An amazing 45km Great Wall trekking on long forgotten & rarely seen wild sections of China’s Great wall. We will pitch our tents twice on the Great Wall and stay once overnight with a local farmer. This Great Wall trek starts on the crumble staircases of the Chen Castle Great Wall from where we head to the highest Great Wall watchtower of Beijing. We continue on the long forgotten but amazing Border Defense Great Wall to finally pitch our tents on the General Xu Great Wall. After hiking this trail you can truly say you hiked China’s wild Great Wall.
Hiking Distance: 10km per day
Hike level: 4 strong
Departure time: 09:30 am
Back in Beijing: 4:00 pm (day4)
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Day 1： Chen Castle Great Wall Trekking
Chen Castle Great Wall Trekking
Fast facts :
Departure from Lama Temple subway exit B at 9:30 am
Lunch at a local restaurant –9km / 3-4h hike– wood fire cooked dinner
We will carry up our own camping gear – Camping on the Wall
The 1.5h drive from Beijing will end deep in a valley filled with apple and pear trees. One of the few remaining families in the valley runs a small farmhouse where we will start with a good countryside style lunch.
After lunch we start hiking past a small temple and up the hills for about 1 hour towards the Great Wall of China. Once on top of the Great Wall you’ll be delighted with the endless views.
From then on it is a pretty relax hike on top of the great wall. As we walk on the wall over the mountain ridges new section of great wall keep unfolding. This section of the Great Wall has never been renovated so once in while we side track a bit to avoid a few dangerous parts.
After a medium ascend on the famous staircases we reach the highest tower of this Great Wall. From this General Tower you have excellent views on miles and miles of Great Wall.
From this viewpoint onwards we mostly hike downhill towards our camping spot. Here the Great Wall is in its best shape, a place for top class pictures.
Once we arrive at the camping spot we can pith our tents on a flat section on top of the wall or next to the Great Wall. Once the tents are up you can chose to explore another part of the wall or just relax and enjoy the view while we prepare you a great wood fire cooked dinner for. We will end this first night in style and have a beer around the campfire while watching the sun set behind the mountains.
Day 2: Chen Castle Great Wall to Long Valley Great Wall Trekking
Great wall trekking to the highest watch tower in Beijing
Fast facts :
Breakfast on the Great Wall. Packed lunch at the highest watchtower. 15km / hike 6 hour without backpacks – Dinner and overnight stay at farmhouse
After breakfast we pack our camping gear, wave the Great Wall goodbye and enter a little forest trail. A one hour hike in the shadow of the trees will bring us to the valley where we switch our back packs for a day pack an pick up a packed lunch.
Today’s goal is the Beijing’s highest watchtower. A 1,5 hour hike through the forest brings us to the Wild Great Wall again. The trail is quit steep so we have quit a few stops here. We will reach the crumbled Ming Dynasty Wall at an altitude of 1000 meter. In the next 3 hours we walk on top of the Great Wall and ascend another 500 meter before we reach our first destination. At the start the Great Wall and it watchtowers are crumbled and mystique and offer a great opportunity for pictures and lunch.
After lunch we climb the steep renovated staircases of the Great Wall until we reach Beijing highest Great Wall Watchtower.
It’s without doubt the most scenic spot Beijing has to offer. You’ll have a 360 degrees views of the never ending Great Wall. We leave the Great Wall hike for another 10 km trough the mountains passing a memorial stone for 5000 soldiers that died here in WW2 and a village completely made out of Great Wall bricks. We end the hike at a farmhouse located in Ming Dynasty walled village where we have dinner and a good nights rest.
Day 3: Border Defense Great Wall to General Xu Great Wall Trekking
Border Defense Great Wall Trekking
Fast facts :
Breakfast at farmhouse – 15 km/ 5-6h hike – Packed lunch – Camping on/next to the Great Wall – All camping gear delivered – Wood fire cooked dinner
Today we pack our lunch as we are going for a long hike all the way on a forgotten part of the Great Wall. It’s a 15 km hike on top of the Great Wall. A good ascend to start with and once at the highest point follow the Great Wall over the mountains ridge. In the distance we can spot the highest Great Wall watchtower we crossed yesterday. This section will be another highlight of this trip.
After a 6 hour hike we will reach the Yangbien Great Wall. A massive Great Wall built by General Xu as an example for all the Great Wall in Beijing. Here our camping spot is again a flat grass field right next to the Great Wall (or on the wall if you like)
With cold beers and a dinner cooked over the fire we will celebrate our last night on the wall.
Day 4： General Xu Great Wall Trekking
General Xu Great Wall trekking
Fast facts :
2-3 hour hike/ 6km – Finish hike at 10.30am – Back in Beijing at 12.30
We will wake up with when the early sun will start shining in our tents. Today you don’t even have to get up for the sunrise as you are able to see it by just unzipping your tent.
Our final hike is beautiful. We will hike down for 2 hours on top of the mighty Yangbian Great Wall all the way to its lowest point. Here we say the Great Wall goodbye and follow a tiny trail down the hill and trough the orchards till we reach a small road where our driver will be waiting to bring us back to Beijing.
We rate this 4 days will Great Wall Trekking trip level 4 so you will need a good condition to enjoy this trip. On the first day you’ll have bring your backpack with camping gear up the Great Wall and the hikes on day 2 and 3 are quit intense. Be sure to bring good hiking boots as we will climb some crumbled parts of the Great Wall. There are no steep drop offs but people that have fear of heights might have difficulties at some points.