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 to traditional culture in mountain villages, join our active trips and really explore China.

2014 Hiking Festival

Saturday, October 25, 2014

We're celebrating our 13th birthday by going hiking, and you're invited!

Hike hills, valleys, and Great Wall, with
two trails to suit your fitness level

• 24+ km mountain-walking half-marathon
• 7.5km hike for fun with friends and family

Event booking begins October 1.

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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

A stretch of Great Wall
Departure date: Friday, September 19
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Gubeikou Great Wall Loop

Level 3 / 450 RMB – 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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Hikers inch down a steep section of Great Wall
Departure date: Saturday, September 20
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Moyashike Valley and Jiankou’s ‘Big West Wall’

Level 4+ / 380 RMB – Follow hill trails through valleys and up and over ridges on the way to the Great Wall on the west side of the Jiankou basin.

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A tower on the Great Wall Spur
Departure date: Saturday, September 20
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Stone Valley Great Wall

Level 3 / 400 RMB – Take a short but rough and rugged hike along a stretch of Great Wall in the mountains west of Badaling.

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A view of the stone houses of Cuandixia, Mentougou District
Departure date: September 20–21 (Sat–Sun)
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Ming Dynasty Village Overnight

Level 5 / From 900 RMB* – Stay overnight in Cuandixia, a Ming Dynasty-era village; easy and super-tough options for hiking on the second day, including one of the best long hikes in Beijing!

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Two elderly villagers sit in front of a large gate in a thick stone wall
Departure date: Sunday, September 21
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Changyucheng Walled Village and Countryside Opera

Level 3 / 450 RMB – Deep in the hills of Changping District is a quaint village where we'll find the thick walls and gates that were once a Ming Dynasty-era barracks, which we'll explore after climbing up to a signal tower high in the hills above the village reservoir.

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A old Great Wall tower on the unrestored section between the Walled Village and the Huanghuacheng Great Wall
Departure date: Sunday, September 21
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Walled Village to Huanghuacheng Great Wall (longer version)

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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Hiking kids cross stepping stones over a river in Intelligence Valley
Departure date: Sunday, September 21
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Intelligence Valley

Level 2 / 400 RMB – A relaxing stroll that follows a stream through a wooded valley, passing pools and sandy beaches on the way to the end.

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A stretch of Great Wall descends from a tower
Departure date: September 23-24 (Tue-Wed)
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Overnight: Great Wall Spur and Jiankou ‘Big West’ Great Wall

Level 4 / From 1,260 RMB – Two days of hiking in the Beijing hills, with an overnight stay in a countryside guesthouse. Dinner and bonfire included!

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Nine Eyes Tower
Departure date: Wednesday, September 24
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Nine-Eyes Tower

Level 4 / 380 RMB – A looping walk over tricky terrain and unrestored Great Wall on the west side of Jiankou.

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The General’ Tower on the middle route of the Switchback Great Wall
Departure date: Thursday, September 25
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Middle Route of Switchback Great Wall

Level 3 / 400 RMB – An easier version of one of our tough Great Wall hikes in Yanqing District – the same great scenery, but less of the steep climbs up and down.

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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

A person on camelback heading towards red-coloured mountains
Trip dates: September 30–October 6, 2014
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Xinjiang: Journey from the West

In Brief: See the sights along a key stretch of the northern Silk Road—the Flaming Mountains and Jiaohe Ancient City Ruins, the Buddhist artwork in the Mogao Grottoes and Bezeklik Caves, the Ming Dynasty fortress and ancient Han Dynasty Great Wall at Jiayuguan, and more! From 16,600 RMB*, all-inclusive.

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The coloured hills of the Zhangye Danxia Landform
Trip dates: October 6–10, 2014
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Zhangye Danxia Landform, Gansu

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 mossy tree trunk partially submerged in the clear blue water of Five Flowers Lake, Jiuzhaigou National Park
Trip dates: November 5–9
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Jiuzhaigou and Huanglong, Sichuan Province

In Brief: Visit the deservedly famous Jiuzhaigou National Park and then head on to nearby Huanglong, an equally scenic but less well-known area of still ponds and coloured rocks. From 10,320 RMB*, all-inclusive.

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Bridges and pagodas in Lijiang’s Black Dragon Pool park
Trip dates: November 26–30
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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 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

Huijie interviewed by ‘Women of China’ magazine

Read the interview to find out how Huijie got into hiking!
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Bashang Grasslands trip, August 2014

Bashang Grasslands trip, August 2014

Photos of hills, horses, and hikers taken on our August 2014 trip to the Bashang Grasslands.
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Vulture Rock Ridge Loop hike, 2014/08/09

Vulture Rock Ridge Loop hike, 2014/08/09

The trail along Vulture Rock Ridge joins two of our other trails, making a nice scenic walk with a lot of uphill. And lots of flowers!
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Beijing Hikers on the cover of the Beijinger magazine, 2014/8

Beijing Hikers on the cover of the Beijinger magazine, 2014/8

We contributed to the Beijinger magazine’s The Great Outdoors issue in August 2014. See scans from the magazine and some extra information.
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Big Camp Plate camping trip, August 2014

Big Camp Plate camping trip, August 2014

See the photos from our camping trip to the wild Great Wall at Big Camp Plate, in Hebei Province.
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Great Wall Spur Camping, July 2014

Great Wall Spur Camping, July 2014

Photos from our camping trip to the Great Wall Spur.
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White River Hike, 2014/7/13

White River Hike, 2014/7/13

Photos from our walk down the White River canyon in Miyun County.
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Zhuangdaokou Great Wall to the Walled Village, 2014/07/12

Zhuangdaokou Great Wall to the Walled Village, 2014/07/12

Blue skies, green leaves, persimmons, and Great Wall on our Zhuangdaokou to the Walled Village hike.
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