TOUR 3AA: Great Wall 3D/2N Trekking with Camping

Route 3AA: Gubeikou-Jinshanling-Jiankou-Mutianyu-Lakeside Huanghuacheng-Xishuiyu

 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.



In just three days you will get to experience the three most popular Great Wall day hikes while also seeing the best of the Beijing-area Great Wall. The Gubeikou-Jinshanling is the premier hike for Great Wall enthusiasts, and the Jiankou-Mutianyu hike is fast becoming one of the most popular with Great Wall trekkers. On the Huanghuacheng-Xishuiyu hike, you’ll see both restored and preserved Great Wall, along with a rare site-the Great Wall underwater!

This hike you will give the best of both Great Wall worlds, both majestically repaired Great Wall at Mutianyu and Huanghuacheng, as well as wild and dramatic unrestored "Wild Wall” in Gubeikou, Jiankou and Jinshanling, and Xishuiyu, which will make the hike much more interesting than others. You’ll also get to learn how Chinese soldiers used the Great Wall at Gubeikou to defend China against the Japanese invasion in 1931.

Last, but certainly not least, you’ll get to camp overnight on the Great Wall itself! This is a once-in-your-life experience that you never want to miss!

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[Read the day-by-day full itinerary below]


Prices and Inclusions


1 solo trip: $949

2 people: $589 each

3 people: $569 each

4 people: $539 each

5 people: $529 each

6 people: $519 each

7 people: $489 each

8 or more: $469 each


* Personal transfers from and to hotel in Beijing
* Entry fees to the Great Wall
* Three lunches, two dinners and two breakfasts
* 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 $15 when you reserve the next tour with us 


Trust our local support team at the Great Wall who can help you with the trekking and camping. Explore this option and see how much you can save. Contact us for the details. 

Day 1


Hiking Distance: 10km/6miles

Hours to Take: 4.5

Accommodation: Camping in a watchtower

Meals: Lunch and dinner

Water: Unlimited bottles

9:30 am: We will pick you up from your hotel, and drive directly to the Gubeikou section of the Great Wall, where we will begin our two-day hike on the wall. It is 2.5 hours of driving.

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. 

The Jinshanling Great Wall, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, while 1/4 of it is restored, is allowing you to have a more intimate experience with the wall.  This afternoon, you'll watch the sunset while walking along the Wall.  

Then we'll take you to have a gorgeous Chinese countryside style dinner served by a local housewife. Before it gets dark, we'll go up to the mountain and sleep overnight in a watch tower.  We'll prepare the necessary camping facilities including tents and 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


Hiking Distance: 9km/6miles

Hours to Take: 3.5

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Accommodation: Great Wall Farmotel 

Water: Unlimited bottles


If you elect to spend the night camping, we’ll be sure to wake up early in order to catch the sunrise over the Great Wall, so be sure to have your cameras ready! 

The hiking today will cover about 10km/6miles. The Jiankou section is known for its ruggedness and wild beauty, and you will be in awe of the marvelous views it affords. Be sure to see the watchtower known as “Eagle on the peak”, this tower is extremely high and forms the highest reaching point of the Jiankou section. This is the pinnacle of exotic Great Wall scenery.

From Jiankou you 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 Chairman Mao”. Mutianyu is often visited by leaders of foreign countries. 

 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, who will drive us to our inn for the night. Tonight, we'll overnight in a village called Huanghuacheng Village. We'll stay in a “farmotel” called "Good Fortune Restaurants & Lodge" 


Day 3

Lakeside Huanghuacheng-Xishuiyu

Hiking Distance: 10km/8miles

Hours to Take: 4.5

Accommodation: Great Wall Farmotel

Meals: Breakfast and lunch 

Water: Unlimited bottles

We will wake up at 7:30AM with breakfast at the hotel. We will then continue our trek, this time from Huanhuacheng to Xishuiyu.

Huanghuacheng, like Jiankou, is fast becoming popular with hikers and tourists who are looking for something a little different in their Great Wall experience. The wall here is a combination of both restored and unrestored areas, giving your hike a little more variety and adventure. When you reach the middle of the wall you will be able to see that the countryside is swathed in yellow, as masses of wild flowers come into bloom. We will then cross over onto the Xishuiyu section.

Today’s hike is quite special-part of the wall is under water! In 1974 China built the Xishuiyu Reservoir, and when the water level rose, some low-lying sections of the wall were submerged under water. Seen from the dam of the reservoir, this stately sunken wall is still visible under the water’s smooth and glimmering surface.

Following our hike today our driver will take us back to Beijing, where you will be dropped off at your hotel, ending the tour.

In the afternoon, we will drive back to Beijing and arrive at your hotel at around 5:00 PM.


Tour Map

Where are we going?

The 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 9-10 am from your hotel.

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