Best Backpacking in China

Looking for the best backpacking in China? We've got you covered with the top trails, trips, hiking, backpacking, camping and more around China. The detailed guides, photos, and reviews are all submitted by the incredible Outbound community.

  • Backpack Mount Gonga, Sichuan Mountains (蜀山之王): Minya Konka West Route

    Mount Gonga is located on the western side of Sichuan Province, approximately 330km from Chengdu. The trek around its western face follows major river valleys and traverses one pass over 4900m (highest point). In its entirety, the trek takes five ...

    43.5 miles 4921.3 ft gain

  • Hike the Chenjiapu Great Wall

    This is a really nice section of the Great Wall that is much less known than many other parts. You are likely to hike here and find yourself the only one on the wall. Some parts are completely overgrown, you have to bushwack through the growth on ...

    3.1 miles 1968.5 ft gain

  • Hike the Tiger Leaping Gorge

    About 100km and a 1.5 hour ride from the city of Lijiang in Yunnan Province, the Tiger Leaping Gorge cuts between Jade Dragon Snow Mountain and Haba Snow Mountain. The upper route takes around 8-10hrs to hike in full, but most people split the hik...

    13.7 miles 3280.8 ft gain

  • Camp on Lijiang's (丽江) Nob Hill

    The town of Lijiang is one of the best hiking and cultural hubs for Yunnan province. It's an awesome place for exploration and relaxation for both the first-timer in China and the China-hand. This camp spot offers a quick and easy way to get out ...

    4.5 miles 656.2 ft gain

  • Climb Mt. Xiaowutai (小五台山): Hebei Province's Highest Peak

    This trip makes a great extended weekend getaway from Beijing. Mt. Xiawutai lies in the neighboring province of Hebei and is Hebei's highest peak at 2882m. Getting to the mountain requires either taking a bus from the Beijing South Railway station...

    15 miles 6000 ft gain

  • Hike the Jade Dragon Glacial Trough

    Jade Dragon Snow Mountain is one of the most famous mountains in China’s Yunnan province. It’s China’s southernmost glaciated peak and stands at the southeastern edge of the Tibetan plateau. Regarded by the local Naxi people as a holy mountain pro...

    6.2 miles 1640.4 ft gain

  • Trek the Complete Yading Holy Kora

    Day 1Start from bus drop off in the park, walk 500m up the road to Chonggu Monastery (冲古寺). Once you reach the monastery keep heading up and start walking on the road where the little carts are taking tourists up to the Luorong Pasture (洛绒牛场). Thi...

    46.6 miles 10498.7 ft gain

  • Hike the Kora around Yading's Mt. Chenresig (仙乃日)

    Kora: the Tibetan word for “revolution,” often referring to a holy pilgrimage circumambulating a sacred site or object in a clockwise direction.This route is the traditional kora of Mt. Chenresig (仙乃日), the Tibetan name for “compassion.” This is Y...

    18 miles 3444.9 ft gain

  • Climb Ox Heart Mountain

    FromXining, Qinghai Province's main airport and city, take the bus 6~hours to Qilian Town (祁连县).The bus ticket is 58RMB and the first one leaves at 8:15am everyday.There are multiple buses every day.From the SE end ofthe Qilian (near the main town...

    9.9 miles 6561.7 ft gain

  • Camp on Haba Snow Mountain (哈巴雪山): Huangtupo Camp

    From Lijiang or the end of the Tiger Leaping Gorge (Tina’s Guesthouse) take a bus, small public van, or hire a driver to take you to Haba village. This is a spectacular four hour drive from Lijiang and about a one hour drive from Tina’s. Haba is a...

    3.7 miles 2296.6 ft gain

  • Summit Four Girls Mountain Second Peak (四姑娘山二峰)

    The route is most easiest found fromthe front of the hostel 日月山庄(Ri Yue Shan Zhuang – 3254m, phone no. of manager:18384253062 (he speaks OK English)). This is not the official startof the route, but it's a back way that avoids going through the ma...

    20.5 miles 6594.5 ft gain

  • Backpack to Leduomanyin Glacier & Lake

    This is a variation of the Outbound adventure which takes you on a hike around the full western side of Sichuan's highest peak, Minya Konka (7556m). In fact, you can follow the instructions on the other adventure up until day three. Here is a brie...

    24 miles 3937 ft gain