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.

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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.

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, 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 inch down a steep section of Great Wall
Departure date: Sunday, July 24
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Jiankou ‘Big West’ Great Wall

Level 3 / 420 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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A view of the towers on the Jinshanling Great Wall, Luanping, Hebei
Departure date: Wednesday, July 27
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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 on a ‘wild’ stretch of the Huanghuacheng Great Wall
Departure date: Thursday, July 28
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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.

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Meadows in the middle of the Great Flood hike
Departure date: Saturday, July 30
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The Great Flood

Level 4 / 380 RMB – Follow a hiking trail that joins two river canyons, crossing at a pass in the Miyun mountains.

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The towers of the main section of the Jinshanling Great Wall
Departure date: Saturday, July 30
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Jinshanling Great Wall

Level 3+ / 480 RMB – Walk all of the eastern section of Jinshanling; hike a few towers towards Simatai for a better view of that section; and follow a paved park trail through the hills to finish

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Floating down the river …
Departure date: Sunday, July 31
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White River hike and rafting

Level 2+ / 550 RMB – Float down a short stretch of the White River, and then hike out the rest of the way.

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The General’s Tower at Jiankou
Departure date: Sunday, July 31
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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 trail leads through chestnut orchards, with the Great Wall on the ridge behind
Departure date: Sunday, July 31
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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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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

The exterior of the Mogao Grottoes in Dunhuang
Trip dates: August 11–14, 2016
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Dunhuang and Mogao Grottoes, Gansu Province

In Brief: Explore the Silk Road sights around Dunhuang, including the amazing Mogao Grottoes and Crescent Lake. From 9,020 RMB*, all-inclusive.

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The green rolling hills of the Bashang Grasslands, Hebei Province
Trip dates: August 19–21, 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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Snow covered mountains reflected in Lake Karakul, Xinjiang Province
Trip dates: August 23–28, 2016
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Kashgar and Lake Karakul, Xinjiang

In Brief: Explore Kashgar city; hike around Lake Karakul and in the foothills of Mt. Muztagh-Ata. From 14,630 RMB*, all-inclusive.

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Autumn colours in the hills of the Bashang Grasslands, Hebei Province
Trip dates: September 9–11, 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 of Zhagana, Gansu Province
Trip dates: September 14–18, 2016
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Xiahe, Labrang Monastery, Zhagana Tibetan area, Gansu Province

In Brief: See the Labrang Monastery, Tibetan Buddhist temples, and super high mountain scenery on this trip to the largely Tibetan remote area of Gansu Province. A similar feel to Tibet, without the hassle of getting the official permit. From 8,930 RMB*, all-inclusive.

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Dunes in the Alashan Desert
Trip dates: September 22–25, 2016
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Alashan Desert Lakes and Temple, Inner Mongolia

In Brief: Travel by foot, camel, and jeep through the Alashan Desert to reach a beautiful Buddhist temple deep in the dunes. Includes a night camping in the desert, plus a visit to the Western Xia Imperial Tombs. From 7,560 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

Xiahe, Labrang Monastery, and Zhagana, Gansu Province

Xiahe, Labrang Monastery, and Zhagana, Gansu Province, September 2015

See more than 100 interesting photos from the Tibetan end of Gansu Province, taken on one of our new Explore China trips.
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Bashang Grasslands, August 2015

Bashang Grasslands, August 2015

A set of photos from our August 2015 visit to the Bashang Grasslands – see shots of hikers, horses, hills, and big blue skies.
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Bayinbuluke Grasslands, Xinjiang, July 2016

Bayinbuluke Grasslands, Xinjiang, July 2015

Photos of mountains, rivers, grasslands and more, from a seven day trip in the Bayingolin Mongolian Autonomous Prefecture in Xinjiang.
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1 - Beijing Hiking article in the Beijinger magazine, April 2016

Beijing Hiking article in the Beijinger magazine, July 2016

See scans of an article we wrote for the Beijinger magazine's summer 2016 issue.
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Gubeikou to Jinshanling Great Wall, 2016/07/02

Gubeikou to Jinshanling Great Wall, 2016/07/02

Fourteen photos taken on the hike from the Great Wall at Gubeikou over to Jinshanling.
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Middle Route of Switchback Great Wall, 2016/07/02

Middle Route of Switchback Great Wall, 2016/07/02

Ten photos of Great Wall, green hills, and blue skies, from our hike along the Switchback Great Wall.
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Switchback Great Wall, 2016/06/18

Switchback Great Wall, 2016/06/18

Photos from a long hike along a rough but pretty line of Great Wall in Beijing’s northwest—half recently repaired, the other half unrestored and wild.
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White River hike, 2016/6/11

White River hike, 2016/6/11

Blue skies, great scenery, cool and clear water – the White River hike!
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