Baimang Snow Mountain
Baimang (Baima) Snow Mountain Travel Guide, Yunnan
Baimang Snow Mountain, also called Baima Snow Mountain, stands in the mid-section of the Hengdgun Mountain range in southeast Deqin of Yunnan Province, between the Jinsha and Lancang rivers. Most of its perennial snow-capped peaks are over 5,000 meters. Zhalaqueni, the highest peak of Baimang Snow Mountain is 5,640m above sea level, while Xiaruoxiang, the lowest point, is 2,080m. From afar, the peaks look like a cluster of hurtling snow-horses, hence the name "Baima(white horse) Mountain" by local Tibetans. On its west and east are deep canyons carved from the Lancang and Jinsha rivers, while on the bank opposite the Lancang River are the 13 peaks of the Meili Snow Mountain.
The Baimang Snow Mountain Nature Reserve is the largest (180,000 hectares) and the highest nature reserve in Yunnan, with fantastic views of snow peaks, glaciers, lakes and canyons, well-preserved frigid-zone primeval forest, rare highland plants and animals which thrive in cold and temperate zones. It is believed to be the largest primeval forest in the world and its natural ecology is still intact.
The Baimang Mountain is a good alternative for frustrated climbers. The Yunnan-Tibet Highway(G214) cuts through the Baimang Nature Reserve and most of the scenic spots are located on either side of the highway.
Best Time to go
Summer is the best season to visit the Baimang Mountain, with stunning scenery of azure skies, melting snow, flaming azaleas, brooks and romping monkeys. Autumn is also a great time to view the area rich in colors. The attraction is not accessible between December and April when the roads are closed due to heavy snow.
The Baimang Snow Mountain scenic zone is along the Yunnan-Tibet Highway between Zhongdian and Deqin. Buses run to either direction can get you there.
Admission Fee: Y40
Basic accommodation avaiblable at Gongkai Yakou, the main entrance of the Baimang Nature Reserve.