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 ruined round tower, with more Great Wall in the distance beyond
Departure date: Saturday, May 30
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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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A view of the towers on the Jinshanling Great Wall, Luanping, Hebei
Departure date: Saturday, May 30
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Hemp Village to Jinshanling Great Wall East

Level 3+ / 450 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 up on to the Jinshanling Great Wall, a partially-restored stretch with many intact and closely-spaced towers. Some sections slippery and steep.

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The General’s Tower at Jiankou
Departure date: Sunday, May 31
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Jiankou to Mutianyu Great Wall

Level 4 / 450 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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A view from a high point in Changping District
Departure date: Sunday, May 31
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Tomb Raiders hike and Ding Tomb’s ‘Underground Palace’

Level 3 / 420 RMB – Hike a hill trail in the mountains that form the feng shui barrier for the Ming Tombs; go underground at Ding Tomb, one of the largest of the thirteen Ming Tombs.

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Hikers on the way up to Great Wall tower on the Huanghuacheng Great Wall
Departure date: Wednesday, June 3
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Walled Village to Huanghuacheng Great Wall (longer version)

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. If you're not good with heights, there's a short section of this hike you won't like very much!

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A stretch of Great Wall
Departure date: Thursday, June 4
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Gubeikou Great Wall Loop

Level 3 / 450 RMB – A relatively easy hike along an unrestored section of the Great Wall that grants magnificent views of the Great Wall stretching beyond the horizon in the east and west.

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Hikers on a path through the trees in Changping District
Departure date: Saturday, June 6
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Over the Hills to the Ming Tombs

Level 4 / 360 RMB – A nice long hill-walking hike that will show you some of the sights of Beijing’s countryside and give your legs a good workout at the same time.

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The General’s Tower at Jiankou
Departure date: Saturday, June 6
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Jiankou to Mutianyu Great Wall

Level 4 / 450 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

A person walks through the sandy dunes of the Tengger Desert
Trip dates: May 27–31, 2015
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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 16–22, 2015
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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 19–21, 2015
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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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Clouds over the green rolling hills of the Bashang Grasslands, Hebei Province
Trip dates: July 17–19, 2015
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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 21–26, 2015
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Bayinbuluke Grasslands, Xinjiang Province (6 days)

In Brief: New trip! 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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Clouds over the green rolling hills of the Bashang Grasslands, Hebei Province
Trip dates: August 7–9, 2015
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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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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 550 RMB, all-inclusive – A relatively easy hike along an unrestored section of the Great Wall that grants magnificent views of the Great Wall stretching beyond the horizon in the east and west. Warning – if you’re not good with heights, you might not enjoy sections of this hike.
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Huanghuacheng Great Wall

From 550 RMB, all-inclusive – Choose an easier or more difficult option on the Great Wall in the Huanghuacheng area – take a longer walk that follows steep stretches of Great Wall, or make the wall a mid-walk detour on an easier stroll through the countryside.
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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

Earth Day Clean Up Hike at Jiankou, 2015/4/25

Earth Day Clean Up Hike at the Jiankou Great Wall, 2015/4/25

Photos from our 2015 Earth Day clean up hike at the Jiankou Great Wall.
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Beijing Hikers in Lonely Planet, 2015

Beijing Hikers in Lonely Planet, 2015

Beijing Hikers was recommended in both the Lonely Planet Beijing City Guide and the Lonely Planet China Guide, 2015.
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Huijie in Photographing Chinese Architecture: A Century of Change

Huijie in “Photographing Chinese Architecture: A Century of Change”

Beijing Hikers' Big Boss Huijie helped out in a re-photography project, and ended up featuring prominently in an interesting anecdote written by the author.
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Dahaituo Mountain hike, 2015/04/25

Dahaituo Mountain hike, 2015/04/25

Photos from a hot day’s hike up one of the tallest peaks in Beijing.
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Snow on the Great Wall, spring in the city, 2015/04

Snow on the Great Wall, spring in the city, 2015/04

We thought spring had arrived in Beijing at the beginning of April. In the city, yes; on the Great Wall … not so much!
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Longquanyu Great Wall and the Little West Lake, 2015/04

Longquanyu Great Wall and the Little West Lake, 2015/03/05

25 photos from a hike along the Longquanyu Great Wall.
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Middle Route of Switchback Great Wall, 2015/02/21

Middle Route of Switchback Great Wall, 2015/02/21

Nineteen photos from a hike along the middle route of the Switchback Great Wall on a windy and snowy day.
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Nine-Eyes Tower snow hike, 2015/02/20

Nine-Eyes Tower snow hike, 2015/02/20

Sixteen photos from our first proper hike in the snow this winter.
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