Great Wall Camping

Jinshanling to Gubeikou Great Wall Camping

An intense 15 km hike from the renovated staircases of Jinshanling Great Wall to the unrestored fortresses of the Gubeikou Great Wall. The scenery on this Great Wall camping trip is stunning and the photo opportunities endless.

  • Key Info
  • Discounts & Inclusions
  • Hiking Distance: 15km
  • Hiking Duration: 1.5 days
  • Hike level: 3
  • Departure time: 8:30 am
  • Back in Beijing: 12:30 pm
  • Price: 1300¥/215$

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

Day 1: Jinshanling to Gubeikou Great Wall

Hiking distance: 15km / 4-6h

Incl. meals: lunch, dinner

Day 2: Gubeikou Great Wall

Hiking distance: nil

Incl. meals: breakfast


Wild & restored Great Wall

Super scenic campsite

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

Authentic farmhouse meals

Upcoming trip:

Detailed Itinerary

From the meeting point, our van will head northeast for about 2 hours to the border of Beijing and the Hebei province. 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 100 meters.

Gubeikou and Jinshanling Great Wall

Gubeikou and Jinshanling Great Wall

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 lunch.

Jinshanling Great Wall

Jinshanling Great Wall

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 Gubeikou Great Wall. We hike 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 hilltop surrounded by Great the Great Wall  where your bags and tents wait for you. We will have a fantastic dinner accompanied by beers served by our local friends.  We pitch our tents, make a small fire and gaze at the stars..

Next day we hike down 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 where our driver will be waiting for us. By lunchtime, we will be back at our meeting point.

Level 2: Medium-Strong

A good physical condition is required for this trip as it is a long 15km hike all in day.   The trail is fairly easy and there are no long climbs so if you have an average physical condition but a strong mind than this trip will be a great experience as well.

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