Participation Guidelines and Conditions

There are always some rules, aren't there.

Acceptance of our Activity Waiver and Terms and Conditions of Payment is required if you're going to participate in this event.

When you sign up online, you'll need to read our waiver and tick the little box that says you've read and accept the waiver, our participation guidelines, and the cancellation policy for the event. On the day of the festival we’ll ask you to sign a printed version of the waiver.

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Please read our participation guidelines below.

This is a non-smoking event

Who can participate?

The hiking festival is open to anyone in good physical health. If you're not in good physical health or have a health condition that could be exacerbated by hiking – for example, but not limited to, high blood pressure, heart disease or history of heart disease in family – or if you're healthy but haven't exercised in more than a year, you should not participate.

We will ask you to sign a waiver to certify the above, a requirement for participation.


The Hike for Fun event is suitable for children above the age of seven who are used to exercise. Children must be accompanied by adults.

The Challenge is suitable for people over the age of 18 who are used to vigorous physical exercise.

To participate in this event, you will need appropriate clothing and footwear: hiking boots or trail-running shoes; a light backpack to hold water and your snacks for the event; clothing suited to the weather conditions, including warm layers.

Don't show up unprepared. Beijing Hikers reserves the right to refuse participation.

Friendly hiking

This may seem a little bit like a race, but it’s not really a race. Be respectful of others on the trail: if they’re faster than you, please step aside and let them by; if they’re slower than you, a polite ‘Coming through, please’ will do the trick.

Trail hazards

You may encounter hazards on the trail, and hiking as an activity contains an inherent risk. Beijing Hikers will accept no liability for any accidents during the event.

Steep sections

Parts of the trail follow the Great Wall, and in some places the ascents and descents are steep and slippery. Care will be required to prevent a fall, particularly on descents. Slow down on steep sections.

Slippery sections

Parts of the trail are off-track, and cross gravelly and rough sections of ground, sometimes ascending and descending. Care will be required to prevent a fall.

Brush and thorns

Parts of the trail go through wild areas, and the trail may narrow. Bushes may obscure where you want to place your feet; branches may hang across the trail; and thorny date bushes border sections of the trail.

Rough trails, forks and turns

Parts of the trail go through wild areas, and care must be taken to follow the correct path. We will mark the trail and all forks with trail markers, and you must pay attention to the markers in order to keep on the trail.


Parts of the trail follow roads, where we may encounter vehicles. Please pay attention to your surroundings, especially when rounding corners.

Be on time

Because we are limited with daylight for the event, we will not wait for you if you are running late in the morning.

Check in for the event begins 30 minutes before departure. Arrive early for a good seat on the bus!

Cancellation Policy

Our cancellation policy will be in effect for this event, and you must agree to this policy in order to participate. Read the cancellation policy here.

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