- 3–4 hours each day.
UPDATE 2017/5/23: We've had to change the plan for this hike because the Jinshanling Great Wall will be closed until the end of summer.
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 take care of the heavy lifting and main supplies; 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 Gubeikou and Jinshanling sections of the Great 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, and you’ll be able to see the sunrise by poking your head out of the tower at around about 4:50am.
The sun will set around 7:46pm, and from the campsite we’ll be able to watch as the sun slowly sinks below below a tall ridge of mountains.
Moon phase: First Quarter.
Lunch, day one: We'll supply a sandwich, as well as a banana and a Snickers bar. You might like to supplement this with extra snacks.
Dinner: We'll supply basic camp food: things like bread and rolls, ham and salami, pickles and cheese, and some cup noodles and soups. We’ll bring gas burners to boil water for hot drinks. We'll also bring a bottle of red wine! Dinner will be tasty but fairly basic, and we’re not able to have open fires.
Breakfast: We’ll bring bread and jam and fruit, tea and coffee.
Snacks: We’ll supply an apple, and nuts and things to make trail mix.
Lunch, day two: We’ll head to a local restaurant and celebrate with a big meal and plenty of cold beer.
Water: We’ll provide 4 litres of bottled water per person, plus an electrolyte drink.
We supply: one tent for each person, sleeping bag and liner, ground pad, hiking poles.
What you need to bring
- Day pack to carry the essentials.
- Standard hiking gear and boots, and a waterproof jacket just in case.
- Warm clothes for the evening, spare socks and underwear.
- Hat and gloves.
- Flashlight or head lamp.
- Toilet paper and hand sanitizer.
- Toothbrush, small towel.
- Personal medicine and basic first aid supplies.
- Entertainment: a book, cards, a bottle of something.
- Extra food and snacks ie chocolate.
Recommended packing method
You'll need a day pack to carry the essentials: your clothes, food, water, and anything you can’t do without. You won't need to carry the camping equipment.
On the first day of the trip we’ll explore Great Wall at Gubeikou, a relatively easy hike that has magnificent views of the Great Wall running through the hills. We'll hike up to the highest tower in the area, and then walk back down to our campsite to cook diner and watch the sun set.
On the second day of the trip we’ll hike on to the Jinshanling Great Wall. We'll hike back up to the high point of the Gubeikou Great Wall, and then head down into the farmland that surrounds Hemp Village. After a 45-60 minute hike through the fields, we'll climb a hill trail to get on to the western end of the Jinshanling Great Wall. We’ll walk all of the Jinshanling section of the Great Wall to finish at the eastern end with a walk down a park trail to the carpark where our bus will meet us.
Maximum group size of 10 hikers; book early to make sure you get a spot!
Reasons you might not enjoy this trip
- There are a few places along the way that are either narrow, steep, slippery, or all three.
In some of the trip reports below you might see photos of our old campsite.