* If you are looking for breathtaking views with a relatively more affordable walk, then this hike will be right up your alley! Great deal for solo travelers or those who are on budget.
* Catch stunning views and meet NO crowds on great rolling terrain.
* 3-3.5 hours of walking on the Great Wall with a distance of roughly 6 kms.
* Walk from the restored part to the original wide side.
* Camp on the Great Wall at night to experience what the ancient warriors could do.
* Flat rate program in English
* Group size varies from 5 people to 35 people depending on the signups of each day
* Lunch, dinner and breakfast are included.
* Extended hours of hiking available with additional fees
* Last-minute signup is OK, even past the midnight. There is NO deadline.
* Available every day!
For more trip details, please visit "The Camping Trip Details."
As one poem states:
The General of Hot Blood is a hero, and the song is a bonfire to sharpen his loyalty.
Camping for a song of the mountain and river, the sword of a thousand kilos of the warrior's blade.
We guarantee you this rare night to experience the life of the warriors who guarded the Great Wall back in the day. You will sleep in the beacon building of the General's command that year, watch the stars and the moon dwell inside the tent, and usher in the morning sunrise in infinite silence.
Between 6:30 am and 7:30 am, you will be picked up from your hotel by your English-speaking guide and driver if you are staying in a hotel within the 2nd Ring Road. Otherwise, you will meet us in the Chaoyangmen Subway Station to board the bus for today's tour. From Chaoyangmen, we will make the approximate 2.5 hour drive to the Great Wall at Jinshanling.
The group will hike for three hours from Jinshanling to West Simatai (also called East Jinshanling). Most of the group will return to Beijing after the hike. Only you from the group will continue to camp today. We will pick you up from the lunch at Jinshanling to transfer you to Gubeikou. You will continue to have a chance to watch the beautiful sunset. Toward evening, we will treat you with a country-style dinner in our camping base. We will set up the camp for you to sleep on the Great Wall. Enjoy!
The typical sunrise time is around 5 am in summer or 7 am in winter. You won't want to miss the moment. After breakfast, we'll send you to the bus terminal at Gubei Watertown. You'll take the express bus to Dongzhimen Bus Terminal of Beijing. Since a bullet train line between Gubeikou and Beijing has been operating, it is even more convenient and comfortable to return to Beijing at 10:00 am and arrive at Beijing N. Station at 12:15 pm.
You may opt to have extra hours of hiking today at Gubeikou for up to 3 hours and leave in the afternoon (see below prices).
"We did not book our trip ahead of time and were only in Beijing for 2 days. This seemed to be the only company that we were able to book the day before. The price was comparable to most all others and reviews seemed good, so we gave it a shot. I would say that our overall experience was beyond our expectations and our phenomenal guide is the reason to say so. I would highly recommend this company."
- Andy M., customer experienced in June, 2019
Limited Time Discounts:
15% off for the 1st guest and 2nd guest;
25% off for the 3rd guest or after
FOR ENHANCED EXPERIENCE
Extra 2 hours of hiking at Gubeikou on Day 2: Add $39
Extra 4.5 extra hours of hiking from Gubeikou to Jinshanling on Day 2: Add $99
* Full scale English-guided day hike of 3.5 hours at Jinshanling, Great Wall;
* The privilege of camping on the Great Wall and exclusive access to the camping watch tower;
* All necessary camping gears such as tents & bags
* Entry fees to the Great Wall;
*Dinner of Day 2 and breakfast of Day 2;
* Transport from Beijing to the Great Wall;
* Bus ticket/Bullet train ticket to Beijing from Gubeikou;
* Bottled water
DAY 1: Hike the Magnificent Jinshanling and West Simatai Great Wall
Between 7 and 7:30 am, you will be picked up from your hotel by your English-speaking guide and driver if you are staying in a hotel within the 2nd Ring Road. Otherwise, you will meet us in the Chaoyangmen Subway Station to board the bus for today's tour. From Chaoyangmen, we will make the approximate 2.5 hour drive to the Great Wall at Jinshanling.
The group is usually 20-25 in summer and 10-15 in lower seasons. But only you from the group will continue to camp today. The rest of the group will return to Beijing after the hiking. You will enjoy a private camping.
Today's hike takes about 3.5 hours at Jinshanling and across to West Simatai or called "Second Valley," also a part of Jinshanling. The Great Wall at Jinshanling is one of the best preserved parts of the Great Wall with many original features. It got its name because it was built on the Greater and Lesser Jinshan (‘Gold Mountain’) Ranges. A tablet with the Chinese inscription for Jinshanling Great Wall was set into this section. The Jinshanling Great Wall has not been repaired since 1570. It is a remote and relatively isolated section of the Great Wall. As there are relatively few tourists at Jinshanling Great Wall, it is a good place to explore on foot. The Jinshanling Great Wall was initially built from 1368 to 1389 in the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), and in 1567 and 1570 rebuilding of the Wall was mainly directed by General Qi Jiguang (1528-1588). Poems and tablet writings can be found on the Jinshanling Great Wall left from the time when Qi Jiguang directed the rebuilding of this section of the Great Wall.
Upon reaching the gate of "the Second Valley" (east gate of Jinshanling), you have officially completed today's hiking. We will treat you with a gourmet lunch in a local restaurant. Soon, our local support staff from our Gubeikou camping base will meet you in the restaurant and transfer you to Gubeikou where you will relax and have a chance to watch the beautiful sunset. Toward evening, we will treat you with a country-style dinner in our camping base, a family-owned hostel. After dinner, our friendly support employee will set the camp for you to sleep on the Great Wall.
DAY 2 : Watching the Beautiful Sunrise
Waking up at about 5 am in the summer or 6:30 am in the winter, you will meet the magnificent sunrise from the Great Wall. Take a lot of pictures and videos!
After having continental breakfast, our local support staff will send you to the bus terminal at Gubei Watertown where you will take the express bus to Dongzhimen Bus Terminal of Beijing. Follow the instruction on this page, you can transfer to Subway Line 2 to go back to your hotel or take Airport Express to catch your flight.
Since a bullet train line between Gubeikou and Beijing has been operating, it is even more convenient and comfortable to return to Beijing at 10:00 am and arrive at Beijing N. Station at 12:15 pm.
Optional Extended Hikes on Day 2
Don't want to go back to Beijing so soon? Paying an extra $39, you can walk the Gubeikou section where you have just camped for two hours and return to Beijing in the afternoon by bus.
This tour was designed by taking the advantage of group hiking to reduce the hiking cost, and it uses group bus and public bus to make the transportation cheap enough. So, this tour is a great program to everyone who has a dream of camping on the Great Wall.
Please keep in mind that our meeting time is 7:20 am. We have a dedicated page for the meeting point pictures and its location on the Beijing subway map.
This tour does NOT have a deadline of signup. If you sign up at the midnight, you are fine. Simply show up by 8:00 am at Chaoyangmen Station and claim your booking with Great Wall Adventure Club to your guide James. James will report to our office about your participation. Please bring enough cash in CNY.
Return Station: Dongzhimen Bus Terminal
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