Sign up and pay before September 1.
The Challenge: a mountain-walking half-marathon of 24km, with more than 1,000m of uphill. How fast can you finish it?
Sign up and test yourself. All you need to do is show up and hike it. We’ll mark the trail clearly and set up supply stations. All you need to concentrate on is getting to the finish line. Fast speed or fun speed – that’s all up to you.
And there’s more: if you’re quick enough, you can access the extended section that makes the hike 30km – an even greater challenge.
Ready for the challenge? Sign up and pay before September 1 and you’re set to go.
On this page: trail stats; schedule info; how we organise the event; prices; participation guidelines; trail description and map.
The Challenge: 24km / 1021m ascent / 1286m descent / 1400m peak
Challenge Plus: 30km / 1714m ascent / 2021m descent / 1400m peak
Access the Challenge Plus extension by passing the 23km Checkpoint before 14:00.
We're starting early to make sure we don't run out of light. Be on time for check in and departure.
Transportation: Private bus to the start of the hike and back again afterwards. Things you don’t need for the hike can be left on the bus.
Water and snacks: Bottled water will be passed out before the start of the hike. You’ll pass water resupply points at intervals of roughly 7km. More water will be supplied at the finish point.
Pre-marked trail: The trail will be pre-marked, with support staff posted at key intersections.
Cut-off points: To do the full 24km Challenge you need to pass the 16km Checkpoint before 14:00. If you don’t pass this checkpoint in time we’ll drive you around to the end. You will also have the option to finish at 16km if you’re not having a good day.
Challenge Plus: Pass the 23km Checkpoint before 14:00 and we’ll give you the option to do the extended section.
Post-hike party: We’ll break out the beer and snacks for a celebration at the end of the hike.
700 RMB per person, 10% discount for BJH members and teams of 5 or more people.
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.
The Challenge is suitable for people over the age of 18 who are used to vigorous physical exercise.
Read the full set of participation guidelines before signing up.
Village to Border Tablet
7km / 390m ascent / 49m descent
Warm up the legs with a jaunt along a country road, passing through villages on the way to a tablet that marks the border of Beijing Municipality and Hebei Province. The village where we begin used to be a barracks for Great Wall-guarding soldiers in the Ming Dynasty. Parts of the wall and a big archway still remain.
Border Tablet to the High Tower and down to the carpark
8km / 362m ascent / 763m descent
Pick up water at the 7km checkpoint and then follow dirt trails through the hills before the trail gets steeper. You’ll pass the High Tower, at 1440m above sea level one of the highest Great Wall beacon towers in Beijing. Below the tower, follow a rough section of Great Wall before getting onto narrow dirt trails that lead down the north face of the mountain, crossing over onto gravel paths and then out to a concrete road.
Carpark and around the corner
3.5km / 48m ascent / 160m descent
A concrete road leads out to the nearest village. Pick up water at the rest station and then head for the hills again. The 16km Checkpoint is at the end of Section C. Pass this rest station before the cut-off time, or your hike finishes here.
By the Hut and over the Great Wall
4km / 241m ascent / 271m descent
Turn off the concrete road and hit the last climb of the day, a valley trail that crosses the Great Wall at a dip in the hills. Then follow a hill trail down the other to a paved path that leads to the valley on the other side of the hill.
Towards the finish line
0.8km / 21m descent
Stroll on down a concrete road to Stone Valley Village, where your reward awaits. Congratulations! 23km Checkpoint: pass the rest station here before the cut-off time to access the Challenge Plus.
Unlock the extended section by passing the 23km Checkpoint before 14:00.
8km / 522m ascent / 543m descent
Instead of Section E, you’ll follow an access road up into the hills. It’s a slow climb of 6km up around the back of the mountain. To finish, you’ll turn off the road and do a steep section of downhill dirt trail to get to the finish.
In 2016 we had prizes and medals for the top finishers. This year the top finishers will get medals and some small prizes based on sponsorship. Everyone gets a certificate of completion.
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