On the Switchback Great Wall hike, Yanqing, 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.

Hiking through a ravine near Cuandixia, Mentougou, 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.

By the shores of Qinghai Lake, Qinghai.

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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.

The Earth Day clean up crew, 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

Looking out over the Jinshanling Great Wall
Departure date: Wednesday, 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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The General’s Tower
Departure date: Thursday, April 26
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Stone Valley Great Wall Loop

Level 3+ / 420 RMB – A 10km hike that features mellow trails up to the Great Wall, some steep ups and downs on unrestored ‘wild’ Great Wall, and then a quick climb over a hill to complete the loop.

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Hikers on the peak of Heituo Mountain
Departure date: Saturday, April 28
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Heituo Mountain Loop

Level 4+ / 450 RMB – A shorter version of our tough hike up to the craggy peak of Heituo Mountain that finishes by hiking out below the tall cliffs on the Nine-Eyes Tower side of the mountain.

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A tower on the Great Wall Spur
Departure date: Saturday, April 28
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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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Our campsite on unrestored wild wall below a Great Wall tower
Departure date: April 28–29 (Sat–Sun)
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Camping: Switchback Great Wall

Level 3 / 1,600 RMB (1,440 RMB for members) – Camp overnight in a scenic spot on the Great Wall. 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 wild Great Wall in Changping District
Departure date: Sunday, April 29
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The Pinnacle Tower

Level 4 / 390 RMB – Hike park trails and hills on the way to the Pinnacle Tower, a seldomly-visited Ming Dynasty lookout that sits on a peak at almost 1,000m above sea level. NOTE: Balancing skills and a good head for heights will be required.

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A stretch of the Huanghuacheng Great Wall
Departure date: Sunday, April 29
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Great Wall: Huanghuacheng to the Little West Lake

Level 3+ / 400 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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Long views of the Longquanyu stretch of Great Wall.
Departure date: Monday, April 30
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Longquanyu Great Wall to the Little West Lake

Level 3+ / 450 RMB – Hike a recently repaired section of Great Wall that offers amazing long views before getting on to an unrepaired 'wild' stretch that will take us over to the Little West Lake.

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Hiking up a valley trail
Departure date: Monday, April 30
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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. Shunyi Pinnacle Plaza pick up available

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Hikers on the way up the Immortal Valley park trails
Departure date: Tuesday, May 1
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Immortal Valley Loop

Level 4 / 390 RMB – Hike through and out of a park to reach a beautiful ridgeline trail with views of mountains and the Miyun Reservoir.

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A tower on the Great Wall Spur
Departure date: Wednesday, May 2
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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

A person walks through the sandy dunes of the Tengger Desert
Trip dates: April 28–May 1, 2018
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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 8,060 RMB*, all-inclusive.

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Hiking in grassy meadows near Qinghai Lake
Trip dates: May 24–27, 2018
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Qinghai Lake, Kumbum Monastery, and the Gangshika Snow Mountain (4 days)

In Brief: Take a hike near the shores of Qinghai Lake; join the pilgrims visiting Kumbum Monastery; hike up to a high altitude glacier on Gangshika Mountain. From 10,200 RMB*, all-inclusive.

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Mountains and clouds in Xinjiang
Trip dates: June 13–18, 2018
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Bayinbuluke Grasslands, Xinjiang Province (6 days)

In Brief: 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 16,200 RMB*, all-inclusive.

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Clouds over the green rolling hills of the Bashang Grasslands, Hebei Province
Trip dates: June 16–18, 2018
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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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Hiking the ridgelines at the Bashang Grasslands, Hebei Province
Trip dates: July 13–15, 2018
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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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The green rolling hills of the Bashang Grasslands, Hebei Province
Trip dates: August 10–12, 2018
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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

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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, school, and corporate events

TSS students 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

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Latest trip reports and news

Earth Day clean up hike at the Jiankou Great Wall, 2018/04/22

Earth Day clean up hike at the Jiankou Great Wall, 2018/04/22

See 19 photos from our Earth Day 2018 clean up hike at the Jiankou Great Wall.
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Girl Scouts hike at Changyucheng, 2018/04/14

Girl Scout’s hike at Changyucheng, 2018/04/14

See 20 photos from the Girl Scout’s hike out at Changyucheng.
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Walk Down The Incense Trail to Dajue Temple, 201804/01

Walk Down The Incense Trail to Dajue Temple, 2018/04/01

We followed the old pilgrims trail over the hills from Miaofengshan to Dajue Temple, finishing with a look about the temple—see 20+ photos from the hike, including hills full of blossoms, the donkey family and the temple tour.
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Gubeikou Great Wall Loop, 2018/04/01

Gubeikou Great Wall Loop, 2018/04/01

On this visit to the Gubeikou Great Wall we started seeing signs of spring in the hills, with buds and blooms all through the hills around the wall—see 20 photos.
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Jiankou to Mutianyu Great Wall, 2018/03/31

Jiankou to Mutianyu Great Wall, 2018/03/31

See 21 photos from our hike from Jiankou over to the Mutianyu Great Wall—unrepaired ‘wild’ Great Wall, the repaired section at Mutianyu, and tons of peach blossoms in the hills.
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Huanghuacheng Great Wall to the Walled Village, 2018/03/29

Huanghuacheng Great Wall to the Walled Village, 2018/03/29

See 14 photos from a hike on the Huanghuacheng Great Wall—great views, and the start of the season’s blossoms.
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Middle Route of Switchback Great Wall, 2018/03/29

Middle Route of Switchback Great Wall, 2018/03/29

See 23 photos from a hike along the Middle Route of the Switchback Great Wall—grey skies but good views, especially of the wild peach flowers.
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Tanzhe Temple and the Abandoned Village, 2018/03/25

Tanzhe Temple and the Abandoned Village, 2018/03/25

We did an easy hike around an old village before taking a tour at Tanzhe Temple—see 15 photos.
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