Down the White River

Hike a different stretch of the White River, beginning near where we finish our regular White River hike and finishing further downstream.

Level 2+
3–4 hours start to finish over 12km. (Can I do it?)

This hike is not currently scheduled

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One of the fords on the White River
One of the fords on the White River.

This hike begins near where we finish our regular version of our White River hike, and finishes further downstream.

On this route, we cross the river 7-8 times, passing the outskirts of small villages in an area that’s a bit quieter than our regular White River – fewer cars, more goats.

As we hike down, we’ll see cliffs and mountains, plus old fields and farmland. On our scouting trip we saw a lot of birdlife – fingers crossed for more of that on this visit.

We’ll pass under a big new bridge after walking past the sketchy remains of the old swingbridge, and as we get closer to the end of the hike we might also see a few rock climbers high up on the cliffs.

Further down, we follow a trail beside the river that skirts cornfields and we’ll see the remains of the old ropes and bridges that were previously used to cross over to the fields on the other side of the river.

The hike finishes on a narrow goat track that is sandwiched between the river and the base of a cliff. This is another spot that wouldn’t be good if the river levels were too high, but there’s another way around this bend of the river.

Our bus will be waiting for us in the carpark of a little village by the river.

Note: If the river level is raised because of rain we might not be able to hike. We’ll know for sure in the week before the hike.

What to bring on this hike

  • Lunch and snacks to eat
  • Sun protection: long-sleeved shirt, hat
  • Waterproof jacket
  • A bottle of sports drink with salt content (Gatorade, Pocari Sweat)
  • Good hiking boots
  • Sandals to use for crossing the river
  • A change of clothes to leave on the bus
  • (Click here to read our full What to Bring on a Hike list)

Because of the COVID-19 situation we have some extra terms and conditions for participation.

In particular:

  • DO NOT participate if you are sick or showing symptoms of fever and/or have an elevated temperature, or have been in close contact with someone who was.
  • DO NOT participate if you have not completed any required quarantine after your return to Beijing.
  • You MUST agree to the mitigation and prevention measures outlined here and that Beijing Hikers will not be held responsible if any participants become sick.

Please read in full here: Operating hikes under COVID-19 precautions

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