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GWC22-Chen Castle Switchback Wild Great Wall Hiking and Camping
 
 
Meeting Time   10:00am
Trip Length   Two Days
Meeting Point   Exit B of Tuanjiehu(团结湖)subway station of line 10
Hiking Distance   Approx. 8km
Hiking Duration   6 hours
Level of Difficulty   Level 4
Number of People   4-15
Price   1200RMB
Hiking Date  
Detailed information about this hike
Highlights of this hike:
1. A lifetime experience: see the sunrise, the sunset and stars on the untouched authentic Great Wall;
2. Suitable for keen hikers: This is a tour package that combines both hiking and camping;
3. This section of wall is completely untouched and almost devoid of tourists, allowing for a serene walk;
4. Awesome views for photographers;
5. Chinese family visit and home-made Chinese meals;
6. Small group of maximum of 15 travelers. The group usually has 6-12 travelers;
7. No commission shopping stops.

Price and discount:
The cost is 1200RMB (about 180 US$) per person. It includes camping gears (tents, pads, sleep bags, big backpacks), transportation, entrance fees, water, three meals and guides. We give 10% discount for students, members and kids under 12’s.

Detailed itinerary:
Camping on the Great Wall of China must rank among one of the greatest experiences on this planet. Have you ever imagine to sleep on the Ming Dynasty Great Wall which was built about 600 years ago and witness sunrises and sunsets there? We can turn it into reality for you. This is a tour package that combines both hiking and camping. It is especially suitable for outdoor lovers like you. You will cherish this unique experience and it will become a special life-time memory!

Chenjiapu /Chen Castle Great Wall is located in Yanqing County and it is extremely picturesque, wonderfully quiet and absolutely unspoiled. Usually we will only meet a few hikers on the wall, sometimes nobody in sight. It is a three-hour hike - exactly how you romantics dream of experiencing the Chinese Great Wall. This hike also offers the chance to explore China’s peaceful yet spectacular countryside. Welcome to join us to experience the real untouched wall’s grandeur in the peaceful remote area.

Day 1: We will meet at 9:30am in the morning. It takes us about 2-2.5 hours on the way. We will have our lunch at a local farmer’s guest house and experience rural hospitality at its best. After a short break after lunch we will start out from the Chenjiapu village. We will take in sweeping views of the Yan mountain range as we scramble up hillside, making our way along the Great Wall in about 20 minutes. The hike itself is a good workout but nothing too strenuous, roughly 3 hours in total with plenty of time to stop and take photos.

The maximum elevation is about 1070 meters. We’ll take our time climbing up and down and make sure that we have a relaxing and enjoyable visit. There are alternate routes around the steepest climbs allowing the hiker to adapt their activity to suit their hiking level. Sitting atop the watchtowers along the way, you could hear nothing but the wind. This hike also offers excellent views of the surrounding mountains and the chance to see native wildlife in its natural habitat. We will have our dinner at our campsite. In the evening we can have a nice talk, see the stars or drink a beer on the wall.

You will find that besides the hiking partners, your travel companions will be limited to birds, bugs and all sorts of trees. You will spend a great time on the wall, enjoying the sunset in the late afternoon, the glittering stars in the evening and the sunrise in the early morning. Get out of the hustle and bustle of the hectic city life, forget about all your works to do, breathe the ever-refreshing air, hike or meditate on the Great Wall, listen to the nature as well as yourself, relax your body, mind and soul, get connection with the tranquility of nature and the inner peace again.

Day 2: We might be woken up by the birds and the air in the morning is really fresh. If you want to see the sunrise you need wake up a bit early. After walking around and taking pictures, we will pack up our camping gears and come down the wall. We will have a breakfast at a local guest house. Then the driver will drive us back Beijing and we will arrive at downtown Beijing at about noon.

Bad weather plan:
We will email you 2-3 days before the camping tour to let you know about the weather condition. If there is thunder storm, heavy rain or strong wind we will cancel it or change the dates. If the weather is fine in the daytime but rainy at night, we will stay the night at a local guest house.

What to bring on this hike?
1. Comfortable hiking boots and a suitable size daypack;
2. Quick-drying dress in summer and windproof dress in autumn, raincoat; warm clothes for the evening, spare socks and underwear;
3. Sun protection: hat, sunscreen, sunglasses;
4. Snacks and energy complement;
5. Flashlight or head lamp;
6. Toilet paper and hand sanitizer;
7. Toothbrush, small towel;
8. Pocket knife, personal first-aid, mosquito killer;
9. Some medicine for diarrhea and heat stroke;
10. Entertainment: a book, cards, a bottle of drink.

What is included on this hike?
1. Camping gear (tents, pads, sleeping bags, big backpacks);
2. Air-conditioned vehicle with experienced driver;
3. English-speaking hiking tour guide;
4. Entrance fees;
5. Unlimited bottled water;
6. Three meals (the first day’s lunch, dinner and the second day’s breakfast).

What is excluded on this hike?
1. Travel insurance;
2. Cable car, chairlift, toboggan (slide way) or any other additional local facilities;
3. Personal expenses.

Level of difficulty for this hike: Level 4 (challenging level)
Before booking this hike, please read about how difficult this hike is.

Customize this hike and make a private reservation:
In addition to our regular weekly hikes, we also offer private tours. You can customize a private hike for you, your family or your friends exclusively. Just tell us what you want and we will organize a hike for you, with places, guides, transport, food, and accommodation all taken care of. You can make a private reservation on the private tour page.

Pricing for a private tour:
Group size
1
2
3
4-5
6-9
10+
Cost (per person)
4500
2500
2000
1700
1500
1400
1. A private tour is more flexible. Both extra distance and less distance are available.
2. Discounts are available for larger groups.
3. Prices are quoted in Chinese dollar.

Notes:
1. There are risks involved in outdoor activities. Please read our Risk Acknowledgment and Waiver and inform yourself before participating.

Other information about this hike:
Reviews of this hiking and camping tour
Information about Chenjiapu Great Wall
Great Wall Facts
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