Important—bring your Health Kit/健康宝 app and covid test results, in case we’re asked to show those.
The campsite is near the border of Beijing and Hebei, but we won’t go through any border checkpoints. Your phone might pick up a Hebei signal.
Working days—these two days are officially a working days, to make up for the seven-day holiday.
Last camping of the season
There’s a risk of getting a Health Kit pop-up from camping 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.
Maximum group size of 12 hikers; 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.
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’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.)
The sun will set around 5:46pm, and from the campsite we’ll be able to watch as the sun slowly sinks below below a tall ridge of mountains.
Moon phase: Full Moon.
The sun will rise over the the hills and wall beyond our campsite at around about 6:18am.
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.
Ages 7–17: ¥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.
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.