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Departure date: Sunday, July 24

Jiankou ‘Big West’ Great Wall

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This hike is a shortened version of our Nine-Eyes Tower trail, made easier by skipping the tough climb up to the top. We’ll follow hill trails through leafy valleys to get to Jiankou’s ‘Big West Wall’, and then walk south along the wall towards the Chinese Knot. This hike will still be fairly tough on a hot day, and there are some sections that are very steep and slippery.

WEATHER UPDATE 2016/07/22: We might be changing this hike to a different part of the Great Wall because of bad weather forecast for Jiankou. If you’re interested in seeing the Great Wall on Sunday go ahead and sign up, and we’ll contact you with any updates about the trail and weather situation.

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Departure date: Wednesday, July 27

Hemp Village to Jinshanling Great Wall East

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On this hike we’ll walk to and through Hemp Village, an isolated settlement in the hills on the border of Beijing and Hebei Province on the way up to the stretch of wall that lies between Gubeikou and Jinshanling. We’ll follow a narrow trail alongside the wall before passing through an archway to get on to the wall at Jinshanling, a partially-restored stretch with many intact and closely-spaced towers. After hiking on the wall at Jinshanling, we’ll head to a local restaurant for a meal of Chinese food before the drive back to the city.

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Departure date: Thursday, July 28

Walled Village to Huanghuacheng Great Wall

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Hike the Huanghuacheng Great Wall in Beijing’s Huairou District, starting off on an unrestored stretch and following it over the hills to a restored section and then up, over, and down a mountain to finish at a countryside restaurant near a scenic reservoir.

Rain date: If the weather forecast is not looking good – i.e. heavy rain, lightning – we might need to change the plan for this hike. If necessary, we’d look at postponing the hike to Friday, July 29. (We’ll be in touch if this might happen.)

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Departure date: Saturday, July 30

The Great Flood

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We almost named this hike “The Goat’s Trail” after the many herds of goats we saw while scouting the route. Along the way we will pick a path up a bouldery canyon, follow rivers, climb a steep valley, walk through grassy meadows, and see a village that was abandoned after a particularly large flood and is now being resettled. Bring something to eat for lunch – we’ll supply water and snacks.

Hot weather: if extremely hot weather is forecast we’ll change the plan for this hike, doing and up-and-back in the big canyon where we usually finish the hike – a hike option that offers the chance for a swim.

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Departure date: Saturday, July 30

Jinshanling Great Wall

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The Great Wall at Jinshanling is the type often seen on postcards: large, intact towers, and impressive stretches of wall that climb steep ridgelines. Parts of the Jinshanling Great Wall have been reconstructed and see quite a few visitors, but with a bit of hiking it’s possible to explore sections that are unrestored and not quite so commonly visited by tour groups.

On this hike, we’ll walk all of the eastern section of Jinshanling; hike a few towers towards Simatai for a better view of that section; and follow a paved park trail through the hills to finish.

Hot weather: There’s no shade on this hike, except for in towers – this hike will be tough in hot weather.

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Departure date: Sunday, July 31

White River hike and rafting

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Special trip! Our White River hike is super popular in summer, and on this visit we’re going to have a go at rafting a wee bit of it before hiking the rest of the way.

We’ll float down a short stretch of the river before disembarking and finishing it off on foot, fording rivers and passing beneath tall cliffs on the way to the end.

Note: If the river level is raised because of rain we might not be able to hike. We’ll know for sure in the week before the hike.

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Departure date: Sunday, July 31

Jiankou to Mutianyu Great Wall

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This is a tough and challenging hike, suitable for fit hikers with a good head for heights. We’ll start off at Jiankou, following a zigzag hillside trail that rises quickly to a Great Wall tower that is almost 1,000 metres above sea level. From the tower we can see the Jiankou basin, as well as many other stretches of Great Wall in the area. From there we’ll head southeast, following the wall towards Mutianyu. The hike crosses unrestored and restored sections of wall, which makes it a good way to see the Great Wall as it is now, and how it might have looked when first built.

7:30am departure: We’re leaving early so we can get started early on the big hill climb, before it gets too hot!

Note: a bit of recent restoration work at the western end at Mutianyu means we’ll have to make a quick hop over the battlements to get on to the wall – much like the Mongolians did!

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Departure date: Sunday, July 31

Zhuangdaokou to the Walled Village

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This hike starts off behind a small village where we’ll take a look at the 300-year old ‘Phoenix and Dragon’ pine trees before hiking up to the Zhuangdaokou Great Wall. From the wall, we have the option to make things a little more difficult by taking a climb up to some of the towers. We’ll end up at the Walled Village, a settlement that has grown up inside and around an old army barracks that used to house soldiers tasked with guarding the Great Wall. 2–3 hours of relaxed walking, price includes lunch at a restaurant at the foot of the Huanghuacheng Great Wall. Hikers with extra energy have the option to finish lunch early and take a short climb up.

Regular Beijing Hikers: this is the easiest version of this walk. A great way to try a hike if you’re not sure about your fitness, or if you have kids who would like to get outside.

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Departure date: Wednesday, August 3

Great Wall Spur

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On this hike we will visit a remote stretch of the Great Wall that was completed around 1580 AD, during the reign of Emperor Wan Li. After a good long (some say tough) climb up a hillside trail we’ll follow the Great Wall along a ridge, enjoying great views the whole way. There is plenty of Great Wall in this area, and on a clear day it is extremely picturesque. Price includes lunch after the hike.

Note: While rated a 3+, this hike is sort of a tough 3+ because of the long climb at the beginning.

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Departure date: Thursday, August 4

Stone Valley Great Wall Loop

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We used this trail for our hiking festival, and after receiving great feedback on it we’re offering it as a regular hike: guided instead of pre-marked, and with a big meal of country style Chinese cooking after the hike is done.

Roads and paved paths lead to the trail that takes us up on to unrestored ‘wild’ Great Wall, which we’ll follow along a ridge line. After several steep ups and downs on the wall we’ll reach the General’s Tower, a large tower sited on the highest point of the ridge. From there we follow the wall down to a steep pass, which we’ll cross through before a quick climb over a hill with super views of the wall behind us.

Rain date: If the weather forecast is not looking good – i.e. heavy rain, lightning – we might need to change the plan for this hike. If necessary, we’d look at postponing the hike to Friday, August 6. (We’ll be in touch if this might happen.)

Some sections steep and slippery

Regular hikers: There’s a significant amount of crossover with this hike and our Middle Route of the Switchback Great Wall hike.

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Departure date: Saturday, August 6

White River hike

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Ford rivers on this long and level canyon hike in Miyun District, passing beneath tall cliffs and following the path of the river as it winds through the mountains. The area is relatively unpopulated, making this an excellent scenic hike that will fill your lungs with fresh air. Four or so hours of reasonably easy hiking over approximately 12km, and you’ll get your feet wet crossing the river!

Note: If the river level is raised because of rain we might not be able to hike. We’ll know for sure in the week before the hike.

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Hikers inch down a steep section of Great Wall
Departure date: Saturday, August 6

Jiankou ‘Big West’ Great Wall

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This hike is a shortened version of our Nine-Eyes Tower trail, made easier by skipping the tough climb up to the top. We’ll follow hill trails through leafy valleys to get to Jiankou’s ‘Big West Wall’, and then walk south along the wall towards the Chinese Knot. There are some sections that are very steep and slippery, but the views of mountains and Great Wall are definitely worth it.

Extra: fast-hiking regulars—we’ll offer the option to add the climb up to Nine-Eyes Tower. We need 4 of you signed up to offer this option. Please make a note with your booking.

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Departure date: Sunday, August 7

Dragon Cloud Mountain

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Once upon a time, Dragon Cloud Mountain was one of the many scenic areas hidden away in Beijing’s mountains. Now, with the park entrance boarded up, the views of the surrounding cliffs, canyons, and boulders are more or less forgotten. But not by us!

We’ll ford the White River and pass through a cave to find the stairs that lead up to the top, climbing up on to a massive slab of sandstone. Once up there, we’ll take a look at what’s left of the ‘ghost house’ and will make a circuit of an old reservoir before following a gravel road down the other side of the mountain to finish.

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Departure date: Sunday, August 7

Walled Village to Huanghuacheng Great Wall

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Hike the Huanghuacheng Great Wall in Beijing’s Huairou District, starting off on an unrestored stretch and following it over the hills to a restored section and then up, over, and down a mountain to finish at a countryside restaurant near a scenic reservoir.

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Departure date: Wednesday, August 10

Longquanyu Great Wall to the Little West Lake

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The Great Wall at Longquanyu follows a ridge surrounded by taller mountains, with views of peaks in the distance and canyons far below. We’ll hike a recently repaired stretch with some two very steep descents, and take a detour through chestnut orchards to find the last ‘wild’ stretch of wall in the area. The hike finishes with a walk out past the Little West Lake reservoir, a popular park with views of Great Wall dipping down into the water.

When we’re done walking we’ll head to a nearby restaurant for a late lunch of Chinese food.

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Hemp Village to Gubeikou Great Wall

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Gubeikou Great Wall Loop

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Jiankou ‘Big West’ Great Wall

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Hillwalking Challenge: Big Black Mountain to Moss Mountain

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Great Wall Spur

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Camping Basics: Great Wall Spur

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Jinshanling Great Wall to Gubeikou Greal Wall

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Middle Route of Switchback Great Wall

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Great Wall: Huanghuacheng to the Walled Village

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