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Departure date: Sunday, April 20

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. Warning – if you’re not good with heights, you might not enjoy sections of this hike.

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Departure date: Sunday, April 20

The Mines and The Pines

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Follow one of our old favourite trails through an old quarry and mining area up and over a ridge, passing through a fragrant stand of pines, and then down a well-forested valley to finish at a small village in the hills.

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A stretch of the unrestored Great Wall at Zhuangdaokou
Departure date: Sunday, April 20

Earth Day Cleanup: Huanghuacheng Great Wall

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Calling all clean and green people! The area near the Great Wall at Huanghuacheng has been somewhat spoiled by a buildup of trash and litter, left by careless visitors. In the spirit of Earth Day on April 22nd and in order to give back to the communities in which we hike, we’re going to try and collect as much litter as we can and carry it out.

We’re running this hike at cost and ask that everyone that joins helps out with the cleanup.

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Departure date: April 22–23 (Tuesday–Wednesday)

Camping: Gubeikou Great Wall and Jinshanling Great Wall

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Hike the Great Wall and camp in a private and quiet spot beside the wall on this two day Great Wall adventure. 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.

We’ll supply the camping equipment, water, snacks, and breakfast and a restaurant lunch on the second day. Discounted price available if you have your own camping gear.

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

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Departure date: Wednesday, April 23

Ming Village day trip

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On this hike we’ll take a good look around the alleys and courtyards of Cuandixia, a 500-year old Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) village that is sometimes referred to as a living museum. For most of the year it’s a fairly busy little place, but fewer people visit in the middle of the week. We’ll first take a hike in the hills above the village, then we’ll have a big lunch, and then we’ll take a tour of the alleys, lanes, paved stairs, and courtyard houses. It will be quite a long day, but well worth it! Lunch included.

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Departure date: Thursday, April 24

Big Camp Plate Great Wall Route Two

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This abridged version of the Big Camp Great Wall hike will have us hiking on a part of the Wall in Hebei Province that served as a template for other sections. We’ll detour around some of the toughest, steepest parts in order to have a chance to take in the scenery at a more relaxed pace. In addition to getting a better understanding of Great Wall construction, we’ll also have a chance to learn about how the Great Wall’s logistics were organised as we pass through a town that supplied the garrison. At the end of the hike, we will supply snacks, soft drinks, tea, and beer – please bring your own lunch along.

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Departure date: Saturday, April 26

Dahaituo Mountain

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Take a trip to the far edge of Yanqing District for a day of hiking in the mountains on the border of Beijing and Hebei Province, following a trail that will take us up to the lower peak Big Haituo Mountain, the second-highest inside the Beijing municipality. We’ll start off in a tiny village, head up through grassy meadows and gravelly gullys, and then make a long climb along a ridge trail, passing alongside forested areas on the way to the top. Expect to see abundant greenery and flowers, as well as butterflies and moths in an area protected from farming.

Last time we did this hike we tried a route from a new starting point, and it’s that route we’ll follow this time—our old way is often a bit crowded.

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Departure date: Saturday, April 26

The Round Tower

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This short-but-steep hike leads up to a round tower high in the hills above the Miyun Reservoir. From the top we will enjoy amazing views in almost every direction: a deep canyon on one side, mountains on the other, and a broad view of the Miyun reservoir and our path up and down the mountain. Note: this is quite a short hike, but it’s steep, and for most of the hike we’re either climbing up or down.

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Departure date: April 26–27 (Saturday–Sunday)

Camping: Switchback Great Wall

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Take a relatively relaxed hike along the wild Great Wall and camp in a scenic spot beside 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 supply the camping equipment, water, snacks, and a basic lunch, dinner, and breakfast. Discounted price available if you have your own camping gear.

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

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Departure date: Sunday, April 27

A Long Way to Catch the Train

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Before roads were built up into the mountains, the villagers of Xi Changyu had to walk for two hours over the mountains to get to the nearest train station. On this hike we will follow part of their old path up to a windy ridge with great views. After descending from the ridge we’ll walk through the villages of Xi Changyu and Dong Changyu, and then climb up a hill that looks out over the all the local peach orchards – we’re hoping that after a long winter the peach blossoms will be starting to open by the time we visit!

NOTE: Villagers have concreted many of the old trails to allow easier access to their fields. On this hike, there are few stretches where we’ll be walking on concrete roads.

Shunyi pickup available: We’ll swing by Pinnacle Plaza in Shunyi on the way to and from the trip – if you’d like to be picked up there, please let us know when you make your booking.

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Departure date: Sunday, April 27

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.

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Departure date: Wednesday, April 30

Yajishan Temple Fair, Pinggu District

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The temples at Yajishan are locally famous, and every year on the lunar calendar there’s a big temple fair. We’ll spend the day having a look at what’s going on – fortune telling, street food and snacks, fireworks and incense burning, various performers – before climbing up to the temples on top.

On the way up to the top, we’ll catch our breath by stopping to look about the various temples and shrines either side of the stairs. After a look about the temple right at the top, we’ll take a walk through the hills behind the temples to complete the circuit.

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Departure date: Thursday, May 1

Great Wall Spur

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May Holiday Hike! 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, and it will feel a lot tougher if it’s a hot day.

Possiblity of bad traffic This is the first day of one of the big public holidays, and there’s a chance we’ll meet bad traffic on the way to/from the hike. Our recommendation: bring a good book, and some light and comfortable shoes to change into for the ride back.

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Departure date: May 2–3 (Fri–Sat)

Camp: Great Wall Spur

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On this two day Great Wall adventure you’ll hike the Great Wall and camp in or beside a Great Wall tower. 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.

We’ll supply the camping equipment, water, snacks, and breakfast and a restaurant lunch on the second day. Discounted price available if you have your own camping gear.

Maximum group size of 10 hikers; book early to make sure you get a spot!

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Departure date: Friday, May 2

Hemp Village to Gubeikou Great Wall

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May Holiday 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.

Possiblity of bad traffic This hike takes place during one of the big public holidays, and there’s a chance we’ll meet bad traffic on the way to/from the hike. Our recommendation: bring a good book, and some light and comfortable shoes to change into for the ride back.

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Hikes with suburban pickup points

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Departure date: Sunday, April 20
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Gubeikou Great Wall Loop

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Departure date: Sunday, April 20
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The Mines and The Pines

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Departure date: Sunday, April 20
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Earth Day Cleanup: Huanghuacheng Great Wall

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Departure date: April 22–23 (Tuesday–Wednesday)
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Camping: Gubeikou Great Wall and Jinshanling Great Wall

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Departure date: Wednesday, April 23
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Ming Village day trip

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Departure date: Thursday, April 24
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Big Camp Plate Great Wall Route Two

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Departure date: Saturday, April 26
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Dahaituo Mountain

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Departure date: Saturday, April 26
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The Round Tower

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Departure date: April 26–27 (Saturday–Sunday)
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Camping: Switchback Great Wall

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Departure date: Sunday, April 27
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A Long Way to Catch the Train

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Departure date: Sunday, April 27
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Jiankou ‘Big West’ Great Wall

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Departure date: Wednesday, April 30
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Yajishan Temple Fair, Pinggu District

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Departure date: Thursday, May 1
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Great Wall Spur

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Departure date: May 2–3 (Fri–Sat)
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Camp: Great Wall Spur

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Departure date: Friday, May 2
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Hemp Village to Gubeikou Great Wall

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Departure date: Saturday, May 3
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Hillwalking Challenge: Big Black Mountain to Moss Mountain

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Departure date: Saturday, May 3
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Zhuangdaokou to the Walled Village

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Departure date: Sunday, May 4
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Walk Like A Pilgrim

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Departure date: Sunday, May 4
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Great Wall: Gubeikou West Side

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Departure date: Wednesday, May 7
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Eastern Qing Tombs Sightseeing

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Departure date: Thursday, May 8
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Jiankou to Mutianyu Great Wall

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Departure date: Saturday, May 10
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Big Camp Plate Great Wall

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Departure date: Saturday, May 10
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Longyunshan ‘Dragon Cloud’ Mountain

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Departure date: May 10–11 (Sat–Sun)
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Yellow Grass Plateau Mini-Overnight

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Departure date: Sunday, May 11
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Prove Your Loyalty

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Departure date: Sunday, May 11
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Gubeikou Great Wall Loop

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Departure date: Wednesday, May 14
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Lily Village and the Silver Pagodas

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Departure date: Thursday, May 15
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Middle Route of Switchback Great Wall

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Departure date: Saturday, May 17
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Quarrymen’s Trail to the Heavenly Lake

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Departure date: Saturday, May 17
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Hemp Village to Gubeikou Great Wall

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Departure date: Sunday, May 18
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Zhenbiancheng Great Wall Loop Hike

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Departure date: Sunday, May 18
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Intelligence Valley

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Departure date: Wednesday, May 21
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Tomb Raiders hike and Ding Tomb’s ‘Underground Palace’

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Departure date: Thursday, May 22
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Little West Lake and Huanghuacheng Great Wall

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