We will explore and camp on the part of the Great Wall which was built by General Xu in the Ming Dynasty as an example of how all the Great Wall around Beijing should look like. This 12-km hike includes fantastic mountain and lake views, a 1000-year-old mountain village and the mighty Yangbian Great Wall. This off the beaten path trip has been a top-notch experience for many of our guests.
- Hiking Distance: 15km
- Duration: 2 days
- Departure time: 9:30am
- Back in Beijing: 1:00pm (next day)
- Hike level: 2-3
- Price: 1000￥/ (900 RMB for kids 7-17, 800 RMB for membership, 500 RMB for kids younger than 7)
For this trip, we drive about 2 hours northwest to the Hebei province. A farmhouse at the foot of the hills is our first stop. The farmer/great chef will cook us a delicious lunch and will bring the camping gear to our camping spot. Yes, no need to carry anything on this camping trip.
A 1 hour hike through the brush and to a gentle slope brings us to the Great Wall. We take a short break and prepare for a 2-hour gentle uphill hike on top of the Great Wall. There are a few parts where the wall is crumbled, so make sure to wear some sturdy boots. The higher we get the more fantastic views we can see. On the highest point which is about 1000 meters above sea level, we will have amazing views over mountains, lakes, and miles and miles of the Great Wall.
From the start of the hike it takes us about 3 hours walk to reach our camping spot, a nice flat field right next to the Great Wall. If you still have energy you can continue hiking for a bit till the next view point where you can see the Border Defense Great Wall curling over the mountain ridges. Or… you can relax with a beer and watch our chef cooking a fantastic meal over a wood fire. We will finish the day by watching the sunset, sharing stories and drinking around the bonfire.
The early morning sun will shine right into your tent and the smell of coffee will lure you out. After having breakfast, we will pack our gear and start hiking the Great Wall again. This time, we will have to carry our own backpacks. It will be an easy trail that goes over a mountain, through orchards and sunflower fields, and walk towards the 1000-year-old Dayingpan village. It’s a picturesque place where only a few families.