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One-day Hike from
Jiankou to Mutianyu
Great Wall Sunset Tour
>> 1 DAY HIKES (20)
0A Mutianyu Private Tour
A3 Mutianyu Group Tour
1MG Mutianyu Group Hike
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A4 Jinshanling Group Hiking Tour
1A Jinshanling to Simatai (altered)
1AA Gubeikou to Jinshanling
1AB Jinshanling to West Simatai
1AT Crouching Tiger Mountain
1B Jiankou to Mutianyu
1S1 Jiankou to Mutianyu Sunset
1S2 Gubeikou to Jinshanling Sunset
1S3 Jinshanling to W Simatai Sunset
1S4 Forbidden City to Great Wall Sunset
1S5 Crouching Mountain Sunset
1C East Qing Tomb & Huangyaguan
1D Lakeside Great Wall Hike
1D1 Lakeside Bike and Hike
1D2 Great Wall Repair Tour
1E Lianhuachi to Mutianyu (closed)
1X Extreme Day Hike (16 kms)


We Make Everyone's Great Wall Dream Hike Possible!


We treat every customer as a VIP by offering the following comprehensive services: 


* Personal transfers from and to your hotel in Beijing (Airport pickup and drop-off adds RMB100. Train station pickup adds RMB50, free drop-off)
* Entry fees to the Great Wall
* Quality vehicle with A/C, professional driver and English-speaking tour guide
* Water - your guide will buy for you
* Gourmet dinner in a local restaurant by the Wall
* Free membership card
* RMB50 credit for any of your Beijing city sightseeing bus tour

There are no unscheduled or  mandatory shopping stops at all.

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If you currently don’t have travel insurance then you will be required to purchase our PICC (People's Insurance Company of China) travel and accidental insurance.
The fee will be $9.99 per person, and will cover the duration of your hiking/camping/trekking in order to ensure that you are comprehensively protected if injured.
For more information about our travel insurance policy please see our insurance page.



At the Great Wall Adventure Club, we only use quality vehicles such as VW Passat and Buick Minivan for your safety and comfortable trip!




Great Wall Sunset Tour and Hike
from Jiankou to Mutianyu
(followed by gourmet dinner)

TOUR 1S1: Jiankou to Mutianyu -  Experience the wild beauty and sunsets that only the Great Wall can deliver!


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*Ranked by the quantity of signups of all 1-day hiking routes.


You can do anything if you have enthusiasm. Enthusiasm is the yeast that makes your hopes rise to the stars -Henry Ford


Great Wall Sunset Hike





As this trek leaves at 12 pm*(summer) from Beijing, you'll avoid the stifling noon and early afternoon heat. Thus, this Great Wall trip is perfect for those with small children or the elderly, as the weather allows for everyone to join in!
*Due to the different sunset times in different seasons, we'll leave at 12 pm in summer, 10 am in winter, 11 am in spring and fall.

This trek includes both unrestored and rugged “Wild Wall” along with tastefully restored wall, making it a perfect hike for comparison and understanding more about the true Great Wall.

This tour is an amateur photographer’s dream. Maybe you can sell the pictures from your trip to National Geographic! This trip also presents a great opportunity for some dramatic and breathtaking sunset photos from the Great Wall.


While other companies bus you from section to section, Great Wall Adventure Club lets you personally experience the majesty of the Great Wall by allowing you to physically pass from one section to the next. In contrast to driving across, this lets you see the differences between the restored, maintained, section on one side and the radically different "wild wall" on the other.



"We were very pleased with all the arrangements made by your company. We had good vegetarian food in all the places. We especially want to give out appreciation to all the local guides who were great." - Clinton Finter, Texas
For more testimonials, please click here



Detailed Hiking Itinerary (10 kms /7 miles on mountain, 3 - 4 hours of hiking)



The day begins at 11:00 PM. We'll drive by private van to the Jiankou section of the Great Wall and start hiking to Mutianyu.

The Great Wall at Jiankou is located in the district of Huairou, about 80km/50miles northeast of Beijing. Your guide and driver will pick you up at your hotel and will drive you to a village called Xizaizhi at the bottom of Jiankou Great Wall. In order to hike on Jiankou, first we have to climb up a path for about 60 minutes to reach it. The Jiankou Great Wall was an important section of the wall in Ming Dynasty (1368 – 1644). Owing to the need for renovation, the wall is regarded as one of the most dangerous sections of the Ming’s wall. For your safety, we are taking the path that is not dangerous but still breath-taking. Because of the time of day, the weather should be not overly hot (in fact, quite comfortable), so this hike shouldn't be too taxing on you.

Our hike will today will take about 3-3.5 hours and will cover 10km/6 miles. The Jiankou section is known for its ruggedness and wild beauty, and you will be in awe of the marvelous views it affords. As soon as we reach Jiankou we will see a deserted watchtower that gives you a panoramic view of the entire valley. This section of the wall is not well known by tourists, although if you see a picture of the Great Wall from exotic traveling magazines, chances are it is from Jiankou. In fact the cover of the latest edition of the Lonely Planet China Guidebook features a scene from Jiankou. This is the pinnacle of exotic Great Wall scenery.

We'll start from Zhengbeilou, which is the best place to take photos. This part of the wall is often empty, so you will have some peace and serenity on your hike today. Because we are here late in the afternoon, there probably won't be any one else out here. Another highlight of Jiankou is the enemy observation tower known as "Ying Fei Dao Yang", so named because this watchtower was erected on the highest peak in the area, and eagles and hawks often perch on it. Although the majestic wall is slowly being conquered by small trees and brambles, the view from the top is still stunning! However, it is still pretty far from Zhengbeilou to be able to see "Ying Fei Dao Yang" clearly.

From Jiankou we will cross over onto Mutianyu, a section of the wall that has been largely restored. Although it has gotten a face-lift, it avoids the army of tourists that plague Badaling. Mutianyu offers some breathtaking views of the valley and wall below, and if you look to your right you’ll see a large sign engraved in the side of the mountain encouraging you to “Cherish the teachings of Chairman Mao”. Mutianyu has also become popular for visiting foreign leaders and celebrities (former U.S. President Clinton and UK Prime Minister John Major visited Mutianyu on one of his trips to China). It is from Mutianyu that we'll wait to see the sunset drape over the Great Wall, and this will undoubtedly be one of the highlights of your trip in China. We hope you have your cameras ready!


Cable car or toboggan at Mutianyu is not included due to their early closure of operation by 6 PM or earlier in winter.

Before we drive back to Beijing,  we'll stop by a Chinese restaurant to treat you a lunch with traditional stir fries and rice. If you are vegetarian, there is no problem. We'll order special dishes for you.

We'll drop you at your hotel for the night. This trip can be taken at any point in the year but in winter, we'll start the tour earlier due to the early sunset at 5 PM.


Rough departure time from your hotel Beijing:

Summer: 11:30 am to 12:00 pm
Fall and Spring: 10:00 am to 10:30 am
Winter: 10 am.



While this hike will be a bit long, it will easily be the highlight of your time in China. For those of you who feel the need to stretch their legs after being cooped up in an office in Beijing (or wherever you may be from), this is the perfect opportunity to get some exercise and adventure, while also having loads of fun!

Because everyone one of us have different abilities and limits when it comes to hiking, our well-trained tour guides will make sure you get the most out of your Great Wall experience by accompanying you throughout the journey.

Please note while this hike is not overly difficult, there are some points where the hike gets a little challenging. The challenges mostly include narrow and small steps, along with at times some very steep climbing. For those of you who have knee or lower leg problems, you might want to consider the leisurely and first-time hiker level. If you are under the age of 8 or over the age of 70, you should also strongly consider the leisurely and first-time hiker level.


Stuff to bring on your hike:

* Tough hiking boots, sunscreen, flashlight, hat and sunglasses
* Backpack, and snacks or energy/protein supplements you want to have on the way
* Extra cash for drive/guide tips along with money for either cable car or toboggan ride
* Don’t forget your camera!


The Cost of A Private Tour Includes:

The price includes entrance fees to the parts of the Wall we pass, transfers and the guide fee.  It does not include snacks, personal items, tourist Insurance ($5) , cable car (gondola) or other extra cost for unforeseen event. We use safe and quality vehicle for such a private excursion.


Check testimonials from former hikers and view their photos.


More 1-day Great Wall Hiking Tours:


Read complete itinerary of Route 1A: Gubeikou-Jinshanling hike
Read complete itinerary of Route 1B:
Jiankou-Mutianyu hike

Read complete itinerary of Route 1C: East Qing Tomb-Huangyaguan hike

Read complete itinerary of Route 1D:
Huanghuacheng-Xishuiyu hike

Read complete itinerary of Route 1X:
Lianhuachi-Mutianyu hike and Olympic Green
(special promo price)




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