Home > Hike in Beijing

Book your place

Heituo Mountain Crossing

In Brief: A variation of our tough hike up to the craggy peak of Heituo Mountain that finishes by hiking out below the tall cliffs on the Nine-Eyes Tower side of the mountain.

Heituo Mountain | A craggy ridge near the peak of Heituo Mountain

A craggy ridge near the peak of Heituo Mountain.

Key information

  • 450 RMB (405 RMB for members)
  • 7:15am departure from Lido Hotel Starbucks; Liangmaqiao subway area pickup at 6:45am. Back in Beijing around 6pm. (Find the meeting points)
  • 6–7 hours over 15km
  • Snacks and drinks provided after the hike.

Make the long slow climb up to the saddle below the 1503m peak of Heituo Mountain, and then take on the steep climb to the top. We’ll finish the hike by walking down and out below the tall cliffs on the Nine-Eyes Tower side of the mountain.

This is a fairly rough hike and parts of the track are very steep, so we’ll be limiting the number of participants. Because of the steep ascents and descents on this hike we wouldn’t be able to do it in or after rain.

You’ll need to be in good shape and have a good head for heights to enjoy this hike, and we’ll ask you about that as part of the sign up process.

The hiking trail

We’ll start the hike in a tiny farming village by the roadside, and follow a concrete fire service track up into the mountains.

After about 2km of concrete, we’ll make a little scramble to get on to the track that leads through forest up towards the peak.

Hiking on old forestry trails behind Heituo Mountain
Hiking on old forestry trails behind Heituo Mountain. (Click for larger image)

The forest track is good walking: a well-formed dirt trail that is mostly clear of close vegetation. As we hike up through the forest we’ll have views of the peak and the other mountains around the Jiankou Great Wall.

We’ll get up on to a fairly flat trail along the saddle below the peak, and we’ll be able to catch our breath before we take on the big climb up to the summit.

The track starts getting seriously steep here, and goes up about 225m over just 600m of trail. But it’s worth the effort—the views from the top are amazing on a clear day, with the Jiankou Great Wall far below, reservoirs and lakes seen farther out, and maybe a glimpse of Beijing’s CBD in the far distance.

We’ll take a rest in a grassy meadow near the peak, and start getting ready to hike down the other side of the mountain.

Grassy meadows near the peak of Heituo Mountain
Grassy meadows near the peak of Heituo Mountain. (Click for larger image)

The trail crosses over the craggy ridge of Heituo Mountain’s peak, and then we start the steep descent down the south side of the mountain.

On the south side of the peak is a crossroads in the trail. On this hike we’re going to take the turn that leads towards Nine-Eyes Tower instead of continuing down into the wild Valley of the Pigs.

The path down towards Nine-Eyes Tower is very steep to begin with, and could feel tough on the knees. The trail twists and turns through forest and leads below the face of tall cliffs, and just past the cliffs we find the old line of Great Wall that leads down to Nine-Eyes Tower and Jiankou’s ‘Big West’ Great Wall.

After a break at Nine-Eyes Tower we’ll take our regular trail down to the bottom, walking a short stretch of repaired wall before following hill trails down and back to the bus.

What to bring on this hike

  • Lunch and plenty of snacks to keep your energy up
  • Sun protection: long-sleeved shirt, hat
  • A bottle of sports drink with salt content (Gatorade, Pocari Sweat)
  • A waterproof jacket in case the weather changes
  • Strong and comfortable hiking boots
  • (Click here to read our full What to Bring on a Hike list)

Reasons you might not enjoy this hike

  • Exposure to heights on rocky crags.
  • Steep descents on poorly-formed trails.

Different versions of this hike

We have variations of this hike called ‘Heituo Mountain’, ‘Heituo Mountain Loop’, and ‘Heituo Mountain Crossing’. The middle part of these variations is the same: the climbing around the peak of the mountain. The differences are in the start and finish points, and whether or not we go down into the ‘Valley of the Pigs’. (We do the ‘Valley of the Pigs’ on the Heituo Mountain hike, the toughest version.)

There are risks involved in hiking. Please read our Risk Acknowledgment and Waiver and inform yourself before participating.

Ready to sign up? Book your place
Level5

Level of difficulty

Level 5 hikes are physically challenging, and suitable for experienced hikers in good shape.

Is the level of difficulty suitable for me?

Hike statistics

  • Distance: 15km
  • Time to complete: 6–7 hours
  • Total ascent: 1115m
  • Total descent: 1257m
  • Start height: 753m
  • Peak: 1503m
  • Finish height: 610m
  • Location: Huairou
  • Drive time: 2–2.5 hours each way

Hikes in Beijing

We publish our hike schedule month by month, with updates around the 10th of each month.

If you're interested in hikes and trips during a month that's not yet listed, use our contact form to let us know and we'll send you a quick email when the schedule is online.

Hike in Beijing calendar

See the Hike in Beijing schedule in our calendar


Find a hike

Great Wall hikesGreat Wall campingHillwalking hikesTough hikesEasy hikesShunyi hikesSee all the hikes »Calendar


All upcoming hikes in Beijing

Departure date: Thursday, April 25
Standby

Gubeikou to Jinshanling Great Wall East

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Saturday, April 27
Book it

Switchback Great Wall

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: April 27–28 (Sat–Sun)
Book it

Camping: Gubeikou Great Wall and Jinshanling Great Wall

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Sunday, April 28
Book it

Great Wall: Huanghuacheng to the Little West Lake

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Sunday, April 28
Book it

Shuiquan Canyon

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Wednesday, May 1
Standby

Great Wall Spur

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Thursday, May 2
Book it

Vulture Rock Ridge and the old Pilgrim’s Trail

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Thursday, May 2
Book it

Sunset over the Huanghuacheng Great Wall

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Friday, May 3
Book it

Gubeikou Great Wall Loop

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Saturday, May 4
Book it

The Pinnacle Tower

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Saturday, May 4
Book it

Longquanyu Great Wall to the Little West Lake

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: May 4–5 (Sat–Sun)
Book it

Camping: Switchback Great Wall

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Sunday, May 5
Book it

Gubeikou to Jinshanling Great Wall East

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Sunday, May 5
Book it

Silver Pagoda Loop

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Wednesday, May 8
Book it

Great Wall Spur

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Thursday, May 9
Book it

Gubeikou Great Wall Loop

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Saturday, May 11
Book it

Miaofengshan Super Loop

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Saturday, May 11
Book it

Jiankou to Mutianyu Great Wall

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Sunday, May 12
Book it

Great Wall: Huanghuacheng to the Little West Lake

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Sunday, May 12
Book it

Yajishan Temple Fair, Pinggu District

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Wednesday, May 15
Book it

Stone Valley Great Wall Loop

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Thursday, May 16
Book it

Longquanyu Great Wall to the Little West Lake

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Saturday, May 18
Book it

Yanqing Great Wall and High Tower Challenge

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Saturday, May 18
Book it

Walled Village to Huanghuacheng Great Wall

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: May 18–19 (Sat–Sun)
Book it

Camping: Gubeikou Great Wall and Jinshanling Great Wall

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Sunday, May 19
Book it

Gubeikou Great Wall Loop

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Sunday, May 19
Book it

Cuandixia ‘Ming Village’ day trip

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Sunday, May 19
Book it

Waste-Free Wall: Clean up the Jiankou ‘Big West’ Great Wall

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Wednesday, May 22
Book it

Jiankou to Mutianyu Great Wall

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Thursday, May 23
Book it

Great Wall Spur

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Saturday, May 25
Book it

Heituo Mountain Crossing

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Saturday, May 25
Book it

Stone Valley Great Wall Loop

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Sunday, May 26
Book it

Gubeikou to Jinshanling Great Wall East

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Sunday, May 26
Book it

Kids Club: Yunmeng Gorge play and picnic

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Wednesday, May 29
Book it

Longquanyu Great Wall to the Little West Lake

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Thursday, May 30
Book it

Walled Village to Huanghuacheng Great Wall

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Saturday, June 1
Book it

Zhenbiancheng Great Wall and Big Camp Plate Challenge

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Saturday, June 1
Book it

Gubeikou Great Wall Loop

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Sunday, June 2
Book it

Yinmeng Temple and Sujia River

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Sunday, June 2
Book it

Stone Valley Great Wall Loop

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Wednesday, June 5
Book it

Longquanyu Great Wall to the Little West Lake

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Thursday, June 6
Book it

Jiankou to Mutianyu Great Wall

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Friday, June 7
Book it

Switchback Great Wall

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Friday, June 7
Book it

Great Wall: Huanghuacheng to the Walled Village

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Saturday, June 8
Book it

Stone Valley Great Wall Loop

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Saturday, June 8
Book it

Rolling Hills and Empty Lanes

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Sunday, June 9
Book it

Great Wall Spur

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Sunday, June 9
Book it

White River hike

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Saturday, April 6
Book it

Sunset over the Huanghuacheng Great Wall

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Wednesday, June 12
Book it

Gubeikou to Jinshanling Great Wall East

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Thursday, June 13
Book it

Great Wall Spur

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Saturday, June 15
Book it

Chinese Knot Great Wall

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Saturday, June 15
Book it

Great Wall: Huanghuacheng to the Walled Village

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Sunday, June 16
Book it

Immortal Valley Loop

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Sunday, June 16
Book it

Longquanyu Great Wall to the Little West Lake

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Wednesday, June 19
Book it

Walled Village to Huanghuacheng Great Wall

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Thursday, June 20
Book it

Middle Route of Switchback Great Wall

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Saturday, June 22
Book it

Jiankou to Mutianyu Great Wall

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Saturday, June 22
Book it

White River hike

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Saturday, June 22
Book it

Gubeikou and Jinshanling Great Wall overnight

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Sunday, June 23
Book it

Gubeikou Great Wall Loop

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Sunday, June 23
Book it

Kids Club: The Silver Pagodas

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Wednesday, June 26
Book it

Stone Valley Great Wall Loop

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Thursday, June 27
Book it

Great Wall: Huanghuacheng to the Walled Village

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Saturday, June 29
Book it

Gubeikou to Jinshanling Great Wall East

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Sunday, June 30
Book it

Great Wall Spur

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Sunday, June 30
Book it

Yunmeng Gorge Swim or Explore

Read more about this hike »

Explore China

See more of China on a multi-day trip—travel to famous scenic areas, or choose to visit somewhere obscure and less well-known.

Upcoming trips

Hiking through the huge dunes of the Tengger Desert in Inner Mongolia
Trip dates: April 28–May 1, 2019

Tengger Desert Lakes, Inner Mongolia (4 days)

In Brief: Travel by foot and jeep through the desert, visit desert lakes, ride camels, camp in the desert, and more.

Book trip
More info »
The coloured hills of the Zhangye Danxia Landform
Trip dates: June 5–9, 2019

Zhangye Danxia Landform, Gansu Province (5 days)

In Brief: See the fantastically-coloured mountains and cliffs in an all-but unexplored area of Gansu; visit Horse Hoofprint Temple, Jiayuguan Fortress, and more.

Book trip
More info »
Hiking down from a peak
Trip dates: June 14–16, 2019

Bashang Grasslands, Hebei Province

In Brief: Clean and cool grasslands near the border of Hebei and Inner Mongolia: hikes, BBQ lamb, and more.

Book trip
More info »