Home > Hike in Beijing

Not currently open for booking

This hike is not currently scheduled, and the information on this page may be incomplete or out of date.

Big Camp Plate Village and Hengling Valley

In Brief: Ramble about in the hills of Huailai, passing villages, valleys, and fields, with views of big mountains and Great Wall.

Views of mountains and valleys on the Big Camp Plate trail

Views of mountains and valleys on the Big Camp Plate trail.

Key information

  • 4–5 hours of hiking over approx. 14km.

We’ll drive out past Badaling into Hebei province to reach the trailhead, which begins on a lonely stretch of mountain highway. After a 30–40 minute walk up a road into the mountains, we’ll arrive at Big Camp Plate Village.

The ‘Camp’ part of the name comes from the village being an old supply point for the wall in this area, back in the Ming Dynasty. Nowadays the village is virtually empty, apart from when everyone shows up for the planting and harvest seasons.

From the village we continue along a dirt road, aiming for the meadows by the Great Wall. We’ll hike up to the wall for a look. The wall here is built on a cliff, and the views are amazing.

From the meadows we’ll backtrack a short distance to find the trail that heads down to a narrow gully, which we’ll follow to find another interesting feature of the Great Wall in this area – a gate in the wall at the end of the gully. Don’t go through the gate – you’ll be in for a drop of about six metres.

This gate is called the Water Pass, and perhaps it was made to allow water from the gully to flow through.  More likely it was an actual gate, as there are signs of it having had a door. With the wall beyond the gate all tumbled down it’s tough to tell if there were steps to climb up to the gate, or if a ladder would have been used.

We’ll climb up over the gate and follow a narrow trail that takes us up on to the wall high above, which we’ll then follow up to a high point.

This line of wall is fairly steep, and a lot of it has fallen down. This makes it a fairly tricky climb. But it’s worth it, with the views getting better and better the higher we get.

We’ll aim to get to the high point for lunch, and we’ll stop to enjoy the views as we eat – Great Wall on two sides, and mountains and valleys all around.

Nearby the high point is a line of Great Wall known as Yangbiancheng, which was built as a model for the construction of other Great Wall in the same area. We’ll hike down here after lunch for a look.

On the other side of the wall here is a trail we recently scouted, and we’ll head down that way to finish the walk. It’s a relaxing walk down – a nice dirt path of about 5km that is shaded by trees. As we get further down, the path widens as we near fields and terraces that are farmed by people from the nearby village of Hengling.

We’ll meet our bus at the roadside and finish the hike with a little picnic before heading back to Beijing.

What to bring on this hike

Reasons you might not enjoy this hike

  • There are some steep climbs on loose footing while on the wall.
  • Short sections of the trail may be slightly overgrown during the summer months.

There are risks involved in hiking. Please read our Risk Acknowledgment and Waiver and inform yourself before participating.

Level4

Level of difficulty

Level 4 hikes will usually take 4 hours to complete, and will be difficult for people who are not used to hiking or are out of shape.

Is the level of difficulty suitable for me?

Hike statistics

  • Distance: 14km
  • Time to complete: 4–5 hours
  • Total ascent: 702m
  • Total descent: 790m
  • Start height: 975m
  • Peak: 1,290m
  • Finish height: 888m
  • Location: Huailai
  • Drive time: 2–2.5 hours each way

Hikes in Beijing

We publish our hike schedule month by month, with updates around the 10th of each month.

If you're interested in hikes and trips during a month that's not yet listed, use our contact form to let us know and we'll send you a quick email when the schedule is online.

Hike in Beijing calendar

See the Hike in Beijing schedule in our calendar


Find a hike

Great Wall hikesGreat Wall campingHillwalking hikesTough hikesEasy hikesShunyi hikesSee all the hikes »Calendar


All upcoming hikes in Beijing

Departure date: Saturday, January 19
Book it

Zhuangdaokou to Moss Mountain

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Saturday, January 19
Book it

Gubeikou Great Wall Loop

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Sunday, January 20
Standby

White River Ice Hike

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Wednesday, January 23
Book it

Jiankou to Mutianyu Great Wall

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Saturday, January 26
Book it

Walled Village to Huanghuacheng Great Wall

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Sunday, January 27
Book it

Great Wall Spur

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Sunday, January 27
Book it

White River Ice Hike

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Wednesday, January 30
Book it

Gubeikou Great Wall Loop

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Thursday, January 31
Book it

Shunyi Hikers: White River Ice Hike

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Saturday, February 2
Book it

Gubeikou to Jinshanling Great Wall East

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Sunday, February 3
Book it

Stone Valley Great Wall Loop

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Monday, February 4
Book it

Walled Village to Huanghuacheng Great Wall

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Wednesday, February 6
Book it

Gubeikou Great Wall Loop

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: February 6–7 (Wed–Thu)
Book it

Yu County’s Ancient Walled Towns and Fireworks of Molten Iron

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Thursday, February 7
Book it

Jiankou to Mutianyu Great Wall

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Thursday, February 7
Book it

Rolling Hills and Empty Lanes

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Friday, February 8
Book it

Longquanyu Great Wall to the Little West Lake

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Friday, February 8
Book it

Longqingxia Ice Festival and Tang Dynasty Caves

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Saturday, February 9
Book it

Great Wall: Huanghuacheng to the Little West Lake

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Saturday, February 9
Book it

White River Ice Hike

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Sunday, February 10
Book it

Great Wall Spur

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Saturday, February 16
Book it

Jiankou to Mutianyu Great Wall

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: February 16–17 (Sat–Sun)
Book it

Yu County’s Ancient Walled Towns and Fireworks of Molten Iron

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Saturday, February 16
Book it

Longqingxia Ice Festival and Tang Dynasty Caves

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Sunday, February 17
Book it

Great Wall: Huanghuacheng to the Walled Village

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Wednesday, February 20
Book it

Gubeikou Great Wall Loop

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Saturday, February 23
Book it

Longquanyu Great Wall to the Little West Lake

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Sunday, February 24
Book it

Great Wall: Nine-Eyes Tower

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Saturday, February 23
Book it

Yinmeng Temple and Sujia River

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Wednesday, February 27
Book it

Great Wall Spur

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Saturday, March 2
Book it

Chinese Knot Great Wall

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Saturday, March 2
Book it

Gubeikou Great Wall Loop

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Sunday, March 3
Book it

Rolling Hills and Empty Lanes

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Sunday, March 3
Book it

Stone Valley Great Wall Loop

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Wednesday, March 6
Book it

Gubeikou to Jinshanling Great Wall East

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Thursday, March 7
Book it

Longquanyu Great Wall to the Little West Lake

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Saturday, March 9
Book it

Switchback Great Wall

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Saturday, March 9
Book it

Walled Village to Huanghuacheng Great Wall

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Sunday, March 10
Book it

Jiankou to Mutianyu Great Wall

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Sunday, March 10
Book it

Big Black Mountain to the Walled Village

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Wednesday, March 13
Book it

Gubeikou Great Wall Loop

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Thursday, March 14
Book it

Great Wall Spur

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Saturday, March 16
Book it

Gubeikou to Jinshanling Great Wall East

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Saturday, March 16
Book it

Longevity Village to the Ming Tombs (Route Two)

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Sunday, March 17
Book it

Longquanyu Great Wall to the Little West Lake

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Wednesday, March 20
Book it

Great Wall: Nine-Eyes Tower

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Thursday, March 21
Book it

Great Wall: Huanghuacheng to the Walled Village

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Saturday, March 23
Book it

Heituo Mountain Loop

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Saturday, March 23
Book it

Gubeikou Great Wall Loop

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Sunday, March 24
Book it

Jiankou to Mutianyu Great Wall

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Wednesday, March 27
Book it

Stone Valley Great Wall Loop

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Thursday, March 28
Book it

Walled Village to Huanghuacheng Great Wall

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Saturday, March 30
Book it

Great Flood hike

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: March 30–31 (Sat–Sun)
Book it

Camping: Gubeikou Great Wall and Jinshanling Great Wall

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Sunday, March 31
Book it

Jiankou to Mutianyu Great Wall

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Sunday, March 31
Book it

Silver Pagoda Loop

Read more about this hike »

Explore China

See more of China on a multi-day trip—travel to famous scenic areas, or choose to visit somewhere obscure and less well-known.

Upcoming trips

Monks unveiling a huge cloth thangka
Trip dates: February 16–19, 2019

Labrang Monastery’s ‘Unveiling the Buddha’ Ceremony, Xiahe, Gansu Province

In Brief: Visit Xiahe to witness a giant Buddha tapestry being unveiled on the hillside above Labrang Monastery and to join the crowds watching the lively performances in the town square. Trip also includes hikes and walks in nearby grassland areas.

Book trip
More info »
Hiking through fields of flowers near a village
Trip dates: March 14–17, 2019

Wuyuan ‘Fields of Flowers’, Jiangxi Province

In Brief: See fields of yellow flowers and ancient river towns in southern China. Cultural focus, nothing too strenuous.

Book trip
More info »
A traditional welcome to a Miao village
Trip dates: April 3–7, 2019

Guizhou: Miao and Dong culture in the mountains (5 days)

In Brief: Hike between villages and enclaves in the mountains of Guizhou Province to get a up-close look at the well-preserved rituals, traditions, and architecture of the Miao and Dong (and more) ethnic groups.

Book trip
More info »