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Camping in Ancient
Watch Tower with Tent

 

 

 
 
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Price Structure

 

# of Head USD
each person
1 499
2 289
3 269
4 249
5 229
6-9 199
10+ 149

 

WHAT'S INCLUDED IN PRICE

 

* Personal transfers from and to hotel
* Entry fees to the Great Wall

* One dinner and one breakfast (delivered to your watchtower)
* The privilege of camping on the Great Wall and exclusive access to the camping watch tower
* All necessary camping gears such as tents & bags
* Quality vehicle, professional driver and English-speaking tour guide
* Free membership card
* A credit of USD10 when you reserve the next tour with us

 

ADDTIONAL SERVICE

 

* For extended hike up to 4.5 hours, add $39/person. 

* Enjoy a bottle of the famous Great Wall Brand dry red wine for $39 while camping on the Great Wall

 

 

WHAT'S INCLUDED IN PRICE


* Enjoy a bottle of Great Wall dry red wine in the watchtower for USD49.

* Enjoy a dozen of Tsingtao Beer for USD99.

 

Guaranteed no detours to

shops or markets, etc.

 

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If you currently don’t have travel insurance then you will be required to purchase our PICC (People's Insurance Company of China) travel and accidental insurance.
The fee will be $9.99 per person, and will cover the duration of your hiking/camping/trekking in order to ensure that you are comprehensively protected if injured.

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Overnight Camping at Gubeikou Great Wall with Hiking


Route 2HC: The most affordable and family-friendly combination of hiking and camping experience with the Great Wall of China, and  with the opportunity to come across the magnificent sunset and sunrise

 

 


The outdoorsman: Stay overnight on the Great Wall of China

 

"When people come to the Great Wall of China, they want to explore the history and see why it was built. A day trip to the tourist sites won’t achieve that, but a sleepover on one of the world’s most storied ruins certainly will. The Great Wall Adventure Club organizes trips to sleep in a watchtower where soldiers were formerly garrisoned. When night falls, the only thing above is the stars, while the incredible land of the surrounding hills is absolutely silent ... (June 11, 2012)"

 


Guaranteed camping in an ancient watch tower with tents!

 

 

 

Highlights:


Once-in-a-life experience of sleeping on the Great Wall, which only ancient warriors could do in history. You'll camp on a watchtower surrounded by the Wall on the mountain!

 

Hike through a portion of the Great Wall at Gubeikou that was effectively used as the battlefield in 1933 when Chinese army fought against Japanese invasion.


On this hike you will get the best of the wild and dramatic unrestored “Wild Wall,” making the hike much more interesting by enjoying the silence and peace on the mountains.  

 

Weather permitting, Meet the sunset and sunrise at the Great Wall from your hiking and camping, catching the unique views that only can be done by hiking and camping in this world heritage site.

 

Family-friendly for those who have seniors and kids in a group. Moderate challenge suitable for those are not quite fit.

 

Perfect for those who have tight schedules in Beijing. If you have a flight or train to catch the next day, we will be happy to drop you off directly from the Great Wall with a modest fee.

 

Perfect for those who wish to experience more from camping for one night in the watchtower than one of shear exhaustion.

 

The most affordable camping program in our 2-day overnight adventure category.

 

 

"I wanted to say the trek was one of the best adventures I have ever done. That is in no small part to Aaron and the organisation of your company. All went so smoothly, just the amount of walking which meant we saw a whole section and sleeping over was the highlight. Getting up at day break to see the sun peeking over the Wall was sheer bliss.
It was great we had a lovely small group of ages ranging from 20's to 60's (me) I cant thank you enough."
-- William G., from UK

 



Day 1: Catching the Sunset with Hiking in the Afternoon and Camping in the Watchtower or Beacon Tower like Warriors



You will leave Beijing at 10 am (or around) . Driving for 2.5 hours, you will arrive at Gubeikou section of the Great Wall to start your hike in the afternoon. Upon arriving, you will walk for 2 hours to learn the grandeur of the Great Wall of its original state. With relatively flatter terrain and zero crowds, the route we take for this short hike is relatively less challenging  and suitable for seniors and young children. If you are physically strong, you can request for a 4.5-hour hike from Gubeikou to Jinshanling for extra $39/person.

Gubeikou was a strategic fort to protect the capital in ancient times. Gubeikou, along with the passes at Shanhaiguan and Juyongguan, was a key strategic target in military campaigns since ancient times. Protecting these three passes was considered vital for keeping Beijing safe from the Mongolian nomads. The Gubeikou hike is to satisfy your curiosity of what the original Great Wall was formed and designed to keep out hostile armies and why it is strategically important to the defense of Beijing. Even in the modern wars, the Great Wall was effectively used. Gubeikou is the battlefield in 1933 when Chinese army fought against Japanese invasion. In the four-month-long battles, over 5,000 Japanese soldiers were killed while 9,000 Chinese soldiers died.


Serving as an important defense in the capital's protection, this section of the wall was built under rigorous supervision, and with strictly selected building materials. Therefore, it is undoubtedly the most magnificent, precipitous, and indestructible section of the Great Wall.


The vistas of the sinuous Wall snaking its way over the ridges of the Yanshan are breathtaking. This section of the wall meanders through the countryside and mountains, and you will be rewarded by the scenery this section, particularly with the fantastic sunset views. This experience will be a nature lover’s delight, and is also a great opportunity for photos.



After viewing the sunset, you will climb down and  have dinner at a nearby farm inn where you will enjoy delicious Chinese stir-fry with rice for your dinner. Then, before it gets dark, you will go up to the mountain and sleep overnight in a watch tower. We will prepare the necessary camping facilities such as sleeping bags so you don't have to bring anything but yourself. Here it is the sound sleeper's paradise - let the mountain valley and the Great Wall echo your snoring sound. For those of you curious about Great Wall camping conditions, please be advised that camping on the Great Wall is very rugged and adventurous, and you should expect a relatively low comfort level from what you're normally used to.

Due to the high and heavy volume of camping equipment (tents, pads, sleeping bags, etc.) in use during your Great Wall hiking tour, we kindly ask that you give your guide a helping hand in getting your equipment up to the watchtower where you'll spend the night. We thank you for your cooperation and understanding!

The temperature on the Great Wall is usually 10 degree Celsius lower than it is on the ground.
 





Day 2: Watching the Beautiful Sunrise

 

Waking up at about 5 am in the summer or 6:30 am in the winter,  you will meet the magnificent sunrise from the Great Wall. Take a lot of pictures and videos!


After having continental breakfast, you will return to Beijing or go to the airport or train station to catch your next trip. The inbound traffic to Beijing in the morning is relatively smooth, you will get back to your hotel around 9 am.  





One more thing to do for a complete Beijing adventure: Optional tours to The Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven and Summer Palace

Compared with China’s other megacities, Beijing is still a traditionalist at heart, so delve into the shops, galleries and restaurants in the city’s old, alleyway-threaded hutong neighborhoods. - New York Times, 2015





This day is optional, but you really shouldn't miss it. Great Wall Adventure Club picks Beijing's must-see's if you have a tight schedule besides the adventure to the Great Wall. Being the capital of many dynasties in the history, Beijing has much to offer. No matter how you are busy, you shouldn't miss the Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven and Summer Palace. If you don't want this day to be tight to cover the three attractions, do the Forbidden City and Summer Palace. You will return home with full chip of pictures of epics.

For one-day tour of the Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven and Summer Palace, please book our private tour. You can see the program details in our Beijing tour section.

For just two attractions of the Forbidden City and Summer Palace, we have a group tour for a very reasonable price. You can see the program details in our Beijing group tour page.

Great Wall adventure guests will receive discounts for both the private tour and group tour.

Stuff to bring on your trip:

* Tough hiking boots, sunscreen and sunglasses, and water
* Backpack, and snacks or energy/protein supplements you want to have before lunch
* Extra cash for drive/guide tips along with money for either cable car or toboggan ride
* Don’t forget your camera!

We have up to 8 different routes for overnight hiking and camping on the Great Wall!

Read complete itinerary of Route 2X: Forbidden City + Sleep in the Watchtower (Camp!)
Read complete itinerary of Route 2AA: Gubeikou-Jinshanling-Jiankou-Mutianyu hike (Camp!)
Read complete itinerary of Route 2AB: Gubeikou-Jinshanling-Second Valley Hike & Camp (Camp!)
Read complete itinerary of Route 2B: Huanghuacheng-Jiankou-Mutianyu hike 
Read complete itinerary of Route 2C: Chengde-Panjakou Reservoir-Xifengkou hike.
Read complete itinerary of Route 2D: Panjiakou Reservoir-Xifengkou hike.
Read complete itinerary of Route 2E: East Qing Tomb-Huangyaguan hike.
Read complete itinerary of Route 2F:
Laolongtou-Shanhaiguan-Sandaoguan-Jiaoshan-Jiumenkou-Huangtuying hike

 

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