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Departure date: Wednesday, August 24

Walled Village to Huanghuacheng Great Wall

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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.

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Departure date: Thursday, August 25

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: Saturday, August 27

Big Camp Plate Village and Hengling Valley

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Stretch the legs with a hike up into the mountains in a remote area just outside the border of Beijing.

We walk up the road into tiny Big Camp Plate Village, then hike through fields, a narrow gully, and then up a rough and tricky stretch of Great Wall. The hike finishes with a walk down and out a long and quiet valley on a newly-scouted trail.

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Departure date: Saturday, August 27

Hemp Village to Gubeikou Great Wall Extra

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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. We’ll extend the hike from Gubeikou along a few more towers, and then down a nice hill trail to finish. If you’re interested, you can buy a ticket and take a quick look inside the memorial to see historical photos and artifacts from the 1930’s battle for Gubeikou between the Chinese and Japanese armies. (Ticket cost approx. 20 RMB)

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Departure date: Sunday, August 28

Longquanyu Great Wall to the Little West Lake

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The Great Wall at Longquanyu follows a ridge surrounded by taller mountains, with views of peaks in the distance and canyons far below. We’ll hike a recently repaired stretch with some two very steep descents, and take a detour through chestnut orchards to find the last ‘wild’ stretch of wall in the area. The hike finishes with a walk out past the Little West Lake reservoir, a popular park with views of Great Wall dipping down into the water.

When we’re done walking we’ll head to a nearby restaurant for a late lunch of Chinese food.

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Departure date: Sunday, August 28

Intelligence Valley

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A clear stream runs through Intelligence Valley, and the surrounding mountains form a microclimate that makes this a very nice walk. It’s a flat hike, and offers some shade while hiking alongside a stream and over rocks through the valley. Near the end of the hike we’ll take a break at the Dragon Pool, where people rent inflatable boats or sometimes swim. After we’ve finished walking, we’ll stop by our farmer friend’s guesthouse for a big lunch of homestyle Chinese food – cost included in the price of the hike.

Why is this hike called Intelligence Valley? Because – it’s said – that if you walk down the valley, you will become more intelligent! Try it out, and make sure you don’t walk backwards!

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Departure date: Wednesday, August 31

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.

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Departure date: Thursday, September 1

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, but the views of mountains and Great Wall are definitely worth it.

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The Great Wall crossing hills and mountains in Huailai District
Departure date: Saturday, September 3

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, and we’re going to ask you some questions about your hiking experience as part of the reservation for this hike.

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Departure date: Saturday, September 3

Longquanyu Great Wall to the Little West Lake

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The Great Wall at Longquanyu follows a ridge surrounded by taller mountains, with views of peaks in the distance and canyons far below. We’ll hike a recently repaired stretch with some two very steep descents, and take a detour through chestnut orchards to find the last ‘wild’ stretch of wall in the area. The hike finishes with a walk out past the Little West Lake reservoir, a popular park with views of Great Wall dipping down into the water.

When we’re done walking we’ll head to a nearby restaurant for a late lunch of Chinese food.

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Departure date: Sunday, September 4

High Rise hike and Little West Lake Great Wall

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This 16km trail joins two of our Level 3+ hikes to make a nice tough hike through the hills of Changping District and Huairou District, following hill trails, country lanes, and Great Wall on the way to the end.

The first part of the hike is our High Rise trail, an old mining track from a small village that goes up and over a tall hill and then down past a few more valley villages. The second part of the hike goes through the Little West Lake Park, and then up on to more Great Wall on the way to the Walled Village.

(Did you miss our hiking festival in 2014? This hike covers the first 16km of the 24km challenge.)

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Departure date: Sunday, September 4

Gubeikou to Jinshanling Great Wall East

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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 family 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 version where we walk the last section of the Great Wall at Gubeikou and all of the Jinshanling Great Wall.

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Departure date: Wednesday, September 7

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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Departure date: Thursday, September 8

Walled Village to Huanghuacheng Great Wall

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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.

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Departure date: Saturday, September 10

Heituo Mountain

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New hike! Head up to the craggy peak of the big mountain behind Nine-Eyes Tower at Jiankou, and then down into the wild valleys and hills on the other side. Finish the hike with a big slog up to a ridgeline before walking down and out to a small village.

This is a fairly rough hike and part of the track is rather wild, so we’re limiting the number of participants to only fifteen tough trekkers.

You’ll need to be in good shape and have a good head for heights to enjoy this hike, and we’ll ask you about that as part of the sign up process.

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Departure date: Wednesday, August 24
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Walled Village to Huanghuacheng Great Wall

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Departure date: Thursday, August 25
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Gubeikou Great Wall Loop

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Departure date: Saturday, August 27
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Big Camp Plate Village and Hengling Valley

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Departure date: Saturday, August 27
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Hemp Village to Gubeikou Great Wall Extra

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Departure date: Sunday, August 28
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Longquanyu Great Wall to the Little West Lake

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Departure date: Sunday, August 28
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Intelligence Valley

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Departure date: Wednesday, August 31
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Zhenbiancheng Great Wall Loop Hike

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Departure date: Thursday, September 1
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Jiankou ‘Big West’ Great Wall

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Departure date: Saturday, September 3
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Zhenbiancheng Great Wall and Big Camp Plate Challenge

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Departure date: Saturday, September 3
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Longquanyu Great Wall to the Little West Lake

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Departure date: Sunday, September 4
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High Rise hike and Little West Lake Great Wall

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Departure date: Sunday, September 4
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Gubeikou to Jinshanling Great Wall East

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Departure date: Wednesday, September 7
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Jiankou to Mutianyu Great Wall

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Departure date: Thursday, September 8
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Walled Village to Huanghuacheng Great Wall

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Departure date: Saturday, September 10
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Heituo Mountain

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Departure date: Saturday, September 10
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Great Wall Spur

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Departure date: Sunday, September 11
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Hemp Village to Jinshanling Great Wall East

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Departure date: Sunday, September 11
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Shunyi Hikers: Big Black Mountain to the Walled Village

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Departure date: Sunday, September 11
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Down the White River

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Departure date: Wednesday, September 14
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Stone Valley Great Wall Loop

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Departure date: Thursday, September 15
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Gubeikou Great Wall Loop

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Departure date: September 15–16 (Thu–Fri)
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Camping Basics: Great Wall Spur

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Departure date: Friday, September 16
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Quarrymen’s Trail to the Heavenly Lake

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Departure date: Friday, September 16
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Great Wall: Huanghuacheng to the Walled Village

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Departure date: Saturday, September 17
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Bricks In The Wall hike

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Departure date: Saturday, September 17
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Middle Route of Switchback Great Wall

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Departure date: Sunday, September 18
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Great Wall: Nine-Eyes Tower

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Departure date: Wednesday, September 21
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Longquanyu Great Wall to the Little West Lake

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Departure date: Thursday, September 22
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Hemp Village to Gubeikou Great Wall

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Departure date: Saturday, September 24
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Yanqing Great Wall and High Tower Challenge

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Departure date: Saturday, September 24
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Great Wall Spur

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Departure date: September 24–25 (Sat–Sun)
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Camping: Gubeikou Great Wall and Jinshanling Great Wall

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Departure date: Sunday, September 25
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Prove Your Loyalty

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Departure date: Sunday, September 25
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Gubeikou Great Wall Loop

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Departure date: Wednesday, September 28
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Jiankou ‘Big West’ Great Wall

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Departure date: Thursday, September 29
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Walled Village to Huanghuacheng Great Wall

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Departure date: Saturday, October 1
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Great Wall Spur

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Departure date: Saturday, October 1
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Hillwalking Challenge: Big Black Mountain to Moss Mountain

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Departure date: October 2–3 (Sun–Mon)
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Camping Basics: Great Wall Spur

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Departure date: Sunday, October 2
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Sunset over the Gubeikou Great Wall

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Departure date: Monday, October 3
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Jinshanling Great Wall to Gubeikou Great Wall

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Departure date: Tuesday, October 4
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Middle Route of Switchback Great Wall

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Departure date: Tuesday, October 4
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Zhuangdaokou to the Walled Village

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Departure date: Wednesday, October 5
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Zhenbiancheng Great Wall Loop Hike

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Departure date: October 5–6 (Wed–Thu)
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Yu County’s Ancient Walled Towns and Fireworks of Molten Iron

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Departure date: Thursday, October 6
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Walk Down The Incense Trail to Dajue Temple

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Departure date: Thursday, October 6
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Great Wall: Huanghuacheng to the Walled Village

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Departure date: October 6–7 (Thu–Fri)
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Camping: Switchback Great Wall

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Departure date: Friday, October 7
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Jiankou to Mutianyu Great Wall

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Departure date: Saturday, October 15
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2016 Hiking Festival: The Challenge (24km+)

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Departure date: Saturday, October 15
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2016 Hiking Festival: Hike for Fun (Stone Valley Great Wall)

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