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Departure date: Wednesday, October 22

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, October 23

Walk Down The Incense Trail to Dajue Temple

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Follow the steps of pilgrims on this hike, starting close to the temple at Miaofengshan in Beijing’s western mountains, and hiking an old pilgrims’ trail through forested hills and along ridges on the way to Dajuesi, a beautiful temple built in the Liao Dynasty. Aside from a bit of climbing at the start, this hike follows a trail that is mostly flat, until we start walking down the paved trail that leads to Dajue Temple. During this hike we’ll get great views of mountains, and will pass through a pine forest where we often see people hunting for mushrooms and medicinal herbs. The cost of the hike includes entrance to Dajue Temple.

Note: Bring your own lunch, please! We’ll set up our picnic tables with beer and snacks after the hike.

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Departure date: October 23–24 (Thu–Fri)

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: Friday, October 24

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.

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Views of Great Wall and mountains in the Longquanyu area
Departure date: Saturday, October 25

Hike Festival: 7.5km Hike for Fun

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Hiking Festival 2014: Hike for fun along a 7.5km course that visits villages, hills, and Great Wall on the way to the finish. All-inclusive price includes transportation and water and snacks at strategic points along the trail.

Hike down a narrow road to a small village; follow a field path up to a seldom-visited stretch of Great Wall; and then follow the wall to finish at the Little West Lake, a reservoir in the hills of Huairou District. Finish up with a countryside celebration before heading back to the city.

Booking and payment
Book your place through our website, and we’ll send you all the information you’ll need for a fun day out in the hills. Payments should be made in advance, no later than October 19.

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Departure date: Saturday, October 25

Hemp Village to Gubeikou Great Wall

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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.

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Hills and mountains in Changping District, Beijing
Departure date: Saturday, October 25

Hike Festival: 24km Challenge

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Hiking Festival 2014: Challenge yourself and complete a mountain walking half marathon on a 24.56km course that visits villages, and crosses hills and Great Wall on the way to the end. All-inclusive price includes transportation and water and snacks at strategic points along the trail.

Booking and payment
Book your place through our website, and we’ll send you all the information you’ll need for a fun day out in the hills. Payments should be made in advance, no later than October 19.

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Towers on the ridgeline on the west side of Gubeikou
Departure date: Sunday, October 26

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: Sunday, October 26

Quarrymen’s Trail

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This is a long but not super-difficult hike in the Ming Tombs area in Changping District, with views of mountains, valleys, pine forests, rocky outcrops, and two of the closed Ming Tombs. We start with a long, gradual climb to to a ridgeline saddle, descend into a long valley, walk for a short while up a quarry road, and then make another climb up through forest, reaching another saddle before walking out a valley that is flanked by two of the Yong Tomb and De Tomb. Approx. 4 hours of hiking over 14km with two good climbs up hill trails.

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Departure date: Tuesday, October 28

Tomb Raiders and the Sacred Way

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On this hike we’ll climb an old hill trail in the mountains that form the feng shui barrier on the north side of the Ming Tombs in Changping District. The hill trail leads over the mountains, up to a lookout, out a valley past a small reservoir, and then on towards the tombs. After a quick look around the outside of two of the closed tombs in the area, as well as the Tomb Caretakers’ Village, we’ll get lunch at a local restaurant before finishing up with a stroll up the Sacred Way, the official entrance to the tombs in times gone by.

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Departure date: Wednesday, October 29

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.

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Departure date: Thursday, October 30

Walled Village to Huanghuacheng Great Wall (longer version)

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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. Not recommended for those who are not good with heights; some steep sections both up and down.

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The Great Wall crossing hills and mountains in Huailai District
Departure date: Saturday, November 1

Zhenbiancheng Great Wall and Big Camp Plate Challenge

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This Great Wall hike is one of our most challenging treks, covering a long section of wild wall in Beijing’s northwest. We’re leaving at the extra early time of 7:30am for this hike to try and avoid traffic on the Badaling Expressway. This hike is definitely not suitable for those who are not physically fit, are afraid of heights, or lack proper clothing and footwear.

Doing it again: This is one of our favourite long hikes, and in October we scheduled it for a Saturday that turned out to be a working day. Oops! We thought we’d better schedule it again before it gets too cold out there.

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Departure date: Saturday, November 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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Views from high up in the West Mountains
Departure date: Sunday, November 2

Woodpecker Trail and the Pagoda on the Rock

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Old favourite! Visit the western district of Mentougou for a hike in the Miaofeng Mountain area, walking a trail that passes Guandi Miao temple, and a Jurchen Jin Dynasty era (1115-1234AD) miniature pagoda placed precariously on a rock. After a look at the pagoda we head up and over Phoenix Ridge – a long uphill climb that takes around two hours.

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Departure date: Wednesday, October 22
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Great Wall Spur

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Departure date: Thursday, October 23
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Walk Down The Incense Trail to Dajue Temple

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Departure date: October 23–24 (Thu–Fri)
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Camping: Gubeikou Great Wall and Jinshanling Great Wall

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Departure date: Friday, October 24
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Jiankou to Mutianyu Great Wall

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Departure date: Saturday, October 25
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Hike Festival: 7.5km Hike for Fun

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Departure date: Saturday, October 25
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Hemp Village to Gubeikou Great Wall

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Departure date: Saturday, October 25
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Hike Festival: 24km Challenge

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Departure date: Sunday, October 26
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Great Wall: Walled Village to the Little West Lake

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Departure date: Sunday, October 26
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Quarrymen’s Trail

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Departure date: Tuesday, October 28
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Tomb Raiders and the Sacred Way

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Departure date: Wednesday, October 29
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Zhenbiancheng Great Wall Loop Hike

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Departure date: Thursday, October 30
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Walled Village to Huanghuacheng Great Wall (longer version)

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Departure date: Saturday, November 1
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Zhenbiancheng Great Wall and Big Camp Plate Challenge

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Departure date: Saturday, November 1
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Gubeikou Great Wall Loop

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Departure date: Sunday, November 2
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Woodpecker Trail and the Pagoda on the Rock

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Departure date: Sunday, November 2
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Great Wall Spur

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Departure date: Wednesday, November 5
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Walled Village to Huanghuacheng Great Wall (longer version)

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Departure date: Thursday, November 6
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Hemp Village to Gubeikou Great Wall

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Departure date: Saturday, November 8
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Hillwalking Challenge: Longevity Village to the Heavenly Lake

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Departure date: Saturday, November 8
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Zhenbiancheng Great Wall Loop Hike

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Departure date: Sunday, November 9
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Cypress Wells Canyon and Yongning Town

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Departure date: Sunday, November 9
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Middle Route of Switchback Great Wall

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Departure date: Wednesday, November 12
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Hemp Village to Jinshanling Great Wall East

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Departure date: Thursday, November 13
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Great Wall Spur

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Departure date: Saturday, November 15
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Great Wall: Gubeikou to Jinshanling (and a little Simatai)

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Departure date: Saturday, November 15
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Jiankou ‘Big West’ Great Wall

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Departure date: Saturday, November 15
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Intelligence Valley

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Departure date: November 15–16 (Saturday–Sunday)
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Miyun Reservoir Birdwatching Overnight

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Departure date: Sunday, November 16
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Big Black Mountain to the Walled Village

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Departure date: Sunday, November 16
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Great Wall: Walled Village to the Little West Lake

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Departure date: Wednesday, November 19
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Jiankou to Mutianyu Great Wall

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Departure date: Thursday, November 20
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Middle Route of Switchback Great Wall

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Departure date: Saturday, November 22
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Vulture Rock Ridge loop hike

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Departure date: Saturday, November 22
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Gubeikou Great Wall Loop

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Departure date: Sunday, November 23
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Longquanyu Great Wall to the Little West Lake

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