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Hillwalking and non-Great Wall hikes and trips in Beijing

The Great Wall is obviously great, but there's more to hiking in Beijing than the Great Wall. Interested in non-Great Wall hikes, level 3 and up? Here's what we have coming up!

If you'd like to see all the other hikes and trips we have scheduled, click here for the list of all our upcoming hikes and trips in Beijing.

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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Departure date: Saturday, June 30

Walk Down the Pilgrims’ Trail

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Follow an old pilgrims’ trail over a mountain pass, starting at a village at Miaofengshan, and finishing up with a look at a smaller temple on the other side of the ridge.

The highlights of this hike in the western district of Mentougou include ancient paved paths, wooded areas, and great views of high mountain scenery.

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Departure date: Sunday, July 1

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.

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Departure date: Saturday, July 7

Immortal Valley Loop

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This loop walk follows a park trail, passing streams, pools, waterfalls, boulders, and caves on the way to an almost-800 metre peak. From the peak we’ll get a good view of the surrounding hills and valleys, and should be able to spot the Miyun Reservoir. On the way back down we’ll follow a scenic ridgeline trail through pines and impressive rocky outcrops. The full loop is around 14km, and will take 4–5 hours to complete.

Regular hikers may have noticed we’re doing this hike a lot this year. That’s because it’s such a nice hike in the different seasons—on this visit we should see the greening of the hills, and perhaps the last of the wild apricot and peaches flowering.

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Departure date: Thursday, July 12

Shunyi Hikers: 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 in the days before the hike. There are now a few trails around the deepest crossings, so we should be good to go.

Shunyi Hikers: We’ll be picking up people from the Starbucks at Pinnacle Plaza in Shunyi for this hike. If you’re not based in Shunyi but fancy a walk along the river today, we can still make it work – write us a note when you make your booking.

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Departure date: Saturday, July 14

Great Flood hike

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Start off with an easy walk up the scenic Yunmeng Gorge, then cross the river to hike up into a valley filled with (mostly) fallow terraces before climbing to cross a pass in the mountains.  The hike finishes with a long walk out a boulder-filled river canyon, with great long views.

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Hikers walking towards green hills
Departure date: Saturday, July 21

Flower Wood to Haizi Village

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Our Flower Wood hike takes us along a trail that connects some of the villages in the hills of Huairou, passing orchards, fields, reservoirs, grindstones, and sometimes donkeys! There are a few hills to climb on this hike, but overall it’s a nice long walk that isn’t too tough. Near the end of the hike we’ll walk through Haizi Village and on the way to the end we’ll take a quick detour for a peek at the Silver Pagodas.

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All upcoming hillwalking hikes in Beijing

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Hike schedule: hillwalking hikes

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

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Departure date: Saturday, June 23
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Yinmeng Temple and Sujia River

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Departure date: Sunday, June 24
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Shunyi Hikers: Yunmeng Gorge Swim or Explore

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

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Departure date: Sunday, July 1
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White River hike

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Departure date: Saturday, July 7
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Immortal Valley Loop

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Departure date: Thursday, July 12
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Shunyi Hikers: White River hike

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Departure date: Saturday, July 14
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Great Flood hike

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Departure date: Sunday, July 15
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Ming Village day trip

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Departure date: Saturday, July 21
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Flower Wood to Haizi Village

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Departure date: Sunday, July 22
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Intelligence Valley and Liyuan Library

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Upcoming trips

Mountains and clouds in Xinjiang
Trip dates: June 13–18, 2018

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.

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Clouds over the green rolling hills of the Bashang Grasslands, Hebei Province
Trip dates: June 16–18, 2018

Bashang Grasslands, Hebei Province

In Brief: Clean and cool grasslands near the border of Hebei and Inner Mongolia: hikes, BBQ lamb, and more.

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Hiking the ridgelines at the Bashang Grasslands, Hebei Province
Trip dates: July 13–15, 2018

Bashang Grasslands, Hebei Province

In Brief: Clean and cool grasslands near the border of Hebei and Inner Mongolia: hikes, BBQ lamb, and more.

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