On the Great Wall in 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.

Hiking near Huangcaoliang, Mentougou 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.

Riding camels in the Tengger Desert, Inner Mongolia.

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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: Wednesday, October 18
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Walled Village to Huanghuacheng Great Wall

Level 3+ / 420 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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Hikers walking through chestnut orchards
Departure date: Saturday, October 21
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Hillwalking Challenge: Big Black Mountain to Moss Mountain

Level 4+ / 400 RMB – An 18km trek through the Huairou hills, passing through terraced valleys full of chestnut trees.

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A stretch of Great Wall
Departure date: Saturday, October 21
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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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A view of a tower on the Longquanyu stretch of Great Wall
Departure date: Sunday, October 22
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Longquanyu Great Wall to the Little West Lake

Level 3+ / 450 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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A view of a temple high on a hill, with mountains behind
Departure date: Sunday, October 22
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Shunyi Hikers: Yajishan Temple Circuit

Level 3 / 450 RMB – Make the short-but-steep climb to the top of Yaji Mountain, stopping along the way to explore the various temples and shrines on the way to the top, and then take a walk through the hills to complete the circuit. Shunyi Pinnacle Plaza pickup.

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The General’s Tower
Departure date: Wednesday, October 25
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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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The Great Wall at Mutianyu
Departure date: Thursday, October 26
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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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A cluster of three tulou buildings, deep in the hills of Fujian
Trip dates: November 9–12, 2017
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Hakka Tulou Clusters and Xiamen, Fujian Province

In Brief: Head deep into the mountains of Fujian to see the tulou buildings of the Hakka, visiting those both well-known and obscure, and staying overnight in a tulou building in one of the smaller, less-visited clusters. Trip includes sights around Xiamen, including Gulangyu Island. From 7,600 RMB*, all-inclusive.

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Bridges and pagodas in Lijiang’s Black Dragon Pool park
Trip dates: November 22–26, 2017
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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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Zhenbiancheng and Big Camp

Zhenbiancheng and Big Camp Plate Great Wall, 2017/9/16

35 photos from a long and tough hike through the mountains of Beijing’s northwest.
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Photos from Hike Fest 2017

Photos from Hike Fest 2017

See all the shots from our 2017 Hike Fest – the Challenge, the Hike for Fun, plus the picnic and prizegiving.
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Beijing Hikers in the Washington Post, 2017/08/24

Beijing Hikers in the Washington Post, 2017/08/24

We're included as a way to see the non-touristy parts of the Great Wall in a ‘Beijing in 72 hours’ article.
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Beijing Hikers in travelmag.com’s Best Great Wall Tours from Beijing, 2017/8/22

Beijing Hikers in travelmag.com’s Best Great Wall Tours from Beijing, 2017/8/22

Our Longquanyu Great Wall hike was listed in the Best Great Wall Tours from Beijing on travelmag.com.
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White River hike, 2017/08/06

White River hike, 2017/08/06

Twenty-four photos from a walk down the White River.
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Walled Village to Huanghuacheng Great Wall, 2017/08/06

Walled Village to Huanghuacheng Great Wall Hike, 2017/08/06

See 14 beautiful photos of a hike to the Huanghuacheng Great Wall – blue skies, green hills, great views.
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Stone Valley Great Wall, 2017/7/29

Stone Valley Great Wall, 2017/7/29

Nineteen photos from a hike along the Great Wall above Stone Valley village.
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