Hikes in and around Beijing

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 view of the towers on the Jinshanling Great Wall, Luanping, Hebei
Departure date: Thursday, July 31
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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 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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A stretch of Great Wall descends from a tower
Departure date: Friday, August 1–Saturday, August 2
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Overnight: Great Wall Spur and Jiankou ‘Big West’ Great Wall

Level 4 / From 1,260 RMB – Two days of hiking in the Beijing hills, with an overnight stay in a countryside guesthouse. Dinner and bonfire included!

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Nine Eyes Tower
Departure date: Saturday, August 2
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Nine-Eyes Tower

Level 4 / 360 RMB – A looping walk over tricky terrain and unrestored Great Wall on the west side of Jiankou.

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Hikers crossing a river
Departure date: Saturday, August 2
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White River hike

Level 3 / 380 RMB – Stay cool in summer with a hike that will get your feet wet.

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Mountains in west Beijingu
Departure date: Sunday, August 3
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Long Dark Valley hike

Level 3+ / 360 RMB – A new hike in a remote area of west Beijing that takes us up and over a big hill and then down and out through a long and narrow canyon.

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The Great Wall rises up to a high point on a ridge
Departure date: Sunday, August 3
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Walled Village to Huanghuacheng Great Wall

Level 3 / 380 RMB – Follow an easy and flat dirt trail through fields and orchards before reaching the Great Wall and making a big climb up to a lookout point high on a ridge, with a panoramic view of the countryside your reward for the hard work getting up there.

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A hiker using binoculars to get a closer look at a stretch of Great Wall
Departure date: Wednesday, August 6
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Jiankou ‘Big West’ Great Wall

Level 3 / 380 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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The wild Great Wall in Huailai District
Departure date: Thursday, August 7
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Zhenbiancheng Great Wall Loop Hike

Level 3+ / 380 RMB – A long hill climb takes us up on to a remote and seldom-visited stretch of unrestored Great Wall. Note: the climb back down takes us down a perpetually brushy section of trail, which may cause a bit of delay.

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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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Treks and trips around China

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.

Upcoming trips around China

Hikers walking through grass on the Hulunbuir Prairie
Trip dates: July 31–August 3
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Hulunbuir Grasslands, Inner Mongolia

In Brief: Fresh air and the endless green grasslands of the best preserved prairie in China, with hiking and visits to border towns that contain a curious mix of Chinese and Russian culture. From 7,940 RMB*, all-inclusive.

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Clouds over the green rolling hills of the Bashang Grasslands, Hebei Province
Trip dates: August 15–17, 2014
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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 26–31, 2014
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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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A desert lake, seen from the peak of a tall dune in the Badain Jaran Desert, Inner Mongolia
Trip dates: September 4–8, 2014
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Badain Jaran Desert, Inner Mongolia

In Brief: Two days in the Badain Jaran desert with an overnight camp, peaking with an ascent of one of the world’s tallest dunes; three days looking about nearby scenic and historical highlights including the Zhangye Danxia Landform. From 9,975 RMB*, all-inclusive.

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Autumn colours in the hills of the Bashang Grasslands, Hebei Province
Trip dates: September 5–7, 2014
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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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A person on camelback heading towards red-coloured mountains
Trip dates: September 30–October 6, 2014
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Xinjiang: Journey from the West

In Brief: See the sights along a key stretch of the northern Silk Road—the Flaming Mountains and Jiaohe Ancient City Ruins, the Buddhist artwork in the Mogao Grottoes and Bezeklik Caves, the Ming Dynasty fortress and ancient Han Dynasty Great Wall at Jiayuguan, and more! From 16,600 RMB*, all-inclusive.

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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

Great Wall Spur Camping, July 2014

Great Wall Spur Camping, July 2014

Photos from our camping trip to the Great Wall Spur.
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Zhangye Danxia Landform and Jiayuguan, Gansu Province, May 2014

Zhangye Danxia Landform and Jiayuguan, Gansu Province, May 2014

Photos from two days of hiking in and around the Zhangye Danxia Landform and visits to Silk Road sights in Zhangye and Jiayuguan.
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Flower Wood to the Silver Pagodas, 2014/6/28

Flower Wood to the Silver Pagodas, 2014/6/28

Photos from an 18km walk through the hills of Huairou District.
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 Bashang Grasslands trip, 2014/7

Bashang Grasslands trip, 2014/06

Photos from our June 2014 weekend trip to the cool and breezy Bashang Grasslands, 280km north of Beijing.
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School Camping trip, 2014/6

School Camping trip, 2014/06

Photos from a three-day camping trip organised for students on a school trip.
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Nine-Eyes Tower and Gung Ho! Pizza, 2014/6/7

Nine-Eyes Tower and Gung Ho! Pizza, 2014/6/7

Photos from our hike to Nine-Eyes Tower and the Gung Ho! Pizza hut at Jiankou.
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Camping at the Gubeikou Great Wall, May 2014

Camping at the Gubeikou Great Wall, May 2014

Photos from a camping trip at the Gubeikou Great Wall.
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Middle Switchback Great Wall camping trip, April 26-27, 2014

Middle Switchback Great Wall camping trip, April 26-27, 2014

Photos from a camping trip on a section of the Great Wall we call the Switchback Great Wall.
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