during fall

Jiankou Jinshanling Gubeikou Great Wall camping. Our first watch tower on the Jiankou Great Wall

Jiankou Jinshanling Gubeikou Great Wall camping. Our first watchtower on Jiankou Great Wall.

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 Jinshanling Gubeikou Great Wall camping. Continuing our trek on the Jiankou Great Wall

Jiankou Jinshanling Gubeikou Great Wall camping. Continuing our trek on the Jiankou Great Wall

As our trek on the Great Wall continues you can enjoy fantastic views over valleys, mountains and the famous 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.

Just before we reach at the 6th tower, we will pitch our tents on top of the Great Wall, cook dinner on a wood fire and watch the sunset with a glass of local wine. A small campfire will keep us warm while we watch the stars.

Jiankou Jinshanling Gubeikou Great wall camping. Pitch your tent on the Great Wall, in a watch tower or.... do like these 2 an put your tent on top of watch tower.

Jiankou Jinshanling Gubeikou Great wall camping. Pitch your tent on the Great Wall or  in a watchtower.

 Day 2:  Great Wall trek from Jinshanling to Gubeikou Great Wall

After breakfast, 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 and get a our last spectacular view of the Jiankou Great Wall dropping  down into WangQuan (Spring valley) and climbing back out almost vertical .

Down in the Valley we go for a good breakfast before we make our way to the Jinshanling Great Wall.

The hike starts with a climb of the infamous staircases of the Jinshanling Great Wall. The Jinshanling section has a total length of 10km with intact watchtowers almost every 100 meters.

Jinshanling Great wall trekking ,Wild Great wall

Jinshanling Great Wall Trek

As we walk toward south, the Great Wall becomes less renovated, tourists become sparse and new views unfold. Just before we reach the restricted military zone, we take a detour of the Wall and hike up to a hill top where you have a fantastic 360 degrees view of the Great Wall winding on the mountain ridges.

We head down a small dirt trail that leads to a local farmer who will serve us an excellent lunch. With renewed strength, we follow a 5-km trail that curls alongside the Wall, over the hills, through a small forest and pops out of a bush at the General Tower of the Gubeikou Great Wall. Here is where we have reached the highest point of the day and another magical place for pictures.

Jiankou jinshanling gubeikou Great Wall camping. View from the Gubeikou Great Wall General tower

Jiankou Jinshanling Gubeikou Great Wall camping. View from the Gubeikou Great Wall General tower

The whole Winding Dragon and Crouching Tiger section of Gubeikou Great Wall are stretched out in front of you. We hike the Gubeikou Great Wall till the 5th watchtower and take a small dirt trail down the ridge, walk through the bush till we reach a small lake where our driver will be waiting for us. By 7pm we will be back at our meeting point in Beijing.

Jiankou Jinshaling Gubeikou Great Wall camping. The last section of our hike on Gubeikou Great Wall

Jiankou Jinshaling Gubeikou Great Wall camping. The last section of our hike on Gubeikou Great Wall

Level 2: Medium-Strong

We rate this Great Wall camping trip  level 2 because both days of the hike include an intense hike. The trail on the first day includes a good uphill hike and the trail on the second day is long enough to give it a medium strong rating. People with normal physical condition will be able to enjoy this trip.

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