Gubeikou Great Wall camping | See sunset from the Great Wall at Gubeikou
See sunset from the Great Wall at Gubeikou.

Camping: Gubeikou Great Wall

Spend a night in a tower on the Great Wall at Gubeikou, with short, easy hikes on both days. Trip stays inside Beijing, limited spaces available.

Level 2
Short hikes, easy walking. (Can I do it?)

This hike is scheduled as a join-in group tour on the following date

Follow the link to see current hike information and booking details.

There’s a risk of getting a Health Kit pop-up from hiking here

We’ll be right on the Hebei-Beijing border, and your phone might pick up a Hebei signal. (There are some Covid cases in a Hebei city about 100km north of Gubeikou)

Putting your phone in airplane mode while hiking should take care of it, but we can’t guarantee that.

If it’s very important that you don’t get a pop-up, we advise saving this hike for another time.

On this easy camping trip you’ll show up fashionably late at the Great Wall and have an early dinner at a local guesthouse before a short hike up to the campsite in a Great Wall tower.

We’ll have free time to explore the wall near the campsite as the sun drops down behind mountains, and after the sun sets we’ll settle in for the evening with snacks, marshmallows, and (hopefully) some stargazing.

The next day, we’ll wake up early with coffee and a basic camp breakfast before a short hike out along the Great Wall, finishing with an early lunch at a village restaurant.

We'll supply a tent, sleeping bag, and ground pad for you, as well as water, snacks, and a basic breakfast at the campsite. You’ll carry your own clothes and gear, and any extra snacks and drinks you might want to enjoy up on the wall.

Limited group size due to small campsite; book early to make sure you get a spot!

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.

There are no bathroom facilities near the campsite.

We recommend you pack extra snacks to take up to the campsite—enough to get you through until breakfast.

We’ll organise delivery of our camping gear to the campsite for you. If you have extra things to take to and from the campsite, you should carry them by yourself or pay extra to the porters. (We can help you get a quote for portage.)

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 6:43pm, and from the campsite we’ll be able to watch as the sun slowly sinks below below a tall ridge of mountains.
Moon phase: First Quarter.

The sun will rise over the the hills and wall beyond our campsite at around about 6:13am.

The hikes

On the first day, it’s a short hike up to the campsite—just 2km, and maybe 45 minutes all up. From the campsite, it’s a 30-minute hike up to 24-Eyes Tower, the tallest tower on this stretch of the wall.

On the second day we’ll do a mellow 4km hike down the Great Wall to Gubeikou’s North Gate, passing Haowang Tower and the General’s Tower on the way.

Kid’s prices

  • Ages 6–17: ¥1,200
  • Under 6s: price on application

For 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.

Please read in full here: Operating hikes under COVID-19 precautions

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