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One-day Hike from
Jiankou to Mutianyu,
the Great Wall of China



>> 1 DAY HIKES (20)
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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)


Jiankou to Mutianyu Hike on Google Earth
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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 RMB50. 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
* Chinese lunch in a local restaurant
* Free membership card
* RMB30 credit for any of your Beijing city sightseeing bus tour

There are no unscheduled or
mandatory shopping stops.

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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.

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Great Wall One-day Hike from Jiankou to Mutianyu
(followed by gourmet lunch)

TOUR 1B: Jiankou to Mutianyu for ruggedness and wild beauty to breathtaking views


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


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British Airways Great Wall


I want to thank you and your team for helping us completes our recent charity trek in China 2011. Your guides made all the difference and went out of their way to help us complete this challenge. We couldn't have done it without your help. You can be justly proud of the people that work in your organisation and on behalf of British Airways London Terminal 5 a big thank you!  I strongly recommend using Great Wall Adventure to any other organization and I will be honored promoting this company for further treks in China.


-- Ray Mausolle, Health & Safety Co-ordinator, British Airways, Terminal 5, Wellington Road Hounslow, London

Photo: British Airways 2011 Charity Excursion at Jiankou and Mutianyu




*This is a great hiking trip that is fun for the whole family! It 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! Here is Jiankou!


You'll have a unique opportunity to visit a local farmer's house at the foot of Great Wall. You'll be shocked to how those farmers are still living in poverty despite China's fast economic growth. These farmers are the lost children of China's development. 


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.


Here is how one hiker described her Jiankou-Mutianyu trek after completing it:


“Seeing the wall in both unrestored and restored state is an absolute must. We finished the hike off with the toboggan ride back down and then finished the day with a lovely late lunch in a nearby restaurant. A once in a lifetime experience not to be missed at great value for money. Our guide was very polite and a very good person, he was always attentive to our needs and was always paying attention to everything so that we didn′t have any complaint, very remarkable service." –James Mellor, Canada



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



The day usually begins at 8:30 AM. Your guide and driver will pick you up at your hotel. We will drive by a 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. 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.


Before climbing the mountain, we'll first take a brief visit to a local village called Xizaizhi at the bottom of Jiankou Great Wall. We'll have the unique opportunity to see this typical village where Chinese farmers have been living for hundreds of years, using the same farming methods and inhabiting the same traditions and folk customs that have been passed down for generations upon generations. They still keep what they've been using for farming and living. You can visit their house and yards and you can chat and take photos with them. As you know, 80% of the Chinese living in this land are from the countryside and a large percentage of the population is still living in poverty. "EUROPEAN cities with an African countryside" is how a report published in China this month describes the gap between booming Beijing and the nearby "belt of poverty" in Hebei Province around them - Most Great Wall sections are located in Hebei province.


After saying "Good-bye!" to the village grandma, we'll start our hike just from the entry path opposite to the village. In order to hike on Jiankou, first we have to climb up this path for about 40-60 minutes to reach it. Our hike today will take about 4 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. In the early morning the view is priceless with its morning fog. 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. This is the pinnacle of exotic Great Wall scenery.


We'll start from Zhengbeilou (see photo above) where 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. 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, but the view from the top is still stunning! However, it is pretty far from Zhengbeilou 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. 

You can hike down to the parking lot, take a cable car, or take a toboggan ride (highly recommended, and lots of fun!) down to meet our driver. We will then drive back to Beijing and drop you off at your hotel. This trip can be taken at any point in the year. Even in winter the snow-covered wall makes for perfect scenery.


It takes about 2 hours to drive back to Beijing from Mutianyu. Before that, 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.

Finally, your guide will you send you back to your hotel by 5 pm or earlier depending on the traffic. 




Mutianyu Toboggan (German technology) - former U.S. First Lady visited Mutianyu in April, 2014
Optional Toboggan Run at Mutianyu
(extra for just RMB50 or $9, same as cable car/chair lift)

"You'll surely be intrigued about taking the toboggan down from Great Wall to the entrance gate down the hill. You can ride as fast or as slow as you want. However, it is also a driving test. One person to a toboggan, you have a little handle with which you press down to go faster and pull up to stop. But if you are not intentionally pushing it, it will slow down anyway. "It is funny when we Westerners are on there, because we like to go a bit quicker than the Chinese (ride a lot quicker) and you hear the shrill voices of locals shouting "brake! brake! Slow down!" It is hilarious. Go on it even if it is just to hear that." --taylorstonebridge on LonelyPlanet


People at age 70 have managed the riding successfully. Can you?



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 before lunch
* Extra cash for drive/guide tips along with money for either cable car or toboggan ride
* Don’t forget your camera!



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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