Great Wall Overnight Camping Tour: Gubeikou to Jinshanling to Simatai
Route 2A: Two-day Camping Hiking Tour on Great Wall from Gubeikou to Jinshanling, and to Simatai including Sleeping on the Wall
Great Wall camping tour from Gubeikou to Jinshanling and then to Simatai is designed for the trekking and camping lovers. The part of the wall we would trek along is the most magical part of the Great Wall in Beijing, where tourists that are nature lover prefer to visit. If you are dreaming of enjoy the breathtaking sun-rises and sun-sets on the top of the Great Wall, join us now! GuBeiKou is part of the wall that's partly located in the military area and are less known as Simatai. The 22km's distance on the Wall will take us about 10-11 hours hiking up and down on the range of the mountain in two days. It is not easy. Every participant must make sure your own health condition is fit enough for the activities!
2-day hiking time is necessary to complete this journey. Backpackers with GWAC will be walking from GuBeiKou to Jinshanling and to Simatai for about ten to eleven hours at your own pace. Most people can finish the walking without a problem, but if you feel you cannot you are encouraged to climb the Wall at only one end of Simatai for about a hour or two.
The cost will include: Entrance fees to all the three parts of the Wall; Service charge, one English tour leader, rope, flashlight, two talker, matches/lighter, meals (two picnic lunches, one dinner and one breakfast), transportation fee for the two day;
It does not include: water, snacks, personal items, tourist Insurance (RMB30/pax) and extra cost for unforeseen event.
Day-by-day Hiking Itinerary
We will pick you up at your hotel, and drive directly to the Gubeikou section of the Great Wall, where we will begin our two-day hike on the wall. Today we will hike for around 10 km/6 miles. Gubeikou is covered with over 140 watchtowers, all differing in size and design. From the wall here you will be able to witness how the wall twists and winds along the steep mountain ranges. This is as dramatic a view on the Great Wall as you’ll find. If the weather is clear, you will be able to see the shimmering blue lake of the Miyun Reservoir. There is a section on the wall that is part of a military base, so you will be able to walk and explore a quaint nearby local village and re-enter the wall at Jinshanling.
The Jinshanling Great Wall, while much of it is restored, is not nearly as crowded as Badaling or Mutianyu, allowing you to have a more intimate experience with the wall. We will camp for the night in one of the many watchtowers on Jinshanling, or if the weather does not cooperate, we will stay with a local family just off the wall. We also have to receive Beijing's municipal government's permission to sleep on the Wall due to Chinese government's restriction policy for political concern.
A good, hearty meal is essential in order to recharge you for the hike the next day. That is why you will love the provincial-style dinner prepared for you by the husband of a local family near the wall (we will stay with the local family if the weather is unsuitable to camp on the wall). He used to cook as a chef in a resort hotel near the Great Wall, and from what everyone has told us, you will savor his delicious dishes!
If you can wake up early enough, you will be able to enjoy the beautiful sunrise rising over the Great Wall. This would be a moment you would treasure forever. After breakfast, we will continue to hike east from Jinshanling to the Simatai section of the wall. This will be an interesting hike, because as we start off the wall will be mostly in a restored state, but as we make our way east the wall will gradually deteriorate, giving you a first-hand account of the “Wild Wall”. While most of the hike is fairly easy, some of the climbing will be steep, and some of the steps are very narrow and a little loose, so please use caution.
The Simatai Great Wall is divided into eastern and western parts, with the western part appearing gentle with 20 well-preserved watchtowers dotting along the wall. The eastern part is much steeper, following a more rugged terrain that includes cliff edges and kilometer-high peaks. From the summit, at Watching Beijing Tower, one on a clear night can see the lights of Beijing shimmering in the distance 120km (72 miles) away.
We will have an idyllic picnic lunch in one of the wall’s watchtowers, thereby keeping cool from the strong Chinese sun. A cool crystal lake at the bottom of the valley at Simatai will signal to you the end of our hike. Your bus will be waiting for you at the parking lot. We will then drive back to your hotel in the city, marking the end of your two-day hike on the Great Wall. You will probably sleep like a baby after the hike you’ve had!