Home > Hike in Beijing

Book your place

Immortal Valley Loop

In Brief: Hike through and out of a park to reach a beautiful ridgeline trail with views of mountains and the Miyun Reservoir.

Hikers on the way up the Immortal Valley park trails

Hikers on the way up the Immortal Valley park trails. View more photos »

Key information

  • 390 RMB (350 RMB for members)
  • 8:00am departure from Lido Hotel Starbucks; Liangmaqiao subway area pickup at 7:30am. Back in Beijing around 5:30pm. (Find the meeting points)
  • 4–5 hours start to finish over 14km
  • Snacks and drinks provided after the hike.

Holiday traffic: There’s a chance we’ll get stuck in bad traffic at some point during the drive, and we might be back to Beijing later than estimated. We’d recommend not making fixed plans for the evening, just in case!

There’s a lot to see on our Immortal Valley Loop hike – many pools filled with clear spring water, waterfalls, big trees, wild flowers, some Great Wall, the Miyun Reservoir, and views of valleys and mountains.

Regular hikers may have noticed we’re doing this hike a lot this year. That’s because it’s such a nice hike in the different seasons—on this visit we should see the greening of the hills, and perhaps the last of the wild apricot and peaches flowering.

The first section of the trail is through a park and is well shaded by leafy trees. A clear stream runs down through the valley, passing large granite boulders, forming natural pools, and flowing off cliffs in waterfalls that are up to twenty metres high.

After about twenty minutes’ walk up the concrete park trail, we’ll reach the first of the big falls – fed by water from the small reservoir above, and used for ice climbing when it’s all frozen during winter. To get up to where the reservoir is, we climb a steel staircase that is fixed to the cliff face and will take us up to the reservoir above.

From there we continue up Immortal Valley, passing pools of water and caves in the steep cliffs and heading for the shaded valley trail that will take us up to the top.

We’ll take a lunch break at the top, and will take our time to enjoy the views – a deep river valley on one side, the Miyun Reservoir on the other side, and mountains all around.

The next part of the hike takes us down a different way, following a pretty path along and down a ridgeline, passing under huge bouldery cliffs and through copses of chestnut trees, pines, and wild apricots.

Eventually we’ll join up again with the park trail used by regular visitors, and follow it back down to the carpark where we left our bus.

What to bring on this hike

Reasons you might not enjoy this hike

  • In two places on the trail metal ladders are used to ascend cliff faces. They’ll be a little scary if you’re not good with heights!

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
Level4

Level of difficulty

Level 4 hikes will usually take 4 hours to complete, and will be difficult for people who are not used to hiking or are out of shape.

Is the level of difficulty suitable for me?

Hike statistics

  • Distance: 14km
  • Time to complete: 4–5 hours
  • Total ascent: 743m
  • Total descent: 743m
  • Start height: 225m
  • Peak: 785m
  • Finish height: 225m
  • Location: Miyun
  • Drive time: 2 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: Wednesday, April 25
Book it

Gubeikou to Jinshanling Great Wall East

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Thursday, April 26
Book it

Stone Valley Great Wall Loop

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

Heituo Mountain Loop

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

Great Wall Spur

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: April 28–29 (Sat–Sun)
Standby

Camping: Switchback Great Wall

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Sunday, April 29
Book it

The Pinnacle Tower

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Sunday, April 29
Book it

Great Wall: Huanghuacheng to the Little West Lake

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Monday, April 30
Book it

Longquanyu Great Wall to the Little West Lake

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Monday, April 30
Book it

Lily Village to Flower Wood

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Tuesday, May 1
Book it

Immortal Valley Loop

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

Gubeikou Great Wall Loop

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

Stone Valley Great Wall Loop

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

Ming Village day trip

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

Great Wall: Nine-Eyes Tower

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Sunday, May 6
Book it

Big Camp Plate Village and Hengling Valley

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Sunday, May 6
Book it

Great Wall: Huanghuacheng to the Walled Village

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

Gubeikou to Jinshanling Great Wall East

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Thursday, May 10
Book it

Great Wall Spur

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

Yellow Grass Plateau and Seven Towers

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

Longquanyu Great Wall to the Little West Lake

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: May 12–13 (Sat–Sun)
Book it

Camping: Switchback Great Wall

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Sunday, May 13
Book it

Jiankou to Mutianyu Great Wall

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Sunday, May 13
Book it

Tomb Raiders hike and Ding Tomb’s ‘Underground Palace’

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

Walled Village to Huanghuacheng Great Wall

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Thursday, May 17
Book it

Middle Route of Switchback Great Wall

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

Zhenbiancheng Great Wall and Big Camp Plate Challenge

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

Great Wall: Huanghuacheng to the Little West Lake

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: May 19–20 (Sat–Sun)
Book it

Camping: Gubeikou Great Wall and Jinshanling Great Wall

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Sunday, May 20
Book it

Stone Valley Great Wall Loop

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Sunday, May 20
Book it

Yajishan Temple Fair, Pinggu District

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

Longquanyu Great Wall to the Little West Lake

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Thursday, May 24
Book it

Jiankou to Mutianyu Great Wall

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

Shuitou Village Loop hike

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

Gubeikou Great Wall Loop

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Sunday, May 27
Book it

Great Wall Spur

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Sunday, May 27
Book it

Shunyi Hikers: Yajishan Temple Fair, Pinggu District

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

Gubeikou to Jinshanling Great Wall East

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Thursday, May 31
Book it

Stone Valley Great Wall Loop

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: June 2–3 (Sat–Sun)
Book it

Camping: Great Wall Spur

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

A person walks through the sandy dunes of the Tengger Desert
Trip dates: April 28–May 1, 2018

Tengger Desert Lakes, Inner Mongolia

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 »
Hiking in grassy meadows near Qinghai Lake
Trip dates: May 24–27, 2018

Qinghai Lake, Kumbum Monastery, and the Gangshika Snow Mountain (4 days)

In Brief: Take a hike near the shores of Qinghai Lake; join the pilgrims visiting Kumbum Monastery; hike up to a high altitude glacier on Gangshika Mountain.

Book trip
More info »
Mountains and clouds in Xinjiang
Trip dates: June 13–18, 2018

Bayinbuluke Grasslands, Xinjiang Province (6 days)

In Brief: Camp out overnight in the beautiful high-altitude scenery of the Bayinbuluke Grasslands in northwestern Xinjiang; see Silk Road sights, big mountains, and desert while on the road to and from the grasslands.

Book trip
More info »