Security checks and passports, Aug. 20–Sep. 5   Bring your passport / ID with you on hikes in case we go through a security check.

2015 Hiking Festival, October 17

Get your friends together and team up to try one of two pre-marked trails: a fun 10km hike that covers hills, valleys, and unrestored Great Wall, or a 24km monster that crosses a tall line of mountains.

Fast speed or fun speed … it's up to you! Find out more on our event mini-site »

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.

See more of Beijing

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 and their inhabitants, 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

A stretch of unrestored Great Wall, with mountains in the background
Departure date: Saturday, August 29
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Big Camp Plate Great Wall

Level 4 / 380 RMB – Hike a slippery and tricky section of Great Wall in a remote region in the northwest of Beijing. Note: strong legs and a good head for heights required!

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A tower on the Great Wall Spur
Departure date: Saturday, August 29
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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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The Great Wall at Gubeikou
Departure date: August 29–30 (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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Full moon shines through trees
Departure date: Saturday, August 29
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Night Hike: Full Moon over the Silver Pagodas

Level 3 / 380 RMB – Hike the hills of Changping District beneath the light of a full moon.

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The Great Wall at Mutianyu
Departure date: Sunday, August 30
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Jiankou to Mutianyu Great Wall

Level 4 / 450 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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Hiking up into the Cypress Wells Canyon
Departure date: Sunday, August 30
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Cypress Wells Canyon and Yongning Town

Level 3 / 380 RMB – Follow a path through a scenic gully into an isolated and mostly abandoned old village; continue through the hills to find a short stretch of very old Great Wall. After the hike, take a stroll through the streets of Yongning Town, a relatively small settlement with a long history.

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Towers on the ridgeline on the wild Great Wall at Huanghuacheng
Departure date: Wednesday, September 2
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Great Wall: Walled Village to the Little West Lake

Level 3 / 400 RMB – Begin with a stroll through chestnut orchards on the way to the Great Wall, then follow the wall up along a big ridge, finishing up with stunning views of the Little West Lake.

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A view of the towers on the Jinshanling Great Wall, Luanping, Hebei
Departure date: Thursday, September 3
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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 up on to 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, September 4
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Great Wall Spur and Jiankou ‘Big West’ Great Wall

Level 4 / 400 RMB – Follow a line of unrestored Great Wall into the hills before heading into a valley and then up a rocky gully to reach the Jiankou Great Wall.

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A hiker looks out over the rolling hills of Miyun District in rural Beijing
Departure date: Friday, September 4
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Rolling Hills and Empty Lanes

Level 3 / 380 RMB – A long but not difficult ramble along country trails and lanes through pine forests, cornfields, orchards, villages, and farmland in Miyun District.

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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

Mountains of Zhagana, Gansu Province
Trip dates: September 2–6, 2015
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Xiahe, Labrang Monastery, Zhagana Tibetan area, Gansu Province

In Brief: New trip! 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. Trip timed for the new holiday in September. From 8,930 RMB*, all-inclusive.

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Autumn colours in the hills of the Bashang Grasslands, Hebei Province
Trip dates: September 11–13, 2015
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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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Baicheng Landform
Trip dates: September 30–October 6, 2015
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Silk Road: Korla to Kashgar (7 days)

In Brief: Spend seven days on the Silk Road, heading west to Kashgar and travelling by jeep instead of camel through the vast empty areas of Xinjiang Province. From 17,910 RMB*, all-inclusive.

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The coloured hills of the Zhangye Danxia Landform
Trip dates: October 7–11, 2015
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Zhangye Danxia Landform, Gansu Province

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 8,920 RMB*, all-inclusive.

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Birds fly over an oasis in the Alashan Desert
Trip dates: October 22–25, 2015
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Birding trip in the Alashan Desert, Inner Mongolia

In Brief: Take the overnight train to Yinchuan and then head deep into the desert for a night in tents and birding sessions by oases deep in the desert. Includes a birding session at Yinchuan Wetlands Park before the flight back to Beijing. From 5,500 RMB*, all-inclusive.

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A mossy tree trunk partially submerged in the clear blue water of Five Flowers Lake, Jiuzhaigou National Park
Trip dates: November 4–8
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Jiuzhaigou and Huanglong, Sichuan Province

In Brief: Visit the deservedly famous Jiuzhaigou National Park and then head on to nearby Huanglong, an equally scenic but less well-known area of still ponds and coloured rocks. From 10,320 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 – 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* per person, 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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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

2015 Hiking Festival!

The hiking festival to celebrate our 13th birthday was so much fun we decided to do it again. Click here to see the 2015 Hiking Festival website, and sign yourself up!
Along the Silk Road from Korla to Kashgar, 2015/06

Along the Silk Road from Korla to Kashgar, 2015/06

Fifty-plus photos from the Silk Road.
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Miao and Dong culture in Guizhou, 2015/04

Miao and Dong culture in Guizhou Province, 2015/04

A photo album from our visit to Guizhou Province in April 2015.
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Yunmeng Gorge hike and swim, 2015/07/12

Yunmeng Gorge hike and swim, 2015/07/12

See some photos from a hike up to a special swimming spot in Yunmeng Gorge.
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White River hike, 2015/07/05

White River hike, 2015/07/05

A recent hike along – and through! – the White River in Huairou District.
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The Tale of The Old Mountain Goat

A website called The Anthill interviewed one of our most friendly local guides, and made an excellent video about his explorations of the scene of a huge battle by the Great Wall.
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Beijing Hikers awarded TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence

Beijing Hikers awarded TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence

Beijing Hikers awarded TripAdvisor's 2015 Certificate of Excellence.
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Beijing Hikers in Lonely Planet, 2015

Beijing Hikers in Lonely Planet, 2015

Beijing Hikers was recommended in both the Lonely Planet Beijing City Guide and the Lonely Planet China Guide, 2015.
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