Far enough from Beijing to be worth the trip but still close enough to be a viable weekender, the Bashang Grasslands offer a taste of the Inner Mongolian plains without needing to go quite so far.
We do this trip several times a year, during what we think is the best season: June-September. Outside of that it’s much too cold to be fun!
These photos are from our June 2015 visit, when we had great weather for our two days of hiking about.
Hiking Guide Abu
The group assembled with some local horse near the start of our ridge walk.
Blue skies and endless pastures give the are a very special feel.
Enjoying the wild flowers and the great clouds.
Flowers were starting to pop up everywhere.
The views in every direction were stunning.
Having a quick rest after a short climb.
Its no wonder the nomads like it up here in summer.
We set off along the ridge being chased by the shadows of clouds.
Some steep climbs saw the group stretch out a lot.
Looking back towards our starting point in the valley.
Hiking poles a wise choice for all those ups and downs.
Hiking guide Simon.
Rolling hills, with small villages in the valleys.
Heading along the ridge towards wind turbines.
Another small village.
Some rockier sections hadn’t quite sprouted the grass like lower down in the valley.
Clouds and sky, something you don’t always see in Beijing.
Approaching the higher ground along the ridgeline.
A few forests break up the landscape and help stop erosion.
Heading down from the high point.
The weather couldn't have been much better.
A rill leads down to a farm.
The final climb.
It just keeps going up.
Two riders in the distance.
Just one more ridge to climb.
A tiny stream in the valley.
A well earned snack break.
One very happy group.