About Us

We created ChinaHiking for the dreamers and travellers like us. The ones who are ready to get off the beaten path in search of untouched culture, nature and adventure.

Over the past 10 years, the ChinaHiking founders have hiked the Great Wall in Beijing over 500 times. We have mapped out a fantastic mix of Great Wall hiking trails that we would love to share with you.

Our passion for exploring China’s hidden treasures has been the foundation for the specialized adventures we are guiding now, from the Inner Mongolian grasslands and deserts to the Tibetan mountains, from holy lakes in Xinjiang to canyons in Yunnan.

The trails you will hike are untouched, and the scenery your eyes witness will tell a history of its own.

Heidi

ChinaHiking Founder – Great Wall Expert – Inner Mongolia Expert – Yunnan Expert

Hi, my friends. I am Heidi and I come from the beautiful grasslands of Hulun Buir, Inner Mongolia. Time has passed swiftly; another spring is coming. It has been 10 years since I first came to Beijing. Maybe you are like me, although there are so many drawbacks to live in Beijing, we still love her without knowing exactly why.

Like other “Beijing drifters” who come to Beijing with pure ideal in mind, I also experience similar bewilderment, exploration and anticipation. I have climbed mountains around Beijing over 500 times in the past several years and hiked a lot of the Great Wall around Beijing. I would love to go out and show you around the Great Wall, and explore some new places together.

Fred

ChinaHiking Founder – Great Wall Expert – Gobi Desert Expert

Hey Travel people, I’m Fred and I was born in little Belgium. Like most of you, I ended up in an office spending most of my time dreaming about traveling. One day I bought myself a one-way ticket and ended up traveling and hiking for over 3 years.  I discovered China’s beautiful nature, interesting philosophy, culture and somehow weird habits.

I decided to settle in Beijing for a while and  help Heidi exploring remote sections of the Great Wall. Now 10 years later,  we are still guiding and exploring new hiking trails on the China’s Great Wall.

John

Great Wall Expert – China Expert – Badain Jaran desert Expert

John is a true nomad, feeling happy most of the time when he is out hiking over snow mountains across China. Chongqing is his hometown but he grew up in Chengdu. It’s always intriguing listening to John’s enticing stories because he has experienced so much during his 9 years of guiding people on the Great Wall of China, around the Xinjiang lakes, and across the mountains in Tibet and Nepal. John loves sharing his knowledge on Chinese Culture and history over bowl of spicy Sichuan food. Don’t forget to ask John to send you the pictures that he takes during your trip, since photography is one of his hobby’s as well.

Great wall hiking Guide

Xiaoyen (Jimmy)

Great Wall Expert – Tenger Desert Expert- Badain Jaran Desert Expert

Xiaoyen (Jimmy) calls himself son of the mountains. He grew up in a small village between the hills on the border of Beijing and the Hebei province. We used to call him to pick us up from our exploring trips as he was the only one that could find the small trails where we were hiking on. Over time he became our good friend and impressed us with his knowledge of local fauna and flora.

Although he didn’t pay much attention in English class as a kid, he loves chatting and we see his English improving every day. He will show you the way on the wild Great Wall sections like Chen Castle, General Xu, Border Defense Great Wall and of course Wild Jiankou. As a local and our longest team member he knows the mountains better than anyone else.

Tom

Climbing Expert

Tom  is an adventurer at heart with a passion for the outdoors. With more than 10 years of experience trekking, climbing, camping, and exploring, he brings with him a world of knowledge.

In the outdoor world, he is most skilled in mountaineering, summiting more than 20 peaks above 5,000 meters (the tallest being Mt. Aconcagua, 6,962 meters). Fluent in English, Mandarin Chinese, Spanish, French, and Dendi (a West African language).

Tom  will be your  leading guide on our mountaineering trips and main  instructor on our climbing trips in Beijing.

Colin

Great Wall Expert – Yunnan Expert – Climbing Expert

Colin is an avid hiker, outdoor enthusiast and adventure traveler and interested in just about everything. He was born in Canada and grew up in Toronto before first coming to China on a university exchange program in 2001. He has spent the past 16 years in China and holds an MA in Chinese History.   The only thing that surpasses his interest in Chinese history is his addiction to high altitude summits.

Zhang Shifo

Logistics Manager – Great Wall Trail Expert

Zhang Shifo is born in Hebei on the border of Beijing. He used to drive people across china till he Joined ChinaHiking. He discovered the joy of hiking the Wild Great Wall and quickly became a Great Wall trail expert. Thanks to his trail knowledge instructions for last minute trail changes are always on point.

Dan

Great Wall Trail Expert

Born and bred in Beijing, Dan joined ChinaHiking after finishing his army training. A super fit youngster, always relax and ready to help. You’ll encounter Dan mostly on our camping trips.