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Departure date: Wednesday, July 8

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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Departure date: Thursday, July 9

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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Departure date: Saturday, July 11

Hillwalking Challenge: Flower Wood to East Water Valley

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For this countryside expedition we’re joining two nice hillwalking hikes to make an 20km trail—good and long, with not too much climbing. We start with the Flower Wood hike – a good long ramble through the countryside – and then hop over on to a little bit of the Silver Pagoda hike trail before taking the fork that leads over to East Water Valley. An excellent opportunity to stretch the legs!

Last time we did this hike we rated it a Level 5. But after hiking, we thought that there perhaps wasn’t enough climbing to call it a Level 5. This time we’ll try it as a Level 4+, but if it’s a hot day it might feel like it should be a 5.

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Departure date: Saturday, July 11

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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Our campsite on unrestored wild wall below a Great Wall tower
Departure date: July 11–12 (Sat–Sun)

Camping: Switchback Great Wall

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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.

Weather warning: We’re getting close to the rainy season, and if lightning or heavy rain is forecast for the weekend we may need to make a change to the plan.

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

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Departure date: Sunday, July 12

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.

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Departure date: Sunday, July 12

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: Wednesday, July 15

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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Departure date: Thursday, July 16

Longquanyu Great Wall to the Little West Lake

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Take a stroll through valleys and past villages on the way to a seldom-visited stretch of Great Wall nestled in the hills north of the Ming Tombs. We’ll follow the wall up and along a ridge, detouring through orchards to get around a cliff face before rejoining the wall and following it on to walk out past the Little West Lake.

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Hikers at the High Tower in Yanqing District
Departure date: Saturday, July 18

The High Tower Loop hike

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This is a version of our High Tower hike that takes us up hill trails to reach the rough and unrestored section of Great Wall that leads up to the High Tower. From the High Tower we follow a recently restored line of Great Wall down a ridgeline, completing the loop with a walk down a hill trail that brings us back to the bus.

We have longer hikes that cover some of the same trail – on today’s walk we’re doing a loop as the starting point is closer to Beijing and easier to access, which means we can do most of the climbing before the temperature gets too high.

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Towers on the ridgeline on the wild Great Wall at Huanghuacheng
Departure date: Saturday, July 18

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.

Tomorrow is the start of Chinese New Year, so we chosen a hike that’s not super long, meaning that you can get back to Beijing in time for dinner with friends and family, as well as the fireworks!

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Departure date: Sunday, July 19

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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Towers of the Gubeikou Great Wall
Departure date: Sunday, July 19

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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Departure date: Wednesday, July 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, July 23

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: Wednesday, July 8
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Hemp Village to Jinshanling Great Wall East

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Departure date: Thursday, July 9
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Walled Village to Huanghuacheng Great Wall (longer version)

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Departure date: Saturday, July 11
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Hillwalking Challenge: Flower Wood to East Water Valley

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Departure date: Saturday, July 11
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Jiankou to Mutianyu Great Wall

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Departure date: July 11–12 (Sat–Sun)
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Camping: Switchback Great Wall

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Departure date: Sunday, July 12
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The Great Flood

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Departure date: Sunday, July 12
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Middle Route of Switchback Great Wall

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Departure date: Wednesday, July 15
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Gubeikou Great Wall Loop

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Departure date: Thursday, July 16
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Longquanyu Great Wall to the Little West Lake

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Departure date: Saturday, July 18
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The High Tower Loop hike

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Departure date: Saturday, July 18
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Great Wall: Walled Village to the Little West Lake

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Departure date: Sunday, July 19
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White River hike

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Departure date: Sunday, July 19
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Hemp Village to Gubeikou Great Wall

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Departure date: Wednesday, July 22
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Great Wall Spur

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

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Departure date: Saturday, July 25
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Nine-Eyes Tower Great Wall and Pizza Hike

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Departure date: Saturday, July 25
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Walled Village to Huanghuacheng Great Wall (longer version)

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Departure date: July 25–26 (Sat–Sun)
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Camping: Great Wall Spur

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Departure date: Sunday, July 26
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Spring Valley Loop

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Departure date: Sunday, July 26
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Longquanyu Great Wall to the Little West Lake

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Departure date: Wednesday, July 29
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Jiankou to Mutianyu Great Wall

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Departure date: Thursday, July 30
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Gubeikou Great Wall Loop

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