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Tough treks and hikes in Beijing

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Departure date: Saturday, July 28

Switchback Great Wall

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Travel right on past touristy Badaling on the way out to a difficult Great Wall hike in the mountains overlooking the Guanting Reservoir in Yanqing. The climbing is steep and tough and we’ll take 4–5 hours to complete the 8.5km walk. For much of the hike we’ll be quite high up, peaking at 1,200m near the midpoint where the wall curves in a sharp switchback.

We have a shorter version of this hike – on this trip we’ll do the tougher, longer route, and we’re going to do it backwards!

Weather note There’s not a lot of shade on this hike, and if it’s a hot day it will feel extra tough. We can’t do this hike in a thunderstorm either! In the days before the hike we’ll be keeping an eye on the weather forecast, and we’ll change the plan if necessary.

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Hike schedule: tough hikes

Departure date: Thursday, May 24
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Jiankou to Mutianyu Great Wall

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Departure date: Saturday, May 26
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Shuitou Village Loop hike

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Departure date: Wednesday, May 30
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Gubeikou to Jinshanling Great Wall East

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Departure date: Saturday, June 2
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The High Tower Loop hike

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

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Departure date: Thursday, June 14
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Gubeikou to Jinshanling Great Wall East

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Departure date: Sunday, June 17
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Over the Hills to Dajuesi

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

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

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Departure date: Thursday, June 28
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Jiankou to Mutianyu Great Wall

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Departure date: Wednesday, July 4
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Gubeikou to Jinshanling Great Wall East

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Departure date: Saturday, July 7
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Immortal Valley Loop

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Departure date: Wednesday, July 11
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Jiankou to Mutianyu Great Wall

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Departure date: Saturday, July 14
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Gubeikou to Jinshanling Great Wall East

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Departure date: Sunday, July 22
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Jiankou to Mutianyu Great Wall

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Departure date: Saturday, July 28
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Switchback Great Wall

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