The Great Wall at Jiankou, Huairou District, Beijing.

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Explore the Great Wall with us. Step off the tourist trail and hike the ‘wild’ Wall, with trips from Beijing to secluded and scenic sections of China’s old frontier.

Heading for the hills at Zhenbiancheng, Huailai County.

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Since 2001 we’ve found and maintained more than 100 different hiking trails in the hills around Beijing. Mountains high, valleys low, rivers long … discover what Beijing is like outside the big city.

The dunes of the Tengger Desert, Inner Mongolia.

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From Silk Road deserts to mountain paths, from ancient ruins and traditional culture in mountain villages to the stunning scenery of the Zhangye Danxia Landform—join our active trips and really explore China.

A picnic lunch atop boulders, Changping District, Beijing

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Take a look through our trip reports section to see write-ups and
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Upcoming hikes and trips

Ready for a great hike? Every week we run hikes and trips to the Great Wall, hills, mountains, forests, and villages around Beijing, with a wide range of hikes that are suitable for casual walkers as well as the super-fit.


This week's hikes in Beijing

The General’s Tower on the middle route of the Switchback Great Wall
Departure date: Wednesday, April 26
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Middle Route of Switchback Great Wall

Level 3+ / 420 RMB – An easier version of one of our tough Great Wall hikes in Yanqing District – the same great scenery, but less of the steep climbs up and down.

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Hikers approach the Nine Eyes Tower, the highest point of the hike
Departure date: Thursday, April 27
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Great Wall: Nine-Eyes Tower

Level 4 / 420 RMB – A looping walk over tricky terrain and unrestored Great Wall on the west side of Jiankou.

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The view from Vulture Rock Ridge
Departure date: Saturday, April 29
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Vulture Rock Ridge and the old Pilgrim’s Trail

Level 4+ / 380 RMB – A variation of our Vulture Rock Ridge Loop hike, finishing on the Beijing side of the hills instead of completing the loop. Great views and hill climbing exercise.

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Hikers on a restored stretch of the Huanghuacheng Great Wall
Departure date: Saturday, April 29
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Great Wall: Huanghuacheng to the Walled Village

Level 3+ / 400 RMB – Walk both restored and unrestored sections of Great Wall on the way from the Huanghuacheng Reservoir to a walled village that used to be a Ming Dynasty-era army barracks. Some sections steep!

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A tower on the Great Wall Spur
Departure date: Sunday, April 30
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Great Wall Spur

Level 3+ / 420 RMB – After a reasonably tough hill climb of 40–50 minutes, we reach a beautiful, unrestored stretch of Great Wall. The hike continues along the wall, passing through towers, finishing in a rustic village.

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Our campsite on unrestored wild wall below a Great Wall tower
Departure date: April 30–May 1 (Sun–Mon)
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Camping: Switchback Great Wall

Level 3 / 1,600 RMB (1,440 RMB for members) – Camp overnight in a scenic spot on the Great Wall. You’ll hike easier with just the essentials in your day pack; we’ll arrange delivery of the heavy stuff to the campsite.

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A view of a tower on the Longquanyu stretch of Great Wall
Departure date: Monday, May 1
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Longquanyu Great Wall to the Little West Lake

Level 3+ / 450 RMB – A new take on our Longquanyu Great Wall hike, with an extra 1.5km of wall walking along a newly restored section. Follow the Great Wall through the hills to finish at the Little West Lake reservoir.

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People walking toward the entrance of Yajishan Temple, with the temples seen on the mountain in the background
Departure date: Monday, May 1
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Yajishan Temple Fair, Pinggu District

Level 3 / 450 RMB – Explore the bustling temple fair, and then climb the steep steps to reach the temples atop Yaji Mountain.

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Beijing Hikers operates trips to many places in China – famous scenic areas, as well as those obscure and less well-known. We take care of all the organisation, leaving you free to enjoy the scenery without stress.


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Upcoming trips around China

A person walks through the sandy dunes of the Tengger Desert
Trip dates: April 28–May 1, 2017
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Tengger Desert Lakes, Inner Mongolia

In Brief: Travel by foot and jeep through the desert, visit desert lakes, ride camels, camp in the desert, and more. From 7,560 RMB*, all-inclusive.

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Huts below the Gangshika Snow Mountain
Trip dates: May 26–30, 2017
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Qinghai Lake, Kumbum Monastery, and the Gangshika Snow Mountain, Qinghai Province

In Brief: Take a hike near the shores of Qinghai Lake; join the pilgrims visiting Kumbum Monastery; camp out at high altitude on Gangshika Mountain and hike up to a glacier. From 9,500 RMB*, all-inclusive.

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Clouds over the green rolling hills of the Bashang Grasslands, Hebei Province
Trip dates: June 16–18, 2017
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Bashang Grasslands, Hebei Province

In Brief: Clean and cool grasslands near the border of Hebei and Inner Mongolia: hikes, BBQ lamb, and more. From 1,710 RMB*, all-inclusive.

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Mountains and rivers in Xinjiang
Trip dates: June 20–25, 2017
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Bayinbuluke Grasslands, Xinjiang Province (6 days)

In Brief: Camp out overnight in the beautiful high-altitude scenery of the Bayinbuluke Grasslands in northwestern Xinjiang; see Silk Road sights, big mountains, and desert while on the road to and from the grasslands. From 16,000 RMB*, all-inclusive.

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Hiking the ridgelines at the Bashang Grasslands, Hebei Province
Trip dates: July 14–16, 2017
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Bashang Grasslands, Hebei Province

In Brief: Clean and cool grasslands near the border of Hebei and Inner Mongolia: hikes, BBQ lamb, and more. From 1,710 RMB*, all-inclusive.

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The exterior of the Mogao Grottoes in Dunhuang
Trip dates: July 20–23, 2017
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Dunhuang and Mogao Grottoes, Gansu Province

In Brief: Explore the Silk Road sights around Dunhuang, including the amazing Mogao Grottoes and Crescent Lake. From 9,020 RMB*, all-inclusive.

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Trips on request

Find out how we can make it easy for you to take friends, family, students, staff, and co-workers for a day out at the Great Wall and other scenic areas in Beijing.

Recommended private trips to the Great Wall

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Gubeikou Great Wall

From 600 RMB* per person, all-inclusive – Enjoy a moderately difficult Great Wall hike on mostly unrestored ‘wild’ Great Wall, with photo opportunities for postcard-perfect shots of long stretches of wall and towers.
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Huanghuacheng Great Wall

From 550 RMB* per person, all-inclusive – A short-but-steep walk where you’ll see a mix of unrestored ‘wild’ Great Wall as well as a restored section, with superb views of Great Wall, mountains, and lakes.
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Teambuilding and corporate events

Teambuilding with a trip to the Bashang Grasslands

Reward the team and show them a good – and healthy! – time out in the countryside. We'll help you choose a hike that suits the fitness level and interest of participants, and we can arrange a giant meal of country-style cooking at one of the many countryside restaurants that we know and love.


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Beijing Hikers has been leading hikes and trips around Beijing & greater China since 2001. With us, you'll explore interesting and hard to reach places, hassle-free and friendly.
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Photos, Trip Reports, and News

Read our trip reports and get an idea of what it's like to hike with us; view collections of photos from hikes and trips; read news about Beijing Hikers.

Latest trip reports and news

Beijing Hikers in The Beijinger’s list of Beijing’s Best Tour Companies

Beijing Hikers in The Beijinger’s list of Beijing’s Best Tour Companies

Best for hiking the Great Wall.
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Heituo Mountain, 2017/4/15

Heituo Mountain, 2017/4/15

34 photos from the long walk up, over, and around Heituo Mountain.
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Cypress Wells Canyon and Yongning Town, 2017/4/09

Cypress Wells Canyon and Yongning Town, 2017/4/09

A set of photos from the long but easy trail through Cypress Wells Canyon.
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Walled Village to Huanghuacheng Great Wall, 2017/4/02

Walled Village to Huanghuacheng Great Wall, 2017/4/02

Seventeen photos from a beautiful day out at the Huanghuacheng Great Wall – blue skies and flowers blooming.
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Gubeikou and Jinshanling Great Wall camping, 2017/3/25

Gubeikou and Jinshanling Great Wall camping, 2017/3/25

See twenty photos from our first camping trip of 2017.
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Silver Pagodas to De Tomb, 2017/3/25

Silver Pagodas to De Tomb, 2017/3/25

Thirty photos from our hike up to the peak of Silver Mountain and then over the hills to De Tomb.
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Big Camp Plate, 2017/3/18

Big Camp Plate, 2017/3/18

Twenty-six photos from the long loop hike around Big Camp Plate village, through the hills, valleys, and farmland to the Great Wall.
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Jiankou Big West Great Wall, 2017/3/11

Jiankou ‘Big West’ Great Wall, 2017/3/11

Sixteen photos from a hike on the west side of Jiankou.
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