The Great Wall above Stone Valley, 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 narrow valley above Cuandixia Village, Mentougou District, 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.

The Bayinbuluke Grasslands, Xinjiang Province.

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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.

Camping on the Great Wall, Beijing.

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Take a look through our trip reports section to see write-ups and
photo blogs from our hikes and trips—see our shots of Great Wall,
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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

The General’s Tower
Departure date: Wednesday, June 28
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Stone Valley Great Wall Loop

Level 3+ / 420 RMB – Hike the Great Wall, starting from Stone Valley Village and following a line of wild wall up to a tall tower with 360° views of mountains, valleys, small villages, and a long line of wall heading high into the hills.

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A view of a tower on the Longquanyu stretch of Great Wall
Departure date: Thursday, June 29
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Longquanyu Great Wall to the Little West Lake

Level 3+ / 450 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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Views of Great Wall and mountains, near the high point of the Switchback Great Wall
Departure date: Saturday, July 1
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Switchback Great Wall

Level 4 / 400 RMB – A tough Great Wall hike over tricky terrain in a remote area of northwest Beijing, with a lot of ups and downs on the way to the end. Note: this route features steep descents on loose footing—if you’re not good with heights and balancing, you will not enjoy this hike.

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Hikers inch down a steep section of Great Wall
Departure date: Saturday, July 1
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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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The Great Wall at Gubeikou
Departure date: July 1–2 (Sat–Sun)
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Camping: Hemp Village and Gubeikou Great Wall

Level 2+ / 1,600 RMB (1,440 RMB for members) – Hike in from Hemp Village to camp overnight in a tower at the Gubeikou Great Wall, and finish with an easy wall walk on the next day. You’ll hike easier with just the essentials in your day pack; we’ll arrange delivery of the camping equipment to the campsite.

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Hikers on a road, with a broad view of a plain in front
Departure date: Sunday, July 2
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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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A tower on the Great Wall Spur
Departure date: Sunday, July 2
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Great Wall Spur

Level 3+ / 420 RMB – After a reasonably tough hill climb of 40–50 minutes, we reach a beautiful, unrestored stretch of Great Wall. The hike continues along the wall, passing through towers, finishing in a rustic village.

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The repaired top section of the Huanghuacheng Great Wall
Departure date: Wednesday, July 5
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Walled Village to Huanghuacheng Great Wall

Level 3+ / 420 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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The Great Wall crossing hills and mountains in Huailai District
Departure date: Thursday, July 6
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Zhenbiancheng Great Wall Loop Hike

Level 3+ / 400 RMB – A long hill climb takes us up on to a remote, rough, and seldom-visited stretch of unrestored Great Wall, with awesome views of the surrounding mountains. Note: the climb back down takes us down a steep and perpetually brushy section of trail, which may cause a bit of delay.

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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

Hiking the ridgelines at the Bashang Grasslands, Hebei Province
Trip dates: July 14–16, 2017
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Bashang Grasslands, Hebei Province

In Brief: Clean and cool grasslands near the border of Hebei and Inner Mongolia: hikes, BBQ lamb, and more. From 1,710 RMB*, all-inclusive.

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The exterior of the Mogao Grottoes in Dunhuang
Trip dates: July 20–23, 2017
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Dunhuang and Mogao Grottoes, Gansu Province

In Brief: Explore the Silk Road sights around Dunhuang, including the amazing Mogao Grottoes and Crescent Lake. From 9,020 RMB*, all-inclusive.

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The green rolling hills of the Bashang Grasslands, Hebei Province
Trip dates: August 11–13, 2017
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Bashang Grasslands, Hebei Province

In Brief: Clean and cool grasslands near the border of Hebei and Inner Mongolia: hikes, BBQ lamb, and more. From 1,710 RMB*, all-inclusive.

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A desert lake, seen from the peak of a tall dune in the Badain Jaran Desert, Inner Mongolia
Trip dates: August 16–20, 2017
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Badain Jaran Desert and Zhangye Danxia Landform (5 days)

In Brief: Two days in the Badain Jaran desert with an overnight camp, peaking with an ascent of one of the world’s tallest dunes; three days looking about nearby scenic and historical highlights including the Zhangye Danxia Landform. From 10,475 RMB*, all-inclusive.

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Mountains of Zhagana, Gansu Province
Trip dates: September 13–17, 2017
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Xiahe, Labrang Monastery, Zhagana Tibetan area, Gansu Province

In Brief: See the Labrang Monastery, Tibetan Buddhist temples, and super high mountain scenery on this trip to the largely Tibetan remote area of Gansu Province. A similar feel to Tibet, without the hassle of getting the official permit. From 8,930 RMB*, all-inclusive.

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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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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

Beijing Hikers awarded 2017 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence

Beijing Hikers awarded 2017 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence

Beijing Hikers has been awarded TripAdvisor's 2017 Certificate of Excellence.
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Great Wall Spur Camping Trip, 2017/05/29

Great Wall Spur Camping Trip, 2017/05/29

15 photos from a camping trip at the Great Wall Spur.
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Switchback Great Wall Camping Trip, 2017/05/15

Switchback Great Wall Camping Trip, 2017/05/13

See 18 photos from an early summer camping trip on the Switchback Great Wall.
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Ming Village Day Trip, 2017/5/07

Ming Village Day Trip, 2017/5/07

Twenty-four photos from a day trip to the ancient village of Cuandixia.
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Yajishan Temple Fair, 2017/5/1

Yajishan Temple Fair, 2017/5/1

Forty photos from a day out at the Yajishan Temple Fair.
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Hemp Village to Gubeikou Great Wall, 2017/4/23

Hemp Village to Gubeikou Great Wall, 2017/4/23

Seventeen great photos from the walk from Hemp Village to the Great Wall at Gubeikou.
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Walled Village to Huanghuacheng Great Wall, 2017/4/22

Walled Village to Huanghuacheng Great Wall, 2017/4/22

Twenty-three photos from a walk in the hills of Huairou District, passing fields and orchards on the way to the Huanghuacheng Great Wall.
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Clean up hike in the magazines, 2017/4

Clean up hike in the magazines, 2017/4

Some scans of the mentions of our Earth Day clean up hike in various magazines.
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