Home > Hike in Beijing

Not currently open for booking

This hike is not currently scheduled, and the information on this page may be incomplete or out of date.

Train Tracks and Chestnut Orchards

In Brief: A good long hill-walking ramble through the hills and valleys of Changping District, with plenty of climbing up and down to give your legs a good workout.

A hiker walks a trail through pines and hills

Hiking up into the hills of the Changping countryside. View more photos »

Key information

  • approx. 4 hours start to finish over 13km.
Bring your passport/ID card just in case we go through a One Belt One Road conference security checkpoint.

On this long countryside walk we’ll follow old service roads and terrace trails through fields and valleys, pay a brief visit to a tiny village, and finish up with a long walk through the chestnut orchards that fill the slopes of the hills opposite the Big Black Mountain.

This hike starts off in the Ming Tombs area, and we’ll drive past several of the tombs on the way to our starting point.

In the mountains that run along the Changping-Huairou border there are many old trails that lead between small villages. These old trails are still used by locals to get to the terraces where crops are grown, but are seldom followed further than necessary. With a bit of extra climbing and scrambling, we can get across the ridgelines and join all the little field trails into a nice ramble through the hills.

We’ll start off on a gravel access road that climbs steadily, passing the remains of a quarry on the way to terraced hills deeper in the valley. It’s mostly chestnut trees in this valley, but corn is also grown on the flat. Locals sometimes set snares along the path, so we need to watch our feet!

In the middle of the hills there is a bit more wildlife than usual - we’ve seen plenty of pheasants about, and the snares looked like they were targeting rabbits and badgers.

Near the top of the valley we make our first climb, heading up to the ridgeline. Once on the ridge, we’ll get great views of all the surrounding mountains – to the east, the Big Black Mountain; to the north, the ridges that lead to the Huanghuacheng Great Wall.

After a break to enjoy the view, we’ll have a short, tricky descent on a hill trail that leads to a valley with more terraces before continuing on to the next village, passing by the train tracks on the way.

We’ll make a short detour through the narrow streets of the village to reach the next of the hill trails. We’ll follow the trail up on to a ridge, passing between pines to get to the broad hillside that holds many well-kept orchards. The orchards are extensive, and have quite a bit of infrastructure to support watering and harvesting: a large reservoir, pipes and taps for watering, and a concrete road that leads from the reservoir to the main road.

We’ll walk past the reservoir and follow the road for a little while before heading up into the hills again. On this section of the hike we’ll be following narrow dirt trails through pines and through valleys – slippery in places, and there are a few steep descents on loose dirt.

Eventually we’ll start getting close to the small village where we begin our Big Black Mountain hike, but instead of finishing there we’ll follow another ridgeline trail through pine forests to get to take a look at a temple hidden in the hills. On our last visit, the temple was still under renovation and wasn’t really open to take a look at, but we were able to get a peek at an old, gnarled pine tree in the temple courtyard.

From the temple we’ll walk out to the main road, meet our bus, and have some snacks and drinks before heading back to the city.

What to bring on this hike

Reasons you might not enjoy this hike

  • Some sections of the trail are quite bushy.
  • There are a few descents on steep and slippery hill trails.

There are risks involved in hiking. Please read our Risk Acknowledgment and Waiver and inform yourself before participating.

Level4

Level of difficulty

Level 4 hikes will usually take 4 hours to complete, and will be difficult for people who are not used to hiking or are out of shape.

Is the level of difficulty suitable for me?

Hike statistics

  • Distance: 13km
  • Time to complete: 4 hours
  • Total ascent: 662m
  • Total descent: 647m
  • Start height: 271m
  • Peak: 505m
  • Finish height: 238m
  • Location: Changping
  • Drive time: 2 hours each way

Hikes in Beijing

We publish our hike schedule month by month, with updates around the 10th of each month.

If you're interested in hikes and trips during a month that's not yet listed, use our contact form to let us know and we'll send you a quick email when the schedule is online.

Hike in Beijing calendar

See the Hike in Beijing schedule in our calendar


Find a hike

Great Wall hikesGreat Wall campingHillwalking hikesTough hikesEasy hikesShunyi hikesSee all the hikes »Calendar


All upcoming hikes in Beijing

Departure date: April 21–22 (Sat–Sun)
Book it

Camping: Gubeikou Great Wall and Jinshanling Great Wall

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Sunday, April 22
Standby

Earth Day Cleanup: Jiankou Great Wall

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Sunday, April 22
Book it

Walk Down The Incense Trail to Dajue Temple

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Wednesday, April 25
Book it

Gubeikou to Jinshanling Great Wall East

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Thursday, April 26
Book it

Stone Valley Great Wall Loop

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Saturday, April 28
Book it

Heituo Mountain Loop

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Saturday, April 28
Book it

Great Wall Spur

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: April 28–29 (Sat–Sun)
Standby

Camping: Switchback Great Wall

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Sunday, April 29
Book it

The Pinnacle Tower

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Sunday, April 29
Book it

Great Wall: Huanghuacheng to the Little West Lake

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Monday, April 30
Book it

Longquanyu Great Wall to the Little West Lake

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Monday, April 30
Book it

Lily Village to Flower Wood

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Tuesday, May 1
Book it

Immortal Valley Loop

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Wednesday, May 2
Book it

Gubeikou Great Wall Loop

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Thursday, May 3
Book it

Stone Valley Great Wall Loop

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Saturday, May 5
Book it

Ming Village day trip

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Saturday, May 5
Book it

Great Wall: Nine-Eyes Tower

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Sunday, May 6
Book it

Big Camp Plate Village and Hengling Valley

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Sunday, May 6
Book it

Great Wall: Huanghuacheng to the Walled Village

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Wednesday, May 9
Book it

Gubeikou to Jinshanling Great Wall East

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Thursday, May 10
Book it

Great Wall Spur

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Saturday, May 12
Book it

Yellow Grass Plateau and Seven Towers

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Saturday, May 12
Book it

Longquanyu Great Wall to the Little West Lake

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: May 12–13 (Sat–Sun)
Book it

Camping: Switchback Great Wall

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Sunday, May 13
Book it

Jiankou to Mutianyu Great Wall

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Sunday, May 13
Book it

Tomb Raiders hike and Ding Tomb’s ‘Underground Palace’

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Wednesday, May 16
Book it

Walled Village to Huanghuacheng Great Wall

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Thursday, May 17
Book it

Middle Route of Switchback Great Wall

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Saturday, May 19
Book it

Zhenbiancheng Great Wall and Big Camp Plate Challenge

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Saturday, May 19
Book it

Great Wall: Huanghuacheng to the Little West Lake

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: May 19–20 (Sat–Sun)
Book it

Camping: Gubeikou Great Wall and Jinshanling Great Wall

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Sunday, May 20
Book it

Stone Valley Great Wall Loop

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Sunday, May 20
Book it

Yajishan Temple Fair, Pinggu District

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Wednesday, May 23
Book it

Longquanyu Great Wall to the Little West Lake

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Thursday, May 24
Book it

Jiankou to Mutianyu Great Wall

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Saturday, May 26
Book it

Shuitou Village Loop hike

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Saturday, May 26
Book it

Gubeikou Great Wall Loop

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Sunday, May 27
Book it

Great Wall Spur

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Sunday, May 27
Book it

Shunyi Hikers: Yajishan Temple Fair, Pinggu District

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Wednesday, May 30
Book it

Gubeikou to Jinshanling Great Wall East

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Thursday, May 31
Book it

Stone Valley Great Wall Loop

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: June 2–3 (Sat–Sun)
Book it

Camping: Great Wall Spur

Read more about this hike »

Explore China

See more of China on a multi-day trip—travel to famous scenic areas, or choose to visit somewhere obscure and less well-known.

Upcoming trips

A person walks through the sandy dunes of the Tengger Desert
Trip dates: April 28–May 1, 2018

Tengger Desert Lakes, Inner Mongolia

In Brief: Travel by foot and jeep through the desert, visit desert lakes, ride camels, camp in the desert, and more.

Book trip
More info »
Hiking in grassy meadows near Qinghai Lake
Trip dates: May 24–27, 2018

Qinghai Lake, Kumbum Monastery, and the Gangshika Snow Mountain (4 days)

In Brief: Take a hike near the shores of Qinghai Lake; join the pilgrims visiting Kumbum Monastery; hike up to a high altitude glacier on Gangshika Mountain.

Book trip
More info »
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.

Book trip
More info »