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Camping on the Great Wall

Sleep on the Great Wall overnight with
the world's most professional
Great Wall camping club!

2A: Classic Camping (altered)
2AA Guided Camping
2AB Guided Camping
2AC Self-managed Camping
2AD Guided Camping
2AE Guided Camping
2B Overnight Non-Camping
2BH: Sunset & Sunrise Overnight
2HB Beginners Hiking & Camping
2DC Lakeside Wall Hike and Camp
2HC1 Most Affordable Camping
2HC2: Express Hiking & Camping
2MS: Mutianyu Sunset & Sunrise
2SS1 Sunset & Sunrise Overnight
2SS2 Sunset & Sunrise Overnight
2X1 Imperial Camping
2X2 Imperial Camping
2XR Gubeikou-Camping-Jiankou
2C Overnight Hike
2D Overnight Hike
2E Overnight Hike
2F Overnight Hike
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Camp and Sleep on the Great Wall for Overnight

Route 2A: Two-day Overnight Camping & Sleeping Tour on Great Wall from Gubeikou to Jinshanling, and from Jinshanling to Simatai for Great Wall Purists




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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)"


Great Wall Adventure Club has the exclusive right to hike from Jinshanling to Simatai.


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Guaranteed camping in the ancient watchtowers!


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 officially approved by the Great Wall Administration Office to offer camping for international guests. This is what sets us apart from other operators.


Individuals who do not have the permission to camp in the watch tower is considered against the law and will be executed by paying a large fine up to 10,000 yuan (USD1,615) for violation if caught by the officers from the Great Wall administrations. 

If you do not wish to sleep outdoor on the Great Wall, you can overnight in a local homestead (hostel or farmer's inn). Please visit 2SS1(sunset & sunrise hikes),  2SS2 (sunset & sunrise hikes), 2B, 2C, 2D, 2E and 2F.



Highlights of the Hike and Sleep-on-the-Wall


  • The entire section of Simatai will exclusively opened to Great Wall Adventure Club. You will bel able to experience the awe-inspiring and jaw-dropping majesty of this hike, which is widely regarded as the most popular Great Wall Hike to Gubeikou, Jinshanling, west side of Simatai, Jiankou, Mutianyu, Huanghuacheng and Huangyaguan.
  • Have the night of your life camping overnight in a watchtower on the Great Wall! Enjoy both the sunrise and sunset from the best seat in the house! Only the Great Wall Adventure Club can guarantee it.
  • The Gubeikou to Jinshanling to West Simatai hike includes both beautifully restored sections (with plenty of watchtowers), along with the unrestored “Wild Wall” portion. Therefore, this hike perfectly encapsulates what the Great Wall is all about. While some of the wall on your hike is unrestored, its state is not to the point where it is unwalkable.


Sample Great Wall Camping Itinerary


DAY 1: Beijing-Gubeikou-Jinshanling (L+D)




In the afternoon your English-speaking guide and driver will pick you up at your hotel, and drive directly to the GuBeiKou section of the Great Wall, where you will begin our two-day hike on the wall. Today we will hike for around 10 km/6 miles. GuBeiKou is covered with over 140 watchtowers, all differing in size and design. From the wall here you will be able to witness how the wall twists and winds along the steep mountain ranges. This is as dramatic a view on the Great Wall as you’ll find. If the weather is clear, you will be able to see the shimmering blue lake of the Miyun Reservoir. There is a section on the wall that is part of a military base, so you will be able to walk and explore a quaint nearby local village and re-enter the wall at Jinshanling.


The Great Wall at Jinshanling  is one of the best preserved parts of the Great Wall with many original features. It got its name because it was built on the Greater and Lesser Jinshan (‘Gold Mountain’) Ranges. A tablet with the Chinese inscription for Jinshanling Great Wall was set into this section. The Jinshanling  Great Wall has not been repaired since 1570. It is a remote and relatively isolated section of the Great Wall. As there are relatively few tourists at Jinshanling  Great Wall, it is a good place to explore on foot. The Jinshanling  Great Wall was initially built from 1368 to 1389 in the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), and in 1567 and 1570 rebuilding of the Wall was mainly directed by General Qi Jiguang (1528-1588). Poems and tablet writings can be found on the Jinshanling Great Wall left from the time when Qi Jiguang directed the rebuilding of this section of the Great Wall.


There are more than 100 watch towers along the Jinshanling Great Wall. ‘Watching Beijing Tower’ is on the highest point, from which you can see Beijing. The Jinshanling Great Wall is second only to the Badaling Great Wall in its completeness. We will camp for the night in one of the many watchtowers on Jinshanling, or if the weather does not cooperate, we will stay with a local family just off the wall. We also have to receive Beijing's municipal government's permission to sleep on the Wall due to Chinese government's restriction policy for political concern.


A good, hearty meal is essential in order to recharge you for the hike the next day. That is why you will love the provincial-style dinner prepared for you by the wife of a local family near the wall (we will stay with the local family if the weather is unsuitable to camp on the wall). She used to cook as a chef in a resort hotel near the Great Wall, and from what everyone has told us, you will savor her delicious dishes!


After dinner, we'll go back to Gubeikou wall and towers. We'll set up our tents and sleep on the Great Wall!



DAY 2: Jinshanling-Simatai-Beijing (B+L)



If you can wake up early enough, you will be able to enjoy the beautiful sunrise rising over the Great Wall. This would be a moment you would treasure forever. After breakfast, we will continue to hike east from Jinshanling to the Simatai section of the wall. This will be an interesting hike, because as we start off the wall will be mostly in a restored state, but as we make our way east the wall will gradually deteriorate, giving you a first-hand account of the “Wild Wall”. While most of the hike is fairly easy, some of the climbing will be steep, and some of the steps are very narrow and a little loose, so please use caution.


The main tourist attractions of the Simatai Great Wall include the Stairway to Heaven, the Fairy Tower, the Heaven Bridge and the Wangjing Tower. The Simatai Great Wall is divided into eastern and western parts by a lake, named the Mandarin Duck Lake, which is fed by two springs. One is warm, and the other is cold. Even in winter, the surface of the lake will never ice up.


The eastern part of the Simatai Great Wall has 15 watchtowers and was constructed on the steep ridge of the mountain. It looks like a winding dragon jumping out of the lake. There tourists can appreciate the Stairway to Heaven, the Fairy Tower, the Heaven Bridge and the Wangjinglou Tower. In order to reach the Fairy Tower, you must climb the 85-degree slope Stairway to Heaven, which is about 100 meters (328 feet) long and allows only one person to pass. Legend has it that the Fairy Tower was transformed from an antelope and that once the Lotus Flower Fairy lived there, hence its name. On the tower, there are some marble arches carved with lotus patterns. With a height of about 1,000 meters (3,281 feet) above sea level, the Wangjinglou Tower is built on the highest part of the Great Wall. Between the Fairy Tower and the Wangjinglou is the Heaven Bridge, built across a deep abyss. Standing on the Wangjinglou Tower one can see the outline of Beijing City. Hiking on Simatai, you will have some amazing opportunities to take some photos of true “Wild Wall”.


At the end of the hike, we will take the advantage of Simatai's cable car. You will have a bird view of the route you have just completed.




Great Wall Camping Cost - What's included

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

* Two lunches, 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


FAQs about Two-Day Great Wall Camping Tour


Q: How far of a drive is it to the Great Wall for Day 1 (hours, please)?

A: As we drive on highway from Beijing to Gubeikou Great Wall, so the time is 2 hours for the car, for coach about 2 hour and half. (one way, if there no traffic in downtown Beijing.)

Q: How far of a drive is it from the Great Wall for Day 2 return (hours, please)?

A: 10 to 15 minutes more than Day 1.

Q: How far do we hike on Day 1 (kilometers, please)?

A: Normally, 5-7 hours at the first day, it depends on the health conditions of participants.

Q: Is there any drinking water available during the trip?

A: We provide unlimited bottles of spring water for you.

Q: What is the weather like at the end of May/first of June? (Do we need shelter for the evening -- a tent?)

A: Yes, we take Camping equipment (tent, sleeping bag, sleeping mat) with us, the local people will take it on the camping site. The weather at the end of May and first of June is very fit for camping. It is not too hot in the daytime and nor is it too cold at nighttime. The temperature during that time is about 20-30 degrees Celsius.

Q. Where do we sleep at night? In a room or in a tent? Do you expect us to bring along the tent, or will you provide this?


A: You camp on the Wall as warriors in the ancient time. If you are not quite used to sleeping outdoor, we'll be glad to accommdate you with a local family’s home for the overnight.


Q: As I am a vegetarian, I would like to check that beforehand to avoid any surprises.


A: We provide vegetarian food upon your request.



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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