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GWH137-Lotus Pond Great Wall to Mutianyu Great Wall Hiking
Meeting Time   8:30am
Trip Length   One day
Meeting Point   Exit C of Dongsishitiao subway station of line 2
Hiking Distance   Approx. 7km
Hiking Duration   3 hours
Level of Difficulty   Level 3+
Number of People   6-20
Price   500RMB
Hiking Date  
Detailed information about this hike
Highlights of this hike:
1. Explore the wild Lotus Pond Great Wall which is off the beaten path;
2. Walk on both restored and unrestored authentic wild Great Wall: an excellent chance for you to compare and contrast what the wall may have looked like when they were originally finished, and how it looks after about 600 years of exposure to the elements;
3. Awesome views for photographers;
4. Challenge for experienced hikers;
5. You can take toboggan down the wall which offers a lot of fun;
6. Home-made Chinese lunch at a local farmer’s guest house;
7. No commission shopping stops.

Price and discount:
The cost is 500RMB (about 80 US$) per person. It includes transportation, entrance fees, water, lunch and guides. We give 10% discount for members and kids under 12’s.

Detailed itinerary:
We will meet at 8:30am and arrive at the Lotus Pool Village in about 2 hours. We will start our hike from a narrow trail in the mountains in Lotus Pond Village. We will arrive at the first beacon tower which is surrounded by weeds in about 10 minutes. From this stop, one can spot the restored walls of Mutianyu far away. Chairlift cables can also be seen in the distance.

The Lotus Pond section features beautiful mountain landscape. You will be mesmerized by the scenery along the way. Walking along these trampled walls, you can almost imagine what they were like 600 years ago. Many of the watchtowers have collapsed and stones have broken off the walls, but at one time they must have been imposing. We will walk on this section of unrestored wall for about 1.5 hours and then you will find yourself coming to the restored Mutianyu Great Wall. We will walk for about another 1.5 hours on the restored section of wall.

Then we will come down the wall along a trail to the parking lot, where our driver will be waiting for us. You can also take toboggan down the wall which offers a lot of fun. Then the driver will drive us to a nice countryside restaurant to have a lunch there.

Bad weather plan:
We will email you 2-3 days before the hike to let you know about the weather condition. If there is thunder storm, heavy rain or strong wind it will be dangerous to do the hike on the wild unrestored Great Wall in the mountains. So we will cancel it, change the dates or arrange a hike to the restored section of the Great Wall.

What to bring on this hike?
1. Snacks;
2. Sun protection: hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, long-sleeved shirt;
3. A bottle of sports drink with salt content;
4. Comfortable sport shoes (hiking boots are strongly suggested).

Level of difficulty for this hike: Level 3 (Moderate hikes)
The level of these hikes are moderate and suitable for most people. The hiking time is usually 3-4 hours and the hikes usually include some more steep trails. They tend to 6-12 kilometers in length and approximately 500-1000 meters in elevation. However Level 3 hikes aren’t tough and most people can make it without trouble as long as you have a reasonable level of fitness and are in good health.

For whom are Level 3 hikes suitable?
Level 3 hikes are suitable for people who are fit and healthy. It is better to have a bit of prior hiking experiences.

What is included on this hike?
1. Air-conditioned vehicle with experienced driver;
2. English-speaking hiking tour guide;
3. Entrance fees;
4. Unlimited bottled water;
5. Chinese home-made lunch.

What is excluded on this hike?
1. Travel insurance;
2. Cable car, chairlift, toboggan (slide way) or any other additional local facilities;
3. Personal expenses.

Customize this hike and make a private reservation:
In addition to our regular weekly hikes, we also offer private tours. You can customize a private hike for you, your family or your friends exclusively. Just tell us what you want and we will organize a hike for you, with places, guides, transport, food, and accommodation all taken care of. You can make a private reservation
on the private tour page.

Pricing for a private tour:
Group size
Cost (per person)
1. A private tour is more flexible. Both extra distance and less distance are available.
2. Discounts are available for larger groups.
3. Prices are quoted in Chinese dollars.

1. There are risks involved in outdoor activities. Please read our Risk Acknowledgment and Waiver and inform yourself before participating.

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