Walking holidays in China

Bordered by the tallest mountain on earth, Mount Everest, and dotted with high plateaus, deserts and vibrant forests, China is home to unforgettable and diverse landscapes.

Exquisite natural beauty and rich cultural experiences wait around every corner on our walking holidays in China. With our local guides at your side, you can immerse yourself in the best that this vast country has to offer. From the bustling streets of Beijing to the wonders of the Terracotta Warriors and the fragrant rice terraces of the Guilin region.

Listed below are the holidays that match your search criteria, to view any of the holidays shown simply click on the 'View holiday' button. Browse our trekking holidays in China and get one step closer to the adventure of a lifetime.

What destinations can I visit on my China hiking tour?

China is a country filled with breathtaking landscapes and cultural sites, and it's all at your fingertips when you choose our walking holidays. Some of the places you could visit include:


This ancient city is the country's capital and is the perfect place to immerse yourself in China's Imperial past. You can explore the beautifully preserved Palace Museum, once the Forbidden City, and take a tour of Tiananmen Square and the sacred site of the Temple of Heaven. You'll also experience many aspects of traditional Chinese culture, including the Beijing opera, kung fu, paper cutting and tea culture.


Another highlight of our trekking holidays in China is the city of Xi'an, an ancient gathering place with more than 3,000 years of rich history. It's famous for its Terracotta Army, a collection of life-sized terracotta sculptures, and the remarkable ruins of the City Walls of Xi'an, a relic of the Ming dynasty. You can also visit the vibrant Muslim Quarter, where you can sample exotic street food and delicacies.


The sub-tropical region of Guilin boasts lush rice terraces known as the 'Dragon's Backbone', picturesque views of the River Li, and the otherworldly limestone Karst Mountains. This breathtaking scenery has inspired Chinese poets and writers for thousands of years and invites you to take a more relaxed, slower approach to your hiking tour.

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Walking the Charms of China - With Private Guide

Walking the Charms of China - With Private Guide

Journey across ancient China, experiencing the true highlights of this unforgettable country. From Beijing and the Great Wall of China to the Terracotta Warriors of Xi'an, you'll end your adventure in the sub-tropical rice terraces of Guilin; all with a private local guide.



  • Holiday codeW10CH
  • Holiday typePrivate guided walk
  • Duration10 nights, hotel-to-hotel
  • Activity level
  • Excellent for
  • From US$6650per person, tour only
  • NEW FOR 2024  
  • All accommodation
  • All breakfasts & seven lunches
  • Led by experienced local guide
  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)

Frequently asked questions

Is China good for walking?

The magnificent landscape of China makes it an ideal country for an adventure walking holiday. From hiking the Great Wall of China, one of the Seven Wonders of the World, to basking in the natural beauty of Guilin, there is something for every explorer on our China trekking holidays. Your private local guide will show you the famous tourist spots alongside unforgettable hidden gems for an authentic walking experience.

What to pack for my walking holiday in China?

To ensure that your China hiking tour goes to plan, you'll need to take the right gear. Here are some of the essentials you should bring with you:

  • Hiking attire – including walking boots, light-weight clothing, and a windproof jacket
  • Sunglasses and a hat
  • Chargers – including a portable one to use while hiking
  • Waterproofs
  • Water bottle

What to wear for my walking holiday in China?

Keeping yourself comfortable is essential on a hiking tour in China as you're going to be active and on your feet for much of the day. Well-fitting walking boots that support you when walking long distances are necessary, alongside lightweight trousers and breathable layers. We also recommend bringing a windbreaker to keep you warm on cooler days.

What is the best month to walk in China?

The springtime offers the best weather for walking holidays in China as temperatures are mild and the chance of rain lessens. In the winter, the climate can be extremely cold. In the summer months, the weather can be very hot, although, in the more tropical south of China, it can be humid with heavy downpours.

What is the most beautiful part of China?

The vast and diverse landscape of China means the country is home to some of the most impressive natural scenery on earth, not to mention awe-inspiring, man-made architecture. Since it is impossible to pick just one area of beauty, our trekking holidays are designed to showcase the best of China. You can take in everything from the Great Wall to the subtropical rice terraces of Guilin at a relaxed pace.

How many days do you need in China?

China is a magnificent country with many layers, from ancient history and culture to delicious cuisine and natural beauty, which is why our walking holidays are 10 days long. This gives you time to take in the highlights of this country and create lasting memories.

Why choose Headwater for your walking holiday?

We've been crafting memorable adventure holidays for nearly 40 years so you'll be in good hands. Here are some of the reasons you should book a China hiking tour with us: 

  • Satisfied customers: With our 4.6 Feefo rating, you can see that our customers love our travel services, all the way from booking through to landing back home.

  • Winning awards: We've won awards for our incredible holidays, including a British Travel Award for Best Travel Company to Central & Western Europe.

  • Get your flights included: From take-off to touching down back at home, we can arrange every aspect of your travel. Leave your flight booking worries to us.

  • The best destinations: Our travel experts use their knowledge and first-hand experience to fill your itinerary with the best destinations and activities.

  • Holiday protection: Every one of our walking holidays in China has ABTA and ATOL protection for your peace of mind. Learn what your key rights are when booking with us.

  • Giving back: We do our bit to support the communities we visit around the world through The Exodus Travels Foundation.

  • Sustainable travel: We strive to make our trips Nature Positive which is why we've got our People, Places & Planet sustainability plan in place.

If you're ready to make your dream holiday a reality, get in touch with us today. Our team will be happy to help you figure out the details of your hiking tour in China.