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Departure date: August 29–30 (Sat–Sun)

Camping: Gubeikou Great Wall and Jinshanling Great Wall

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Hike the Great Wall and camp in a tower 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 main meals; bring your camera and get ready to enjoy yourself!

Maximum group size of 10 hikers; book early to make sure you get a spot!

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Departure date: Sunday, August 30

Cypress Wells Canyon and Yongning Town

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Visit Yanqing Country to find a short stretch of ‘Warring States’ era Great Wall and an old village amidst the mountainous landscapes. The hike begins with a nice long, flat walk along the floor of the canyon. Mid-way, we’ll stop for a break at a small and interesting mostly-abandoned village before following a trail up through a pine forest to take a look at a very old section of Great Wall. We’ll finish the hike by following a hill trail down and out to the nearest road.

After the hike we’ll take a stroll through the streets of Yongning Town, a relatively small settlement with a long history, a big tower in the middle of town, and a street market in the town square.

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Departure date: Sunday, August 30

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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Towers on the ridgeline on the wild Great Wall at Huanghuacheng
Departure date: Wednesday, September 2

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: Thursday, September 3

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: Friday, September 4

Great Wall Spur and Jiankou ‘Big West’ Great Wall

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On this reasonably tough hike we follow part of the Great Wall Spur and Chinese Knot trails, and then use hill trails to get up to the way to the Great Wall on the west side of the Jiankou basin. We’ll follow that stretch of Great Wall towards Nine-Eyes Tower, and then walk down and out a long valley to finish with snacks and drinks at at our local guide’s guesthouse.
Note: Good footwear required.

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Departure date: Friday, September 4

Rolling Hills and Empty Lanes

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Take a Miyun countryside ramble with us on a long walk through peaceful and sparsely populated hills, valleys, and forests. This walk is quite long, but it’s not difficult – there’s not a lot of climbing up and down. The countryside scenery is excellent and we’ll follow country trails and lanes through pine forests, cornfields, orchards, villages, and farmland.

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Departure date: Saturday, September 5

Bricks In The Wall hike

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We’ll follow roads and hill trails in and around tiny villages northwest of Beijing, making easy climbs on hill trails and a really steep and tough climb on a rather rundown stretch of Great Wall, with fine views the whole way.

Most of this hike is easy, but we’ve rated it as a Level 4 because the section of the Great Wall we’ll climb is really steep and tricky.

Note: this hike will not be much fun if you are not good with heights or not confident in your balancing ability.

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Departure date: Saturday, September 5

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: Sunday, September 6

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.

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Departure date: Wednesday, September 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: Thursday, September 10

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. If it’s a hot day, it will feel even tougher! We’re leaving really early though, so we can do most of the climbing before it gets too hot.

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Departure date: Saturday, September 12

Chinese Knot Great Wall

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This tough Great Wall hike involves a lot of climbing and scrambling, and you’ll need strong legs and a good head for heights to make it to the end. Starting on the southern side of the mountains to the north of Beijing, we follow the Great Wall up and over two ridges, peaking just after the ‘Chinese Knot’ at 987m above sea level. 4–5 hours of hiking over 10km, with hiking boots and above-average level of fitness required. Note: if you’re not comfortable with making a short-but-steep climb on somewhat tricky terrain, you will probably not find this hike an enjoyable experience.

Re-run! We’re trying this one again after getting rained off last month.

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Departure date: Saturday, September 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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Gubeikou Great Wall
Departure date: Sunday, September 13

Shunyi Hikers: Hemp Village to Chaoguan Village via Gubeikou Great Wall

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Shunyi Pinnacle Plaza pickup. The meeting point for this hike is at the Starbucks at Pinnacle Plaza in Shunyi. An earlier pickup at the Lido Hotel is available on request.

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 over to Chaoguan Village by following a newly-scouted ridgeline trail past a few more towers, and then over a bridge to finish.

UPDATE 2015/08/28: We’re actually finishing the hike in Chaoguan Village, saving us the 2km walk of on roads to East River Village.

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Departure date: August 29–30 (Sat–Sun)
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Camping: Gubeikou Great Wall and Jinshanling Great Wall

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Departure date: Sunday, August 30
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Cypress Wells Canyon and Yongning Town

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Departure date: Sunday, August 30
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Jiankou to Mutianyu Great Wall

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Departure date: Wednesday, September 2
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Great Wall: Walled Village to the Little West Lake

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Departure date: Thursday, September 3
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Hemp Village to Jinshanling Great Wall East

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Departure date: Friday, September 4
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Great Wall Spur and Jiankou ‘Big West’ Great Wall

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Departure date: Friday, September 4
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Rolling Hills and Empty Lanes

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Departure date: Saturday, September 5
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Bricks In The Wall hike

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Departure date: Saturday, September 5
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Gubeikou Great Wall Loop

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Departure date: Sunday, September 6
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Jiankou ‘Big West’ Great Wall

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Departure date: Wednesday, September 9
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Walled Village to Huanghuacheng Great Wall (longer version)

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Departure date: Thursday, September 10
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Great Wall Spur

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Departure date: Saturday, September 12
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Chinese Knot Great Wall

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Departure date: Saturday, September 12
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Middle Route of Switchback Great Wall

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Departure date: Sunday, September 13
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Shunyi Hikers: Hemp Village to Chaoguan Village via Gubeikou Great Wall

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Departure date: Sunday, September 13
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The Great Flood

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Departure date: Sunday, September 13
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Great Wall Spur

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Departure date: Wednesday, September 16
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Jiankou to Mutianyu Great Wall

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Departure date: Thursday, September 17
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Great Wall: Walled Village to the Little West Lake

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Departure date: Saturday, September 19
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Zhenbiancheng Great Wall and Big Camp Plate Challenge

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Departure date: Saturday, September 19
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Gubeikou Great Wall Loop

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Departure date: Sunday, September 20
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Longevity Village to the Ming Tombs

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Departure date: Sunday, September 20
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Hemp Village to Gubeikou Great Wall

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Departure date: Wednesday, September 23
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Jiankou ‘Big West’ Great Wall

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Departure date: Thursday, September 24
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Gubeikou to Jinshanling Great Wall East

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Departure date: Saturday, September 26
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High Rise hike and Little West Lake Great Wall

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Departure date: Saturday, September 26
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Zhenbiancheng Great Wall Loop Hike

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Departure date: September 26–27 (Sat–Sun)
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Camping: Switchback Great Wall

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Departure date: September 26–27 (Sat–Sun)
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Yellow Grass Plateau Mini-Overnight

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Departure date: Sunday, September 27
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Prove Your Loyalty

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Departure date: Sunday, September 27
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Walled Village to Huanghuacheng Great Wall (longer version)

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Departure date: Sunday, September 27
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Shunyi Hikers: The Hidden Village

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Departure date: Wednesday, September 30
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Middle Route of Switchback Great Wall

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Departure date: Thursday, October 1
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Hemp Village to Chaoguan Village via Gubeikou Great Wall

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Departure date: October 1–2 (Thu–Fri)
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Camping: Great Wall Spur

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Departure date: Friday, October 2
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Immortal Valley Loop

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Departure date: Saturday, October 3
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The High Tower

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Departure date: Sunday, October 4
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Jiankou to Mutianyu Great Wall

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Departure date: Sunday, October 4
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Tanzhe Temple and the Abandoned Village

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Departure date: Tuesday, October 6
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The Hidden Village

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Departure date: Tuesday, October 6
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Gubeikou Great Wall Loop

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Departure date: Wednesday, October 7
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The Pinnacle Tower

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Departure date: Saturday, October 17
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2015 Hiking Festival: 24km Challenge

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2015 Hiking Festival: 10km Hike for Fun

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