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This hike is not currently scheduled, and the information on this page may be incomplete or out of date.

Gubeikou Great Wall Loop

In Brief: A relatively easy 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.

A stretch of Great Wall

Towers and Great Wall at Gubeikou. View more photos »

Key information

  • 3–4 hours start to finish over 6–8km.

Weather note: if rain or thunder is forecast we might not be able to hike. We’d look at postponing the hike to the next day. If that doesn’t work out we’d suggest that you switch to one of the hikes during the weekend.

On this hike we’ll walk a picturesque section of wall that offers great views without too much hard work. As we follow the wall, we’ll pass through restored and unrestored sections, as well as taking a scenic detour through pines on a hillside trail.

We’ll start the walk with a short climb up to a dirt trail to reach the wall. Once we’re up, we’ll be able to see the roofs of a small town; past those, the old highway to Chengde; and even further, a stretch of Great Wall climbing a steep ridge.

Continuing along the wall, we’ll pass through a lot of towers – some in good condition, some tumbled down to foundations only. Excluding one detour, we’ll be able to walk on the wall just about all the way, climbing up, over, and down the hills and ridges.

The detour comes about thirty minutes into the hike, and takes us along a path through a pine forest and then up a dirt trail to get back to the wall - about 15 minutes all up.

After the detour we’ll be back on the wall, and will continue along it, passing through towers and climbing up and down moderately steep sections. Some of the towers we visit are ruined, with only walls left. Others are in very good condition, and we can climb up on top for even better views of the surrounding area.

The wall in this area is built on ridges, and because there are not many trees on the ridgelines we will have broad views in every direction as we walk. We’ll have the option to extend the walk a bit by continuing past the last tower on the loop, heading on a little way towards Jinshanling before turning back.

What to bring on this hike

Reasons you might not enjoy this hike

  • We used to have a warning about exposure to heights and slippery surfaces on this hike, but some repairs have been made to the Great Wall here that have taken care of that worry.

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

Level3

Level of difficulty

Level 3 hikes are the type we do most often. Level 3 hikes will take around 3 hours, and can be either reasonably easy, or challenging, depending on how often you exercise.

Is the level of difficulty suitable for me?

Hike statistics

  • Distance: 6–8km
  • Time to complete: 3–4 hours
  • Total ascent: 212m
  • Total descent: 169m
  • Start height: 226m
  • Peak: 361m
  • Finish height: 274m
  • Location: Miyun
  • Drive time: 2–2.5 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: May 29–30 (Mon–Tue)
Standby

Camping Basics: Great Wall Spur

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Tuesday, May 30
Standby

White River hike

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Thursday, June 1
Book it

Jiankou to Mutianyu Great Wall

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Saturday, June 3
Book it

Walled Village to Huanghuacheng Great Wall

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: June 3–4 (Sat–Sun)
Book it

Yellow Grass Plateau Mini-Overnight

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Sunday, June 4
Book it

Zhenbiancheng Great Wall Loop Hike

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Sunday, June 4
Book it

White River hike

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Wednesday, June 7
Book it

Middle Route of Switchback Great Wall

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Thursday, June 8
Book it

Jiankou to Mutianyu Great Wall

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Saturday, June 10
Book it

High Rise hike and Little West Lake Great Wall

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Saturday, June 10
Book it

Great Wall Spur

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: June 10–11 (Sat–Sun)
Book it

Camping: Switchback Great Wall

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Sunday, June 11
Book it

Longquanyu Great Wall to the Little West Lake

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Sunday, June 11
Book it

Yunmeng Gorge Swim or Explore

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Wednesday, June 14
Book it

Jiankou ‘Big West’ Great Wall

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Thursday, June 15
Book it

Gubeikou Great Wall Loop

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Saturday, June 17
Book it

Hillwalking Challenge: Flower Wood to East Water Valley

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Saturday, June 17
Book it

Stone Valley Great Wall Loop

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Sunday, June 18
Book it

Great Wall: Nine-Eyes Tower

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Sunday, June 18
Book it

Down the White River

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Wednesday, June 21
Book it

Great Wall Spur

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Thursday, June 22
Book it

Great Wall: Huanghuacheng to the Walled Village

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Saturday, June 24
Book it

Jiankou to Mutianyu Great Wall

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Saturday, June 24
Book it

Gubeikou Great Wall Loop

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Sunday, June 25
Book it

Hemp Village to Gubeikou Great Wall

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Sunday, June 25
Book it

Walk Down The Incense Trail to Dajue Temple

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Wednesday, June 28
Book it

Stone Valley Great Wall Loop

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Thursday, June 29
Book it

Longquanyu Great Wall to the Little West Lake

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Saturday, July 1
Book it

Switchback Great Wall

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Saturday, July 1
Book it

Jiankou ‘Big West’ Great Wall

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: July 1–2 (Sat–Sun)
Book it

Camping: Hemp Village and Gubeikou Great Wall

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Sunday, July 2
Book it

Cypress Wells Canyon and Yongning Town

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Sunday, July 2
Book it

Great Wall Spur

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Wednesday, July 5
Book it

Walled Village to Huanghuacheng Great Wall

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Thursday, July 6
Book it

Zhenbiancheng Great Wall Loop Hike

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Saturday, July 8
Book it

Jiankou to Mutianyu Great Wall

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Saturday, July 8
Book it

Walk Like A Pilgrim

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Sunday, July 9
Book it

White River hike and rafting

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Sunday, July 9
Book it

Hemp Village to Gubeikou Great Wall

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Wednesday, July 12
Book it

Great Wall Spur

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Thursday, July 13
Book it

Gubeikou Great Wall Loop

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Saturday, July 15
Book it

Shuitou Village Loop hike

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Saturday, July 15
Book it

Longquanyu Great Wall to the Little West Lake

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Sunday, July 16
Book it

Yunmeng Gorge Swim or Explore

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Sunday, July 16
Book it

Great Wall: Huanghuacheng to the Walled Village

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Wednesday, July 19
Book it

Stone Valley Great Wall Loop

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Thursday, July 20
Book it

Great Wall: Nine-Eyes Tower

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Saturday, July 22
Book it

Hemp Village to Gubeikou Great Wall Extra

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Saturday, July 22
Book it

Middle Route of Switchback Great Wall

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Sunday, July 23
Book it

Gubeikou Great Wall Loop

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Sunday, July 23
Book it

Down the White River

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Wednesday, July 26
Book it

Walled Village to Huanghuacheng Great Wall

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Thursday, July 27
Book it

Jiankou ‘Big West’ Great Wall

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Saturday, July 29
Book it

The Great Flood

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Saturday, July 29
Book it

Stone Valley Great Wall Loop

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Sunday, July 30
Book it

Longquanyu Great Wall to the Little West Lake

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Sunday, July 30
Book it

Dragon Cloud Mountain

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

Huts below the Gangshika Snow Mountain
Trip dates: May 26–30, 2017

Qinghai Lake, Kumbum Monastery, and the Gangshika Snow Mountain, Qinghai Province

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

Book trip
More info »
Clouds over the green rolling hills of the Bashang Grasslands, Hebei Province
Trip dates: June 16–18, 2017

Bashang Grasslands, Hebei Province

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

Book trip
More info »
Mountains and rivers in Xinjiang
Trip dates: June 20–25, 2017

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 »