Jiankou Great Wall Camping 2 days
Hike 10-km on Jiankou wild Great Wall and pass numerous watchtowers overgrown by flowers and trees. We pitch our tents on the Great Wall or in a watchtower and gaze at the stars around the campfire. This Great Wall hike has total ascend of 600 meters. You’ll need a fair bit of energy to reach top but your efforts will be rewarded as this trail is a mecca for photographers.
After a 2-hour drive from the meeting point (Lama temple subway exit b), we arrive at a local farmhouse in the middle of a chestnut orchard. We enjoy a royal organic meal and go for a short drive to the start point of our hike. We put on our backpacks and head for the hills.
The start of the Jiankou Great Wall hike is imediatly beautiful. The Great Wall drops down into WangQuan valley and climbs back out almost vertical.
We will follow an up hill trail for about 1 hour until we reach the Great Wall at the second beacon tower. During the first part of this hike, we climb about 500 meters. Once on top of the Great Wall, our uphill hiking is mostly done.
As the hike continues at the top of the Great Wall, we enjoy fantastic views of famous Great Wall sections known as “The Wall Bow”, “Arrow Nock” and the “Beijing Knot”. We pass 7 beacon towers on this section of the wall. The best-preserved ones are called the 5-eye watchtower and the Jade tower.
We pitch our tents in front of the 6th tower and cook dinner over a wood fire. At night, a small campfire will keep us warm while we watch the stars.
Next day we pack our tents and leave this beautiful place without a trace. We hike down the mountain on an easy trail for about 1 hour and go for a strong farmhouse breakfast. Our driver will drop us at Lama Temple meeting point by 12 o’clock.
Level 3: medium-strong
These are hikes where you need a good physical condition. Hikes marked as level 3 are usually long day hikes or day hikes that include a steep uphill hike and/or trails where you need some balance. Usually kids from age of 10 are all right with these trips. All camping trips where you need to carry the camping gear are listed as medium strong. If you have a strong partner who can carry the camping gear for you then you can join, even if you only have an average physical condition.