Hikes in and around Beijing

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 wild Great Wall in Huailai District
Departure date: Thursday, August 28
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Zhenbiancheng Great Wall Loop Hike

Level 3+ / 380 RMB – A long hill climb takes us up on to a remote and seldom-visited stretch of unrestored Great Wall. Note: the climb back down takes us down a perpetually brushy section of trail, which may cause a bit of delay.

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A ruined round tower, with more Great Wall in the distance beyond
Departure date: Saturday, August 30
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Yanqing Great Wall and Long Valley City

Level 4 / 380 RMB – Hike a rough and rugged stretch of Great Wall in the mountains of Yanqing, finishing up at a village that grew up in and around a Ming Dynasty-era barracks.

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A tower on the Great Wall Spur
Departure date: Saturday, August 30
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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.

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Our campsite on unrestored wild wall below a Great Wall tower
Departure date: August 30–31 (Saturday–Sunday)
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Camping: Switchback Great Wall

Level 3 / From 1,395 RMB* – Camp overnight in a scenic spot on 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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The General’s Tower at Jiankou
Departure date: Sunday, August 31
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Jiankou to Mutianyu Great Wall

Level 4 / 450 RMB – A tough hike that follows the Great Wall from Jiankou's General's Tower all the way over to the Mutianyu Great Wall, starting on unrestored wall and finishing on a restored section.

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Hikers on road, with a broad view of a plain in front
Departure date: Sunday, August 31
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Cypress Wells Canyon and Yongning Town

Level 3 / 360 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.

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A tower on the Great Wall Spur
Departure date: Wednesday, September 3
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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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Hikers on a country road, walking up towards hills
Departure date: Thursday, September 4
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Auspicious Village and Huanghuacheng Great Wall

Level 3 / 400 RMB – Follow easy hill trails from village to village, getting a good look at the life of Beijing's rural residents.

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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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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 desert lake, seen from the peak of a tall dune in the Badain Jaran Desert, Inner Mongolia
Trip dates: September 4–8, 2014
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Badain Jaran Desert, Inner Mongolia

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 9,975 RMB*, all-inclusive.

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Autumn colours in the hills of the Bashang Grasslands, Hebei Province
Trip dates: September 5–7, 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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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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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

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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Zhangye Danxia Landform and Jiayuguan, Gansu Province, May 2014

Zhangye Danxia Landform and Jiayuguan, Gansu Province, May 2014

Photos from two days of hiking in and around the Zhangye Danxia Landform and visits to Silk Road sights in Zhangye and Jiayuguan.
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Flower Wood to the Silver Pagodas, 2014/6/28

Flower Wood to the Silver Pagodas, 2014/6/28

Photos from an 18km walk through the hills of Huairou District.
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