Great Wall Camping

West Jiankou to East Jiankou to Mutianyu Great Wall Camping

This 19 km Jiankou to Mutianyu Great wall Camping trip offers an in-depth exploration of the Wild Jiankou and the restored Mutianyu Great Wall. It's a top opportunity trip for the adventurous hiker to pitch his tent in a watchtower and gaze at the overgrown Ming Great Wall built on top of mountain ridges and cliffs.

  • Key Info
  • Discounts & Inclusions
  • Hiking Distance: 19km
  • Hiking Duration: 2 days
  • Hike level: 3 medium/strong
  • Departure time: 9:30 am
  • Back in Beijing: 6 to 7pm
  • Price: 1600¥/265$

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

Day 1: West Jiankou Great Wall

Hiking distance: 7km / 4h

Camp on the Wall

Incl. meals: lunch, dinner

Day 2: East Jiankou to Mutianyu Great Wall

Hiking distance: 12km / 5-6h

Incl. meals: breakfast, late lunch

Highlights

Wild & restored Great Wall

Authentic farmhouse meals

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Detailed Itinerary

This  19 km  Jiankou to Mutianyu Great wall Camping trip offers an in-depth exploration of the Wild Jiankou and the restored Mutianyu Great Wall. It’s a top opportunity trip for the adventurous hiker to pitch his tent in a watchtower and gaze at the overgrown Ming Great Wall built on top of mountain ridges and cliffs.

West Jiankou and East Jiankou to Mutianyu camping in autumn

West Jiankou and East Jiankou to Mutianyu camping in autumn

Day 1:  Jiankou Great Wall camping

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

Today we hike about 8 km with a total ascend of 600 meters, so you’ll need a fair bit of energy to make it to the top.

The start of this Jiankou Great Wall trek is amazing. The Great Wall drops down into WangQuan (spring valley) and climbs back almost vertical. We ascend about 500 meters following a small trail up the mountain for about 1 hour until we reach the Great Wall at the second beacon tower. From here it’s all about enjoying the scenery.

West Jiankou and East Jiankou to Mutianyu hiking in spring

West Jiankou and East Jiankou to Mutianyu hiking in spring

As our trek on the Great Wall continues, you can enjoy fantastic views of the valleys and the middle of the Jiankou Great Wall. We will walk through and over 7 beacon towers, the best-preserved ones are called the 5-eye watchtower and the Jade tower.

At the highest point of our hike, we reach a Great Wall intersection and follow the wall towards the middle of Jiankou. This part of the hike is all downhill till the camp tower. You’ll need a little balance here occasionally but it’s all safe. At the wall’s lowest point, we pitch our tents on top of the Great wall.

Jiankou to Mutianyu Great Wall camping

Jiankou to Mutianyu Great Wall camping

Day 2 East Jiankou to Mutianyu Great Wall trekking 

We get up early and enjoy a good local breakfast before we step into our van for a short drive to the eastern part of the Jiankou Great Wall. Jiankou to Mutianyu is a breathtaking 10-km trek that combines wild and restored Great Wall. You need a bit effort to reach there but you will be rewarded with fantastic sceneries.

Jiankou to Mutianyu Great Wall hike

West to East Jiankou to Mutianyu Great Wall trekking (view from the Zhengbeilou Watchtower)

From a Chestnut orchard, we start walking on a dirt trail that leads to the east Jiankou Great Wall. It is 500 meters ascend that will take us about 1 hour. You will agree that it is worth the effort when you finally climb the ladder to the Zhengbeilou Watchtower (991meters) where some of the most spectacular pictures have been shot.

We walk east on the wall to the highest point of Jiankou (1029 meters), allowing you to see the entire Mutianyu Great Wall plus most part of Jiankou as well. It’s a very enjoyable walk on top of a well preserved Great Wall where we pass the famous “Ox horn section”.

Jiankou to Mutianyu Great Wall hike. The famous Oxhorn climb

Jiankou to Mutianyu Great Wall hike. The famous Oxhorn climb

After a good hour hiking on top of the Jiankou Great Wall, a tree full of prayer flags announces the start of the Mutianyu Great Wall. Here the Great Wall is restored. A short hike on the Mutianyu Great Wall leads us past 4 guard towers before we take start our 1 hour downhill hike through the valley. The trail ends at a picturesque village where celebrate the Jiankou to Mutianyu Great Wall trekking with a late but good lunch and a few beers. By 6 pm we should be back at our meeting point in Beijing.

Level 2: Medium-Strong

We rate the West to East Jiankou to Mutianyu Great Wall trekking Level 3 because both days include a steep climb to reach the Great Wall.  Good Hiking shoes are recommended as we will hike some crumbled sections of the Great Wall. We always hike at a relax pace so if you have an average to good physical condition you will enjoy this trip. There is little shade during start of the first day’s hike so don’t forget to bring sun lotion and a hat during summer.

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