Immortal Valley Loop | Ice climbers on a frozen waterfall
Ice climbers on a frozen waterfall 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
A long, slow climb to the top with a few ladders and steep stairs. 4–5 hours start to finish over 12–14km. (Can I do it?)
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Sunday, February 14

¥390 / ¥350 for members

  1. 8:00am departure from the Liangmaqiao subway area
  2. 8:30am departure from the Lido Metropark Hotel Starbucks
Bring your own snacks, lunch, and face mask.

Super important!—To get into the park area you might need to show a green result on your Health Kit/健康宝 app.

Please note additional precautions and terms and conditions for hiking during the COVID-19 situation.

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 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.

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 climb a steep set of stairs to reach an overlook on the the first of the big falls. The waterfall is fed by water from the small reservoir above, and used for ice climbing when it's all frozen during winter.

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.

A pine tree clings to a cliff in the mountains above Immortal Valley
A pine tree clings to a cliff in the mountains above Immortal Valley. (Click for larger image)

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 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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Photos and trip reports: Immortal Valley Loop

  1. Immortal Valley Loop, 2021/01/16

    Immortal Valley Loop, 2021/01/16

    The Immortal Valley Loop hike goes up a rocky valley, passing frozen waterfalls and cliffs on the way to a lookout point with a 360° view—see 18 photos from the hike.
  2. Immortal Valley Loop, 2021/01/01

    Immortal Valley Loop, 2021/01/01

    For our first walk of the year we headed to Immortal Valley to see the frozen waterfalls and mountain views—take a look at a set of 19 photos of frozen falls, cliffs and mountains, and long views over the Miyun Reservoir.
  3. 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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