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.

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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.

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, 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 Great Wall
Departure date: Wednesday, June 29
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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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Towers on the ridgeline on the wild Great Wall at Huanghuacheng
Departure date: Thursday, June 30
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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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Hikers on the Great Wall at Gubeikou
Departure date: Saturday, July 2
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Gubeikou to Jinshanling Great Wall

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.

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The General’s Tower on the middle route of the Switchback Great Wall
Departure date: Saturday, July 2
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Middle Route of Switchback Great Wall

Level 3 / 420 RMB – An easier version of one of our tough Great Wall hikes in Yanqing District – the same great scenery, but less of the steep climbs up and down.

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Hikers on a path through the trees in Changping District
Departure date: Sunday, July 3
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Over the Hills to the Ming Tombs

Level 4 / 380 RMB – A nice long hill-walking hike that will show you some of the sights of Beijing’s countryside and give your legs a good workout at the same time.

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The General’s Tower at Jiankou
Departure date: Sunday, July 3
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Jiankou to Mutianyu Great Wall

Level 4 / 500 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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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 the ridgelines at the Bashang Grasslands, Hebei Province
Trip dates: July 15–17, 2016
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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 19–24, 2016
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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 16,000 RMB*, all-inclusive.

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The exterior of the Mogao Grottoes in Dunhuang
Trip dates: August 11–14, 2016
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Dunhuang and Mogao Grottoes, Gansu Province

In Brief: Explore the Silk Road sights around Dunhuang, including the amazing Mogao Grottoes and Crescent Lake. From 9,020 RMB*, all-inclusive.

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The green rolling hills of the Bashang Grasslands, Hebei Province
Trip dates: August 19–21, 2016
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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 23–28, 2016
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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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Autumn colours in the hills of the Bashang Grasslands, Hebei Province
Trip dates: September 9–11, 2016
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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 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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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

Zhangye Danxia Landform and Jiayuguan, May 2016

Zhangye Danxia Landform and Jiayuguan, May 2016

See a set of 38 photos from our May 2016 visit to the Zhangye Danxia Landform and nearby Silk Road sights in Jiayuguan.
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Immortal Valley Loop, 2016/5/29

Immortal Valley Loop, 2016/5/29

Take a look at photos from our visit to Immortal Valley.
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Gubeikou Great Wall to Jinshanling Great Wall, 2016/5/28

Gubeikou Great Wall to Jinshanling Great Wall, 2016/5/28

See photos of Great Wall and green scenery from our 5+ Gubeikou to Jinshanling hike.
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Heituo Mountain, 2016/05/21

Heituo Mountain, 2016/05/21

See a set of photos from our first group hike up Heituo Mountain.
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Beijing Hikers awarded TripAdvisors Certificate of Excellence

Beijing Hikers awarded TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence

Beijing Hikers has been awarded TripAdvisor's 2016 Certificate of Excellence.
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Huijie in Outside Magazine, 2016/4

Huijie in Outside Magazine, 2016/4

Scans of an Outside Mag (China) interview with Huijie.
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Great Wall clean up hike for Earth Day, 2016/4/23

Great Wall clean up hike for Earth Day, 2016/4/23

See photos from our eighth annual Earth Day clean up hike.
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Hillwalking challenge 2016/04/16

Flower Wood to the Ming Tombs hillwalking challenge, 2016/04/16

Photos from a 26km hike through the hills of Huairou and Changping.
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