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.

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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

Hikers sitting on the unrestored wild wall below a Great Wall tower
Departure date: Wednesday, August 5
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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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Hikers inch down a steep section of Great Wall
Departure date: Thursday, August 6
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Jiankou ‘Big West’ Great Wall

Level 3 / 450 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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The towers of the Jinshanling Great Wall
Departure date: Saturday, August 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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Towers on the ridgeline on the wild Great Wall at Huanghuacheng
Departure date: Saturday, August 8
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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 stretch of Great Wallr
Departure date: Sunday, August 9
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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: Sunday, August 9
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Auspicious Village to Huanghuacheng

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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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

Clouds over the green rolling hills of the Bashang Grasslands, Hebei Province
Trip dates: August 7–9, 2015
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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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Snow covered mountains reflected in Lake Karakul, Xinjiang Province
Trip dates: August 25–30, 2015
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Kashgar and Lake Karakul, Xinjiang

In Brief: Explore Kashgar city; hike around Lake Karakul and in the foothills of Mt. Muztagh-Ata. From 14,630 RMB*, all-inclusive.

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Mountains of Zhagana, Gansu Province
Trip dates: September 2–6, 2015
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Xiahe, Labrang Monastery, Zhagana Tibetan area, Gansu Province

In Brief: New trip! See the Labrang Monastery, Tibetan Buddhist temples, and super high mountain scenery on this trip to the largely Tibetan remote area of Gansu Province. A similar feel to Tibet, without the hassle of getting the official permit. Trip timed for the new holiday in September. From 8,930 RMB*, all-inclusive.

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Autumn colours in the hills of the Bashang Grasslands, Hebei Province
Trip dates: September 11–13, 2015
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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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Baicheng Landform
Trip dates: September 30–October 6, 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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The coloured hills of the Zhangye Danxia Landform
Trip dates: October 7–11, 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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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 600 RMB* per person, 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* per person, 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

Along the Silk Road from Korla to Kashgar, 2015/06

Along the Silk Road from Korla to Kashgar, 2015/06

Fifty-plus photos from the Silk Road.
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Miao and Dong culture in Guizhou, 2015/04

Miao and Dong culture in Guizhou Province, 2015/04

A photo album from our visit to Guizhou Province in April 2015.
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Yunmeng Gorge hike and swim, 2015/07/12

Yunmeng Gorge hike and swim, 2015/07/12

See some photos from a hike up to a special swimming spot in Yunmeng Gorge.
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White River hike, 2015/07/05

White River hike, 2015/07/05

A recent hike along – and through! – the White River in Huairou District.
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The Tale of The Old Mountain Goat

A website called The Anthill interviewed one of our most friendly local guides, and made an excellent video about his explorations of the scene of a huge battle by the Great Wall.
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Beijing Hikers awarded TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence

Beijing Hikers awarded TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence

Beijing Hikers awarded TripAdvisor's 2015 Certificate of Excellence.
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Beijing Hikers in Lonely Planet, 2015

Beijing Hikers in Lonely Planet, 2015

Beijing Hikers was recommended in both the Lonely Planet Beijing City Guide and the Lonely Planet China Guide, 2015.
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Huijie in Photographing Chinese Architecture: A Century of Change

Huijie in “Photographing Chinese Architecture: A Century of Change”

Beijing Hikers' Big Boss Huijie helped out in a re-photography project, and ended up featuring prominently in an interesting anecdote written by the author.
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