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

Clouds pile up against the mountains at Dahaituo
Departure date: Saturday, April 25
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Dahaituo Mountain

Level 4+ / 400 RMB – Hike up to the lower peak of Dahaituo Mountain for excellent views of hills, mountains, trees, and greenery.

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A view of a tower on the Longquanyu stretch of Great Wall
Departure date: Saturday, April 25
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Longquanyu Great Wall to the Little West Lake

Level 3+ / 400 RMB – Hike hill trails to a small village where we'll find a path up to a seldom-visited stretch of Great Wall, and then follow the wall towards the Little West Lake, a reservoir in the hills of Huairou District.

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Yeyahu Lake
Departure date: April 25–26 (Sat–Sun)
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Yeyahu Birdwatching Overnight

Level 2 / 1,350 RMB – Visit Yeyahu Lake for two birding sessions, an overnight stay, and a relaxing time looking about the expanse of this national wetlands reserve.

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The west side of the Huanghuacheng Great Wall
Departure date: Sunday, April 26
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Walled Village to Huanghuacheng Great Wall (longer version)

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. 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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A view from a high point in Changping District
Departure date: Sunday, April 26
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Longevity Village to the Ming Tombs

Level 3+ / 380 RMB – Moderately difficult hill walking in the mountains north of the Ming Tombs.

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A view of the stone houses of Cuandixia, Mentougou District
Departure date: Wednesday, April 29
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Ming Village day trip

Level 3 / 450 RMB – Spend the day out in Cuandixia, a Ming Dynasty-era village in the mountains west of Beijing – first a hike in the hills above the village, then a good look about the old courtyards, temples, and narrow lanes of the village itself. Lunch included.

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The wild Great Wall in Huailai District
Departure date: Thursday, April 30
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Zhenbiancheng Great Wall Loop Hike

Level 3+ / 400 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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A tower on the Great Wall Spur
Departure date: Friday, May 1
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Great Wall Spur

Level 3+ / 400 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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Hiking up a valley trail
Departure date: Friday, May 1
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Lily Village to Flower Wood

Level 2+ / 360 RMB – Hike the hills of Huairou, passing orchards, fields, reservoirs, and small villages.

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Hikers following an old road up into the hills
Departure date: Saturday, May 2
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Hillwalking Challenge: Prove Your Loyalty Perfectly

Level 4+ / 420 RMB – A combination of our Prove Your Loyalty and Perfect Loop hikes makes for an excellent long walk through the hills of Pinggu District.

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A line of wild Great Wall covered by trees
Departure date: Saturday, May 2
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Little West Lake and Huanghuacheng Great Wall

Level 3+ / 400 RMB – Walk the short, steep, and pretty stretch of Great Wall between the Little West Lake and the Huanghuacheng Reservoir.

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Sunset at the Great Wall Spur
Departure date: May 2–3 (Sat–Sun)
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Camping: Great Wall Spur

Level 3+ / From 1,510 RMB* – Camp overnight in or beside a Great Wall tower on a stretch of wild wall. 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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A stretch of Great Wall
Departure date: Sunday, 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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Big rocks and stone outcrops either side of the valley
Departure date: Sunday, May 3
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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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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

A person walks through the sandy dunes of the Tengger Desert
Trip dates: April 30–May 3, 2015
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Tengger Desert Lakes, Inner Mongolia

In Brief: Travel by foot and jeep through the desert, visit desert lakes, ride camels, camp in the desert, and more. From 7,560 RMB*, all-inclusive.

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A person walks through the sandy dunes of the Tengger Desert
Trip dates: May 27–31, 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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Kashgar’s Id Kar Mosque
Trip dates: June 16–22, 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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Clouds over the green rolling hills of the Bashang Grasslands, Hebei Province
Trip dates: June 19–21, 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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Clouds over the green rolling hills of the Bashang Grasslands, Hebei Province
Trip dates: July 17–19, 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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Mountains and rivers in Xinjiang
Trip dates: July 21–26, 2015
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Bayinbuluke Grasslands, Xinjiang Province (6 days)

In Brief: New trip! Camp out overnight in the beautiful high-altitude scenery of the Bayinbuluke Grasslands in northwestern Xinjiang; see Silk Road sights, big mountains, and desert while on the road to and from the grasslands. From 16,000 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 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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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

Journey from the West, 2014/10

Journey from the West, 2014/10

Photos from our seven-day ‘Journey from the West’ along the Silk Road from Urumqi to Jiayuguan.
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Snow on the Great Wall, spring in the city, 2015/04

Snow on the Great Wall, spring in the city, 2015/04

We thought spring had arrived in Beijing at the beginning of April. In the city, yes; on the Great Wall … not so much!
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Longquanyu Great Wall and the Little West Lake, 2015/04

Longquanyu Great Wall and the Little West Lake, 2015/03/05

25 photos from a hike along the Longquanyu Great Wall.
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Middle Route of Switchback Great Wall, 2015/02/21

Middle Route of Switchback Great Wall, 2015/02/21

Nineteen photos from a hike along the middle route of the Switchback Great Wall on a windy and snowy day.
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Nine-Eyes Tower snow hike, 2015/02/20

Nine-Eyes Tower snow hike, 2015/02/20

Sixteen photos from our first proper hike in the snow this winter.
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Gubeikou Great Wall hike, 2015/02/08

Gubeikou Great Wall hike, 2015/02/08

Fifteen photos from a walk along the Gubeikou Great Wall on a beautiful blue sky day.
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White River ice hike, 2015/01/27

White River ice hike, 2015/01/27

Fourteen photos from a specially-arranged hike down the frozen White River.
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Gubeikou Great Wall to Jinshanling Great Wall

Great Wall Christmas 2014 - Gubeikou Great Wall to Jinshanling Great Wall

Photos from a hike along the Great Wall from Gubeikou to Jinshanling.
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