Sept 16 General Xu Great Wall to Border Defense Great Wall Camping(2 days) - Small Group with Max of 13 pax

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Sept 16 General Xu Great Wall to Border Defense Great Wall Camping(2 days) - Small Group with Max of 13 pax

Postby ChinaHiking » Thu Aug 31, 2017 9:25 am

Trek the Great Wall of china for 2 days. This 23km hike is one of our harder ones but also one of the most beautiful ones. There really is no better place than this Yangbian Great wall to set up your tent and enjoy dinner with a bottle wine.

This Great Wall trek starts with a strong lunch at a tiny farm village. It will take us a good half hour uphill hiking trough the fields to get to the Great Wall. The rest of the trekking will be on top of Great Wall. This Yangbian Great Wall is really of the beaten path and connects the Border Defense Great Wall with General Xu Great wall. If you are in good condition, love hiking and would like to see some excellent wild Great Wall than this is your trip! Have a look at the pictures and you will understand what we are talking about.

Hiking Distance: 20km
Hiking Duration: 4h/day
Fitness level needed: 3-4
Meeting time: 9:30 am
Back in Beijing: 4:00 pm (day 2)
Price: 1600RMB/ (1440 RMB for kids 7-17, 1280 RMB for membership, 800 RMB for kids younger than 7)

Day1 Camping at the Great Wall (General Xu section)
Explore with us a fantastic stretch of Great Wall build 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 off course the mighty Yangbian Great Wall. This off the beaten path trip has been a top notch experience for many of our guests.

For this trip we drive about 2 hours North West 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.

An 1 hour hike through the brush and on a gentle slope brings us to the Great Wall. We take a short brake and prepare for 2 hours 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 the views get. At the highest point of the day, about 1000 meter above sea level, we have amazing views over mountains, lakes and miles and miles of Great Wall.

From the start of the hike it takes us about 3 hours walking 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 finish the evening watching the sunset and share brave stories and drinks around the bonfire.

The early morning sun will shine right in your tents and the smell of coffee will lure you out. We have breakfast pack our gear and start hiking the Great Wall again, the little van from village will coming up the mountain to pick our backpacks

Day 2 Border Defense Great Wall Hike
This 12km Great Wall hike, one of the most beautiful trail. Today most time will be hiking on top of the Great Wall. The hike will be 4 hours. This is Beijing’s most wildest Great Wall, the style of each part of the Great Wall is sometimes very different, because each section of the Great Wall built in different time and they have different engineers, and this part of the Great Wall most of the Walls built by using stones from this mountains.

After 3-3.5 hours hike we will follow a small path down to the valley and hike another hour in the valley until we reach a little bigger village road, then our diver will be there wait us with maybe cold beer.

Level 3:1 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 form the age of 10 are ok with these trips.

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