The Great Wall at Gubeikou, Miyun, 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.

On the way up a pilgrim’s trail, Haidian District, 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.

A mountain village in Danzhai County, Guizhou 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.

Meeting with a Daoist monk, Haidian District, Beijing.

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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

Long views on the Great Wall near Jinshanling
Departure date: Thursday, April 25
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Gubeikou to Jinshanling Great Wall East

Level 4+ / 500 RMB – Walk from Gubeikou to Jinshanling, following stretches of restored and unrestored Great Wall and taking a detour through the pretty farmland that surrounds Hemp Village, finishing all the way over at the eastern end of Jinshanling.

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Hiking on the &#039;wild&#039; Great Wall in Yanqing District
Departure date: Saturday, April 27
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Switchback Great Wall

Level 4 / 390 RMB – A tough Great Wall hike over tricky terrain in a remote area of northwest Beijing, with a lot of ups and downs on the way to the end. Note: this route features steep descents on loose footing—if you’re not good with heights and balancing, you will not enjoy this hike.

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See sunset from the Great Wall at Gubeikou
Departure date: April 27–28 (Sat–Sun)
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Camping: Gubeikou Great Wall and Jinshanling Great Wall

Level 3 / 1,690 RMB (1,520 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 camping equipment to the campsite.

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Hikers on the way up the Great Wall at Huanghuacheng
Departure date: Sunday, April 28
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Great Wall: Huanghuacheng to the Little West Lake

Level 3+ / 430 RMB – Walk both restored and unrestored sections of Great Wall on the way from the Huanghuacheng Reservoir all the way over to the Xishuiyu Reservoir. Some sections steep!

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Autumn colours in the hills above the canyon
Departure date: Sunday, April 28
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Shuiquan Canyon

Level 3 / 380 RMB – Hike hill trails and valley paths to on the way to Shuiquan Canyon, a bouldery valley in the Longquanyu area.

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Clouds over the Great Wall Spur
Departure date: Wednesday, May 1
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Great Wall Spur

Level 3+ / 420 RMB – After a reasonably tough hill climb of 40–50 minutes, we reach a beautiful, unrestored stretch of Great Wall. The hike continues along the wall, passing through towers, finishing in a rustic village.

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Views from the ridge above Vulture Rock park
Departure date: Thursday, May 2
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Vulture Rock Ridge and the old Pilgrim’s Trail

Level 4+ / 360 RMB – A variation of our Vulture Rock Ridge Loop hike, finishing on the Beijing side of the hills instead of completing the loop. Great views and hill climbing exercise.

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The Great Wall at Huanghuacheng
Departure date: Thursday, May 2
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Sunset over the Huanghuacheng Great Wall

Level 3+ / 430 RMB – Hike the Great Wall in the afternoon, and then see the sun set from a lookout point on the wall above the Huanghuacheng Reservoir.

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A stretch of Great Wall
Departure date: Friday, May 3
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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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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

Hiking through the huge dunes of the Tengger Desert in Inner Mongolia
Trip dates: April 28–May 1, 2019
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Tengger Desert Lakes, Inner Mongolia (4 days)

In Brief: Travel by foot and jeep through the desert, visit desert lakes, ride camels, camp in the desert, and more. From 8,060 RMB*, all-inclusive.

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The coloured hills of the Zhangye Danxia Landform
Trip dates: June 5–9, 2019
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Zhangye Danxia Landform, Gansu Province (5 days)

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 11,100 RMB*, all-inclusive.

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Hiking down from a peak
Trip dates: June 14–16, 2019
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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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Grasslands below the peaks of Amne Machin Snow Mountain
Trip dates: June 19–23, 2019
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Amne Machin Snow Mountain and Kumbum Monastery, Qinghai Province (5 days)

In Brief: Two high-altitude hikes at the grasslands and glacier of the Amne Machin Snow Mountain, and visits to Tibetan temples and markets, including Xining’s Kumbum Monastery. From 12,500 RMB*, all-inclusive.

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Hiking in the mountains near Zhagana
Trip dates: July 23–27, 2019
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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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The green rolling hills of the Bashang Grasslands, Hebei Province
Trip dates: August 9–11, 2019
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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

Towers on the Great Wall at Gubeikou
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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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Hiking on the unrepaired section of the Great Wall at Huanghuacheng
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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, school, and corporate events

Teambuilding trip

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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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

Cuandixia 'Ming Village' day trip, 2019/04/21

Cuandixia ‘Ming Village’ day trip, 2019/04/21

See 40+ photos from a fun day out at Cuandixia, the 'Ming Village'.
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Zhenbiancheng Great Wall and  Big Camp Plate, 2019/04/20

Zhenbiancheng Great Wall and Big Camp Plate Challenge, 2019/04/20

Rain threatened on this hike along the rough Great Wall in Beijing's northwest—see a set of 19 photos from the Zhenbiancheng Great Wall and Big Camp Plate Challenge.
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Earth Day Clean Up: Shuiquan Canyon, 2019/04/20

Earth Day Clean Up at Shuiquan Canyon, 2019/04/20

See a set of 39 photos from our 2019 Earth Day clean up hike at Shuiquan Canyon.
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Gubeikou to Jinshanling Great Wall East, 2019/04/18

Gubeikou to Jinshanling Great Wall East, 2019/04/18

The skies went from cloudy to clear while we were hiking over to the Great Wall at Jinshanling—see a super set of 55 photos.
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Zhenbei Tower at the Jiankou Great Wall

The Jiankou Great Wall is currently closed for hiking

What’s happening with the Jiankou Great Wall as at April 15, 2019?
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Kids Club Gubeikou Wall and adventure playground, 201904/14

Kids Club at Gubeikou, 2019/04/14

An easy hike at the Gubeikou Great Wall, followed by fun at the Gubeikou adventure playground—take a look at 19 photos from the Kids Club hike.
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Gubeikou to Jinshanling Great Wall East, 20190414

Gubeikou to Jinshanling Great Wall East, 2019/04/14

24 photos from a beautiful day on the trail between Gubeikou and Jinshanling.
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Over the Hills to Dajue Temple, 2019/04/13

Over the Hills to Dajue Temple, 2019/04/13

From high up on Fenghuang Ridge we saw the pollution getting blown out by a big wind—see a set of 21 photos from the hike, including the visit to Luzu Cave.
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