For Great Experiences

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.

See more of Beijing

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.

Explore China

From Silk Road deserts to mountain paths, from ancient ruins and traditional culture in mountain villages to the stunning scenery of the Zhangye Danxia Landform—join our active trips and really explore China.

Photos and Trip Reports

Take a look through our trip reports section to see write-ups and photo blogs from our hikes and trips—see our shots of Great Wall, small country villages and their inhabitants, plus forests, rivers, mountains, and more.

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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

A view of the towers on the Jinshanling Great Wall, Luanping, Hebei
Departure date: Monday, May 2
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Hemp Village to Jinshanling Great Wall East

Level 3+ / 480 RMB – Hike hill trails from a tiny and isolated valley village to reach the Great Wall, first following a narrow trail beside the wall and then passing through an archway to get up on the unrestored end of the Jinshanling Great Wall, a partially-restored stretch with many intact and closely-spaced towers. Some sections slippery and steep.

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Hikers walking in the hills behind Flower Wood village
Departure date: Monday, May 2
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Flower Wood and Lily Village

Level 3 / 400 RMB – Hike the hills of Huairou, passing orchards, fields, reservoirs, and small villages

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A view of the repaired section of the Longquanyu stretch of Great Wall
Departure date: Wednesday, May 4
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Longquanyu Great Wall to the Little West Lake

Level 3+ / 420 RMB – A new take on our Longquanyu Great Wall hike, with an extra 1.5km of wall walking along a newly restored section. Follow the Great Wall through the hills to finish at the Little West Lake reservoir.

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Great Wall towers in the hills behind Hemp Village
Departure date: Thursday, May 5
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Hemp Village to Gubeikou Great Wall

Level 3+ / 450 RMB – Hike from the tiny settlement of Hemp Village through the hills to the Gubeikou Great Wall.

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A ruined round tower, with more Great Wall in the distance beyond
Departure date: Saturday, May 7
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Yanqing Great Wall and High Tower Challenge

Level 5+ / 400 RMB – A challenging day hike that follows trails through the hills in a remote corner of Beijing, peaking at a Great Wall tower 1,440m above sea level.

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The General’s Tower on the middle route of the Switchback Great Wall
Departure date: Saturday, May 7
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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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Sunset at the Great Wall Spur
Departure date: May 7–8 (Sat–Sun)
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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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Blossoms on the High Rise hike
Departure date: Sunday, May 8
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High Rise to Longquanyu

Level 4 / 380 RMB – Follow a rugged and seldom-hiked hill trail over a big hill, and visit small villages on the way to the end. The hike finishes with a steep climb up a recently repaired line of Great Wall.

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Hikers inch down a steep section of Great Wall
Departure date: Sunday, May 8
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Jiankou ‘Big West’ Great Wall

Level 3 / 450 RMB – Follow hill trails through shaded valleys on the way up to the Great Wall on the west side of Jiankou.

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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

A person walks through the sandy dunes of the Tengger Desert
Trip dates: April 30–May 3, 2016
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Tengger Desert Lakes, Inner Mongolia

In Brief: Travel by foot and jeep through the desert, visit desert lakes, ride camels, camp in the desert, and more. From 7,560 RMB*, all-inclusive.

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A person walks through the sandy dunes of the Tengger Desert
Trip dates: May 25–29, 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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Kashgar’s Id Kar Mosque
Trip dates: June 6–12, 2016
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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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Clouds over the green rolling hills of the Bashang Grasslands, Hebei Province
Trip dates: June 24–26, 2016
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Bashang Grasslands, Hebei Province

In Brief: Clean and cool grasslands near the border of Hebei and Inner Mongolia: hikes, BBQ lamb, and more. From 1,710 RMB*, all-inclusive.

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Hiking the ridgelines at the Bashang Grasslands, Hebei Province
Trip dates: July 15–17, 2016
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Bashang Grasslands, Hebei Province

In Brief: Clean and cool grasslands near the border of Hebei and Inner Mongolia: hikes, BBQ lamb, and more. From 1,710 RMB*, all-inclusive.

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Mountains and rivers in Xinjiang
Trip dates: July 19–24, 2016
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Bayinbuluke Grasslands, Xinjiang Province (6 days)

In Brief: Camp out overnight in the beautiful high-altitude scenery of the Bayinbuluke Grasslands in northwestern Xinjiang; see Silk Road sights, big mountains, and desert while on the road to and from the grasslands. From 16,000 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 collage on the Great Wall

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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Leading the way, since 2001

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

Great Wall clean up hike for Earth Day, 2016/4/23

Great Wall clean up hike for Earth Day, 2016/4/23

See photos from our eighth annual Earth Day clean up hike.
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Trip to Norway

New! Explore the World, with a trip to Norway, July 1–9, 2016

Explore some of the most beautiful mountain passes in southern Norway and spend the summer like a Norwegian with Beijing Hikers’ own Norwegian guide. The trip has plenty of hiking and even the option for some mountain biking, as well as cultural elements and sightseeing in famous Bergen and Oslo.
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Clean up hike 2016 - part of the Beijing Earth Day Festival

Clean up hike 2016 – part of the Beijing Earth Day Festival

We’ve teamed up with Gung Ho! Pizza to make our 8th annual Earth Day clean up hike part of the 1st Beijing Earth Day Festival.
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A Long Way to Catch the Train, 2016/4/10

A Long Way to Catch the Train, 2016/4/10

Photos from our hike along an old path through the hills that locals used to follow to get to the train station.
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Longquanyu Great Wall, 2016/04/09

Longquanyu Great Wall, 2016/04/09

Eleven photos of Great Wall, hills, valleys, and flowers from a hike at Longquanyu.
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Switchback Great Wall Camping, 2016/03/26

Switchback Great Wall Camping, 2016/03/26

Photos from our first Great Wall camping trip of 2016.
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Shuitou Village Loop hike, 2016/03/26

Shuitou Village Loop hike, 2016/03/26

Photos from a long hike through the hills to visit tiny Shuitou Village.
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Big Black Mountain to the Walled Village, 2016/3/13

Big Black Mountain to the Walled Village, 2016/3/13

18 photos from our hike from Big Black Mountain over to the Walled Village.
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