Best China Hiking Tours in 2024/2025

Best China Hiking Tours - Hiking in China with IDC Travel

Jinshanling
1 Day
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Xizhaizi Village - Great Wall of Jiankou - Mutianyu - Beijing
2 Days/1 Night
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Beijing - Huangyaguan - Jinshanling - Mutianyu - Huanghuacheng - Xishuiyu
5 Days/ 4 Nights
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Lhasa - Ganden Monastery - Samye Town - Tsedang
9 Days / 8 Nights
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Lhasa City - Sera Monastery - Lake Yamdrok - Galie Village
7 Days / 6 Nights
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Guilin - Yangshuo
5 days/ 4 nights
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Beijing - Jiankou - Gubeikou - Jinshanling - Great Wall
3 Days / 2 Nights
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Beijing - Great Wall - Gubei Water Town
2 Days/ 1 Night
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Highlights

  • Discover the untouched hiking trails of the Great Wall of China
  • Hike famous mountains in China, such as the Yellow Mountains, Tiger Leaping Gorge, Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, etc.
  • Have short trekkings near Lhasa, Tibet
  • Hike to the countryside and learn about rural life in China
  • Combine hiking with other outdoor activities, such as kayaking, rafting, caving, rock climbing, or biking

Tips

  • Avoid weekends and public holidays in China for the best experience
  • Choose a suitable hiking route for your time and health condition
  • Pack lightly and smartly: best hiking shoes, navigation tools, sunscreen, first-aid kit, flashlight, etc.
  • Hike with a companion
  • Book your hiking tours in China with a reliable local travel agency
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Best Hiking Trails in China

China hiking tours provide dynamic outdoor enthusiasts with an abundance of gratifying and exhilarating options for an adventure-filled vacation. Being a vast country, China boasts some of the most captivating landscapes for hikers to behold and explore.

The Great Wall of China

The Great Wall of China

The Great Wall of China

The Great Wall of China stands as one of the world’s most remarkable sights, representing an astonishing achievement in ancient defensive architecture. Stretching for miles upon miles, it leaves visitors in awe of its grandeur.

For those seeking an exhilarating hiking adventure, the 4-hour trek from Jiankou to the Mutianyu section offers a thrilling and challenging experience. Along this route, you’ll encounter both decaying and perilous steps, as well as breathtaking cliff-top towers and wall ruins.

Immerse yourself in history as you stand upon the untouched Jiankou section of the Great Wall, where you can appreciate its magnificence without the crowds or the bustling atmosphere. Imagine yourself transported back in time, camping on the Wall just like the imperial Chinese soldiers once did.

Tiger Leaping Gorge

Tiger Leaping Gorge

Tiger Leaping Gorge

Renowned for its adventurous trails, rich Naxi culture, and breathtaking gorge scenery, Tiger Leaping Gorge stands as one of China’s premier hiking destinations. It offers intrepid explorers the perfect blend of excitement and off-the-beaten-path experiences.

As one of the world’s deepest canyons, Tiger Leaping Gorge boasts a well-defined path that winds high above the roaring Yangtze River. This vantage point allows hikers to escape the thunderous rush of the water while immersing themselves in the awe-inspiring beauty of the surroundings. Along the way, you’ll find affordable accommodations, adding to the convenience of your journey.

Everest Base Camp

Everest Base Camp

Everest Base Camp

The trek to Everest Base Camp in Tibet stands as one of the most sought-after and revered hiking routes worldwide. This extraordinary journey takes you through stunning Himalayan valleys, remote Tibetan villages, expansive highland meadows, and vast desert-like plains.

At Rongbuk Monastery, you’ll have the opportunity to engage in meaningful conversations with the monks and receive their sacred blessings, an experience that resonates deeply.

Covering a distance of 66 km (41 miles), the trek encompasses altitudes ranging from 4,000m (13,000 ft) to 5,350m (17,500 ft). Each day, you’ll embark on a trekking adventure spanning 12 to 22 km (7–14 miles), which will typically take 5 to 8 hours to complete. The varying landscapes and altitudes make for an exhilarating and rewarding journey.

Li River

Li River

Li River

With its breathtaking natural scenery and rich cultural heritage, Guilin has secured its position as a top choice for travelers worldwide. At the heart of a Guilin tour lies the magnificent Li River, a true centerpiece of the region.

Among the various sections of the Li River, the stretch from Xingping to Nine Horse Fresco Hill stands out as the most captivating for China hiking tours. As you traverse this route, you’ll witness a mesmerizing procession of distinctive peaks, lush bamboo groves, and awe-inspiring landscapes. This particular segment of the Li River hike spans approximately 7 km and can be completed in about 4 hours, immersing you in the splendor of Guilin’s natural wonders.

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