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Departure date: Wednesday, June 29

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 30

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, July 2

Gubeikou to Jinshanling Great Wall

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For this moderately challenging hike we’ll travel into the far northeast of Beijing Municipality. We’ll walk along a stretch of the Gubeikou Great Wall and end up at the Jinshanling Great Wall park after a long detour through the farmland surrounding Hemp Village. After a late lunch at our favourite restaurant at Jinshanling we’ll head back to Beijing. The cost of food, drinks, round-trip transportation, and park tickets is included in the price.

Regular hikers: this is the second-longest version of this route, where we walk all of the Great Wall at Gubeikou and just the first part of Jinshanling. Extremely fit regular hikers: we’ll give you the option to extend the hike!

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Departure date: Saturday, July 2

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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Departure date: Sunday, July 3

Over the Hills to the Ming Tombs

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For this hill-walking ramble we’ll join parts of two different hikes together to make up a longer trail that takes us over the hills and past two of the closed Ming Tombs, following old hill trails and passing through a few small country villages along the way.

Note: the wild valley in the middle of this hike will be fairly brushy and scratchy.

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Departure date: Sunday, July 3

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!

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Great Wall towers in the hills behind Hemp Village
Departure date: Wednesday, July 6

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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Towers on the ridgeline on the wild Great Wall at Huanghuacheng
Departure date: Thursday, July 7

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.

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 8. (We’ll be in touch if this might happen.)

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Departure date: Saturday, July 9

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.

Some sections steep and slippery

Extra: fast-hiking regulars—we’ll offer the option to add an extra 2km and some steep up and down to this hike. We need 4 of you signed up to offer this option. Please make a note with your booking.

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Departure date: Saturday, July 9

The Round Tower

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Old favourite! Pay a visit to the Round Tower, a lookout and beacon tower that is part of the Great Wall in Miyun District. 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: Sunday, July 10

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 along all 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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One of the fords on the White River
Departure date: Sunday, July 10

Down the White River

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This hike begins near where we finish our regular version of our White River hike, and finishes further downstream.

On this route, we cross the river 7-8 times, passing the outskirts of small villages in an area that’s a bit quieter than our regular White River – fewer cars, more goats.

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: Wednesday, July 13

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. The big climb will feel tough in hot weather.

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Departure date: Thursday, July 14

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.

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 15. (We’ll be in touch if this might happen.)

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Departure date: Saturday, July 16

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.

Extra: fast-hiking regulars—we’ll offer the option to add an extra 4km to this hike. We need 4 of you signed up to offer this option. Please make a note with your booking.

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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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Departure date: Saturday, July 2
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Gubeikou to Jinshanling Great Wall

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Departure date: Saturday, July 2
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Middle Route of Switchback Great Wall

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Departure date: Sunday, July 3
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Over the Hills to the Ming Tombs

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Departure date: Sunday, July 3
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Jiankou to Mutianyu Great Wall

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Departure date: Wednesday, July 6
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Hemp Village to Gubeikou Great Wall

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Departure date: Thursday, July 7
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Great Wall: Walled Village to the Little West Lake

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Departure date: Saturday, July 9
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Stone Valley Great Wall Loop

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Departure date: Saturday, July 9
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The Round Tower

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Departure date: Sunday, July 10
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Hemp Village to Jinshanling Great Wall East

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Departure date: Sunday, July 10
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Down the White River

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Departure date: Wednesday, July 13
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Great Wall Spur

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Departure date: Thursday, July 14
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Jiankou ‘Big West’ Great Wall

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Departure date: Saturday, July 16
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Zhenbiancheng Great Wall Loop Hike

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Departure date: Saturday, July 16
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Gubeikou Great Wall Loop

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Departure date: Sunday, July 17
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Great Wall: Huanghuacheng to the Walled Village

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Departure date: Wednesday, July 20
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Longquanyu Great Wall to the Little West Lake

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Departure date: Thursday, July 21
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Gubeikou Great Wall Loop

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Departure date: Saturday, July 23
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Zhuangdaokou to Moss Mountain

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Departure date: Saturday, July 23
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Middle Route of Switchback Great Wall

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Departure date: Sunday, July 24
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Jiankou ‘Big West’ Great Wall

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Departure date: Sunday, July 24
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Down the White River

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Departure date: Wednesday, July 27
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Hemp Village to Jinshanling Great Wall East

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Departure date: Thursday, July 28
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Walled Village to Huanghuacheng Great Wall

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Departure date: Saturday, July 30
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The Great Flood

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Departure date: Saturday, July 30
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Jinshanling Great Wall

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Departure date: Sunday, July 31
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Jiankou to Mutianyu Great Wall

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Departure date: Sunday, July 31
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Zhuangdaokou to the Walled Village

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