An epic Great Wall trek that covers 2 fantastic sections of the Beijing Great Wall. We hike Wild Jiankou Great Wall and pitch our tents inside a Great Wall watchtower. On the 2nd day we climb the beautifully restored Huanghuacheng Great Wall.
Hiking Distance: 16km
Hiking Duration: 3-4 h/day
Hike level: 3 medium/strong
Departure time: 9:30 am
Back in Beijing: 16:30 pm
Price: 1500RMB (1350 RMB for kids 7-17, 1200RMB for membership, 750 RMB for kids younger than 7)
Day 1: Wild Jiankou Great Wall Hiking and Camping
From our meeting point (Lama Temple subway station), we drive for about 2 hours till we reach on the picturesque Dazhenyu village. Before we start this Great Wall trek, we enjoy a good farmhouse lunch in a yard surrounded by chestnuts and with a view on the Jiankou Great Wall. The trip is an 8-km hike with a total ascend of 600 meters, so you need a fair bit of energy to make it to the top.
The start of the Jiankou Great Wall hike is imediately beautiful. Just 100 meters away from the Echoing Lake, the Great Wall drops down into WangQuan valley and climbs back out almost vertical.
We follow an uphill trail trough the bush for about 1 hour until we reach the Great Wall at the second beacon tower. During the first part of this hike, we will ascend about 500 meters. Once we arrive on the Great Wall, our uphill hiking is mostly done.
As the hike continues on 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 Jiankou Great Wall hike. 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.
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.
Day 2: Huanghuacheng Great Wall Hike
The Huanghuacheng Great Wall is almost 11 kilometers long and joins with Mutianyu Great Wall in the east, Juyongguan Great wall Pass and Badaling Great Wall in the west. The trail we hike is about 6 km long and gives us an excellent opportunity to see some restored Great Wall away from the crowds. Make sure to keep some space on your memory card because you might snap your perfect picture right here at Huanghuacheng Great Wall
We drive 40 minutes to Huanghuacheng Great wall and start with a 30 minute easy hike till we the reach Huanghuacheng Great Wall at this lowest.
A 1 hour uphill hike on the wall will bring us to a very well preserved and impressive section of the Huangcheng Great Wall. From here you can see the whole picture of the west and east Huanghuacheng Great wall , and Huanghuacheng Lake.
The west part of Huanghuacheng Great Wall itself is quit unique as it doesn’t have any of the famous big stairs so hiking up the steeper parts of Huanghuacheng Great Wall can be a bit tricky. The Great Wall is very well restored and the patch nicely paved so you will not have to much trouble.
We hike on top of the west Huanghuacheng wall for about 1.5-hours till the Huanghuacheng Great Wall drops in into Lake. We cross the lake and go for a late but good lunch. The celebration beers are on us
By 4 pm we will be back in at our Beijing meeting point.
Level 3: Medium-strong
The hike and camping day on the Jiankou deserves a medium strong rating as we carry our camping gear to the campsite. The second day is an easy hike so this day we give an easy/medium rating..
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