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Immortal Valley Loop | The top trail at Immortal Valley
The top trail at Immortal Valley.

Immortal Valley Loop

Hike through and out of a park filled with icy water falls and pools to reach a beautiful ridgeline trail with views of mountains and the Miyun Reservoir.

Level 4
4–5 hours start to finish over 14km (Can I do it?)

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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. Much of the valley is shaded, and we will walk by pools and waterfalls that will have frozen into fantastic shapes. This is a really scenic hike in winter because of all the icefalls – take a look through the trip reports at the end of the hike to get a look at what you might see out there.

On the hike we’ll follow a well maintained scenic trail up to an almost-800 metre peak, stopping for breaks along the way, and saving our lunch to eat at the peak while enjoying the view.

The first section of the trail is through a park and is lined 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. In winter the waterfalls freeze, making a beautiful scenic display. The park is also popular with ice climbers – we will likely spot quite a few teams making their way up the frozen cliffs.

Ice climbers on a frozen waterfall
Ice climbers on a frozen waterfall. (Click for larger image)

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.

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 your 14-day 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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Photos and trip reports: Immortal Valley Loop

  1. Immortal Valley Loop, 2017/12/31

    Immortal Valley Loop, 2017/12/31

    The frozen waterfalls and pools at Immortal Valley make it a great winter hike, and we picked it for our last hike of 2017—see 25 photos.

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