Anything You Wonder About the Hike?
Travelling to Jiankou can be difficult for any traveler and we know that you’ve got questions. Travel with confidence as we’ve compiled answers to 8 most common questions when planning a hiking trip to Jiankou & Mutianyu. If you have anything wonder about, or you can’t find the information you are looking for please feel free to contact us.
1: Hiking Great Wall between Jiankou and Mutianyu, what’s the recommended route?
The most popular route is hiking between Xizha village and Mutianyu. You can start in Xizhazi village and make your way uphill to Zhengbeilou tower, then to Ox Horn Edge, and down to Mutianyu to be picked up by your driver after the hike. One of the benefits of this hike is that you do not need to go down the same way you went up.
2: I’m interested in hiking the Jiankou to Mutianyu route along the Great Wall. We are fit, but not rock climbers. How difficult and dangerous is the route?
It’s true that a particular section of Jiankou like Eagle Flies Facing Upward (Ying Fei Dao Yang), Sky Stair (Tianti) are very dangerous, most would better avoid it. However, if you take the right trails from Zhengbeilou to Mutianyu, you can skip it and have a fantastic, challenging but safe hike.
The Jiankou to Mutianyu hike normally covers 3-5 hours with the total distance of 8-9 kilometers. The difficulty of the hike is moderate for adults. All ages will enjoy the hike. If you are a seasoned hiker, you shouldn’t have any problems. The fastest hikers tend to be children. Adults tend to be slower to some degree. If you are 50 years-old or older, we recommend that you hike at an easy pace, stopping and resting a few times along the way. To enjoy the trip to the fullest, you will need to be in good shape.
3: I am a solo traveler. I know I can start in Xizhazi village and make my way uphill to Zhengbeilou tower and then to Ox Horn Edge and so on. From Xizhazi village, can I get lost making my way up to the wall?
Yes, you can. There are a number of paths up to the wall at Xizhazi. The right trail to Zhengbeilou is a little bit hard to follow due to overgrown bushes. There are also some forks in the path where you could take the wrong way, which will increase your chances of getting lost.
The major issue is that if something happens and you do not have local people with you, you are not able to explain where you are. You will be basically on your own.
4: Do I need a guide for Jiankou to Mutianyu Great Wall hike? Will I be fine arranging for transport and not hiring a guide?
Simple put, do your homework, or take a guide/driver who is familiar with the route. The trail up to the Wall is not as simple as you might think, the hardest thing could be finding the right trail up to the start point on the wall. It’s advisable to pre arrange a guide or driver who is familiar with the route to lead your way to Zhengbeilou tower. At this point, driver services as hiking partners for you up to the Wall. This is really helpful if you happen to get lost, confused, anxious. You can hire driver and guides from Beijing.
Alternatively, Jiankou to Mutianyu self-guided trip can take a lot of the guess work out of planning and uncertainty out of hiking a new route in an unfamiliar area, which can mean saving your time and frustration. All in all, good preparation will bring you more enjoyments.
5: Jiankou to Mutianyu or Jinshanling to Jinshanling East, which route is best for great breathtaking scenery?
It’s hard to say which section of the Wall is more beautiful than others. For photography enthusiasts, Jinshanling offers better scenery / landscape views, which explains why Jinshanling has been attracting number
6: I am fit and used to mountain hiking, but I do not have any special climbing experience, nor equipment. I am wondering whether it is too dangerous to go down the Ox Horn Edge?
Serious and experienced mountain walkers may want to climb up Ox Horn Edge, but most would better make a detour at Ox Horn Edge, particularly when the weather is wet or in winter. In summer the bushes at Ox Horn Edge may push you over the side, then you have to walk along the very edge, quite high above the ground. Steep slopes with loose bricks and stones also add the difficulty of your climb.
7: If I decide to go around on the mountain path at Ox Horn Edge, where will I find the start on this path so I can’t get lost?
You can easily find your way back to the Wall. From the broken tower at Ox Horn Edge, get off the stair case and make a left turn pass a campsite in the bush, walk through the path for around 10 minutes you will return to the Wall.
8: Does this trip include travel between Beijing and the Wall?
Yes – transport to and from the Great Wall and Beijing is included. You will be picked up from your hotel or any centrally located place, and give yourself approx. 2.5 hours drive to Xizhazi village–where you will dropped off. At Mutianyu, the same driver will pick you up at parking lot and bring you back to Beijing after the hike.
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