Home > Hike in Beijing

Not currently open for booking

This hike is not currently scheduled, and the information on this page may be incomplete or out of date.

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.

Key information

  • 4–5 hours start to finish over 14km

Note: This hike has replaced our planned Gubeikou West hike, which we can’t do because of the security around the China-Africa government meeting this weekend.

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 the hills will be very green, and we may see the last of the wildflowers blooming.

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.

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: Saturday, October 20
Standby

Miaofengshan Super Loop

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Saturday, October 20
Standby

Stone Valley Great Wall Loop

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Sunday, October 21
Standby

Longquanyu Great Wall to the Little West Lake

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Wednesday, October 24
Book it

Gubeikou to Jinshanling Great Wall East

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Thursday, October 25
Book it

Great Wall Spur

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

Yudu Mountains and Sujia River

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

Walled Village to Huanghuacheng Great Wall

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

Jiankou to Mutianyu Great Wall

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

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

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Wednesday, October 31
Book it

Stone Valley Great Wall Loop

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Thursday, November 1
Book it

Gubeikou Great Wall Loop

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Saturday, November 3
Book it

Chinese Knot Great Wall

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Saturday, November 3
Book it

Longquanyu Great Wall to the Little West Lake

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Sunday, November 4
Book it

Stone Valley Great Wall Loop

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Sunday, November 4
Book it

Rolling Hills and Empty Lanes

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Wednesday, November 7
Book it

Walled Village to Huanghuacheng Great Wall

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Thursday, November 8
Book it

Jiankou to Mutianyu Great Wall

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Saturday, November 10
Book it

Switchback Great Wall

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Saturday, November 10
Book it

Gubeikou Great Wall Loop

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Sunday, November 11
Book it

Great Wall: Nine-Eyes Tower

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Sunday, November 11
Book it

Silver Pagoda Loop

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Wednesday, November 14
Book it

Great Wall Spur

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Thursday, November 15
Book it

Great Wall: Huanghuacheng to the Little West Lake

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Saturday, November 17
Book it

Over the Hills to the Ming Tombs

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Saturday, November 17
Book it

Walled Village to Huanghuacheng Great Wall

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Sunday, November 18
Book it

Gubeikou to Jinshanling Great Wall East

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Sunday, November 18
Book it

Shunyi Hikers: Rolling Hills and Empty Lanes

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Wednesday, November 21
Book it

Stone Valley Great Wall Loop

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Thursday, November 22
Book it

Longquanyu Great Wall to the Little West Lake

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Saturday, November 24
Book it

Immortal Valley Loop

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Saturday, November 24
Book it

Gubeikou Great Wall Loop

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Sunday, November 25
Book it

Jiankou to Mutianyu Great Wall

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Wednesday, November 28
Book it

Gubeikou to Jinshanling Great Wall East

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Thursday, November 29
Book it

Great Wall: Huanghuacheng to the Walled Village

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

Longquanyu Great Wall to the Little West Lake

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

Stone Valley Great Wall Loop

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

Great Wall Spur

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

High Rise to Longquanyu

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

Gubeikou Great Wall Loop

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

Jiankou to Mutianyu Great Wall

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

Silver Pagoda Loop

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

Walled Village to Huanghuacheng Great Wall

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

Gubeikou to Jinshanling Great Wall East

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

Triangle Hike

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

Stone Valley Great Wall Loop

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

Longquanyu Great Wall to the Little West Lake

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

The High Tower Loop hike

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

Walled Village to Huanghuacheng Great Wall

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

‘Almost Christmas’ on the Great Wall: Hemp Village to Gubeikou

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Tuesday, December 25
Book it

Great Wall Christmas: Jiankou to Mutianyu Great Wall

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

Gubeikou to Jinshanling Great Wall East

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

Great Wall Spur

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Monday, December 31
Book it

Immortal Valley Loop

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Monday, December 31
Book it

Sunset over the Huanghuacheng Great Wall

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

Gubeikou Great Wall Loop

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

The lights of Fenghuang Ancient Town, Hunan
Trip dates: November 15–18, 2018

Fenghuang Ancient Town and Fanjing Mountain (4 days)

In Brief: See Hunan’s beautiful Fenghuang Ancient Town; summit Guizhou’s 2,572m Fanjing Mountain; see Tujia and Miao customs and culture.

Book trip
More info »
Bridges and pagodas in Lijiang’s Black Dragon Pool park
Trip dates: December 12–16, 2018

Lijiang and Shangri-La, Yunnan Province

In Brief: See the highlights of Lijiang and Shangri-La: cobbled streets and watercourses of ancient towns, Naxi and Tibetan culture, plus amazing views of snow-capped mountains. Cultural focus, nothing too strenuous.

Book trip
More info »