Great Wall Camping

Jiankou-Restored Mutianyu Great Wall Camping

The wild Jiankou Great Wall hike is perfect for the adventurers that love to go off the beaten path. You get to pitch your tent on the Great Wall or in a watchtower and hike the crumbled and overgrown Ming Great Wall built on mountain ridges and cliffs. Combine this with the restored Mutianyu Great Wall and you have the best of both worlds.

  • Key Info
  • Discounts & Inclusions
  • Hiking Distance: 14km
  • Hiking Duration: 2 days
  • Hike level: 3 Medium/strong
  • Departure time: 9:30 am
  • Back in Beijing: 4:00 pm (day 2)
  • Price: 1700¥/280$

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

Day 1: Wild Jiankou Great Wall

Hiking distance: 7km / 4h

Camp on the Wall

Incl. meals: lunch, dinner

Day 2: Restored Mutianyu Great Wall

Hiking distance: 7km / 4h

Incl. meals: breakfast, late lunch


Wild & restored Great Wall

Camp on the Wall

Authentic farmhouse meals

Upcoming trip:

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Jiankou Great Wall Hiking and Camping 

From our meeting point (Lama temple subway station) we drive for about 2 hours till we reach our restaurant in the picturesque Dazhenyu village.  We enjoy a good farm house lunch in a yard surrounded by chestnuts trees and with a view on the Jiankou Great Wall.

After lunch we follow a trail up to the mountain for about 1 hour till we reach the Great Wall at a second beacon tower. During the first part of this hike, we ascend about 500 meters. Once we arrive on the Great Wall, most of the uphill part is done.

Jiankou Great Wall hiking

Jiankou Great Wall hiking

Jiankou Great Wall hiking

Jiankou Great Wall hiking

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  get ready for a buffet style home cooked dinner to served.  At night, a small campfire will keep us warm while we watch the stars.

Wild Jiankou Great Wall camping, Great Wall trekking

Wild Jiankou Great Wall Camping

Day 2: Mutianyu Great Wall Hike

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.

The Mutianyu Great Wall ,built in the Tang dynasty (618-907), is our destination for today. The Mutianyu Great Wall was reinforced during the Ming dynasty and restored by Deng Xiao Ping in the 198o’s making it today’s best preserved section of the Beijing Great Wall

Jiankou to Mutianyu Great-Wall hike. Mutianyu Great Wall in fall

Jiankou to Mutianyu Great Wall hike

We hike  up an easy trail and climb on the wall at the 14th tower of the Mutianyu Great Wall. From this platform we have a fantastic view over the 26 Mutianyu Great Wall watchtowers and we can still see the Jiankou Great Wall sneaking over the mountains tops we hike yesterday.

Jiankou to Mutianyu hike. Sliding down with the toboggan (Toboggan fee: adults 100 CNY, kids 60 CNY)

Jiankou to Mutianyu hike. Sliding down with the toboggan (Toboggan fee: adults 100 cny, kids 60 cny)

We walk on top the nicely paved Great Wall passing through 8 watchtowers. From watchtower number 6, Zhengguan Terrace, we slide our way down the Great Wall on the Tobogan. and go for a late but good lunch. The celebration beers are on us 🙂 By 4 pm our driver will drop us of  at our Beijing meeting point.

Level 2:  Medium-Strong

We rate this Great Wall trek 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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