Great Wall Camping

Jinshanling - Gubeikou - Crouching Tiger Great Wall Camping 

An intense but family friendly 26km 3 days' camping trip from the renovated staircases of Jinshanling Great Wall to the unrestored fortresses of the Gubeikou Great Wall. The scenery here is stunning and the photo opportunities are endless.

  • Key Info
  • Discounts & Inclusions
  • Hiking Distance: 26km
  • Hiking Duration: 3 days
  • Hike level: 3
  • Departure time: 9:30 am
  • Back in Beijing: 14:30 pm
  • Price: 2500¥/415$

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

Day 1: Jinshanling Great Wall

Hiking distance 10 km / 5h

Restored Great Wall

Camp right next to the Wall

Only need to carry camping gears for 15 mins to the campsite

Incl. meals: lunch, dinner

 

Day 2: Gubeikou Great Wall

Hiking distance 10km / 5h

Only need to carry camping gears for 15 mins to the campsite

Incl. meals: breakfast/lunch/dinner

Day 3: Crouching Tiger Great Wall

Hiking distance:  6km / 3h

Wild & restored Great Wall

Incl. meals: breakfast, lunch

Upcoming trip:

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Jinshanling Great Wall

From the meeting point, our van will head northeast for about 2 hours to the border of Beijing and the Hebei province. Close to the Jinshaling Great Wall, we stop at a local restaurant for a good lunch and make our way to the entrance of the Great Wall.

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

Jinshanling to Gubeikou Great Wall trek

Jinshanling to Gubeikou Great Wall trek

We hike on top of the Great Wall for 3 hours and as we walk 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 up 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 dinner.

With a satisfied stomach we make the final ascend to our campsite. A one of a kind campsite with a view over the entire Jinshanling Great Wall.

Jinshanling Great Wall camping

Jinshanling Great Wall camping

Day 2: Gubeikou Great Wall

After sunrise we head down for a healthy breakfast and hit the road again. 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 the bush at the General Tower of the Gubeikou Great Wall. Here we have reached the highest point of the day and this is another magical place for pictures.

The last part of the hike is entirely on top of the Great Wall again. It’s a 5-km walk on top of the wild Great Wall where we will go through and climb up numerous watchtowers. There are no steep climbs on this section but the trail can be slippery, so be sure to wear comfortable shoes.

By sunset we arrive at a flat field right next to the Great Wall where your bags and tents wait for you. Our friends from the local village will bring up a fantastic dinner accompanied by beers. Now it’s time to relax, watch the stars and grab some beers around the bonfire.

Hiking on Gubeikou Great Wall

Hiking on Gubeikou Great Wall

Day 3: Crouching Tiger Great Wall

We hike down from our campsite and enjoy a good breakfast with our friends from the local village. After breakfast, we walk out the valley and pass a small folk village and head for the Crouching Tiger Great Wall. This recently renovated section is build upon a steep mountain ridge and gives a fantastic view over the entire Gubeikou Great Wall.

Crouching Tiger Great Wall

Crouching Tiger Great Wall

We end the hike in a folk village with a healthy lunch and of course some beers to celebrate our journey.

By 14:30 we will be back at our Beijing meeting point.

Hike level 3 : Strong

A good physical condition is required for hiking in these designed trails. Hikes marked strong are usually long day hikes or day hikes that include a steep uphill hike and/or trails where some balance is needed. Usually kids from age of 10 are all right with these trips.

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