Guaranteed camping inside the watchtower!
A few agents claim they can do so but that's not true. What they usually mean is that they may take you to the foot of the Great Wall to camp on the ground or to sleep at a guesthouse. Not us. For each participant (even children), we must pay a hefty relic preserving fee to the Great Wall administration office. This fee allows for you to camp on the Great Wall, hence why the price for this program is higher than most. Great Wall Adventure Club (GWAC) is the only company approved by the Great Wall Administration Office to offer camping for international guests. This is what sets us apart from other operators.
This entry-level overnight program catches the most precious views of the oldest parts around Beijing - Gubeikou and Jinshanling. Rather than getting yourself sweaty, you have plenty of time to watch and take away the breath-taking panoramic views. You will be amazed at how the Great Wall snakes and winds its way across the countryside here. The highlight of this trip is the night tenting in a famous original watchtower on the Great Wall. Tonight you will be a warrior that guards Beijing. The walk is not very demanding during this hike. The program was designed to suit all including children and seniors.
Day 1: Hiking Gubeikou- the Oldest Great Wall Section and Camping in A Watchtower
10:00 am. We will meet you in your hotel. You will arrive at Gubeikou section of the Great Wall in 2.5 hours to start your hike in the afternoon. Upon arriving, you will walk for 2 hours to learn the grandeur of the Great Wall of its original state. With relatively flatter terrain and zero crowds, the route we take for this short hike is relatively less challenging and suitable for seniors and young children and those who are adventure beginners.
Protecting the Gubeikou pass was considered vital for keeping Beijing safe from the Mongolian nomads. The Gubeikou hike is to satisfy your curiosity of what the original Great Wall was formed and designed to keep out hostile armies and why it is strategically important to the defense of Beijing. Even in the modern wars, the Great Wall was effectively used. Gubeikou is the battlefield in 1933 when Chinese army fought against Japanese invasion.
With the entire section being remained a relic of the Great Wall, no part of Gubeikou has been restored. When you seek the original beauty of the Great Wall, Gubeikou is the right place. Not only is the history of the Great Wall here will impress you, the moderate gradients, flatter terrain and less steep climb up and down makes it a great choice for the beginners.
After viewing the sunset, you will climb down and have dinner at a nearby farm inn where you will enjoy delicious Chinese stir-fry with rice for your dinner. Then, before it gets dark, you will go up to the mountain and sleep overnight in a watch tower. We will prepare the necessary camping facilities such as sleeping bags so you don't have to bring anything but yourself. Here it is the sound sleeper's paradise - let the mountain valley and the Great Wall echo your snoring sound.
Day 2 Hike the Magnificent Jinshanling and West Simatai Great Wall
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, you will be transferred Jinshanling to start today's hike. It will be about 2.5-3 hours. .
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. 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.
This section of the Great Wall is renowned as the “Paradise of Photographers.” The majority of China’s published pictures or paintings are based on the magnificent appearance and exhilarating scenery. Use your cameras to take the beauty home!
You will be treated a gourmet lunch locally before returning to Beijing in the afternoon.
* Personal transfers from and to hotel
* Entry fees to the Great Wall
* Two lunches, one dinner and one breakfast (delivered to your watchtower)
* The privilege of camping on the Great Wall and exclusive access to the camping watch tower
* All necessary camping gears such as tents & bags
* Quality vehicle, professional driver and English-speaking tour guide
* Free membership card
* A credit of $10 when you reserve the next tour with us
1 solo trip: $649
2 people: $399 each
3 people: $379 each
4 people: $359 each
5 people: $329 each
6 people: $309 each
7 people: $309 each
8 or more: $299 each
The red-shade is the area is where this tour covers. We will drive about 2 hours on a highway from Beijing to the Great Wall. Typically we will leave at 10 am from your hotel.
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