Camping on the Great Wall of China

The outdoorsman: Stay overnight on the Great Wall of China

 "When people come to the Great Wall of China, they want to explore the history and see why it was built. A day trip to the tourist sites won’t achieve that, but a sleepover on one of the world’s most storied ruins certainly will. The Great Wall Adventure Club organizes trips to sleep in a watchtower where soldiers were formerly garrisoned. When night falls, the only thing above is the stars, while the incredible land of the surrounding hills is absolutely silent ... " (June 11, 2012), CNN Travel  

Great Wall Adventure Club is the perfect guide for your Great Wall hiking and camping. While they claim they can camp on the Wall, many small "companies" are taking their customers to the Wall without government's permit. That'll jeopardizes the camping experience that everyone looks for. Great Wall Adventure Club is an authorized organization for camping on the Wall legally. Thousands of Great Wall purists enjoy their unforgettable camping experience that only Great Wall Adventure Club can provide. 

Packages for Camping

PLATINUM PACKAGE: Private or Semi-Private Tour


Our excellent English-speaking guide walks with you every step on the Wall. He/she will also meet you at your hotel and send you back to your hotel. He will help you with your meal arrangement. Sometimes, you can join a small group for a semi-private tour and save. 

GOLD PACKAGE: Self-guided or Local-supported Tour


For an economic reason or more privacy, you will by yourselves or a local support staff member without an English-speaking guide. Our professional drivers and our local support staff will assist you with the camping setup and walk. 

SILVER PACKAGE: Group Adventure Tours with the Least Costs


Sometimes you may call it a bus tour. The tour group consists of guests living in different hotels. Your will pay a low group rate for a wonderful experience with others together. We have the flat-rate program that you can make the camping happen at your convenience. 

Great Wall Camping at Battlefield Gubeikou

2AA - Battlefield Camping 1


Day 1: Hike from Gubeikou to Jinshanling. Camp  out at Gubeikou.

Day 2: Hike from Jiankou to Mutianyu.

The classic overnight camping trip that covers the four famous sections of the Great Wall with the chance to slide down with the toboggan at Mutianyu and the wildest Jiankou.

2AB - Battlefield Camping 2


Day 1: Hike from Gubeikou to Jinshanling. Camp out at Gubeikou.

Day 2: Hike from Jinshanling to Simatai.

Walk the oldest battlefield of Gubeikou even used to defend Beijing against the Japanese invasion in 1930's and Jinshanling, the place often represents the Great Wall of China publicly.

2AD - Battlefield Camping 3


Day 1: Hike from Gubeikou to Jinshanling. Camp out at Gubeikou.

Day 2: Hike from lakeside Huanghuacheng to Xishuiyu..

Walk the oldest battlefield of Gubeikou even used to defend Beijing against the Japanese invasion in 1930's. Hike the picturesque site at Huanghuacheng perfectly back-dropped with a two lakes.   

2AE - Battlefield Camping 4


Day 1: Hike from Jinshanling to Simatai.

Camp at Gubeikou.
Day 2: Hike from lakeside Huanghuacheng to Xishuiyu.

Walk Jinshanling part of the Wall that often represent the Great Wall on many publications. Hike the picturesque site at Huanghuacheng perfectly back-dropped with a two lakes.   

2HB - Beginner's Camping at the Battlefield


Day 1: Hike the Gubeikou Great Wall for two hours.

Camp out on the Great Wall.

Day 2: Hike Jinshanling Great Wall for 3 hours.

Walk tothe oldest and unrestored battlefield of Gubeikou and the restored part of Jinshanling to understand the full history of the Great Wall. Possibly suitable for family with kids or seniors. 

2X1 - From the Royal Palace to the Watchtower


Day 1: The Forbidden City and Olympic Park. Camp at Gubeikou.
Day 2: Hike from Gubeikou to Jinshanling. 

Pay a historical tour to the Royal Palace during the day and sleep inside a watchtower where soldiers defended the imperial family. 

Great Wall Camping at Gubeikou with Less Cost

2GC1: Jinshanling Hike and Gubeikou Camping at Group Rates


Day 1:  Jinshanling Group Hike and Private Camping

Day 2: Watch the Sunrise on the Wall and return to Beijing. 

Affordable price for single travelers or those who wish to experience the Great Wall with walking and camping with limited budget. Available every day. 

A20: HIke Jinshanling, Gubeikou and Simatai with Bonus Tour to Watertown


Day 1:  JInshanling to West Simatai Hike. Camp out at Gubeikou. 

Day 2: Hike at Simatai and tour the Gubei Watertown.

Affordable group rates on both days to tour the three famous sections of the Great Wall and a relaxing tour to a typical Chinese watertown at the foot of Simatai.

2HC: Gubeikou Camping for the Sunset and Sunrise for Cheap


Day 1: Sunset hike at Gubeikou followed by camping in a watchtower.

Day 2: Return to Beijing after breakfast.

Designed for those who are more fond of camping out on the World Heritage with limited walking on the Wall due to time or other restriction. 

Great Wall Camping at Jiankou or Huanghuacheng

2JK - Jiankou Hiking and Camping for Jiankou Purists


Day 1: Internal challenges of Jiankou
Day 2: Hike from Jiankou to Mutianyu. 

Explore the four most beautiful parts of the Great Wall with every crest offering another new views for those who are die-hard lovers of Jiankou, the mysterious wild Great Wall with higher level of challenges. Camp out at the highest peak of Jiankou to see the stunning views of sunrise.

2HB2: Sunset and Sunrise, and Mutianyu Tour for the Beginners


Day 1:  Lakeside hike at Huanghuacheng for 2 hours. Camp out at night on the Wall at night. 

Day 2: Meet the sunrise and tour Mutianyu section

See the unique lakeside Great Wall at Huanghuacheng for 2 hours to meet the sunset and the sunrise by camping on the Wall followed by a leisure tour to Mutianyu. Perfect for family with kids and seniors who want to experience the full beauty of the Great Wall without much walking. 

2DC: Lakeside Great Wall Hiking with Camping at Night


Day 1:  Huanghuacheng to Xishuiyu hike for picturesque views.

Day 2: Meet the sunrsie and return to Beijing

Hike the picturesque site at Huanghuacheng perfectly back-dropped with a two lakes. Enjoy the fantastic sunset views and welcome the beautiful sunrise by camping on the Great Wall. 

2B - Jiankou Hiking and Camping for Huanghuacheng


Day 1: Jiankou to Mutianyu Hike. Camp at Huanghuacheng.
Day 2: Hike from Huanghuacheng to Xishuiyu.

Cover the four most impressive and surprising sections of the Great Wall.  The places you go are picturesque and beautiful. The scale of the wall cannot be over estimated.  



Sleeping on the Great Wall for one night? With Great Wall Adventure Club, it is guaranteed to hapeen and that's how we stand out from the competition.

We have three camping sites located at Gubeikou, Jiankou and Huanghuacheng. Each site is equipped with camping facilities and gears including tents, sleeping bags and mattresses. You won't need to carry your own stuff unless you are used to. 



Eating is another important part of your 2-day trip. We want to showcase what the geniune Chinese food should be. We have chosen the restaurants on the road who cook heathly food for you, particularly in the restaurant at Huanghuacheng where you will be served organic poultry and vegetables that are raised and planted in their own yards.  


"Absolutely wonderful 2 day hike on the wall!"

"The entire expedition was AMAZING! The first day we hiked a "wild" section of the wall, which we preferred as we're always looking for a more authentic, less touristy experience. For our sleeping accommodations, we hiked down from the wall (about 45 minutes) to pick up sleeping bags, sleeping pads and a tent, then hiked back up to one of the crumbling towers. My favorite moment of the entire hike might have been sitting on the corner of a crumbling watchtower, looking up at the stars, sharing a beer with my wife and two people who I had just met that day and simply being in that moment on the Great Wall. So amazing.

Overall we were extremely happy with the hiking, sleeping arrangements (in a watch tower!!), our guide, the food, the experience, everything! I would highly recommend Great Wall Adventures to anyone looking to get more out of their Great Wall experience. " 

-Sam J, Minneapolis, Minnesota on TripAdvisor.  Date of experience: July 2017 

"We did a two day hike along the Wall with Great Wall Adventures. We also camped the night in a tent in one of the watchtowers along the wall. Along with the hike to Macchu Pichu, it was one of the most impressive experiences we've ever had. The Wall exceeds expectations and words won't do it justice. Truly amazing. 


The hiking was sometimes quite demanding, and we don't recommend it for beginners but it's certainly doable if you've done some before and know how to pace yourself and deal with the tricky bits."

- paulaD1696NV, Toronto, Canada on TripAdvisor.  Date of experience: September 2016

Affordable Overnight Camping Tours Designed for Solo or Budget Travelers

We have developed programs suitable for solo or budget travelers for their dreams of camping on the Great Wall with hiking together. Please check program 2GC1 and A20

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