Great Wall Three Days of Hiking with Two Nights of Camping

Route 3AB: 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.



If you’re into rugged scenery and unrestored Great Wall while looking to get some amazing photos, then this is the program for you. This hike takes you on two of the trendiest Great Wall treks, all the while being treated to some of the most amazing vistas and scenery that you will ever see. Jiankou-Mutianyu is fast becoming the most popular Great Wall hike, and it’s easy to see why: unrestored Great Wall magnificently set upon the mountains, elegant brickwork, amazing watchtowers, dramatic peaks and valleys-Jiankou-Mutianyu has it all.

On the Huanghuacheng-Xishuiyu, you’ll get to experience that rarest of Great Wall treats-and underwater portion of the Great Wall! In addition to all this you’ll have your own guide and driver with you every step of the way, ensuring that your tour is both an exciting and safe one. 

Camping both nights on the Great Wall of China like what ancient warriors did! 

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


Prices and Inclusions


1 solo trip: $909

2 people: $559 each

3 people: $529 each

4 people: $499 each

5 people: $489 each

6 people: $479 each

7 people: $459 each

8 or more: $419 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 watchtowers
* 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

Majestic Jiankou

Hiking Distance: 10km/6miles

Hours to Take: 4

Accommodation: Camping in a watchtower

Meals: Lunch and dinner

Water: Unlimited bottles

We will leave Beijing at 9:30 am and drive 2 hours to Jiankou. 

Jiankou section built in the Ming Dynasty is one of the most famous wild walls constructed on the ridge of the dangerous peaks and broken cliffs, and is famous for its majesty and danger. It was one of the most favorite parts of the great wall hiking for hikers around the world. 

In order to hike on Jiankou, first we have to climb up a path for about 30-40 minutes (2km) to reach it. Our hike today will take about 2.5 hours and will cover 4km. 

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. Although the majestic wall is slowly being conquered by small trees and brambles, but the view from the top is still stunning!  Other landmarks will include the “Beijing Knot “ and the “Heavenly Ladder”, but we will not be able to scale these peaks as they are not accessible due to its toughness and dangerous footing.  The toughest challenge that this hike presents is a portion known as the “38 Steps”, where the Wall vastly increases in steepness, to the point that it is near 70 degrees! It is due to this feature that we advise those with heart problems or a phobia of heights not to go on this trip.  The rest of the hike is mostly smooth sailing.

We’ll end today’s hike with a Chinese country-style dinner well different from what you had experience with any Chinese restaurant in your country. After dinner, we will head for the peak called Zhengbeilou (North Peak Tower) to get ready for tonight's camping. 


Day 2


Hiking Distance: 9km/6miles

Hours to Take: 3.5

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Accommodation:  Camping in a watchtower 

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. We will then drive to Huanghuacheng to camp on the Great Wall there. 


Day 3

Lakeside Huanghuacheng-Xishuiyu

Hiking Distance: 10km/8miles

Hours to Take: 4.5

Meals: Breakfast and lunch 

Water: Unlimited bottles

We will wake up at 6:30 AM to welcome the sunrise. Chinese breakfast will be delivered to the Wall where you are camping at. 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.


Great Wall Camping Map

Where are we going?

The colored 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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