Sleep Overnight on the Great Wall: Gubeikou-Jinshanling-Jiankou-Mutianyu
Route 2A Alternative (2AA): Two-day Overnight Camping Hiking Tour to Great Wall from Gubeikou to Jinshanling, and from Jiankou to Mutianyu
Our Great Wall camping tour from GuBeiKou to Jinshanling and then from Jinakou to Mutianyu has been designed for the trekking and camping enthusiast and for anyone that wants to fully experience the mystery and excitement of the Great Wall. The part of the wall we will trek is the most breathtaking an dramatic part of the Great Wall in Beijing. If you dream of taking in the sunrise and sunsets from on top of the Great Wall, then join us now! Gubeikou is partly located in a military region and thus is less known than either Jinshanling or other famed Great Wall sections. Jinshanling and Jiankou both feature dramatic “wild wall” along with great views of the wall twisting and curving over the countryside. Mutianyu, while partly restored, is still jaw-dropingly beautiful and is famed for its watchtowers. 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 hiking activity!
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. After meal, we'll move to Jiankou to sleep overnight on the Wall.
After a hearty breakfast, we'll start hiking at Jiankou for Mutianyu. The Great Wall at Jiankou is located in the district of Huairou, about 80km/50 northeast of Beijing. Your guide and driver will pick you up at your hotel and will drive you to a villagecalled Xizaizhi at the bottom of Jiankou Great Wall. In order to hike on Jiankou, first we have to climb up a path for about 60 minutes to reach it. Our hike will today will take about 4 hours and will cover 10km/ 6 miles. The Jiankou section is known for its ruggedness and wild beauty, and you will be in awe of the marvelous views it affords. As soon as we reach Jiankou we will see a deserted watchtower that gives you a panoramic view of the entire valley. In the early morning the view is priceless with its morning fog. This section of the wall is not well known by tourists, although if you see a picture of the Great Wall from exotic traveling magazines, chances are it is from Jiankou. This is the pinnacle of exotic Great Wall scenery.
This part of the wall is often empty, so you will have some peace and serenity on your hike today. Another highlight of Jiankou is the enemy observation tower known as, "Ying Fei Dao Yang", so named because this watchtower was erected on the highest peak in the area, and eagles and hawks often perch on it. Although the majestic wall is slowly being conquered by small trees and brambles, but the view from the top is still stunning!
From Jiankou we will cross over onto Mutianyu, a section of the wall that has been largely restored. Although it has gotten a face-lift, it avoids the army of tourists that plague Badaling. Mutianyu offers some breathtaking views of the valley and wall below, and if you look to your right you’ll see a large sign engraved in the side of the mountain encouraging you to “Cherish the teachings of Chairman Mao”. Mutianyu has also become popular for visiting foreign leaders and celebrities (former U.S. President Clinton visited Mutianyu on one of his trips to China).
You can hike down to the parking lot, take a cable car, or take a toboggan ride (highly recommended, and lots of fun!) down to meet our driver. We will then have a lunch at a local restaurant. We will then drive back to Beijing and drop you off at your hotel. This trip can be taken at any point in the year. Even in winter the snow-covered wall makes for perfect scenery.