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Hiking Festival October 15

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The Gubeikou Great Wall, Miyun County, Beijing.

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Explore the Great Wall with us. Step off the tourist trail and hike the ‘wild’ Wall, with trips from Beijing to secluded and scenic sections of China’s old frontier.

Countryside hiking trail, Huairou District, Beijing.

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Since 2001 we’ve found and maintained more than 100 different hiking trails in the hills around Beijing. Mountains high, valleys low, rivers long … discover what Beijing is like outside the big city.

Mountains near Aksu, Xinjiang Province.

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Setting up camp below Muztagh-Ata Mountain, Xinjiang Province.

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Upcoming hikes and trips

Ready for a great hike? Every week we run hikes and trips to the Great Wall, hills, mountains, forests, and villages around Beijing, with a wide range of hikes that are suitable for casual walkers as well as the super-fit.


This week's hikes in Beijing

Hikers walking through chestnut orchards
Departure date: Saturday, October 1
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Hillwalking Challenge: Big Black Mountain to Moss Mountain

Level 4+ / 380 RMB – An 18km trek through the Huairou hills, passing through terraced valleys full of chestnut trees.

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A tower on the Great Wall Spur
Departure date: Saturday, October 1
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Great Wall Spur

Level 3+ / 420 RMB – After a tough hill climb of 40–50 minutes, we reach a beautiful, unrestored stretch of Great Wall. The hike continues along the wall, passing through towers, finishing in a rustic village.

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Sunset at the Great Wall Spur
Departure date: October 2–3 (Sun–Mon)
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Camping Basics: Great Wall Spur

Level 4 / 1,300 RMB (1,170 RMB for members) – Hike up to our campsite on the wall and spend the night in tents. The next day, hike over to Jiankou via the Chinese Knot. On this trip you'll carry all your own gear, food, and water.

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Gubeikou Great Wall
Departure date: Sunday, October 2
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Sunset over the Gubeikou Great Wall

Level 3 / 420 RMB – Hike the Great Wall in the afternoon, heading for a high point where we'll watch the sun go down.

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A view of the towers on the Jinshanling Great Wall, Luanping, Hebei
Departure date: Monday, October 3
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Jinshanling Great Wall to Gubeikou Great Wall

Level 4 / 500 RMB – See a mix of restored and unrestored ‘wild’ Great Wall on this hike, walking from Jinshanling all the way over to Gubeikou.

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The General’s Tower on the middle route of the Switchback Great Wall
Departure date: Tuesday, October 4
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Middle Route of Switchback Great Wall

Level 3+ / 420 RMB – An easier version of one of our tough Great Wall hikes in Yanqing District – the same great scenery, but less of the steep climbs up and down.

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The trail leads through chestnut orchards, with the Great Wall on the ridge behind
Departure date: Tuesday, October 4
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Zhuangdaokou to the Walled Village

Level 2 / 400 RMB – A relaxing and easy 2–3 hour stroll between two villages on either side of the Great Wall, with an option to get a little more exercise by taking a climb on the wall that we pass on the way.

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The wild Great Wall in Huailai District
Departure date: Wednesday, October 5
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Zhenbiancheng Great Wall Loop Hike

Level 3+ / 400 RMB – A long hill climb takes us up on to a remote, rough, and seldom-visited stretch of unrestored Great Wall. Note: the climb back down takes us down a perpetually brushy section of trail, which may cause a bit of delay.

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Meeting a donkey on the Incense Trail
Departure date: Thursday, October 6
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Walk Down The Incense Trail to Dajue Temple

Level 3+ / 400 RMB – Follow an ancient pilgrims' trail through the hills and forests of Mentougou District, finishing up with a look about Dajue Temple.

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Hikers on a ‘wild’ stretch of the Huanghuacheng Great Wall
Departure date: Thursday, October 6
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Great Wall: Huanghuacheng to the Walled Village

Level 3 / 400 RMB – Walk through chestnut orchards to find a dirt trail that climbs up to the unrestored wall; follow the wall through unrestored and restored sections, making a big climb up to a lookout point high on a ridge.

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Our campsite on unrestored wild wall below a Great Wall tower
Departure date: October 6–7 (Thu–Fri)
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Camping: Switchback Great Wall

Level 3 / From 1,395 RMB* – Camp overnight in a scenic spot on the Great Wall. You’ll hike easier with just the essentials in your day pack; we’ll arrange delivery of the heavy stuff to the campsite.

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The General’s Tower at Jiankou
Departure date: Friday, October 7
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Jiankou to Mutianyu Great Wall

Level 4 / 500 RMB – A tough hike that follows the Great Wall from Jiankou's General's Tower all the way over to the Mutianyu Great Wall, starting on unrestored wall and finishing on a restored section.

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Beijing Hikers operates trips to many places in China – famous scenic areas, as well as those obscure and less well-known. We take care of all the organisation, leaving you free to enjoy the scenery without stress.


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Upcoming trips around China

Baicheng Landform
Trip dates: September 30–October 6
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Silk Road: Korla to Kashgar (7 days)

In Brief: Spend seven days on the Silk Road, heading west to Kashgar and travelling by jeep instead of camel through the vast empty areas of Xinjiang Province. From 17,910 RMB*, all-inclusive.

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The coloured hills of the Zhangye Danxia Landform
Trip dates: October 8–12, 2016
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Zhangye Danxia Landform, Gansu Province

In Brief: See the fantastically-coloured mountains and cliffs in an all-but unexplored area of Gansu; visit Horse Hoofprint Temple, Jiayuguan Fortress, and more. From 8,920 RMB*, all-inclusive.

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A mossy tree trunk, Five Flowers Lake, Jiuzhaigou National Park
Trip dates: November 2–6, 2016
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Jiuzhaigou and Huanglong, Sichuan Province

In Brief: Visit the deservedly famous Jiuzhaigou National Park and then head on to nearby Huanglong, an equally scenic but less well-known area of still ponds and coloured rocks. From 10,320 RMB*, all-inclusive.

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Bridges and pagodas in Lijiang’s Black Dragon Pool park
Trip dates: November 23–27, 2016
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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. From 8,740 RMB*, all-inclusive.

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Trips on request

Find out how we can make it easy for you to take friends, family, students, staff, and co-workers for a day out at the Great Wall and other scenic areas in Beijing.

Recommended private trips to the Great Wall

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Gubeikou Great Wall

From 600 RMB* per person, all-inclusive – Enjoy a moderately difficult Great Wall hike on mostly unrestored ‘wild’ Great Wall, with photo opportunities for postcard-perfect shots of long stretches of wall and towers.
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Huanghuacheng Great Wall

From 550 RMB* per person, all-inclusive – A short-but-steep walk where you’ll see a mix of unrestored ‘wild’ Great Wall as well as a restored section, with superb views of Great Wall, mountains, and lakes.
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Teambuilding and corporate events

Teambuilding with a trip to the Bashang Grasslands

Reward the team and show them a good – and healthy! – time out in the countryside. We'll help you choose a hike that suits the fitness level and interest of participants, and we can arrange a giant meal of country-style cooking at one of the many countryside restaurants that we know and love.


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Beijing Hikers has been leading hikes and trips around Beijing & greater China since 2001. With us, you'll explore interesting and hard to reach places, hassle-free and friendly.
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Photos, Trip Reports, and News

Read our trip reports and get an idea of what it's like to hike with us; view collections of photos from hikes and trips; read news about Beijing Hikers.

Latest trip reports and news

2016 Hiking Festival interviews in That’s Beijing magazine

2016 Hiking Festival interviews in That’s Beijing magazine, September 2016

Read a That's Beijing magazine interview of three of the participants in the hiking festival.
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Yanqing Great Wall and High Tower Challenge, 2016/09/24

Yanqing Great Wall and High Tower Challenge, 2016/09/24

Twenty-seven photos from a challenging walk along the Great Wall, up to a high tower in the hills, and then down a wild valley.
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Beijing Hikers wins award in the 2016 ELAs, September 2016

Beijing Hikers wins award in the 2016 ELAs

Thanks to everyone who voted for us in the 2016 Expat Life Awards—we received an award, again!
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Big Camp Plate to Hengling Valley, 2016/08/27

Big Camp Plate to Hengling Valley, 2016/08/27

Forty-seven photos of a hike through Big Camp Plate Village and then down Hengling Valley. Some of the best weather this year!
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Walled Village to Huanghuacheng Great Wall, 2016/08/24

Walled Village to Huanghuacheng Great Wall, 2016/08/24

Twenty-two photos from our hike from the Walled Village up to and along the Huanghuacheng Great Wall.
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Switchback Great Wall Camping, 2016/8/20

Switchback Great Wall Camping, 2016/8/20

Take a look at 20+ photos from a camping trip on the Great Wall in Yanqing County, Beijing.
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Hemp Village to Jinshanling Great Wall East, 2016/08/14

Hemp Village to Jinshanling Great Wall East, 2016/08/14

Twenty-two pictures of a beautiful clear day on the Jinshanling section of the Great Wall.
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Yoga and Meditation at the Bashang Grasslands, August 2016

Yoga and Meditation at the Bashang Grasslands, August 2016

See photos from a weekender at the Bashang Grasslands that included outdoor yoga and meditation, organised for YogaDigest magazine.
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