Switchback Great Wall Camping, 2016/8/20
Take a look at 20+ photos from a camping trip on the Great Wall in Yanqing County, Beijing.
After a month of near constant on-off rain we were happy to see clear skies forecast for our camping trip.
We drove out into the countryside, arriving at a village near the Great Wall. After getting all our gear in order we started out on the hike up.
The trail started behind the village, leading up on to a ridge with views of the wall on a nearby hill.
To reach the wall we hiked down into a valley, and then through a gap where the wall dipped down at a pass. Around the corner from the pass we found the steep hill trail that got us up on top of the Ming Dynasty-era Great Wall we’d spotted from the previous ridge.
From there we followed the rough and steep wall up to our campsite, a walk of about two hours.
After we set up camp it was time to enjoy the sunset and a BBQ dinner.
The next day we were up early and hiked further along the Great Wall, finishing up with a walk out down a long valley and a tasty meal at our favourite guesthouse in the village.