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Departure date: June 9–10 (Sat–Sun)

Camping: Switchback Great Wall

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Take a relatively relaxed hike along the wild Great Wall and camp in a scenic on the wall on this Great Wall overnighter. 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 – on this trip we’ll be taking it slow and easy.

We’ll organise delivery of tents and sleeping bags direct to our campsite; you’ll just need to carry your clothes, water, and food and snacks.

Maximum group size of 12 hikers; book early to make sure you get a spot!

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Swimming at Yunmeng Gorge
Departure date: Sunday, June 10

Yunmeng Gorge Swim or Explore

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UPDATE 2018/05/15: Changed the date to Sunday, May 10th instead or Sunday, May 3rd.

Head out to Yunmeng Gorge for a hike-and-swim combo – perfect for hot weather!

The sandy beaches and pools of water in Yunmeng Gorge make a perfect place to picnic and swim. We’ll walk up the gorge and find a good spot, and you can take a dip in the water or follow our guides for a longer hike up into the hills.

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Departure date: Sunday, June 10

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, June 13

Stone Valley Great Wall Loop

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Roads and paved paths lead to the trail that takes us up on to unrestored ‘wild’ Great Wall, which we’ll follow along a ridge line. After several steep ups and downs on the wall we’ll reach the General’s Tower, a large tower sited on the highest point of the ridge. From there we follow the wall down to a steep pass, which we’ll cross through before a quick climb over a hill with super views of the wall behind us.

Some sections steep and slippery

Regular hikers: There’s a significant amount of crossover with this hike and our Middle Route of the Switchback Great Wall hike.

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Departure date: Thursday, June 14

Gubeikou to Jinshanling Great Wall East

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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 family 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.

Regular hikers: this is the version where we walk the last section of the Great Wall at Gubeikou and all of the Jinshanling Great Wall.

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Departure date: Saturday, June 16

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: tough climb at the start of the hike. While rated a 3+, this hike is sort of a tough 3+ because of the long climb at the beginning. We go up about 500m over 2km of trail, which is a climb worthy of a Level 4 hike.

Early start! We’re leaving extra early to avoid the worst of the Dragonboat Festival holiday traffic. We may still get stuck in a traffic jam at some point. Bring a book to read, just in case, and we’d advise that you don’t make any fixed plans for the evening.

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Departure date: Saturday, June 16

White River hike

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On this slightly different version of our White River hike we skip the commercial end of the river and start instead with a walk down to the river via a scenic area, joining the trail at the ‘big bend’ in the river.

Ford rivers on this long and level canyon hike in Miyun District, passing beneath tall cliffs and following the path of the river as it winds through the mountains. The area is relatively unpopulated, making this an excellent scenic hike that will fill your lungs with fresh air. Four or so hours of reasonably easy hiking over approximately 12km, and you’ll get your feet wet crossing the river!

Note: If the river level is raised because of rain we might not be able to hike. We’ll check in with our local contacts on the Friday before the hike. There are now a few trails around the deepest crossings, so we should be good to go.

Early start! We’re leaving extra early to avoid the worst of the Dragonboat Festival holiday traffic. We may still get stuck in a traffic jam at some point. Bring a book to read, just in case, and we’d advise that you don’t make any fixed plans for the evening.

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Departure date: Sunday, June 17

Over the Hills to Dajuesi

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On this hike we’ll make an arduous climb up a an old pilgrims’ trail that leads over the mountains, starting near a tiny temple on the Beijing side of the West Mountains and finishing near Dajue Temple. On a clear day we’ll be able to see a long way, with views of mountains and the outskirts of Beijing City.

This hike finishes with a long descent which will be tough on your knees. On a hot day, the climb up to the peak will be taxing.

Note – regular hikers will have done many of these trails already – but perhaps not this way!

Early start! We’re leaving extra early to avoid the worst of the Dragonboat Festival holiday traffic. We may still get stuck in a traffic jam at some point. Bring a book to read, just in case, and we’d advise that you don’t make any fixed plans for the evening.

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Departure date: Sunday, June 17

Great Wall: Huanghuacheng to the Walled Village

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Explore an interesting stretch of Great Wall on this Huairou hike, visiting both restored and unrestored sections on the way from the Huanghuacheng Reservoir to a walled village that used to be a Ming Dynasty-era army barracks. The hike is moderately difficult, with a few quite steep climbs and some loose rocks and bricks. Price includes a late lunch of Chinese food after the hike.

Note: there’s some steep climbing on this hike, so we’re rating it a Level 3+ even though it’s quite a short hike.

Early start! We’re leaving early to avoid the worst of the Dragonboat Festival holiday traffic. We may still get stuck in a traffic jam at some point. Bring a book to read, just in case, and we’d advise that you don’t make any fixed plans for the evening.

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Swimming at Yunmeng Gorge
Departure date: Monday, June 18

Yunmeng Gorge Swim or Explore

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Head out to Yunmeng Gorge for a hike-and-swim combo – perfect for hot weather!

The sandy beaches and pools of water in Yunmeng Gorge make a perfect place to picnic and swim. We’ll walk up the gorge and find a good spot, and you can take a dip in the water or follow our guides for a longer hike up into the hills.

Limited space available, sign up early!

Early start! We’re leaving early to avoid the worst of the Dragonboat Festival holiday traffic. We may still get stuck in a traffic jam at some point. Bring a book to read, just in case, and we’d advise that you don’t make any fixed plans for the evening.

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Departure date: Monday, June 18

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.

Early start! We’re leaving early to avoid the worst of the Dragonboat Festival holiday traffic. We may still get stuck in a traffic jam at some point. Bring a book to read, just in case, and we’d advise that you don’t make any fixed plans for the evening.

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Departure date: Wednesday, June 20

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: Thursday, June 21

Stone Valley Great Wall Loop

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On this hike we begin at 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.

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Departure date: Saturday, June 23

Great Wall: Nine-Eyes Tower

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This is a looping walk over steep and rocky terrain, with a lot of scrambling and climbing required to arrive at the highest point on the hike, the impressive Nine-Eyes Tower. On a clear day in this spot in the heart of the mountains it will be possible to see sections of Great Wall to the north, south, east, and west. Four hours of tough hiking with a lot of climbing, over approximately 10km.

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Craggy peaks in the Yudu Mountains
Departure date: Saturday, June 23

Yinmeng Temple and Sujia River

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Almost 1,000m up into the Yudu Mountains, north of Yanqing City, is Yinmeng Temple. And if there’s a temple up in the mountains, there must also be a trail that goes up there!

We’ll hike up past the temple and cross the mountains at a 1,000m pass, then follow a scenic path through birch forests down into the Sujia River valley.

The trail follows the river, passing below tall cliffs and around bends in the valley. We finish with a slightly smaller climb to get back on to the Beijing city side of the mountains. Awesome views of mountains, cliffs, canyons, and the river.

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Gubeikou Great Wall Loop

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Great Wall Spur

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Gubeikou to Jinshanling Great Wall East

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Stone Valley Great Wall Loop

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The High Tower Loop hike

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Great Wall: Huanghuacheng to the Little West Lake

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Camping: Great Wall Spur

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Waste-Free Wall: Clean up the Jiankou ‘Big West’ Great Wall

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Zhenbiancheng Great Wall Loop Hike

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Longquanyu Great Wall to the Little West Lake

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Middle Route of Switchback Great Wall

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Departure date: Saturday, June 9
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Jiankou to Mutianyu Great Wall

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White River hike

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Departure date: June 9–10 (Sat–Sun)
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Camping: Switchback Great Wall

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Departure date: Sunday, June 10
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Yunmeng Gorge Swim or Explore

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Departure date: Sunday, June 10
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Gubeikou Great Wall Loop

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Stone Valley Great Wall Loop

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Gubeikou to Jinshanling Great Wall East

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Departure date: Saturday, June 16
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Great Wall Spur

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White River hike

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Over the Hills to Dajuesi

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Great Wall: Huanghuacheng to the Walled Village

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Departure date: Monday, June 18
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Yunmeng Gorge Swim or Explore

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Longquanyu Great Wall to the Little West Lake

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Departure date: Wednesday, June 20
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Gubeikou Great Wall Loop

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Departure date: Thursday, June 21
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Stone Valley Great Wall Loop

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Departure date: Saturday, June 23
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Great Wall: Nine-Eyes Tower

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Yinmeng Temple and Sujia River

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Departure date: Sunday, June 24
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Longquanyu Great Wall to the Little West Lake

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Shunyi Hikers: Yunmeng Gorge Swim or Explore

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Departure date: Wednesday, June 27
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Walled Village to Huanghuacheng Great Wall

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Jiankou to Mutianyu Great Wall

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Departure date: Saturday, June 30
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Walk Down the Pilgrims’ Trail

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Gubeikou Great Wall Loop

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Great Wall Spur

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White River hike

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Gubeikou to Jinshanling Great Wall East

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Great Wall: Huanghuacheng to the Walled Village

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Immortal Valley Loop

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Stone Valley Great Wall Loop

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Longquanyu Great Wall to the Little West Lake

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Jiankou to Mutianyu Great Wall

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Shunyi Hikers: White River hike

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Gubeikou to Jinshanling Great Wall East

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Great Flood hike

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Ming Village day trip

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Walled Village to Huanghuacheng Great Wall

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Gubeikou Great Wall Loop

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Great Wall Spur

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Flower Wood to Haizi Village

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Jiankou to Mutianyu Great Wall

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Intelligence Valley and Liyuan Library

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Longquanyu Great Wall to the Little West Lake

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Stone Valley Great Wall Loop

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Switchback Great Wall

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Gubeikou Great Wall Loop

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Walled Village to Huanghuacheng Great Wall

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