Jinshanling and Gubeikou Great Wall camping | Views of the Great Wall at Jinshanling
Views of the Great Wall at Jinshanling.

Camping: Jinshanling Great Wall and Gubeikou Great Wall

Hike the Jinshanling Great Wall and then cross through farmland to reach our campsite in a tower on the Great Wall at Gubeikou. You’ll hike easier with just the essentials in your day pack; we’ll arrange delivery of the camping equipment to the campsite.

Level 3+
12–14km and approx. 9 hours of hiking spread over two days (Can I do it?)

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On this two day Great Wall adventure you’ll hike picturesque stretches of the wild Great Wall and camp in a Great Wall tower at Gubeikou.

We'll supply a tent, sleeping bag, and ground pad for you, as well as food for a basic dinner and breakfast. All you’ll need is a day pack to carry your essentials while hiking, leaving you free to enjoy the scenery, sunset, stars, and sunrise as we hike along the Jinshanling and Gubeikou sections of the Great Wall.

Maximum group size of 10–12 hikers; book early to make sure you get a spot!

Trail update

We’d usually go the other way on this hike, starting at Gubeikou and finishing at Jinshanling on the second day. But with part of the wall at Gubeikou closed for repairs and the high chance of traffic jams at the border crossing coming back, it makes more sense to start out at Jinshanling.

This gives us a longer hike on the first day, and if we finish the hike early on the second day we’ll have the option to have a look about Gubeikou village, a small town below the wall.

Bad weather plan

We'll have a fairly good idea of the weather by about three days before the hike. If it's forecast to be dangerous, we'd need to call off the hike. If it changes suddenly while we're out there, we can shelter at our local friend's courtyard.

The campsite

Our campsite is a partially restored tower at the Gubeikou Great Wall. With the wall at our backs, we’ll have broad views to the south, east, and west, and you’ll be able to see the sunrise by poking your head out of the tower at around about 6:15am.

Full Moon over the Great Wall at Gubeikou
Full Moon over the Great Wall at Gubeikou. (Click for larger image)

At night

The sun will set around 5:49pm, and from the campsite we’ll be able to watch as the sun slowly sinks below below a tall ridge of mountains.
Moon phase: new moon, great for stargazing.

The sun will rise over the the hills and wall beyond our campsite at around about 6:15am.

Hiking trail

On the first day of the trip we’ll hike up park trails to get on to the eastern end of the Great Wall at Jinshanling. Most of the Great Wall here has been repaired and offers a great look at what the wall here would have looked like back in the Ming Dynasty. We’ll follow the Jinshanling Great Wall all the way over to the western end, passing through many large towers and climbing up and down steep stairs on the Great Wall.

We’ll hike out along trails by the wall at the western end of Jinshanling, walking through farmland and up a valley trail to get around a military area, getting back up on the Great Wall at Gubeikou’s 24-Eyes Tower. From there it’s a short walk down to the campsite, where we’ll set up camp, cook dinner, and watch the sun set.

Hike statistics, Day One

• Distance: 10–12km • Approx. 5 hours of hiking • Total ascent: 560m • Total descent: 600m

Hiking on the Great Wall at Gubeikou
Hiking on the Great Wall at Gubeikou. (Click for larger image)

On the second day we’ll continue our walk at the Gubeikou Great Wall. We’ll hike down from the Great Wall to get around a section that is closed for repairs and go through a small village to find the trail that will get us back up on to the Great Wall. The hike continues along the Great Wall, passing the General’s Tower on the way to Gubeikou’s North Gate.

Not far from the North Gate is the countryside restaurant where we’ll finish the hike with a delicious hot meal and drinks.

After lunch, if there’s time and interest, we’ll take a stroll through Gubeikou Village before boarding the bus for our return to Beijing.

Hike statistics, Day Two

• Distance: 6–7km • 2–3 hours of hiking • Total ascent: 178m • Total descent: 328m

Maximum group size of 10–12 hikers; book early to make sure you get a spot!

Kid’s prices

  • Ages 8–12:   ¥900
  • Ages 13–17: ¥1,300

For more details about meals, water, packing lists, and more, please see the sections below.

Because of the COVID-19 situation we have some extra terms and conditions for participation.

In particular:

  • DO NOT participate if you are sick or showing symptoms of fever and/or have an elevated temperature, or have been in close contact with someone who was.
  • DO NOT participate if you have not completed any required quarantine after your return to Beijing.
  • You MUST agree to the mitigation and prevention measures outlined here and that Beijing Hikers will not be held responsible if any participants become sick.

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