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The Great Wall Camping, 2 Days Hike

2 Days / 1 Night

Overview

The Great Wall of China never fails to impress. But camping overnight on the Wall is guaranteed to be the experience of a lifetime. Explore this world-famous site without the tourist crowds, sleeping in theshadows of ramparts and waking to an unforgettable sunrise.

Trip Highlights

The Great Wall Camping, 2 Days Hike

Enjoy the Great Wall without crowds-

After the tourists disappear at sunset, enjoy exploring the Great Wall alone to appreciate its sheer scale and remarkable views.

Camp on the Great Wall

Spend a night in a tent located on a flat, grassy patch surrounded by the wall’s ramparts and towers.

Take a scenic, guided trek-

Head to a remote stretch of the Great Wall for a guided 8-kilometre walk,

enjoying breath-taking views along the way.

Enjoy the Great Wall without crowds-

After the tourists disappear at sunset, enjoy exploring the Great Wall alone to appreciate its sheer scale and remarkable views.

Camp on the Great Wall

Spend a night in a tent located on a flat, grassy patch surrounded by the wall’s ramparts and towers.

Take a scenic, guided trek-

Head to a remote stretch of the Great Wall for a guided 8-kilometre walk,

enjoying breath-taking views along the way.

Itinerary

1

Beijing - Huanghuacheng

Estimate distance and journey time: Beijing - Huanghuacheng (approx.2h): 90 km Hiking Trail (approx. 1.5 hours): 3 km *Depends on local situation (the weather/construction/traffic jam, etc…), may take longer

The Great Wall of China was built by hundreds of thousands of soldiers and laborers in ancient times. It is not able to understand the hardship and magnificence of this man-made construction until it was reached. An overnight camping at one of the watchtowers will make this dream alive. Walking on the Wall and sleeping at the watchtower, may give a feel of the marching of the Mongols.

Huanghuacheng was a strategic military pass to defend the imperial tombs in the Ming Dynasty (1368AD-1644 AD). In order to defend the capital and imperial tombs, two types of the Wall were built to the north of Beijing, Outer Great Wall & Inner Great Wall. Huanghuacheng is a part of the Inner Great Wall. The Wall was built on the ridge of the mountains, and both stone and bricks were employed on the construction. In early 1950s the local authority set up two dam sites for irrigation and flood control and parts of the Wall submerged into the water. Two reservoirs will be seen at the beginning and the end of the hike.

Pick up at hotel in Beijing at about 14:00 and drive to Huanghuacheng (approx. 2 hours). Start the hiking at around 16:00, and it will take about 1.5 hours hiking on the wall for a return trip of 4 watchtowers. The Wall actually snakes eastward, however it is not able to walk further as it’s very steep and crumbling. A home-made local dinner will be provided at a farmer’s guesthouse next to the Wall. Basic shower is also available here after dinner. The host will lift up all camping gears to the watchtower on the Wall after dinner. Go up to the watchtower by 20 minutes walking. Torch is necessary to find the way at night. Please remember to go to toilet before ascending the Wall.

Camping gears: twin-shared tent, 1 sleeping bag, 1 rolling mat and 1 pillow per person

Overnight by camping at watchtower on the Great Wall

2

Huanghuacheng - Xishuiyu - Beijing

Estimate distance and journey time: Huanghuacheng – Beijing (approx 2h): 90 km Hiking Trail (approx. 4 hours): 6 km *Depends on local situation (the weather/construction/traffic jam, etc…), may take longer

Wake up on the Great Wall as the sun rises around. It’s the right time to produce amazing photographs. At this time there are usually no other people on the wall. Come down to the guesthouse and have basic breakfast here and then walk up to the Wall again.

The first 40-minute straight up walking is challenging and will be rewarded by a panoramic view of the lakeside Great Wall however. There are constant ups and downs toward Xishuiyu. Meander through jungles and bushes, along with chestnut orchid next to the Wall. When reaching the end of today’s hike at Xishuiyu, another part of the Wall will be seen cut by another reservoir. Again, stunning view from top of the watchtower on the Wall. Coming down on little path and finish the hike at the parking lot. Be warned that it is slippery when descending the Wall, and it is not necessary to rush forward.

A unique Hotpot lunch is followed on the way back to Beijing. Hotpot is originally from Sichuan Province and now is popular all over China. Plain or Spicy can be chosen according to different flavor. This is also a good opportunity to practice chopstick skills. Get back to hotel by about 2pm.

3

Beijing - Huanghuacheng

Estimate distance and journey time: Beijing - Huanghuacheng (approx.2h): 90 km Hiking Trail (approx. 1.5 hours): 3 km *Depends on local situation (the weather/construction/traffic jam, etc…), may take longer

The Great Wall of China was built by hundreds of thousands of soldiers and laborers in ancient times. It is not able to understand the hardship and magnificence of this man-made construction until it was reached. An overnight camping at one of the watchtowers will make this dream alive. Walking on the Wall and sleeping at the watchtower, may give a feel of the marching of the Mongols.

Huanghuacheng was a strategic military pass to defend the imperial tombs in the Ming Dynasty (1368AD-1644 AD). In order to defend the capital and imperial tombs, two types of the Wall were built to the north of Beijing, Outer Great Wall & Inner Great Wall. Huanghuacheng is a part of the Inner Great Wall. The Wall was built on the ridge of the mountains, and both stone and bricks were employed on the construction. In early 1950s the local authority set up two dam sites for irrigation and flood control and parts of the Wall submerged into the water. Two reservoirs will be seen at the beginning and the end of the hike.

Pick up at hotel in Beijing at about 14:00 and drive to Huanghuacheng (approx. 2 hours). Start the hiking at around 16:00, and it will take about 1.5 hours hiking on the wall for a return trip of 4 watchtowers. The Wall actually snakes eastward, however it is not able to walk further as it’s very steep and crumbling. A home-made local dinner will be provided at a farmer’s guesthouse next to the Wall. Basic shower is also available here after dinner. The host will lift up all camping gears to the watchtower on the Wall after dinner. Go up to the watchtower by 20 minutes walking. Torch is necessary to find the way at night. Please remember to go to toilet before ascending the Wall.

Camping gears: twin-shared tent, 1 sleeping bag, 1 rolling mat and 1 pillow per person

Overnight by camping at watchtower on the Great Wall

4

Huanghuacheng - Xishuiyu - Beijing

Estimate distance and journey time: Huanghuacheng – Beijing (approx 2h): 90 km Hiking Trail (approx. 4 hours): 6 km *Depends on local situation (the weather/construction/traffic jam, etc…), may take longer

Wake up on the Great Wall as the sun rises around. It’s the right time to produce amazing photographs. At this time there are usually no other people on the wall. Come down to the guesthouse and have basic breakfast here and then walk up to the Wall again.

The first 40-minute straight up walking is challenging and will be rewarded by a panoramic view of the lakeside Great Wall however. There are constant ups and downs toward Xishuiyu. Meander through jungles and bushes, along with chestnut orchid next to the Wall. When reaching the end of today’s hike at Xishuiyu, another part of the Wall will be seen cut by another reservoir. Again, stunning view from top of the watchtower on the Wall. Coming down on little path and finish the hike at the parking lot. Be warned that it is slippery when descending the Wall, and it is not necessary to rush forward.

A unique Hotpot lunch is followed on the way back to Beijing. Hotpot is originally from Sichuan Province and now is popular all over China. Plain or Spicy can be chosen according to different flavor. This is also a good opportunity to practice chopstick skills. Get back to hotel by about 2pm.

Important Information

Our services include:

  • English speaking guide without shopping(for other languages supplements apply)
  • Tours and transfers as mentioned by private and air-con vehicle
  • Entrance fees for mentioned visits
  • Unlimited water bottles, snacks, meals as mentioned
  • Overnight at the campsite, gears (tent,mats,sleeping bags)

Our services do not include:

  • Meals arrangement other than indicated
  • Personal expenses
  • Other services not mentioned in the program
  • Tips (ratio 2:1 is suggested for guide : driver)
  • Travel insurance

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