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, there are ections of this hike you might not enjoy.
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. This hike will still be fairly tough on a hot day, and there are some sections that are very steep and slippery.
Take a relaxing walk in the countryside on this hike, starting with a stroll around Lily Village, following a road through orchards and fields, and passing reservoirs on the way to Haizi Village. We’ll stop for a look at the opera stage in Haizi Village and then continue, taking a sort-of-secret shortcut to the Silver Pagodas, a set of five well-preserved 600-year-old pagodas that are all that remains of a big Buddhist temple. After a good look about the pagodas, we’ll move on to a local restaurant for a big meal before heading back to the city.
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 on the wall at Jinshanling, we’ll head to a local restaurant for a meal of Chinese food before the drive back to the city.
Escape the city and see Beijing’s countryside for two days on this overnighter, seeing some lovely scenery as well as the Great Wall. Food and drinks, accommodation in a countryside guesthouse, transport, and guides all included in the price.
On the first day we’ll do one of our favourite hikes, the Great Wall Spur. After the hike we’ll settle in a countryside guesthouse in a deep valley, with a bonfire to come after dinner.
We’ll wake up early on the second day and walk over towards the Jiankou Great Wall, hiking up to the ‘Big West’ wall and following a tricky trail to finish at a small village.
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.
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.
New hike! Walk a hill trail out of a tiny village, up and over a big hill and down into the ‘Long Dark Valley’, a huge canyon that’s in the process of being turned into a park via a six-hundred-million dollar investment.
The first part of the hike is rough and rugged, and the last section of it is an easy walk out through the canyon. Note: the last 5km of the hike is along a concrete road that’s been built up into the valley as part of the park development.
Starting at the Walled Village, we’ll follow a gentle path up terraces and orchards before coming to the Great Wall. We’ll climb a very steep section that is still quite difficult, although it has been restored. After coming over the top of a peak, we’ll stay on the wall as it plunges down the other side to Huanghuacheng, where we’ll get a meal of delicious country-style Chinese food. After lunch, we’ll have the option to walk up to the wall on the other side of the reservoir—we think it’s well worth it!
NOTE: This is a short hike, but the stretch of wall we follow is fairly steep, both ascending and descending. We’ll take it nice and slow, and enjoy the views. If it’s not enough exercise for you, there’s another stretch to climb on after lunch! We usually rate this hike a Level 2+, but we’ve upgraded it to a Level 3 because we expect hot weather will make it more difficult.
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.
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.
Get some good exercise with great views on this loop hike in the mountains west of Beijing, following hill trails up to a broad plateau before walking along high-up Vulture Rock Ridge. From the highest point on the hike we follow part of a pilgrims’ path through forest, eventually arriving back where we began.
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.
On this two day Great Wall adventure you’ll camp out by a line of early Ming Dynasty Great Wall in a remote region of northwest Beijing. On the first day you’ll do a shorter Great Wall hike, and set up a comfortable camp before seeing the sun set from the Great Wall. On the second day, you’ll do a longer hike, following a line of wild wall up to a peak before following hill trails to finish.
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.
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!
On the west side of Gubeikou, over the river from our Gubeikou Loop hike, is another stretch of wall that is not often visited. On a clear day the views are excellent, with towers atop big hills and a line of Great Wall stretching far off into the distance.
The hike is moderately difficult, and there is some exposure to heights. If you’re okay with that, then this will be an interesting short stretch of wall to look at, and we’ll take a look about the small village below the wall as well.