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Private Great Wall Hiking from Jiankou to Mutianyu
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Private Great Wall Hiking from Jiankou to Mutianyu

By Beijing Tour Guide
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As Great Wall hiking tours go, this offers the best of both worlds—not to mention a route that’s almost impossible to access unless you speak Chinese. Hike the unrestored, untouched Jiankou Great Wall, with its soaring views and ancient ruins, to the well-known Great Wall at Mutianyu. Plus, a private tour means you receive the undivided attention of your guide. 
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Ages 5-65
Duration: 9–10 hours
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Live guide: Chinese, English
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Highlights
  • Hike along the Great Wall of China from Jiankou to Mutianyu
  • Enjoy a less-crowded stretch of the Great Wall at Jiankou
  • Learn about the history of this UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • A private guide and vehicle ensures a personalized experience

  • Lunch
  • Transport by private vehicle
  • Professional guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Entrance fee
  • Entry/Admission - The Great wall of Jiankou
  • Entry/Admission - Mutianyu Great Wall
What's not included
  • Gratuities
  • Souvenir photos (available to purchase)
  • cable car ticket/toboggan tickets

Expect an early start for this full-day Great Wall hiking tour. Your knowledgeable guide greets you at your central Beijing hotel for the journey to Jiankou, where your Great Wall hike begins. The twists and turns of this unrestored and less-visited stretch of wall make it perfect for photographers. As it winds along sheer mountain ridges, the wall offers new panoramas at every corner, while its ruins and imperfections are shockingly atmospheric.  Spend ample time hiking this route, which is considered the most precipitous and beautiful stretch of the Ming Dynasty Great Wall, to Mutianyu. Along the way, your private guide explains the long history of the wall’s construction. If you enjoy a mild physical challenge combined with a cultural experience, this is the tour for you.

Start:Traveler pickup offered.
    Pickup details
    • Pickup from your centrally located Beijing hotel
    End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

      • Not wheelchair accessible
      • Infant seats available
      If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 7309P6

      • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
      • Children must be accompanied by an adult
      • Wheelchair not accessible
      • This is not an easy hike. Prior hiking experience is highly recommended
      • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
      • Please wear hiking shoes
      • Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
      • Please pack some snacks if necessary, because you will have a late lunch
      • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
      • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
      • Due to the weather condition,it might be closed unexpected. You can visit another section instead
      • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
      • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

      • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

      If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 7309P6

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      • Beijing Tour Guide
        1,638
        Beijing, China
        Joined in May 2012
      • Ricardo A
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Great wall best experience
        This is the best tool that you will be able to find in the app. Spokennoise this is the best way to see The Great Wall. And I will definitely recommend this as a tourist in beijing
        Written July 14, 2024
      • Journey27402348000
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        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Great trip very professional
        Joe was amazing, great driver. He helped us a lot and was available for whatever we needed. We booked with less than a day of anticipation and they did everything very quick for us.
        Written July 14, 2024
      • Irongate69
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Have to go. Mutianyu is quieter than Badaling section.
        This should be #3 after the 2 trips to Egypt, pyramids and Valley of Kings. I mean, nothing can compare to their history or what was accomplished thousands o f years ago. You don’t need private tour. Taxi there, and the rest you can do in your own, fascinating
        Written July 9, 2024
      • L5840VOelenaz
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        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Unforgettable experience in Beijing
        It was amazing! Ling is extremely friendly and nice! We went to see The Great Wall and it was unforgettable experience! Thank you♥️
        Written July 6, 2024
      • _P5867AH
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        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Journey to a dream
        My dream came true and I visited the Chinese Great wall. I recommend this agency and wish it further development 😊 wonderful places and comfortable transport took us there. I advise everyone
        Written July 6, 2024
      • 336carmenk
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Amazing
        Amazing tour from start to end, Ling was very knowledgable and explained us a lot about the history. We really enjoyed, car ride was also super quick. Definitely book this tour!
        Written July 6, 2024
      • NOUR O
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        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Great Wall of China
        It was very nice experience the guide came to pick us up from the hotel she speaks English she was very nice very friendly I recommande you do the tour Ling she is amazing
        Written July 6, 2024
      • E9295VXkellyc
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        4.0 of 5 bubbles
        Good service on driving
        The guide tour Kong where on time and drive safely. They also offered water to all of us. Car was really comfortable and very clean.
        Written July 5, 2024
      • 300aichac
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Amazing experience
        The driver was on time , he waited for us for the pick to be back to the hotel ,very professional and polite,he drove with limit speed,very clean car ,it was amazing experience
        Written July 3, 2024
      • 478yuliiaz
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        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Great great wall 😻
        That was awesome experience! You must see this world wonder at least once in your life ! The organization was perfect. We book a tour, with lift up and took a slide down from the wall, our guide pick up us on time and wait for us to drop back to the hotel. He has a really nice price and driver Liu was so friendly and helpful. I am highly recommend ☺️
        Written July 3, 2024
      • weronikajaroniek99
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        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Amazing experience
        Everything was perfect. Driver picked us up from the hotel and drop at the Great Wall. The whole day was amazing. Everything was easy thanks to them. (driver is the nicest person on the world)
        Written July 3, 2024
      • Scenic05899783399
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        Amazing !
        Amazing experience! Totally recommend it! We didn’t have to worry about anything,we reached the wall on a comfortable van and then were recommended which were the best towers to walk and take photos. Thank you!
        Written July 2, 2024
      • Nia A
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        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Excellent!!
        Everything was perfect! Our guide Mr. Guo was very very nice! The car is nice, clean, he gave us snacks. The Great Wall of China itself is amazing! We start early morning so it was not crowded, very nice!
        Written June 27, 2024
      • anasso134
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        Great experience
        Amazing trip, recommend to everyone !!!!! Thank you so much Ling is amazing and we spent the best moments together, thank you!
        Written June 25, 2024
      • c_lyns2023
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        Great Wall of China :)
        We had so much fun, the tour guide was amazing. She is super welcoming and very informative. The Great Wall of China is an amazing experience! Would definitely recommend to family/friends/solo however you travel, this is a must!!
        Written June 25, 2024
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      Samodelkin
      Tbilisi, Georgia3 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Jul 2023 • Family
      This was an amazing experience. The guide (Jenny) was very friendly and open. The views of unrestored part of Great Wall are awesome.

      A must see tour/experience if you are in Beijing and want to see the real Great Wall as it is!
      Written July 30, 2023
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      Cindy P
      3 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      May 2018 • Couples
      This was by far the best part of our trip to Beijing!

      We had always planned to check out the Great Wall and got so many different suggestions that we procrastinated to book anything. Finally, while we were in Beijing, we decided to check out our options online. We figured we'd book a private tour being that you spend enough time with huge crowds staying in Beijing + this was right around Chinese Labor Day vacation.

      This trip is great for people who enjoy hiking and being outdoors. We spent a little less than 4 hours total hiking upto the wall and getting back to the car. We stopped quite a bit to take pics, use the restroom, and to wait in line for the Tobbogan. We were told that it usually takes closer to 5 hours (so overall trip is going to be around 9/10 hours from pick-up to drop-off).

      The hike up to the wall was not the most difficult hike we've ever done but it wasn't super easy (also depends on the weather). My favorite part of the trip was the beginning when we hiked up to the wall and got to the first parts of the wall and the first tower. It's truly breathtaking to see the views (remembering that a mere 2 hours ago you were in the middle of Beijing where you hardly see any greenery + some days can't even see the sky because of the smog).

      When you get to the Mutianyu area it does get a little more crowded. Most of the people who you run into there are taking a quick trip up the cable car and back. When you're going back down you're given 3 options-- take the cable car back (if you're super tired do this), hike the rest of the way down (walk down a little further) or if you're up for it, you can go down a tobbogan slide (walking the furthest down). We did the tobbogan ride and it was awesome! It was roughly $20 USD per person so bring extra cash for this if you are interested.

      Our tour guide Miko was great! We noticed during our stay in Beijing that not many people spoke fluent or even conversational English. It was nice to have a private tour guide who could answer our questions about the Great Wall and give us some insight on Bejing in general + way of life in the city. He let us take all of the time we needed for pics and volunteered to help us take a bunch too!

      Miko brought us to a great restaurant that was on our way back from The Great Wall. It's about 30 minutes out from the area you finish at. It was pretty busy considering the random time of day we were there-- which is always a good sign to me! Food was some of the best we've had while we were in Beijing!

      Suggestions:
      - Wear sneakers (duh) and if you are able to pack them, bring your hiking shoes. They provided us with some poles but we opted to go without them.
      - They provide you water, snacks along the way, and a lunch. Doesn't hurt to bring some extra water, sunblock (not going to get a lot of shade anywhere on the wall), bug spray (hiking up it was a little buggy), allergy medicine or nasal spray if you have allergies, pack of tissue paper/cottonelle for the restrooms, and a light rain coat (depending on what time of year you're going).
      - Extra cash for tip + Tobbogan slide and/or cable car.
      Written May 11, 2018
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      David&Shirley
      London, UK13 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Nov 2019
      Great Wall, whichever part you wanted to visit he is the man to go to. We chose to take the cable car up and down and walk the Wall from Mutianyu to Jiankou - it was unbelievable, words just can't express how amazing the whole experience was. The views, the feel of the history in every step and stone. We didn't want to leave, it was so magnificent. We would highly recommend Jonny for whatever part of the wall you want to visit, the difficult for the very fit, or the more gentle parts for the not so fit. He does overnight camping on the wall, whatever you choose to do you will enjoy.
      Written November 28, 2019
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      Kerrieetal
      Melbourne, Australia1 contribution
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Apr 2018 • Family
      We woke early and met Jack in the lobby of our hotel. From start to finish Jack was professional, friendly and very informative. His English is excellent. Our three daughters aged 8-14 loved the 5 hour hike up to and along The Great wall. Jack could not have been nicer to them and answered all of their many questions and even told them old stories about the wall. Seeing the wall from non restored to restored was fantastic and we all agreed that we preferred the old section. This walk is steep and you need a certain level of fitness but is absolutely a fantastic way to see The Great Wall of China. The toboggan ride at the end was super fun and the perfect way to get down. Our driver waited for us at the end and took us to a delicious local restaurant for a late lunch. We have never eaten so much food! Very generous and delicious. Thanks Jack for a brilliant day. It was one of our favourites from our 3 week trip away!
      Written May 1, 2018
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      Donna B
      Salt Lake City, UT3 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Mar 2018 • Couples
      Our guide, Peter, was awesome! He was warm, friendly, and knowledgeable about the Great Wall and Chinese history. He did a great job assessing when we needed a rest and would use that time to tell us something interesting about the area or the language. I have celiac disease and he even called the chef ahead of time and gave instructions on what I could eat. As a result, I had the best meal of our stay in a lovely restaurant. The Great Wall itself was amazing and hiking the ruins was the experience of a lifetime. We are so happy we chose this tour and had Peter for our guide. If you like going off the beaten path then this is the trip for you!
      Written March 19, 2018
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      Vas P
      24 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      We had an amazing day exploring the Great Wall with Harold and his driver. He was very knowledgeable and relaxed making for a great day out. The lunch stop was also great. I would definitely recommend him.
      Written January 22, 2018
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      Gus N
      Adelaide, Australia17 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Dec 2017 • Couples
      My wife and I recently spent several nights in Beijing and this tour of the great wall was easily the highlight of our entire trip. We were collected early in the morning by our superbly friendly, funny and knowledgeable tour guide Miko, as well as our equally nice driver. As we drove out of the city, Miko shared with us the rich and fascinating history of the wall and even gave us a crash course on how to count in Mandarin! We started our hike on the outskirts of a small village and got to experience the beauty of the wilderness as we made our way up to the wall. We're not hugely experienced hikers but Miko was very patient with us and allowed us to set the pace and take frequent breaks. When we reached the mountain peak we arrived at a battlement of the Jiankou section of the wall and were treated to incredible views of the wall snaking out endlessly across the mountain ranges and into the distance. Here we walked along the unrestored section of the wall and saw the remnants of the original structures as well as getting fantastic panoramic views of the mountains. Since a hike is required to get up to Jiankou, this section of the wall is less heavily populated by tourists so we got to soak up the views all to ourselves! Along the way Miko also gave us more detailed history about the functions of the wall as well as a retelling of a classic folk story about the wall. As we crossed to Mutianyu the restored wall sections became apparent which allowed us to visualise the past grandeur of the epic structure. Reaching the end of our walk we opted to get the cable cars down to the base which were relatively cheap and gave us some good views of the wall. Afterwards, we were driven to a local restaurant on the outskirts of Beijing and treated to a feast of amazing food. My wife is vegetarian, so Miko very kindly organised meal options for her too. We finished the day with full bellies and a truly unforgettable experience. I don't exaggerate when I say this tour is incredible and a MUST DO for anyone visiting Beijing. Unlike a simple visit to Mutianyu, with this tour you get see a side of the wall not visited quite as frequently by tourists, giving you access to stunning views and a real glimpse into the past when the wall stood tall and grand. Additionally, our tour guide Miko made this trip even more enjoyable and exciting and helped us to understand and appreciate the beauty, significance and importance of the Great Wall.
      Written January 7, 2018
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      Everton F
      12 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Amazing guide, I highly recommended. Friendly and helpful. Whenever you visit Beijing contact him and enjoy your time.
      Written July 3, 2024
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      Allard J
      4 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Today we had a lovely hiking tour with Jason!
      The hiking tour was unforgettable, we really had a good time! 🥾🇨🇳
      Thanks for everything Jason! 😁
      Written April 22, 2024
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      Dear Allard, We are so glad you enjoyed the hiking. Appreciate your positive review. Best regards,
      Written April 25, 2024
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      Amanda Hunter
      Denver, CO2 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Oct 2019
      We did this day trip with our 8-year old son and he hiked this section no problem.

      Our guide Dennis and his driver picked us up at our hotel in a new minivan. It was a private tour for just our family. Dennis gave us great history all the way to the Wall. He spoke excellent English and gave very clear expectations. There was never any up-selling or awkward moments that sometimes accompany a tour. Everything was very easy and professional with this company. I highly recommend! Dennis was superb.

      This is a fair bit of hiking - much of it uphill. If you are in bad shape, it will hurt but it's doable. If you are in moderate shape, you'll be sore in the calf muscles. If you are in great shape, it's a breeze.

      This is a WAY better option than just going to see the wall on a bus. Hiking along the unrestored section toward Mutianyu gave us time to marvel at the vastness of the wall and the surrounding mountains.

      Must Do's:
      - Take the toboggan down.
      - Eat at the local chain dumpling restaurant at the bottom of the wall in Mutianyu.
      - Go in mid-October (before the leaves drop off) to miss the big crowds.
      Written October 31, 2019
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