Zhenzi Ridge Loop

Get deep into the valleys behind Stone Valley Village before making an epic off-track hill climb up to the highest part of our Switchback Great Wall hike.

Level 4
approx. 4 hours start to finish over 11km. (Can I do it?)

This hike is not currently scheduled

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A trail through forest
A trail through forest that leads up to Zhenzi Ridge.

A new take on our hikes to the top section of the Switchback Great Wall.

Choose this hike if you’d like to a good walkabout in the hills that features one or two good tests of your legs!

We follow a concrete road up a long valley, and then into a leafy gully, passing through an ‘arrival at Rivendell’-esque crack in a cliff before making a truly gruelling slog up a hill to get on to the Great Wall.

From there we’ll follow the wall for a short before walking out down another long valley to complete the loop.

Hike outline

0–3km: gradually rising concrete road.
3–4km: gradually rising concrete path.
4–5.5km: gradually rising hill trails, some sections brushy.
5.5–6km: short hill climb, then down into a valley.
6–6.75km: big hill climb off track. 141m of ascent over 750m.
6.75–7.25km: repaired Great Wall.
7.5–10km: down hill trails, steep to begin with.
10–11km: concrete road back to the bus.

What to bring on this outing

Reasons you might not enjoy this hike

  • Some sections of the trail might be a little bushy and scratchy
  • We’re on a concrete road for parts of the walk.
  • We see a bit of Great Wall on the hike, but 95% of the hike is not on the wall.
  • There’s a big climb up a hill that is steep, and there’s no clear trail.


COVID-19 and participation precautions

The brief version:

  • Please 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/is.
  • 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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