Hikes in and around Beijing

A carefully selected schedule of 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.
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This week's hikes in Beijing

A view of the stone houses of Cuandixia, Mentougou District
Departure date: Wednesday, April 23
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Ming Village day trip

Level 3 / 450 RMB – Spend the day out in Cuandixia, a Ming Dynasty-era village in the mountains west of Beijing – first a hike in the hills above the village, then a good look about the old courtyards, temples, and narrow lanes of the village itself. Lunch included.

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Hikers follow unrestored Great Wall on a bluff in Yanqing District
Departure date: Thursday, April 24
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Big Camp Plate Great Wall Route Two

Level 3+ / 380 RMB – Visit a remote and rugged stretch of Great Wall that dates back to the very early Ming Dynasty.

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Hikers on the way up to the lower peak of Dahaituo Mountain
Departure date: Saturday, April 26
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Dahaituo Mountain

Level 4+ / 380 RMB – Hike up to the lower peak of Dahaituo Mountain for excellent views of hills, mountains, trees, and greenery.

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Hikers on a bluff, with the Round Tower and the Miyun Reservoir in the background
Departure date: Saturday, April 26
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The Round Tower

Level 3 / 400 RMB – A steep climb up a path near an old stretch of wall gets you to the Round Tower, a lookout point with unobstructed views of the surrounding mountains and the vast Miyun reservoir.

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Hikers sitting on the unrestored wild wall below a Great Wall tower
Departure date: April 26–27 (Saturday–Sunday)
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Camping: Switchback Great Wall

Level 3 / From 1,395 RMB* – Camp overnight in a scenic spot next to the Great Wall. You’ll hike easier with just the essentials in your day pack; we’ll arrange delivery of the heavy stuff to the campsite.

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Hikers - and a donkey - follow a village road beneath an aqueduct
Departure date: Sunday, April 27
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A Long Way to Catch the Train

Level 3+ / 350 RMB – Hike up and over a big ridge, passing through several small villages on the way to the end.

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A hiker using binoculars to get a closer look at a stretch of Great Wall
Departure date: Sunday, April 27
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Jiankou ‘Big West’ Great Wall

Level 3 / 400 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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People walking toward the entrance of Yajishan Temple, with the temples seen on the mountain in the background
Departure date: Wednesday, April 30
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Yajishan Temple Fair, Pinggu District

Level 3 / 420 RMB – Explore the bustling temple fair, and then climb the steep steps to reach the temples atop Yaji Mountain.

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A tower on the Great Wall Spur
Departure date: Thursday, May 1
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Great Wall Spur

Level 3+ / 400 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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Treks and trips around China

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.

Upcoming trips around China

A arch with a tower on top spans a street in Pingyao, Shanxi.
Trip dates: April 25–27, 2014
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Ancient Walled City of Pingyao, Shanxi Province

In Brief: Guided tours of the alleys, thoroughfares, and the key historical sites; an easy hike around temples outside the city walls. From 3,700 RMB*, all-inclusive.

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Dunes in the Alashan Desert
Trip dates: May 1–4, 2014
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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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A person walks through the sandy dunes of the Tengger Desert
Trip dates: May 29–June 2, 2014
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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 17–23, 2014
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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 17,920 RMB*, all-inclusive.

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A person walks through the sandy dunes of the Tengger Desert
Trip dates: June 26–29, 2014
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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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Clouds over the green rolling hills of the Bashang Grasslands, Hebei Province
Trip dates: June 27–29, 2014
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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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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

Job available: We’re looking for a new Thomas

Thomas is heading back to the US and we’re looking for someone to take over his role. Interested in working in our office? Read on for the details!
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Coffin Village visit, 2014/04/02

Coffin Village visit, 2014/04/02

Photos from a visit to Coffin Village, a small village with a long history.
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Bricks in the Wall hike, 2014/03/15

Bricks in the Wall hike, 2014/03/15

Photos from one of our new hikes, a long walk through the countryside of northeast Miyun District.
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The coloured hills of the Zhangye Danxia Landform

Zhangye article in City Weekend magazine, 2014/3/21

City Weekend magazine published an article about our Zhangye trip, written by hiker Elyse. It’s a very good read!
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Horse float - Yu County CNY 2014 Overnighters, Part 2

Yu County CNY 2014 Overnighters, Part 2

Part Two of our trip report on our 2014 Chinese New Year overnight trips in Yu County, Hebei Province.
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title - Yu County CNY 2014 Overnighters, Part 1

Yu County CNY 2014 Overnighters, Part 1

Part One of our trip report on our 2014 Chinese New Year overnight trips in Yu County, Hebei Province.
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Camping trips in 2014

Starting in April, we'll be doing camping trips almost every month.
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Tang Dynasty Caves and Longqingxia Ice Festival, 2014/02/08

Tang Dynasty Caves and Longqingxia Ice Festival, 2014/02/08

Photos from an outing in Yanqing District, where we visited a valley where people used to live in caves before heading on to the Longqingxia Ice Festival.
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