Spring Valley Loop

A reasonably long but not too difficult hike that takes you up and down valleys and past terraced chestnut orchards and the remains of old stone houses, crossing the tumbled down remains of an extremely old section of Great Wall.

Level 3
3–4 hours start to finish over 10km. (Can I do it?)

This hike is not currently scheduled

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Hikers on a trail through the hills above Sancha Village
Hikers on a trail through the hills, near the midpoint of the Spring Valley Loop.

The village of Sancha is situated in the fork of three valleys and is a perfect starting and finishing point for a walk through an especially interesting piece of Beijing countryside.

Our hike will start with a walk through the village and up one of the valleys, passing small guesthouses and a trout farm restaurant. After we pass the restaurant we’ll get on to the valley trail, following it up along a stream, past abandoned farmhouses, through a forest, and up to a grassy plateau with cornfields and apricot trees. This plateau is on the border of three Beijing districts – Changping, Yangqing, and Huairou.

From the plateau at the top of the valley we will walk up to the ridge, where we will find a remnant of Great Wall from the Qin Dynasty (221-206BC). There’s not much left of it now, but it’s lasted well for something built from mud and rocks more than 2,000 years ago.

The ridge trail loops back towards Sancha, and as we walk along we’ll be able to see the Pinnacle Tower on the distant Big East Mountain. After following the trail through meadows and up through a pine forest we’ll reach the head of one of the other valleys that leads to Sancha Village, and head back down it to finish our hike.

After the hike we’ll have a late lunch at our local guide’s guesthouse. (Cost of food and drinks is included in the price of the hike.)

What to bring on this hike

Reasons you might not enjoy this hike

  • There’s a stretch of the trail that is perpetually overgrown, and it gets a bit scratchy in summer.

Because of the COVID-19 situation we have some extra terms and conditions for participation.

In particular:

  • DO NOT participate if you are sick or showing symptoms of fever and/or have an elevated temperature, or have been in close contact with someone who was.
  • DO NOT participate if you have not completed any required quarantine after your return to Beijing.
  • You MUST agree to the mitigation and prevention measures outlined here and that Beijing Hikers will not be held responsible if any participants become sick.

Please read in full here: Operating hikes under COVID-19 precautions

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