Get closer to the stars and experience the adventure of a lifetime on our Iconic Chinese Wall Deluxe Backpacking Trip. One of Dropstone Outfitting’s premier backpacking treks, this trip gives guests the chance to see mountain goats, elk and bighorn sheep as they head to higher elevations to escape the summer heat and opportunities to hike off-trail where few humans go. This trip lets the stress of the modern world melt away as the beauty of the wilderness takes hold and life becomes simpler.
This ten-day/nine-night adventure explores remote peaks towering above the famed Chinese Wall and high-elevation tarns tucked beneath them. Adventure highlights include climbing the elusive Sphinx Mountain (8,540’) and hiking the Continental Divide up to Cliff Mountain (8,566’) as it towers above the face of the wall.
This backpacking adventure is strenuous, with several 10 – 12 mile-long trail days and a few days spent hiking up high and off-trail on uneven ground. The deluxe part of this trip is two-fold. The first is because this route takes you to parts of the Chinese Wall that few ever get to see. You’re not just looking at the Wall, you are standing above it looking down its length as you take in the entire breadth of its mass. The other deluxe part is that you only carry— at maximum—two days’ worth of food at any one time, making your pack weigh around 30 – 35 pounds. Also, on one of the harder days, mules will carry our camping gear for us.
This outing is perfect for those seeking adventure, the full Chinese Wall experience and wilderness immersion. While previous backpacking experience is needed, we will be carrying lighter packs than our normal backpacking trips and you can expect six days of on-trail hiking and four days of high elevation off-trail hiking. This 70-mile point-to-point route includes peak climbing, blue-ribbon trout fishing, adventure and a world-class wilderness experience.
***Please contact us if you have questions about trip difficulty and if this trip is right for you.