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For Great Experiences

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.

See more of Beijing

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.

Explore China

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.

Photos and Trip Reports

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, small country villages and their inhabitants, plus forests, rivers, mountains, and more.

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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

Towers of the Gubeikou Great Wall
Departure date: Sunday, March 1
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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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Dashuhua performance in Yuxian, Hebei
Departure date: March 4–5 (Weds-Thurs)
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Yu County’s Ancient Walled Towns and Fireworks of Molten Iron

Level 1 / From 1,620 RMB – Ancient towns and forts, local culture, and the 300-year old local tradition that sees molten iron being flung against the city walls in lieu of a fireworks display!

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The top trail at Immortal Valley
Departure date: Wednesday, March 4
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Immortal Valley Loop

Level 4 / 380 RMB – Hike through and out of a park filled with icy falls and pools to reach a beautiful ridgeline trail with views of mountains and the Miyun Reservoir.

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A view of a tower on the Longquanyu stretch of Great Wall
Departure date: Thursday, March 5
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Longquanyu Great Wall to the Little West Lake

Level 3+ / 400 RMB – Hike hill trails to a small village where we'll find a path up to a seldom-visited stretch of Great Wall, and then follow the wall towards the Little West Lake, a reservoir in the hills of Huairou District.

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A valley trail, with some of the winter snow left on the ground
Departure date: Saturday, March 7
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Quarrymen’s Trail to the Heavenly Lake

Level 5 / 380 RMB – Walk up and down valleys and over hills on the way from a small valley village over to the Ming Tombs area, passing by one of the closed tombs on the way to the huge hill we'll climb to get to the Heavenly Lake. 17km with more than 1,000m of elevation gain on the way to the end.

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Towers on the ridgeline on the wild Great Wall at Huanghuacheng class=
Departure date: Saturday, March 7
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Great Wall: Walled Village to the Little West Lake

Level 3 / 400 RMB – Begin with a stroll through chestnut orchards on the way to the Great Wall, then follow the wall up along a big ridge, finishing up with stunning views of the Little West Lake.

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A view of the long line of Great Wall between Gubeikou and Jinshanling
Departure date: Sunday, March 8
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Gubeikou to Jinshanling Great Wall East

Level 4+ / 500 RMB – Walk from Gubeikou to Jinshanling, following stretches of restored and unrestored Great Wall and taking a detour through the pretty farmland that surrounds Hemp Village, finishing all the way over at the eastern end of Jinshanling.

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Hikers walking, with some of the caves visible behind them
Departure date: Sunday, March 8
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Tang Dynasty Cave Dwellings and Yongning Town

Level 1 / 400 RMB – Explore an ancient interconnected series of cave dwellings in the hills of Yanqing County; take a look about the sights of Yongning Town on the way back to the city.

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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

Terraced hills covered with flowers
Trip dates: March 26–29, 2015
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Wuyuan ‘Fields of Flowers’, Jiangxi Province

In Brief: See fields of yellow flowers and ancient river towns in southern China. Cultural focus, nothing too strenuous. From 6,500 RMB*, all-inclusive.

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A cluster of three tulou buildings, deep in the hills of Fujian
Trip dates: April 3–6, 2015
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Hakka Tulou Clusters and Xiamen, Fujian Province

In Brief: Two days deep in the mountains of Fujian to explore the Hakka tulou buildings, plus the highlights of Xiamen including Gulangyu Island. From 7,600 RMB*, all-inclusive.

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Colourful costumes of the Zhuang ethnic group
Trip dates: April 15–19, 2015
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Guizhou: Miao and Dong culture in the mountains (5 days)

In Brief: Hike between tiny villages in the mountains of Guizhou Province to get a up-close look at the well-preserved rituals, traditions, and architecture of the Miao and Dong ethnic groups. From 8,170 RMB*, all-inclusive.

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A person walks through the sandy dunes of the Tengger Desert
Trip dates: April 30–May 3, 2015
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Tengger Desert Lakes, Inner Mongolia

In Brief: Travel by foot and jeep through the desert, visit desert lakes, ride camels, camp in the desert, and more. From 7,560 RMB*, all-inclusive.

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A person walks through the sandy dunes of the Tengger Desert
Trip dates: May 27–31, 2015
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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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Kashgar’s Id Kar Mosque
Trip dates: June 16–22, 2015
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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 550 RMB, all-inclusive – 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. Warning – if you’re not good with heights, you might not enjoy sections of this hike.
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Huanghuacheng Great Wall

From 550 RMB, all-inclusive – Choose an easier or more difficult option on the Great Wall in the Huanghuacheng area – take a longer walk that follows steep stretches of Great Wall, or make the wall a mid-walk detour on an easier stroll through the countryside.
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Teambuilding and corporate events

Teambuilding with a collage on the Great Wall

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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Leading the way, since 2001

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

Read our trip reports and get an idea of what it's like to hike with us; view collections of photos from hikes and trips; read news about Beijing Hikers.

Latest trip reports and news

Spring Festival Holiday office hours and contact information

How to contact us during the Spring Festival holiday.
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Along the Silk Road from Korla to Kashgar, 2014/06

Along the Silk Road from Korla to Kashgar, 2014/06

Photos from a seven-day adventure along the Silk Road in Xinjiang Province.
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Gubeikou Great Wall to Jinshanling Great Wall

Great Wall Christmas 2014 - Gubeikou Great Wall to Jinshanling Great Wall

Photos from a hike along the Great Wall from Gubeikou to Jinshanling.
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Great Wall Christmas 2014 - Jiankou to Mutianyu

Great Wall Christmas 2014 - Jiankou to Mutianyu

Photos from our Christmas Day hike from Jiankou to the Mutianyu Great Wall.
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City Weekend magazine Christmas extravaganza, 2014/12

City Weekend Magazine Christmas Gift Extravaganza

Win 1,700 RMB of hiking vouchers in the City Weekend magazine Christmas Gift Extravaganza.
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Miyun Reservoir Birdwatching Overnighter, 2014/11

Miyun Reservoir Birdwatching Overnighter, 2014/11

See the shots from a weekend spent watching birds by the Miyun Reservoir.
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Zhenbiancheng Great Wall loop hike, 2014/11/8

Photos of rough and rugged Great Wall under a beautiful ‘APEC blue’ sky.
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Yajishan Taoist Temples hike, 2014/10

Yajishan Taoist Temples teambuilding trip, 2014/10

Photos from a special teambuilding trip to the temples at Yajishan, Pinggu District, Beijing.
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