- Tour code: CL-G-08
- Available: Daily
- Duration: 2 Days
- Starts/ends: On your request
- Attractions: Jiankou, Mutianyu, Gubeikou, Jinshanling
Day by Day Itinerary
Explore the varied landscape of the Great Wall in a fun and informative way, Day hikes from Gubeikou to Mutianyu will allow you to experience finest scenery, stay overnight at guesthouse to allow time for rest, relaxation and also to enhance your experience.
- Optimal season: All year around, best time: March-December
- Area: Huairou district, Miyun county
- Begin in: Your hotel in Beijing
- End in: Your hotel or central-located place in Beijing
- Terrain: Rolling to hilly
- Min altitude: 331m
- Max altitude: 978m
- Physical rating: Moderate
Day 1: Beijing-Jiankou – Mutianyu-Gubeikou
You will be collected from your accommodation at 7.30am or you could choose the best time for you for a wonderful day out to Jiankou. The adventure begins at Xizhazi village–587m /1926ft above sea level. Once you leave the village, the hike is a decent uphill to reach the ruined tower-Zhengbeilou–830m / 2723ft above sea level. On the half way to Zhengbeikou, your guide will take you on a short nature walk to explore the less Potala, a broken tower where you will capture the best scenery /landscape views of Jiankou. Take your time and enjoy views.
After a short break continue on Zhengbeikou. At the top, the hard part is now behind you. You will be rewarded with spectacular panorama of Jiankou and true nature of Jiankou basin. Afterwards, you will walk eastwards to Mutianyu. There are a few vertical climbs and scrambles along the way. Due to the overgrown bushes, you have to walk along the very edge, quite high above the ground.
After passing through many towers along the way, you’ll reach Ox Horn Edge–a dangerous section looks like Ox Horn Edge in shape – 101m / 3317ft above sea level. From there take a forest detour past a campsite in the bush, with tracks to walk through and gives you the feel of being close to nature. Going through the bush takes about 10 minutes then you will walk on Jiankou again. From there it’s a short walk to the fully restored Mutianyu.
Mutianyu also features a summer toboggan run: open hour: 8am-5pm in summer, situated on tower 6, it was built and opened in 1998. The total length of the run is 1580m / 5184ft. The toboggan run goes down a series of zigzag bends, with an altitude difference of around 100m / 328ft. The toboggan ride can be as fast as you want or as slow as you want with a hilarious experience. Mutianyu toboggan ride price is 80 RMB during tourist season.
It’s a sharp contrast between the restored one and ruined one. When ending up at tower 14 of Mutianyu, There are three options: (1) sit back and let the cable car take you down to the exit from tower 14, usually takes about 8 minutes; (2) walk down from tower 14 to 10 where you can get off Mutianyu then walk down the hill trail to reach the exit, usually takes 1.5 hours; (3)continue walking until reach tower 6 then going down by by the toboggan /lift chair. As the track is very easy to follow, if you choose option 3, your guide will meet you at the exit of toboggan /lift chair so you can enjoy the additional hike on your own.
Enjoy a tasty lunch at Mutianyu before 2 hours drive to Gubeikou where a hot shower, a comfortable beds, a yummy dinner at local farmers’ guesthouse are waiting.
Day 2: Gubeikou – Jinshanling – Beijing
Wake to the tranquillity of Gubeikou and after breakfast your adventure begins gently at Gubeikou village with a short climb up to a broken tower. Walk eastward and enjoy plenty of photography stops before you reach General Tower. From there you will capture the true nature of Gubeikou mountain.
After 1 hours’ gradually climbing through several towers, then you will reach 24 window tower. At here, a large part of the wall belongs to the military area. You will descend into the basins of the Spider Valley. From here it is a gentle walk through the corn fields to the hilly trail.
Along the way you will pass through an abandoned house, complete with a well and a mid-sized water store in the middle of the Valley. Going through the hilly trail in 1.5 hours then walk back to the wall -Jinshanling west. After a short climb you will reach West five window Tower. Here you can sit in the tower and gaze down the spider valley.
You’ll get off the wall at the renowned Zhuanduokou. Enjoy a yummy farm style lunch at Bakeshiying town then your vehicle will take you back to Beijing.
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