Jiankou to Mutianyu Great Wall (Small Group) Hiking Tour
Type of Tour: Small Group (4 to 8 Pax)
Duration: 10 hours (4 to 5 hours hiking)
Attractions: Jiankou Great Wall, Mutianyu Great Wall
Service: English tour guide, Transfer, Entrance Fees, and Lunch
Walking Level: ★★★★☆
Meeting point: Your Hotel
Meeting time: 7:30 am Departure: Daily
Fantastic view from both original and rebuilt Great Wall and crowd-free.
This small-group tour is limited to 8 people, ensuring a more memorable experience.
Hike to Mutianyu, toboggan down from the wall (Optional).
Delicious lunch in a local Chinese restaurant. (Vegetarian meal option available)
Hear entertaining stories and history from an informative guide.
Our guide will contact you the night before the tour to confirm the pick-up time.
7:30 amPick up from your hotel lobby.Drive to the Jiankou Great Wall (2 hours) The adventure begins at Xizhazi village. Once you leave the village, the hike is a decent uphill to reach the ruined tower-Zhengbeilou.
On the halfway to Zhengbeikou, your guide will take you on a short nature walk to explore the little Potala, a broken tower where you will capture the best scenery /landscape views of Jiankou. Take your time and enjoy the views. Owing to the need for renovation, the wall is regarded as one of the most dangerous sections of Ming’s wall. The Western part of Jiankou is known as one of the most dangerous parts of the wall only accessible with the right climbing gear. (This tour will not walk the dangerous part)
We walk east on the wall to the highest point of Jiankou (1029 meters) allowing you to see the entire Mutianyu Great Wall plus much of Jiankou as well. It’s a delightful walk on top of a well-preserved Great Wall and after a good hour of walking, we will enter the Mutianyu Great Wall. Another hour downhill on the nicely restored Great Wall is how we finish this hike. Lunch will be served at a local restaurant. (Lunch always late around 2 to 3 pm)
We drove from Beijing in about 1.5 hours with a driver and our guide to Jiankou. From there we have entered the unrestored section of the road via a wooded, steep rocky path. From there we walked to Mutianyu to the fully restored section. It is worthwhile to see both sections of the wall Our highly competent guide Leo photographed us several times and sent us the photos via email a few days after the tour. In Mutianyu, we were picked up by our drivers and taken to a very good local restaurant. We can fully recommend this agency.
We did the group trip from Jiankou to Mutianyu on possibly the worst day possible. It poured all day long with lots of thunder, lightning and constant fog. Despite the weather, the trip was amazing and wonderful, the highlight of our time in China. Peter, our guide, was a huge part of it. Peter is energetic and knowledgeable, speaks great English, and in the bad conditions kept our safety in mind. The Jiankou section of the wall is unrepaired and requires some serious care as the edge of the wall has no “railings.” One wrong step and you could fall a long way. But Peter alerted us to the tricky places and made sure we got plenty of rest and water. You really couldn’t ask for a better guide! The hike itself surpassed expectations. It was often foggy, but when the fog cleared the view was absolutely stunning! The lunch we had might have been the most pleasant meal we had in China with Peter there to help us try some new things. We’d do it again.
This hike is about 11kms (4 hours walk), you can choose to do shortcuts at Ox-horn edge and save a lot of energy. If you don’t want to spend more time on your peace, please book our private tour.
What to take for this hike?
Comfortable shoes or boots is important. We suggest you bring: sunscreen, sunglasses, lip balm, cap. If you need hike poles, please let me know 1 day before the tour.
When does the tour have lunch? Is it ok for vegetarians?
The lunch usually served after the hike around 2 pm. We choose a very nice local restaurant with excellent Chinese food. There are a lot of dishes suitable for vegetarians.
Is there a toilet stop on this hike?
We will have a toilet stop before the hike started. As we will hike the wild Great Wall, the first 2 to 3 hours is only walk in the woods. There is no toilet, but you can choose nature. There is a toilet in the Mutianyu section.
What time do you usually drop off at our Beijing hotel?
We usually get back to the city around 5 pm, so make your evening plan accordingly.
Do you offer a private tour if I want the walk on my peace?
Unlimited bottles of water are stored in our car/van, and you need to carry them.
Does the tour happen during the rain or snow?
We only cancel the tour during extreme weather conditions. Otherwise, the tour goes on. Please check the weather report and be prepared.
What is the tipping or gratuities policy?
Tips are always appreciated by our guides but never expected. They should be given if you believe your guide did an outstanding job, and further, if you as an individual want to demonstrate your appreciation for the guide for that job well done. Usually, people give 50 to 100 RMB per person per day.
Does this tour go to any shops?
We don’t go to any tourist shops, factories, etc. and waste your precious time.