Jiankou to Mutianyu Self-guided Hiking 1 Day Tour (10km/6.2miles/9-10hours)

Why Book This Tour

Take a full day self -guided walk to the historic Jiankou & Mutianyu with toboggan ride/chairlift option also available. Tasting unrestored Jiankou to restored Mutianyu with plenty of photography stops, resting. Lunch at local farm style dish restaurant if required. Enjoy the freedom, flexibility, and adventure of hiking on your own. Spend some quality time on the wall and have lots of fun.

  • Overview
    Duration: One day
    Optimal season: All year around, best time: March-December
    Area: Huairou district
    Begin in: Your hotel
    End in: Your hotel or central-located place, or airport / train station
    Avg. daily distance: 5 miles
    Terrain: Rolling to hilly
    Min altitude: 331m
    Max altitude: 978m
    Physical rating: Daily departing from Beijing
    Departure: Daily departing from Beijing
  • Prices
    Price table:
    Group size 1pax 2pax 3pax 4pax 5pax 6pax 7pax 8pax 9pax
    Prices (RMB Per Person) 1290 780 690 600 520 490 470 440 390

    All Prices shown are in RMB (Chinese Yuan) and based per person.

    Price Promises:
    • No factory / shopping stop
    • No hidden costs
    • No booking fees

    We only require a small deposit to book any tour or transfer. You can conveniently make this payment via Wise, Paypal Wechat or Alipay, or other methods.

    The remaining balance can be comfortably settled upon your arrival, either in cash or online, based on your preference and convenience.

    Special for kids:

    To help families we offer discounts to all children aged 17 years and below. No reason to leave the kids at the hotel.

    • Ages 0 to 4 years – FREE!
    • Ages 5 to 11 years – 50% off–children must be accompanied by at least two responsible adults.
    • Ages 12 to 17 years – 5% off
    • 5% off with valid student ID
    • City accommodation pick-up
    • Transportation from Beijing to the wall and back
    • On request, drop-off at (same) different locations: centrally located hotel, airport, train station with your luggage (greater luggage requirements please ask for a quotation)
    • Professional Non-English/Chinese speaking driver
    • Free-bottled mineral water in the vehicle
    • Free cell phone rental service
    • Admission fees
    • Gratuity to driver (optional)
    • Lunch, drinks, snacks
    • Personal expenses
    • Travel insurance
    • Cable car / chair lift / toboggan
    • Sunscreen, sunglasses
    • Hiking or trekking shoes/boots
    • Backpack
    • Long sleeve shirt and pants due to overgrown bushes
    • Extra bottles of water, fruit, cereal or protein bars
    • Hat
  • Full itinerary
    Full Itinerary:

    Jinshanling Great Wall of China

    Get ready to embark on an enthralling and adventure-packed day on our Great Wall self-guided tour from Jiankou to Mutianyu!

    This itinerary not only offers a wonderful workout but also exposes you to the splendors of nature and the rich historical heritage of China.

    Trip review:

    • Xizhazi village to Zhengbeilou tower (approx. 1-hour ascent);
    • Zhengleilou Tower to Ox Horn Edge (approx. 40 minutes);
    • Make a detour at Ox Horn Edge West then head back to the Wall (approx. 10 minutes)
    • Ox Horn Edge East to Tower 23 of Mutianyu (approx. 40 minutes)
    • Tower 23 of Mutianyu to Tower 14 (approx. 1.5 hours)
    • At Tower 14 take the cable car down to the exit (optional/approx. 8-minute ride)
    • Walk down from Tower 14 to Tower 10, then continue to walk down the hilly trail to the exit (optional/approx. 1.5 hours)
    • Walk down from Tower 14 to Tower 6, then go down by toboggan /chair lift (optional / approx. 1.5 hours)
    • Mutianyu shuttle bus to the parking lot (approx. 10 minutes ride)
    Jiankou to Mutianyu Great Wall self-guided tour

    Jinshanling Great Wall of China

    You will be collected from your accommodation at 7.30 am or you could choose the best time for you for a wonderful day out to Jiankou and Mutianyu.

    Starting from Xizhazi village, at 587m/1926ft above sea level, you’ll trek uphill to the splendidly ruined Zhengbeilou tower, a little challenging but definitely worthwhile as you’ll be greeted with breathtaking views once you reach the top at 830m/2723ft.

    You’ll be guided by our experienced driver to make sure your journey is smooth and enjoyable.

    With the uphill stretch behind you at Zhengbeilou, prepare to marvel at the panoramic views of Jiankou and its surrounding basin, an unforgettable sight!

    Then, it’s an eastward walk to Mutianyu, with a few exciting climbs and scrambles along the way.

    Amid the lush greenery, enjoy walking right on the edge, towering above the ground, making for an exhilarating experience.

    Passing through numerous towers, you’ll reach the formidable Ox Horn Edge, 1011m/3317ft above sea level, so named for its distinctive shape.

    From here, relish a natural detour through the forest and delight in the ambiance of being up close with nature, before rejoining the path at Jiankou, then on to the fully restored, awe-inspiring Mutianyu.

    Want a thrilling ride? Mutianyu features a summer toboggan run, a series of zigzag bends that drop 100m/328ft in altitude, promising a super fun ride for the young and young-at-heart!

    Open from 8 am-5 pm in the summer, it’s a ride you don’t want to miss!

    Jiankou to Mutianyu toboggan run

    Jinshanling Great Wall of China

    At the end of your hike at tower 14, you have several options:

    1) Enjoy a peaceful ride on the cable car down to the exit;

    2) Amble down from tower 14 to 10 and walk down the hilly trail to the exit;

    or 3) Continue to tower 6 and zip down by toboggan/chairlift for an additional adrenaline rush.

    Our driver will be ready to whisk you off to a quality local restaurant near Mutianyu if you’d like to satisfy your hunger after the hike.

    This self-guided hike offers the best of the Great Wall, spanning 6 miles/10 km and taking 3.5-5 hours to complete.

    There’s no rush – take your time and enjoy the journey! You can expect a total vertical climb of around 200 meters (660 feet), making this an adventure-filled experience.

    The best part? You get to set the pace! Our flexible self-guided tour allows you to start when you want, stop whenever you feel like it, and spend as much time as you want at each spot, perfect for the avid photographer.

    All of this makes this one of the best budget-friendly activities in Beijing!

    Worried about getting lost or needing help? We’ve got you covered! We offer a free cell phone rental service with unlimited local calls, making it easy for you to reach us during your tour.

    You can explore the Great Wall on your own terms, with peace of mind!

    Please keep in mind that your driver speaks little English, so please call our office (+86 139 1132 1502) if there is any misunderstanding with your driver.

    Who would like this trip? Ideal for confident adventurers, our semi self-guided walk equips you with all you need for an unforgettable journey.

    You’ll need to provide your own food and be comfortable with walking without a guide, but we’ll provide detailed instructions to keep you on the right path.

    Jiankou to Mutianyu self-guided tour

    Jinshanling Great Wall of China

    Interested? Have questions? Check out our FAQ section or our hiking tips. We’re always here to help, so don’t hesitate to reach out to us!

    As an added bonus, if you’re an early bird and can leave Beijing at 7 AM, you can visit the Ming Tomb (about 1 hour’s drive) or Summer Palace (roughly 1.5 hour’s drive) after your tour.

    We’re more than happy to help you tailor your itinerary to make it the perfect fit for you!

    If you’d prefer a guided version of this self-guided tour, just let us know – we’re always ready to make your Great Wall adventure the best it can be!

    jiankou to mutianyu self-guided tour review
  • Map the tour/Videos
    Map the tour/Videos:

    Jiankou & Mutianyu map
    Great Wall map Mutianyu


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