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Hiking and Camping 

on the Great Wall

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PLATINUM PACKAGE 

Private or Semi-private English Tour including private transfers, tickets, camping setup, and meals. Your guide will walk with you for every step from hotel pickup to drop-off and on the Great Wall! 


GOLD PACKAGE


Private or Semi-private tour but with our local Chinese-speaking guide who can use translation apps. You'll have the professional transfer service with our driver and car and friendly assistance from local support team. Everything is the same as the Platinum Package except that you pay less.

 

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TRAVEL INSURANCE

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 $5 per person, and will cover the duration of your hiking/camping/trekking in order to ensure that you are comprehensively protected if injured.

For more information about our travel insurance policy please see our insurance page.

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Great Wall Camping and Hiking Express

Route 2HC2: Moderate hiking combined with complete tent camping in a watchtower of the Great Wall for one day and one night

 

 

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*Ranked by the quantity of signups of all 2-day hiking routes.

 

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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 on the watch tower!

 

A few agents claim they can do so but that's not true. What they usually mean is that they may take you to the foot of the Great Wall to camp on the ground or to sleep at a guesthouse. Not us. For each participant (even children), we must pay a hefty relic preserving fee to the Great Wall administration office. This fee allows for you to camp on the Great Wall, hence why the price for this program is higher than most. Great Wall Adventure Club (GWAC) is the only company approved by the Great Wall Administration Office to offer camping for international guests. This is what sets us apart from other operators.

Please keep in mind that during some sensitive political events, camping may be temporarily suspended because of increased police security around Beijing. We will do our best to keep you up-to-date on any changes or notices regarding this. Thank you for your understanding!

 

 

Highlights:

* Make the Great Wall your own personal hotel! We have all the camping gears handy to use.


* Huanghuacheng is beautiful largely because of its view, owing to its prime vantage point of the nearby lake. For serious hikers, Huanghuacheng will really present you with a great challenge. Some of our hikers even have to bend down and creep on fours, because there is no wall on each side of the stairs.



Detailed Itinerary

 

Day 1: The Yellow-Flower Huanhuacheng Hiking and Camping

In the morning we will pick you up from your hotel, and will be driven directly to Huanghuacheng (or Huanghua Great Wall). After a short walk around the dam on the Huanghuacheng Reservoir, we will start our hike westward to Xishuiyu. The Huanghuacheng (Yellow Flower City) Great Wall is a beautiful tourist spot combining mountains, lakes and ancient Great Wall. It is the latest section to become popular with hikers. It provides a challenge for hikers because the paths are steep and out of repair. Huanghuacheng is divided by lakes and some parts are even immersed in the water, which is a very unique characteristic, distinguishing it from other sections of the Great Wall.  

 

A general named Cai Kai, who led the construction of Huanghuacheng Great Wall, was beheaded after completion of his task, because the emperor mistakenly believed other ministers’ lies that his job was sloppy. But when a survey report, stating that the walls were solid, steep and exemplified the finest workmanship, reached the emperor, the emperor realized that he had misjudged General Cai Kai. The emperor ordered a tomb and memorial stele to be erected in honor of the loyal general. He also had the characters 金汤 (Jin Tang), meaning firm and solid (literally metal soup), inscribed on the face of a huge rock below the wall. So the Huanghuacheng section of the Great Wall is also called the Jintang Great Wall. There is a lake and a reservoir nearby. The crescent shaped reservoir is called Huanghuacheng Reservoir, while the name of the lake is Jintang Lake.

 

The Great Wall at Huanghuacheng is surrounded by mountains with verdant vegetation, lots of blossom and other seasonal beauty. During summer, the countryside around the Huanghuacheng Great Wall is swathed in yellow, as masses of wild flowers come into bloom. The highest point of the wall is a broken watchtower, and from there you will have a wide panoramic view of the whole valley. From this summit the Wall dives steeply downwards into the valley. The Gate is located at the bottom, an opening in the wall, which connects the Zhuangdaokou village on the inside, with the still-well-preserved Yaoziyu Castle, built in the Ming Dynasty, on the outside. Over the top of the passageway is another watchtower where we will rest a short while before continuing on. 

 

You will camp overnight once we have found a suitable watchtower to sleep in. We have all the camping gears (tents, sleeping bags and mats) ready.

 

 



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.  


Military Motorcycle at the Great Wall


If you arrive early at Huanghuacheng,you are welcome to sit on a Chinese army retired motorcycle with a modest fee. You can ask the driver to take you along the Great Wall (not on the Wall) for 20-50 minutes.


 

Included:  

*Entrance fees
*Round-trip transportation 
*Overnight lodging in a local farmer's house or a hotel
*Meals (2 picnic lunches, one dinner and one breakfast)

*Expert English-speaking tour guide
*Great Wall Adventure Club membership card

 

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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