Huanghuacheng and Jiankou-Mutianyu Great Wall Two-Day Hike

Route 2B: Two-day Great Wall Hiking Tour on Great Wall from Huanghuacheng to Jiankou, and to Mutiany including Sleeping on the Wall

Hiking distance: 20km/12.5 miles
Hiking level: intermediate
Best time to visit: March to November
Departure date: available daily on request

Highlights:

  • To see the underwater section of the Great Wall and the stunning watchtower named “Eagle on the Peak”!
  • To view the gorgeous sea of rolling yellow wildflowers during the springtime, and to taste the delicious permesan fruit during the fall months.
  • Accommodation is provided with a local family (private toilet included).

(B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner)

Day-by-day Hiking Itinerary

Beijing-Huanhuacheng-Jiankou (Featuring Donkey Load)

Your guide will meet you at your hotel between 7:30-8:00 AM and take you by private van to the Huanghuacheng section ofthe Great Wall. Today we will be hiking about 6km/3.5 miles. When you reach the middle of the wall you will be able to witness the lush yellow flowers blooming (during the late spring and early summer) in the surrounding countryside. On this section of the wall you will pass by many forts, beacon-towers and guard towers, including Yaoziyu Fort, which is the best preserved. Today’s hike, while not very long, is quite unusual; part of the wall is underwater! The name of this body of water is called Jintag lake, and the water is cold and clear, being fed by numerous springs.

After the hike we will drive by private van to the Jiankou section where we will stay on the Great Wall (in cold winter, in a local farmer’s house). After a long day at the wall, you will be sure to enjoy a soothing night with the farmer and his family, and maybe you will even make a few new friends! The farmer will provide you with a delectable dinner, which is sure to recharge you for the hike tomorrow.

Jiankou-Mutianyu

The day begins at 7:30 AM, after breakfast we will drive by private van to the Jiankou section of the Great Wall and start hiking to Mutianyu. The hiking today will cover about 10km/6miles. The Jiankou section is known for its ruggedness and wild beauty, and you will be in awe of the marvelous views it affords. Be sure to see the watchtower known as “Eagle on the peak”, this tower is extremely high and forms the highest reaching point of the Jiankou section. This is the pinnacle of exotic Great Wall scenery.

From Jiankou you 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 Chairman Mao”.

You can hike down to the parking lot or take a toboggan (highly recommended, and lots of fun!) down to meet our driver. We will then have a lunch at a local restaurant. We will then drive back to Beijing and drop you off at your hotel. Then you will need to upload all the fantastic pictures you recorded on your Great Wall trek!