Hiking down from a tall tower, Yanqing 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.

Walking up a valley trail in Huairou County, 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 and terraces of rapeseed flowers in Wuyuan, Jiangxi Province.

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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.

A gate illuminated by lanterns in Yu County, Hebei Province.

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, 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

Hikers on the way up to a Great Wall tower on the Huanghuacheng Great Wall
Departure date: Thursday, March 23
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Walled Village to Huanghuacheng Great Wall

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 view of the hills near Shuitou Village
Departure date: Saturday, March 25
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Shuitou Village Loop hike

Level 4 / 400 RMB – Hike over the hills to isolated Shuitou Village, hidden deep in the hills of Huailai District. Great hilly scenery and exercise, and a walk through at a village that hasn't changed much since the '80s.

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The Great Wall at Mutianyu
Departure date: Saturday, March 25
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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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The Great Wall at Gubeikou
Departure date: March 25–26 (Sat–Sun)
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Camping: Gubeikou Great Wall and Jinshanling Great Wall

Level 3 / 1,680 RMB (1,510 RMB for members) – Camp overnight in a tower at the Gubeikou Great Wall, and hike on to Jinshanling the next day. 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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Long views of the Longquanyu stretch of Great Wall.
Departure date: Sunday, March 26
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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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The trail leads through chestnut orchards, with the Great Wall on the ridge behind
Departure date: Sunday, March 26
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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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A tower on the Great Wall Spur
Departure date: Wednesday, March 29
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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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Views on the Great Wall above Stone Valley
Departure date: Thursday, March 30
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Stone Valley Great Wall Loop

Level 3+ / 420 RMB – Try out the 10km trail we use for our hiking festival—mellow trails up to the Great Wall, some steep ups and downs on unrestored ‘wild’ Great Wall, and then a quick climb over a hill to complete the loop.

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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

Colourful costumes of the Zhuang ethnic group
Trip dates: April 1–5, 2017
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Guizhou: Miao and Dong culture in the mountains (5 days)

In Brief: Hike between villages and enclaves in the mountains of Guizhou Province to get a up-close look at the well-preserved rituals, traditions, and architecture of the Miao and Dong (and more) ethnic groups. From 8,500 RMB*, all-inclusive

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A person walks through the sandy dunes of the Tengger Desert
Trip dates: April 28–May 1, 2017
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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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Huts below the Gangshika Snow Mountain
Trip dates: May 26–30, 2017
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Qinghai Lake, Kumbum Monastery, and the Gangshika Snow Mountain, Qinghai Province

In Brief: Take a hike near the shores of Qinghai Lake; join the pilgrims visiting Kumbum Monastery; camp out at high altitude on Gangshika Mountain and hike up to a glacier. From 9,500 RMB*, all-inclusive.

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Clouds over the green rolling hills of the Bashang Grasslands, Hebei Province
Trip dates: June 16–18, 2017
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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: June 20–25, 2017
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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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Hiking the ridgelines at the Bashang Grasslands, Hebei Province
Trip dates: July 14–16, 2017
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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 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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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

Jiankou Big West Great Wall, 2017/3/11

Jiankou ‘Big West’ Great Wall, 2017/3/11

Sixteen photos from a hike on the west side of Jiankou.
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Walled Village to the Little West Lake, 2017/3/09

Walled Village to the Little West Lake, 2017/3/09

Thirteen photos from a hike from the Walled Village to the Great Wall and then up and over to the Little West Lake.
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Jiankou to Mutianyu Great Wall, 2017/3/08

Jiankou to Mutianyu Great Wall, 2017/3/08

Fourteen photos from the hike from Jiankou to the Mutianyu Great Wall, with blue skies and superb views.
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Rolling Hills and Empty Lanes, 2017/3/25

Rolling Hills and Empty Lanes, 2017/3/05

Twenty-two photos from a long but easy walk through the rolling hills by the Miyun Reservoir.
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Zhenbiancheng Great Wall Loop, 2017/2/25

Zhenbiancheng Great Wall Loop, 2017/2/25

Fifteen photos of a late-winter hike at the old and rough Zhenbiancheng Great Wall.
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Hemp Village and the Gubeikou Great Wall, 2017/2/18

Hemp Village and the Gubeikou Great Wall, 2017/2/18

Twenty-three photos from the hike from Hemp Village to Gubeikou.
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Unveiling the Buddha at Labrang Monastery, Gansu, 2017/02

‘Unveiling the Buddha’ at Labrang Monastery, Gansu, 2017/02

Thirty-six photos from our trip to see the Great Prayer Festival at Labrang Monastery in Xiahe.
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Zhuangdaokou to Moss Mountain, 2017/2/11

Zhuangdaokou to Moss Mountain, 2017/2/11

Thirty photos from the hike from Zhuangdaokou to Moss Mountain, including the detour to see a waterfall.
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