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Sleeping on the Great Wall


 
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PRICE TABLE

(Per Person)

 

# of Head
USD
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949
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589
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569
4-5 489
6-9
439


WHAT'S INCLUDED IN THE PRICE

 

* Personal transfers from and to hotel in Beijing
* Entry fees to the Great Wall
* Three lunches, two dinners and two breakfasts (delivered to your watchtower at no charge)
* The privilege of camping on the Great Wall and exclusive access to the camping watch tower
* All necessary camping gears such as tents & bags
* One night accommodation in a local hostel
* Quality vehicle, professional driver and English-speaking tour guide
* Free membership card
* A credit of RMB100 when you reserve the next tour with us

 

Guaranteed no detours to shops,
markets, factories, etc.

 

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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 $7.99 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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Three-day Great Wall Hiking & Camping on the Great Wall

Route 3AA: Gubeikou-Jinshanling-Jiankou-Mutianyu-Lakeside Huanghuacheng-Xishuiyu

 

 

In just three days you will get to experience the three most popular Great Wall day hikes while also seeing the best of the Beijing-area Great Wall. The Gubeikou-Jinshanling is the premier hike for Great Wall enthusiasts, and the Jiankou-Mutianyu hike is fast becoming one of the most popular with Great Wall trekkers. On the Huanghuacheng-Xishuiyu hike, you’ll see both restored and preserved Great Wall, along with a rare site-the Great Wall underwater!


This hike you will give the best of both Great Wall worlds, both majestically repaired Great Wall at Mutianyu and Huanghuacheng, as well as wild and dramatic unrestored "Wild Wall” in Gubeikou, Jiankou and Jinshanling, and Xishuiyu, which will make the hike much more interesting than others. You’ll also get to learn how Chinese soldiers used the Great Wall at Gubeikou to defend China against the Japanese invasion in 1931.

Last, but certainly not least, you’ll get to camp overnight on the Great Wall itself! This is a once-in-your-life experience that you never want to miss!

 


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)"



Highlights:

Hike the three most popular Great Wall hikes
See amazing panoramas and vistas that can only be seen by hiking these areas!
Sleep overnight on the Great Wall! This is the once-in-your-life experience that you never want to miss!  All necessary camping gears such as tents, pads & bags are provided. 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. Following dinner, we'll walk about 20-30 minutes to the camping site in the Great Wall watchtower. It is there we will set up the tent, sleeping bags, etc. Please be aware that this experience is significantly different from staying in a hostel/farmotel/hotel. The camping settlement is very basic, although we are constantly striving to improve this experience.

 

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!


All meals are included!

 

     
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Guaranteed Camping in An Ancient Watch Tower!

A few online  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.

 

 

Day-by-day Hiking & Camping Itinerary

(The following day-by-day schedule may swap with the concern of weather or availability of accommodation in the Great Wall villages on certain dates)

 

Day 1: Gubeikou-Jinshanling (L+D, appx. 10km/6miles, 4-5 hours)

 Your English-speaking guide will pick you up from your hotel at about 7:30 am. From there we’ll make the drive to Gubeikou, which should take about 3 hours. At Gubeikou, we’ll get started on our trek. The Gubeikou Great Wall occupies a strategically important location, which is difficult to access. Situated between Shanhaiguan Pass and Juyongguan Pass, and about 62 miles to Beijing, it is the bastion protecting the northern gateway to the capital.

There are 14 beacon towers, 143 watchtowers, 16 strategic pass, three citadels and many other military constructions. Many of them are famous cultural relics, such as the Big Flower Beacon Tower of the Northern Qi Dynasty, Fairy Tower, General Tower, and the dominant Wangjing Tower. We’ll hike until we reach the landmark of the General Tower. We will have lunch on the wall, and the countryside in front of us will provide the perfect backdrop. We’ll continue on to Jinshanling in the afternoon.

 

Before it gets dark, we'll set up our tents and other equipment in a watch tower.  We'll prepare the necessary camping facilities such as sleeping bags so you don't have to bring anything but yourself. If you prefer sleeping in a local hostel or a farmer's house, you certainly can without extra charge. However, during the winter, we'll only overnight in a local hotel for safety reasons, because the temperature on the Great Wall is usually 10 degree Celsius lower than it is on the ground.

 

 

 


Day 2: Jiankou-Mutianyu (B+L+D, appx. 10km/6miles 3-4 hours)


After an early morning wakeup (where we can view the sunrise over the Great Wall), we’ll climb down the wall to meet our driver, who will take us to the Jiankou Great Wall (about a 3 hour drive).

 

In order to hike on Jiankou, first we have to climb up a path for about 60 minutes to reach it. Our hike will today will take about 4 hours and will cover 10km/ 6 miles. Jiankou is translated as 'Arrow Nock' in English, for the shape of the mountain is like an arrow, with the collapsed ridge opening as its arrow nock.  The Jiankou section is known for its ruggedness and wild beauty, and you will be in awe of the marvelous views it affords. As soon as we reach Jiankou we will see a deserted watchtower that gives you a panoramic view of the entire valley. In the early morning the view is priceless with its morning fog. This section of the wall is not well known by tourists, although if you see a picture of the Great Wall from exotic traveling magazines, chances are it is from Jiankou. This is the pinnacle of exotic Great Wall scenery, and the view from the top of Jiankou is still stunning!

 

From Jiankou we will cross over onto Mutianyu, a section of the wall that has been largely restored. Although it has gotten a face-lift, it avoids the army of tourists that plague Badaling. Mutianyu offers some breathtaking views of the valley and wall below, and if you look to your right you’ll see a large sign engraved in the side of the mountain encouraging you to “Cherish the teachings of Chairman Mao”. Mutianyu has also become popular for visiting foreign leaders and celebrities (former U.S. President Clinton visited Mutianyu on one of his trips to China).

 

You can hike down to the parking lot, take a cable car, or take a toboggan ride (highly recommended, and lots of fun!) down to meet our driver, who will drive us to our inn for the night. Tonight, we'll overnight in a village called Huanghuacheng Village. We'll stay in a “farmotel” called "Good Fortune Restaurants & Lodge" which has been approved by Great Wall Adventure Club and which is located at the foot of the Huanghuacheng Great Wall.



Mutianyu Toboggan (German technology) RMB50
Optional Toboggan Run at Mutianyu (extra)

You'll surely be intrigued about taking the toboggan down from Great Wall to the entrance gate down the hill. You can ride as fast or as slow as you want. However, it is also a driving test. One person to a toboggan, you have a little handle with which you press down to go faster and pull up to stop. But if you are not intentionally pushing it, it will slow down anyway. "It is funny when we Westerners are on there, because we like to go a bit quicker than the Chinese (read a lot quicker) and you hear the shrill voices of locals shouting "brake! brake! Slow down!" It is hilarious. Go on it even if it is just to hear that." --taylorstonebridge on LonelyPlanet

 

People at age 70 have managed the riding successfully. Can you?
 

 

Day 3: Huanghuacheng-Xishuiyu Lakeside Great Wall
(B+L, appx. 6km/4miles, 2.5-3 hours)


 

We will wake up at 7:30AM with breakfast at the hotel. We will then continue our trek, this time from Huanhuacheng to Xishuiyu.

 

Huanghuacheng, like Jiankou, is fast becoming popular with hikers and tourists who are looking for something a little different in their Great Wall experience. The wall here is a combination of both restored and unrestored areas, giving your hike a little more variety and adventure. When you reach the middle of the wall you will be able to see that the countryside is swathed in yellow, as masses of wild flowers come into bloom. We will then cross over onto the Xishuiyu section.

 

Today’s hike is quite special-part of the wall is under water! In 1974 China built the Xishuiyu Reservoir, and when the water level rose, some low-lying sections of the wall were submerged under water. Seen from the dam of the reservoir, this stately sunken wall is still visible under the water’s smooth and glimmering surface.

 

Following our hike today our driver will take us back to Beijing, where you will be dropped off at your hotel, ending the tour.

 

In the afternoon, we will drive back to Beijing and arrive at your hotel at around 5:00 PM.

 

 

Stuff you should bring with you:

* Tough hiking boots, sunscreen and sunglasses
* Backpack, and snacks or energy/protein supplements you want to have before lunch
* Extra cash for driver/guide tips
* Don’t forget your camera!

 

Read complete itinerary of Route 3A:  Gubeikou-Jianshling-Simatai-Jiankou-Mutianyu hike.
Read complete itinerary of Route 3B:  Chenge-Panjiakou Reservoir-Xifengkou hike.
Read complete itinerary of Route 3C:  East Qing Tomb-Huangyaguan-Chengde hike.
Read complete itinerary of Route 3D:  Laolongtou-shanhaiguan-Sandaoguan-Jiaoshan-Jiumenkou hike.
Check testimonials from former hikers and view their photos.

 

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