On the Great Wall in Yanqing County, Beijing.

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Explore the Great Wall with us. Step off the tourist trail and hike the ‘wild’ Wall, with trips from Beijing to secluded and scenic sections of China’s old frontier.

A summertime trip in Yunmeng Gorge, Beijing.

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Since 2001 we’ve found and maintained more than 100 different hiking trails in the hills around Beijing. Mountains high, valleys low, rivers long … discover what Beijing is like outside the big city.

Hiking a Danxia Landform in Gansu.

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From Silk Road deserts to mountain paths, from ancient ruins and traditional culture in mountain villages to the stunning scenery of the Zhangye Danxia Landform—join our active trips and really explore China.

From our 2017 Hiking Festival, September 9.

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Upcoming hikes and trips

Ready for a great hike? Every week we run hikes and trips to the Great Wall, hills, mountains, forests, and villages around Beijing, with a wide range of hikes that are suitable for casual walkers as well as the super-fit.


This week's hikes in Beijing

Hikers inch down a steep section of Great Wall
Departure date: Thursday, September 21
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Jiankou ‘Big West’ Great Wall

Level 3 / 420 RMB – Follow hill trails through shaded valleys on the way up to the Great Wall on the west side of Jiankou.

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Hikers on the peak of Heituo Mountain
Departure date: Saturday, September 23
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Heituo Mountain Loop

Level 4+ / 500 RMB (450 RMB for members) – A shorter version of our tough hike up to the craggy peak of Heituo Mountain that finishes by hiking out below the tall cliffs on the Nine-Eyes Tower side of the mountain.

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Hikers on the way up to a Great Wall tower on the Huanghuacheng Great Wall
Departure date: Saturday, September 23
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Walled Village to Huanghuacheng Great Wall

Level 3+ / 400 RMB – Walk through chestnut orchards to find a dirt trail that climbs up to the unrestored wall; follow the wall through unrestored and restored sections, making a big climb up to a lookout point high on a ridge. If you're not good with heights, there's a short section of this hike you won't like very much!

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Hikers on a road, with a broad view of a plain in front
Departure date: Sunday, September 24
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Cypress Wells Canyon and Yongning Town

Level 3 / 400 RMB – Follow a path through a scenic gully into an isolated and mostly abandoned old village; continue through the hills to find a short stretch of very old Great Wall. After the hike, take a stroll through the streets of Yongning Town, a countryside town with a long history.

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Long views of the Longquanyu stretch of Great Wall.
Departure date: Sunday, September 24
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Longquanyu Great Wall to the Little West Lake

Level 3+ / 420 RMB – A new take on our Longquanyu Great Wall hike, with an extra 1.5km of wall walking along a newly restored section. Follow the Great Wall through the hills to finish at the Little West Lake reservoir.

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Towers of the Gubeikou Great Wall
Departure date: Wednesday, September 27
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Hemp Village to Gubeikou Great Wall

Level 3+ / 450 RMB – Hike from the tiny settlement of Hemp Village through the hills to the Gubeikou Great Wall.

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The General’s Tower at Jiankou
Departure date: Thursday, September 28
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Jiankou to Mutianyu Great Wall

Level 4 / 500 RMB – A tough hike that follows the Great Wall from Jiankou's General's Tower all the way over to the Mutianyu Great Wall, starting on unrestored wall and finishing on a restored section.

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Beijing Hikers operates trips to many places in China – famous scenic areas, as well as those obscure and less well-known. We take care of all the organisation, leaving you free to enjoy the scenery without stress.


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Upcoming trips around China

Baicheng Landform
Trip dates: October 1–7, 2017
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Silk Road: Korla to Kashgar (7 days)

In Brief: Spend seven days on the Silk Road, heading west to Kashgar and travelling by jeep instead of camel through the vast empty areas of Xinjiang Province. From 17,910 RMB*, all-inclusive.

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Dunes in the Alashan Desert
Trip dates: October 2–5, 2017
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Alashan Desert Lakes and Temple, Inner Mongolia

In Brief: Travel by foot, camel, and jeep through the Alashan Desert to reach a beautiful Buddhist temple deep in the dunes. Includes a night camping in the desert, plus a visit to the Western Xia Imperial Tombs. From 7,560 RMB*, all-inclusive.

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The coloured hills of the Zhangye Danxia Landform
Trip dates: October 8–12, 2017
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Zhangye Danxia Landform, Gansu Province

In Brief: See the fantastically-coloured mountains and cliffs in an all-but unexplored area of Gansu; visit Horse Hoofprint Temple, Jiayuguan Fortress, and more. From 8,920 RMB*, all-inclusive.

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A cluster of three tulou buildings, deep in the hills of Fujian
Trip dates: November 9–12, 2017
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Hakka Tulou Clusters and Xiamen, Fujian Province

In Brief: Head deep into the mountains of Fujian to see the tulou buildings of the Hakka, visiting those both well-known and obscure, and staying overnight in a tulou building in one of the smaller, less-visited clusters. Trip includes sights around Xiamen, including Gulangyu Island. From 7,600 RMB*, all-inclusive.

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Bridges and pagodas in Lijiang’s Black Dragon Pool park
Trip dates: November 22–26, 2017
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Lijiang and Shangri-La, Yunnan Province

In Brief: See the highlights of Lijiang and Shangri-La: cobbled streets and watercourses of ancient towns, Naxi and Tibetan culture, plus amazing views of snow-capped mountains. Cultural focus, nothing too strenuous. From 8,740 RMB*, all-inclusive.

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Trips on request

Find out how we can make it easy for you to take friends, family, students, staff, and co-workers for a day out at the Great Wall and other scenic areas in Beijing.

Recommended private trips to the Great Wall

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Gubeikou Great Wall

From 600 RMB* per person, all-inclusive – Enjoy a moderately difficult Great Wall hike on mostly unrestored ‘wild’ Great Wall, with photo opportunities for postcard-perfect shots of long stretches of wall and towers.
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Huanghuacheng Great Wall

From 550 RMB* per person, all-inclusive – A short-but-steep walk where you’ll see a mix of unrestored ‘wild’ Great Wall as well as a restored section, with superb views of Great Wall, mountains, and lakes.
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Teambuilding and corporate events

Teambuilding with a trip to the Bashang Grasslands

Reward the team and show them a good – and healthy! – time out in the countryside. We'll help you choose a hike that suits the fitness level and interest of participants, and we can arrange a giant meal of country-style cooking at one of the many countryside restaurants that we know and love.


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Beijing Hikers has been leading hikes and trips around Beijing & greater China since 2001. With us, you'll explore interesting and hard to reach places, hassle-free and friendly.
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Photos, Trip Reports, and News

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Latest trip reports and news

Photos from Hike Fest 2017

Photos from Hike Fest 2017

See all the shots from our 2017 Hike Fest – the Challenge, the Hike for Fun, plus the picnic and prizegiving.
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Zhenbiancheng and Big Camp

Zhenbiancheng and Big Camp Plate Great Wall, 2017/9/16

35 photos from a long and tough hike through the mountains of Beijing’s northwest.
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Beijing Hikers in the Washington Post, 2017/08/24

Beijing Hikers in the Washington Post, 2017/08/24

We're included as a way to see the non-touristy parts of the Great Wall in a ‘Beijing in 72 hours’ article.
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Beijing Hikers in travelmag.com’s Best Great Wall Tours from Beijing, 2017/8/22

Beijing Hikers in travelmag.com’s Best Great Wall Tours from Beijing, 2017/8/22

Our Longquanyu Great Wall hike was listed in the Best Great Wall Tours from Beijing on travelmag.com.
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White River hike, 2017/08/06

White River hike, 2017/08/06

Twenty-four photos from a walk down the White River.
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Walled Village to Huanghuacheng Great Wall, 2017/08/06

Walled Village to Huanghuacheng Great Wall Hike, 2017/08/06

See 14 beautiful photos of a hike to the Huanghuacheng Great Wall – blue skies, green hills, great views.
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Stone Valley Great Wall, 2017/7/29

Stone Valley Great Wall, 2017/7/29

Nineteen photos from a hike along the Great Wall above Stone Valley village.
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