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

Views of Great Wall and mountains, near the high point of the Switchback Great Wall
Departure date: Saturday, July 4
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Switchback Great Wall

Level 4 / 380 RMB – A tough Great Wall hike over tricky terrain in a remote area of northwest Beijing, with a lot of ups and downs on the way to the end. Note: this route features steep ascents and descents on loose footing—if you’re not good with heights and balancing, you will not enjoy this hike.

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Towers and wall built along a ridgeline, seen on the extended section of the Gubeikou Great Wall hike.
Departure date: Saturday, July 4
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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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Hikers crossing a river
Departure date: Sunday, July 5
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White River hike

Level 3 / 380 RMB – Stay cool in summer with a hike that will get your feet wet.

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A view of a tower on the Longquanyu stretch of Great Wall
Departure date: Sunday, July 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 view of the towers on the Jinshanling Great Wall, Luanping, Hebei
Departure date: Wednesday, July 8
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Hemp Village to Jinshanling Great Wall East

Level 3+ / 450 RMB – Hike hill trails from a tiny and isolated valley village to reach the Great Wall, first following a narrow trail beside the wall and then up on to the Jinshanling Great Wall, a partially-restored stretch with many intact and closely-spaced towers. Some sections slippery and steep.

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Hikers on the way up to Great Wall tower on the Huanghuacheng Great Wall
Departure date: Thursday, July 9
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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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Hikers on the Great Wall, heading for a high tower
Departure date: Saturday, July 11
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Hillwalking Challenge: Flower Wood to East Water Valley

Level 4+ / 360 RMB – A long ramble through the hills of Huairou District, passing through hills, farmland, and villages on the way to the West Water Valley.

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The General’s Tower at Jiankou
Departure date: Saturday, July 11
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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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Our campsite on unrestored wild wall below a Great Wall tower
Departure date: July 11–12 (Sat–Sun)
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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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Big rocks and stone outcrops either side of the valley
Departure date: Sunday, July 12
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The Great Flood

Level 4 / 380 RMB – Follow a hiking trail that joins two river canyons, crossing at a pass in the Miyun mountains.

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Hikers sitting on the unrestored wild wall below a Great Wall tower
Departure date: Sunday, July 12
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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

Clouds over the green rolling hills of the Bashang Grasslands, Hebei Province
Trip dates: July 17–19, 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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Mountains and rivers in Xinjiang
Trip dates: July 21–26, 2015
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Bayinbuluke Grasslands, Xinjiang Province (6 days)

In Brief: New trip! Camp out overnight in the beautiful high-altitude scenery of the Bayinbuluke Grasslands in northwestern Xinjiang; see Silk Road sights, big mountains, and desert while on the road to and from the grasslands. From 16,000 RMB*, all-inclusive.

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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 26–30, 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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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

Hike and teambuilding for ThyssenKrupp, 2015/05

Hike and teambuilding for ThyssenKrupp, 2015/05

We organised a hike and teambuilding activity for ThyssenKrupp.
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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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Yajishan Temple Fair, 2015/05/20

Yajishan Temple Fair, 2015/05/20

Photos from our Yajishan Temple Loop hike and the annual – and rowdy! – temple fair.
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Great Wall Spur Camping trip, May 2015

Great Wall Spur Camping trip, May 2015

Photos from a camping trip at the Great Wall Spur.
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Dahaituo Mountain hike, 2015/04/25

Dahaituo Mountain hike, 2015/04/25

Photos from a hot day’s hike up one of the tallest peaks in Beijing.
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