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Departure date: Wednesday, June 1

Gubeikou Great Wall Loop

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On this hike we’ll head out to a beautiful section of the Great Wall that is further outside the city than the crowded main tourist sites, and much quieter. You’ll have a chance to 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. As we follow the wall, we’ll pass through restored and unrestored sections, as well as taking a nice detour through pines on a hillside trail.

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Towers on the ridgeline on the wild Great Wall at Huanghuacheng
Departure date: Thursday, June 2

Great Wall: Walled Village to the Little West Lake

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After a quick look at the thick walls of what was once a Ming Dynasty-era barracks, we’ll take an easy stroll through chestnut orchards on the way to a stretch of the nearby Huanghuacheng Great Wall.

We’ll stop for a rest there and will have time to climb a few towers of a restored section before reversing direction and following a line of unrestored ‘wild’ Great Wall up and along a big ridge, finishing up with a stunning bird’s-eye view of the Little West Lake.

Regular hikers: our trails in this area overlap quite a bit, and if you’ve done any of our Zhuangdaokou or Huanghuacheng hikes you may already have walked a lot of this trail.

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Departure date: Saturday, June 4

Moyashike Valley and Jiankou’s ‘Big West’ Great Wall

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On this reasonably tough hike we follow hill trails and climb up and down valleys on the way to the Great Wall on the west side of the Jiankou basin. We’ll follow that stretch of Great Wall towards Nine-Eyes Tower, and then follow hill trails to finish with snacks and drinks at Xizhazi Village at Jiankou. Note: Good footwear required.

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Departure date: Saturday, June 4

Middle Route of Switchback Great Wall

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This stretch of Great Wall in Yanqing County is extremely picturesque, and seldom visited, but its steepness can prove difficult for casual hikers. On this visit we’ll do the ‘middle route,’ cutting out the toughest parts to make it a little easier. There are still some steep climbs to do, but overall this hike isn’t long enough to rate as difficult – we’ll take our time climbing up and down and make sure that we have a relaxed and enjoyable visit.

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A view from the top of Silver Mountain
Departure date: Sunday, June 5

Silver Mountain to the Mines

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On this hike we take a side trail into the Silver Pagodas park and climb the steep stairway to the lookout all the way up on top of Silver Mountain. From there, a narrow trail takes us down the back of the mountain, then through Longevity Village, and then up and over a hill, through a small forest of pines, and down through a long valley of closed mines and a quarry. The stairs are steep, some sections of the old mining area trail are rather bushy – but the views are excellent.

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Departure date: Sunday, June 5

Great Wall: Nine-Eyes Tower

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This is a looping walk over steep and rocky terrain, with a lot of scrambling and climbing required to arrive at the highest point on the hike, the impressive Nine-Eyes Tower. On a clear day in this spot in the heart of the mountains it will be possible to see sections of Great Wall to the north, south, east, and west. Four hours of tough hiking with a lot of climbing, over approximately 10km.

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Departure date: Wednesday, June 8

Zhenbiancheng Great Wall Loop Hike

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On this hike we’ll head out to the border of Beijing Municipality and Hebei Province for a moderately difficult walk through peach orchards, up valleys, and along the Great Wall. We’ll have views of the distinctive peaks of nearby ‘Brush-rest’ Mountain as we walk, and we think this remote area is a great spot for a walk. The Great Wall out here is rough and seldom-visited—choose this hike if you’re interested in a visit to a section of wall very different to what you’ve seen on postcards.

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Departure date: Thursday, June 9

Rolling Hills and Empty Lanes

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Take a Miyun countryside ramble with us on a long walk through peaceful and sparsely populated hills, valleys, and forests. This walk is quite long, but it’s not difficult – there’s not a lot of climbing up and down. The countryside scenery is excellent and we’ll follow country trails and lanes through pine forests, cornfields, orchards, villages, and farmland.

Holiday hike! It’s the Dragon Boat Festival holiday weekend, and we might get stuck in traffic at some point on the way to or from the hike.

Note: the trail could get rather brushy in places – we recommend you wear trousers to protect your legs.

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Departure date: Thursday, June 9

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.

Holiday hike! It’s the Dragon Boat Festival holiday weekend, and we might get stuck in traffic at some point on the way to or from the hike.

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Departure date: June 9–10 (Thu–Fri)

Camping: Switchback Great Wall

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Holiday hike! Take a relatively relaxed hike along the wild Great Wall and camp in a scenic on the wall on this Great Wall overnighter. We’ll take care of the heavy lifting and have things delivered direct to our campsite; you’ll be free to enjoy the scenery, sunset, stars, and sunrise without all the sweat involved in a full-on camping expedition – on this trip we’ll be taking it slow and easy.

We’ll organise delivery of tents and sleeping bags direct to our campsite; you’ll just need to carry your clothes, water, and food and snacks.

Maximum group size of 12 hikers; book early to make sure you get a spot!

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Hiking up the old pilgrims’ trail
Departure date: Friday, June 10

Over the Hills to Dajuesi

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On this hike we’ll make an arduous climb up a an old pilgrims’ trail that leads over the mountains, starting near a tiny temple on the Beijing side of the West Mountains and finishing near Dajue Temple. On a clear day we’ll be able to see a long way, with views of mountains and the outskirts of Beijing City.

This hike finishes with a long descent which will be tough on your knees. On a hot day, the climb up to the peak will be taxing.

Note – regular hikers will have done many of these trails already – but perhaps not this way!

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Departure date: Friday, June 10

Sunset over the Huanghuacheng Great Wall

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Make a mid-afternoon visit to Huanghuacheng for a walk on the wall, followed by a big dinner at one of our favourite countryside restaurants. After dinner, climb up on to another stretch of wall to watch the sun go down.

The hiking trail is the same as our popular Walled Village to Huanghuacheng Great Wall walk, a great combination of unrestored and restored Great Wall that offers superb views of hills, mountains, and reservoirs.

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Gubeikou Great Wall
Departure date: Saturday, June 11

Hemp Village to Gubeikou Great Wall Extra

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Holiday hike! It’s the Dragon Boat Festival holiday weekend, and we might get stuck in traffic at some point on the way to or from the hike.

To begin the hike, we’ll walk in to Hemp Village, a tiny settlement hidden at the end of a long valley. From Hemp Village, we’ll climb into the hills, first following a trail through fields with views of the Great Wall to the side and front, and then getting on to the Great Wall at Gubeikou to walk a 6km stretch of pretty, unrestored wall. We’ll extend the hike from Gubeikou along a few more towers, and then down a nice hill trail to finish. If you’re interested, you can buy a ticket and take a quick look inside the memorial to see historical photos and artifacts from the 1930’s battle for Gubeikou between the Chinese and Japanese armies. (Ticket cost approx. 20 RMB)

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Departure date: Saturday, June 11

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.

Holiday hike! It’s the Dragon Boat Festival holiday weekend, and we might get stuck in traffic at some point on the way to or from the hike. There’s also a reasonable chance we’ll bump into other groups hiking along the way.

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Departure date: Sunday, June 12

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.

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!

Working day: after the Dragon Boat Festival holiday, today is officially a working day. That means there will be fewer people at Mutianyu, but if you’re working in Beijing check you have the day off before booking this hike.

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Departure date: Wednesday, June 1
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Gubeikou Great Wall Loop

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Departure date: Thursday, June 2
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Great Wall: Walled Village to the Little West Lake

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Departure date: Saturday, June 4
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Moyashike Valley and Jiankou’s ‘Big West’ Great Wall

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Departure date: Saturday, June 4
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Middle Route of Switchback Great Wall

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Departure date: Sunday, June 5
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Silver Mountain to the Mines

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Departure date: Sunday, June 5
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Great Wall: Nine-Eyes Tower

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Departure date: Wednesday, June 8
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Zhenbiancheng Great Wall Loop Hike

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Departure date: Thursday, June 9
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Rolling Hills and Empty Lanes

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Departure date: Thursday, June 9
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Great Wall Spur

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Departure date: June 9–10 (Thu–Fri)
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Camping: Switchback Great Wall

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Departure date: Friday, June 10
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Over the Hills to Dajuesi

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Departure date: Friday, June 10
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Sunset over the Huanghuacheng Great Wall

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Departure date: Saturday, June 11
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Hemp Village to Gubeikou Great Wall Extra

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Departure date: Saturday, June 11
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White River hike

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Departure date: Sunday, June 12
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Jiankou to Mutianyu Great Wall

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Departure date: Wednesday, June 15
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Jiankou ‘Big West’ Great Wall

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Departure date: Saturday, June 18
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Switchback Great Wall

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Departure date: Saturday, June 18
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Gubeikou Great Wall Loop

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Departure date: Sunday, June 19
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Yunmeng Gorge Swim and Picnic

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Departure date: Sunday, June 19
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Walled Village to Huanghuacheng Great Wall

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Departure date: Wednesday, June 22
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Hemp Village to Gubeikou Great Wall

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Departure date: Thursday, June 23
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Stone Valley Great Wall Loop

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Departure date: Saturday, June 25
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Jiankou to Mutianyu Great Wall

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Departure date: Saturday, June 25
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The Pinnacle Tower Plus

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Departure date: Sunday, June 26
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White River hike

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Departure date: Sunday, June 26
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Great Wall Spur

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Departure date: Wednesday, June 29
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Gubeikou Great Wall Loop

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Departure date: Thursday, June 30
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Great Wall: Walled Village to the Little West Lake

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