Half-Day Great Wall at Mutianyu Hiking Tour

There is a famous saying by Chairman Mao: “If you don’t get to the Great Wall you’re not a good man.” (不到长城非好汉。) As an ”Eighth Wonder of the Ancient World”, the Great Wall of China is a must-see attraction. However, there are many different sections of the Great Wall in Beijing, so which section is best for you?

For the first-time visitor to Beijing, who wants to see most highlights of the Great Wall in a time-saving manner, without too much exertion, the Great Wall at Mutianyu is probably the best choice.

Tour Highlights

Hike up the best fully-restored Great Wall section at Mutianyu.

Enjoy a peaceful time and being amazed by the Great Wall at Mutianyu which is less crowded, has better architecture, and has more watchtowers than other sections.

Take a cable car (or toboggan) up and down the mountain, avoid hiking up and walking back down the mountain on over 800 steps by taking a cable car or a toboggan, making it very easy to visit.

With the greens of pines and cypresses covering ninety percent of the surrounding area, the scenery there is beautiful all year round.

A unique Great Wall hiking experience escorted by a professional expert guide.

Get free drinking water and hiking equipment at the China Highlights Refreshments Kiosk at the foot of the Great Wall at Mutianyu.


Guide, Driver, Vehicle, and Customer Service Support

Guide: better than a normal licensed tour guide; friendly and helpful with fluent English

Driver: reliable licensed local driver with at least 5 years’ driving experience

Vehicle: Air-conditioned business car (max: 7 seats) with GPS facilities, big windows, and ample space

China Highlights Beijing Office: 24/7 customer service, providing backup support

Great Wall at Mutianyu Hiking Map

On the way to Jiankou

Detailed Itinerary

10:30 AM – 1:30 PM
Hotel pick-up Drive to the Great Wall at Mutianyu and have a simple set lunch before going up to the wall

Meet your guide at your hotel. He/She will be waiting in the hotel lobby, holding a placard with your name on it. Then drive to the Great Wall section at Mutianyu which will take about 1½ hours and we'll have a rest and have a simple set meal for lunch before going up to the wall. You also can choose to have a picnic on the wall if the weather is really good. Feel free to tell the tour guide and he/she will be glad to arrange that for you.

Good to know:

  • The day before your tour date, we will send you details of the tour guide and pick up time by email. Or you can find more information by yourself via this site: https://www.trippest.com/track-your-trip.html. All information will be updated only 24 hours ahead of your tour date. If you failed in getting the information, please try to contact your trip advisor.
  • It is necessary to wear comfortable hiking shoes for the hiking.
  • Be prepared for a hiking day and have a simple lunch before leaving.
  • Do not forget you are going to the mountains where the weather can rapidly change, and that there are no shops on this part of the Wall.
  • We are also available to provide the private airport transfer service for this trip, price from 18 USD p/p. Click here to book the transfer.
  • We can drive our own vehicle to the foot of the Great Wall while others have to wait for the public transfer bus to the foot of the Great Wall. During peak seasons, people who transfer with public bus may spend 1 hour in waiting in a long queue.

Jiankou - Mutianyu Great Wall Hiking Route

Your guide will be waiting for you in your hotel lobby

1:30 PM – 4:00 PM
Hike the Great Wall at Mutianyu (including cable car or toboggan)

Upon arrival, collect some cool drinking water and a walking pole at the China Highlights Refreshment Kiosk at the foot of the Great Wall.

You have two options for travelling up and down the Wall: round-way cable car and round-way chairlift (or toboggan). You can decide which option you prefer when you arrive. If you choose to go by cable car or the chairlift, it will take seven minutes to reach the top of the Wall, instead of going up by foot might take you 45 minutes climbing steps.

Cable car ascends to and descends from the 14th watchtower. From there, walk east to the 23rd watchtower on the most beautiful part of the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall. And chairlift ascends to the 6th watchtower. It would be a high challenge hiking from the 6th to the 23rd watchtower. According to your physical condition, most of our customers who take the chairlift up and down, hike from tower 6 to tower 14 and turn back to tower 6. Take a toboggan down the mountain which is fun. (If you want to take one way cable car and one way chairlift or toboggan, you need to pay the price difference CNY100 per person at your own expense.)

Good to know:

  • We avoid (the worst of the) crowds on the Great Wall and traffic jams by visiting in the afternoon.

Hike the Great Wall at Mutianyu.

Take a chairlift up to the mountain, making it very easy to visit.

Take a toboggan down the mountain

4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Return to Beijing

Arrive at the foot of the Great Wall and back to our vehicle. You will be transferred back to your hotel at approximately 6pm.

You may follow us on our Facebook page to see the latest updates, photos and posts from your tour guide at: https://www.facebook.com/trippest/

Good to know:

  • If you plan to leave Beijing after your day tour, please check out from your hotel before departure. Normally it will take 10 to 20 minutes for hotel staff to complete the procedure. You may leave your luggage in our vehicle, and you will be transferred to the airport or train station straight after the tour to make best use of your time. You will need 1 hour to be transferred from the city center to airport, and you will need to be at the airport 1.5 hours before a domestic flight, or 2.5 hours before you’re an international flight. Tell us about your departure time when booking, and remind our guide, and we will make arrangements accordingly. We provide private airport / train station to transfer (price from 18 USD p/p).

Tour Price

Season Adult (age 12+) Child (age 2-11) Infant (age<2)
Shoulder Season $89 USD $79 USD free
Peak Season $99 USD $79 USD free

Important Notes:

  • The peak season includes the following dates: China National Day: 01/Oct/2018 - 07/Oct/2018. Chinese Spring Festival: 04/Feb/2019 - 10/Feb/2019. Other dates are indicated as shoulder season.
  • You will share this tour with other tourists (to a maximum of 6 people).
  • This tour is available daily with a guaranteed departure.
  • Not recommended for seniors (age 80+) or family travels with a baby. Private tour service is highly recommended for a better experience. Contact Us.


Price Includes:

  • Entrance fee to the Great Wall at Mutianyu
  • Transportation between your Beijing hotel and the Great Wall
  • Simple Set-menu lunch
  • English-speaking mountain tour guide service
  • Drinking water on the Great Wall
  • Shuttle bus transfer service from the Gate of the Great Wall at Mutianyu to the foot of the Great Wall
  • Round-way cable car or round-way chairlift and toboggan. (If you want to take one way cable car and one way chairlift or toboggan, you need to pay the price difference CNY100 per person at your own expense.)

Price Excludes:

  • Personal expenses.
  • Gratuities to the tour guide & driver (usually CNY 50 - 100 per person per day for each of them, please tip them separately.). It is not compulsory but would be a great encouragement for them.
  • Airport transfer. Click here to book airport transfer service. (price from 18 USD p/p.)

China Highlights Cancellation Policy for Beijing Tours

  • If we are not able to implement the contract due to war, flood, typhoon, fire, strikes, storm, earthquake, or any other condition we are not able to foresee and avoid, we will inform customers at the first possible opportunity and offer the best possible solutions, and the final bill shall be settled based on the service we actually provide.
  • Up to 7 days before departure: 100% refund of all money paid, excluding penalties charged by hotels, railways, airlines, and PayPal, if applicable. All penalties will be itemized.
  • From 3 to 7 days before departure: 90% refund, excluding penalties charged by hotels, railways, airlines, and PayPal, if applicable. All penalties will be itemized.
  • Within 3 days before departure: no refund.
  • After the trip has commenced, we are unable to refund any amount for cancelled services due to non-participation, early departure, late arrival, or missed days on tours.
  • For groups of more than 10 people: The terms for cancellation may vary from case to case. Please ask your travel advisor regarding the cancellation policy for your group.

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Hotel pick-up and drop-off area

The hotel pick-up and drop-off area should be within the fourth ring road of Beijing. For further distance there might be an extra cost for the transfer which you'll be notified by your travel advisor.

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We are experienced and professional!

  • We have been touring the Great Wall hiking trails for 8 years, and all the relevant services we provide are reliable and optimized.
  • You don't need to prepare trekking poles, water, hip bag, GPS, first aid kit, or walkie-talkie, because we will provide them FREE OF CHARGE.

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No Shopping! No Hidden Costs! Great Value for Money!

  • We promise that there’s absolutely no shopping, no factories, no time-wasting itineraries while most other travel agents do to make the tour price seems to be lower. We are the first China travel agency to offer NO SHOPPING on all our tour itineraries.
  • We might not be the cheapest one but we make all our efforts to make sure the great experience for our customers to create more value for our customers.

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