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Departure date: Saturday, February 25

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: Sunday, February 26

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: Wednesday, March 1

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.

Note: there are some very steep descents in the first section of the hike.

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Hikers inch down a steep section of Great Wall
Departure date: Thursday, March 2

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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Departure date: Saturday, March 4

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.

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Departure date: Saturday, March 4

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: Sunday, March 5

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 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.

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Departure date: Wednesday, March 8

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, March 9

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, March 11

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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Departure date: Sunday, March 12

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.

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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Hikers on the Great Wall, approaching the restored Jinshanling section
Departure date: Wednesday, March 15

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.

Beijing Hikers regulars: this is the shorter version of this route.

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Departure date: Thursday, March 16

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.

Note: there are some very steep descents in the first section of the hike.

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Departure date: Saturday, March 18

Big Camp Plate Great Wall

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This stretch of Great Wall sits on the boundary of Yanqing District and Hebei province, west of the Badaling section of the Great Wall, and to the south of the Guanting Reservoir. The hike follows the Great Wall in a loop around an isolated village called ‘Big Plate.’ It’s a tough walk, and if you are not scared of heights, clambering up and down slippery and narrow paths, and walking over loose rocks, then this will be a great hike for you! The scenery is well worth the trip, but only if you’ve got strong legs and a good head for heights.

Could be cold! Big Camp Plate is quite high up, and it’s in an area where it’s known to get breezy. Bring your warmest hiking gear!

Bring your passport with you on this hike.  There’s a big government meeting on in Beijing during the first two weeks of March, and we’ll be crossing the border of Beijing and Hebei going to and from this hike. The meetings should be finished, but we might need to go through a security checkpoint.

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Departure date: Saturday, March 18

Stone Valley Great Wall Loop

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On this hike we make a loop out of Stone Valley Village and hike the same line of wall as our Middle Route of the Switchback Great Wall hike. Starting at Stone Valley Village gives us a longer hike and some different angles for our views of the Great Wall, and we’ll also cross the tumbled-down and much older line of Northern Qi Dynasty Great Wall that was used as part of Ming Dynasty wall here.

The first quarter of the hike features two hill climbs, and then we’re up on to the Ming-era Great Wall. We follow the wall up to the General’s Tower – the tallest on this line of wall – and then follow it down the other side, passing some superb spots for photos along the way.

Note: if there’s a lot of ice on the wall in this area we’d look at changing the hiking trail.

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Hike schedule: Great Wall hikes

Departure date: Saturday, February 25
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Zhenbiancheng Great Wall Loop Hike

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Departure date: Sunday, February 26
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Gubeikou Great Wall Loop

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Departure date: Wednesday, March 1
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Longquanyu Great Wall to the Little West Lake

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Departure date: Thursday, March 2
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Jiankou ‘Big West’ Great Wall

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Departure date: Saturday, March 4
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Chinese Knot Great Wall

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Departure date: Saturday, March 4
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Walled Village to Huanghuacheng Great Wall

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Departure date: Sunday, March 5
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Hemp Village to Jinshanling Great Wall East

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Departure date: Wednesday, March 8
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Jiankou to Mutianyu Great Wall

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Departure date: Thursday, March 9
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Great Wall: Walled Village to the Little West Lake

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Departure date: Saturday, March 11
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Jiankou ‘Big West’ Great Wall

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Departure date: Sunday, March 12
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Great Wall Spur

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Departure date: Wednesday, March 15
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Gubeikou to Jinshanling Great Wall

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

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Departure date: Saturday, March 18
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Big Camp Plate Great Wall

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Departure date: Saturday, March 18
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Stone Valley Great Wall Loop

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

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Departure date: Wednesday, March 22
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Great Wall Spur

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Departure date: Thursday, March 23
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Walled Village to Huanghuacheng Great Wall

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Departure date: Saturday, March 25
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Jiankou to Mutianyu Great Wall

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Departure date: March 25–26 (Sat–Sun)
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Camping: Gubeikou Great Wall and Jinshanling Great Wall

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

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Departure date: Wednesday, March 29
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Gubeikou Great Wall Loop

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Departure date: Thursday, March 30
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Stone Valley Great Wall Loop

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Departure date: Saturday, April 1
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Great Wall Spur

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Departure date: Sunday, April 2
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Walled Village to Huanghuacheng Great Wall

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Departure date: Monday, April 3
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Zhenbiancheng Great Wall Loop Hike

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Departure date: April 3–4 (Mon–Tue)
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Camping: Switchback Great Wall

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Departure date: Tuesday, April 4
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Gubeikou to Jinshanling Great Wall

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Departure date: Thursday, April 6
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Great Wall: Walled Village to the Little West Lake

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Departure date: Saturday, April 8
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Switchback Great Wall

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Departure date: Saturday, April 8
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Gubeikou Great Wall Loop

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Departure date: Sunday, April 9
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Great Wall: Nine-Eyes Tower

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Departure date: Wednesday, April 12
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Stone Valley Great Wall Loop

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Departure date: Thursday, April 13
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Great Wall: Huanghuacheng to the Walled Village

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Departure date: Saturday, April 15
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Longquanyu Great Wall to the Little West Lake

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Departure date: April 15–16 (Sat–Sun)
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Camping: Great Wall Spur

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Departure date: Sunday, April 16
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Jiankou ‘Big West’ Great Wall

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Departure date: Wednesday, April 19
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Gubeikou Great Wall Loop

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Departure date: Thursday, April 20
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Great Wall Spur

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Departure date: Saturday, April 22
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Zhenbiancheng Great Wall and Big Camp Plate Challenge

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Departure date: Saturday, April 22
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Walled Village to Huanghuacheng Great Wall

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Departure date: Sunday, April 23
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Earth Day Cleanup: Jiankou Great Wall

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Departure date: Sunday, April 23
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Hemp Village to Gubeikou Great Wall

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Departure date: Wednesday, April 26
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Middle Route of Switchback Great Wall

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Departure date: Thursday, April 27
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Great Wall: Nine-Eyes Tower

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Departure date: Saturday, April 29
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Great Wall: Huanghuacheng to the Walled Village

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Departure date: Sunday, April 30
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Great Wall Spur

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Departure date: April 30–May 1 (Sun–Mon)
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Camping: Switchback Great Wall

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Departure date: Monday, May 1
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Longquanyu Great Wall to the Little West Lake

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