Great Wall Hiking

In Beijing Municipality, the Great Wall expands over 630km. Except for about 50km of the Great Wall developed for tourism at scenic spots like Badaling and Simatai, the majority of the wall is still left untouched, making it extraordinarily well-preserved. ChinaHiking will guide you to those most remote and long deserted parts of the Wild Great wall.
Wild Jiankou Great Wall Hike 1Day
  • Hiking Distance: 10km
  • Hiking Duration: 4h
  • Hike Level: 3 medium strong
  • Departure time: 9:30 am
  • Back in Beijing: 6:30 pm
  • Price: 600¥/99$

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Wild Jiankou Great Wall Hike (1 Day)

The wild Jiankou Great Wall hike is perfect for the adventurers that love to go off the beaten path. No other people to see on this trip. It will be  just you, nature and the crumbled and overgrown Ming Great Wall built on mountain ridges and cliffs.

It’ s an 8-km hike with a total ascend of 600 meters so you’ll need a fair bit of energy to make it to the top but you will be rewarded with a unique Great Wall experience.


Jiankou Great wall trekking

Jiankou Great wall hike


From our meeting point (Lama temple subway station) we drive for about 2 hours till we reach our restaurant in the picturesque Dazhenyu village.  We enjoy a good farm house lunch in a yard surrounded by chestnuts trees and with a view on the Jiankou Great Wall.

After lunch we follow a trail up to the mountain for about 1 hour till we reach the Great Wall at a second beacon tower. During the first part of this hike, we ascend about 500 meters. Once we arrive on the Great Wall, most of the uphill part is done.

Jiankou Great Wall hiking

Jiankou Great Wall hiking

As the hike continues, you can enjoy fantastic views of some famous Great Wall places, such as the “Wall Bow “, “Arrow Nock” and the “Beijing Knot” on top of the Great Wall.

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Jiankou Great Wall Hiking


The hike is really diverse as we climb trough and over the Great Wall watch towers, climb crumble staircases and walk through sections where trees have completely taken over the Great Wall. As you can see on the pictures it’s a fantastic trail to hike during spring and fall as the foliage changes it colours.


Wild Jiankou Great Wall hiking during Apricot flower season

Wild Jiankou Great Wall hiking during Apricot flower season


Once the Great Wall is dropping into a cliff we take a small trail trough the bush to keep it safe. We take a last picture an incredible V-shaped Great Wall built on a nearly vertical cliff and head down to the valley where our bus will be waiting for us. By 7 pm we should be back at our meeting point in Beijing.



Level 3:捕获1 medium-strong

We give this hike a medium- strong rating as it includes a 1 hour strong uphill hike to start with. During summer the heat play up but we do include plenty of breaks so no worries if you are a bit slow. The trail is safe but you do need some stability as we hike over crumbled sections of the Great Wall.


History of the Jiankou Great Wall

Jiankou could be translated as “Arrow Nock” in English, because the shape of the mountain there looks like an arrow or letter W, with the collapsed ridge opening as its arrow nock.

Jiankou Great Wall is located at Xizhazi village in Huairou district, about 80 km from downtown Beijing. It connects to the Mutianyu Great Wall in the east (10 km away) and Huanghuacheng Great Wall in the west.

It was first built in the Tang dynasty (618-907) and was restored largely in the Ming dynasty (1368-1644). Jiankou Great Wall was mainly built with...

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Are you planning far ahead but your favorite trip is not on our schedule at the time you’re coming to China?

Are you an independent traveler that wants to keep the costs as low as possible?

Just let us know your favorite trip and starting date at least 6 weeks in advance and we will add your trip to our hiking agenda.

As soon as we have 6 people joining the trip we are good to go!


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Private tours are great ways to travel if you have a group of friends, family or colleagues ready to explore nature together.

Also for school trips or company team building activities, a private tour is the way to go.

We have experience guiding trips with up to 60 people from international schools and companies.

Price for private tours will vary depending on the number of people, the chosen transportation and accommodation.

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