Haba Snow Mountain

Haba Snow Mountain Hiking Guide,Yunnan


The Haba Snow Mountain stands by the Jinsha River, 120km southeast of Zhongdian (Shangri-La), with its main peak of 5,396m. The attraction of the Sanba Tourist Area is attributed to the towering peaks of the Haba Snow Mountain and its alpine moraine lake, endless tracks of azalea flowers and cluster of waterfalls cascading down snow-covered cliffs. The glacier on the Haba Snow Mountain is the southmost glacier in China.

Haba is an interesting township beneath the Haba Snow Mountain. The local minorities include Naxi, Hui (Muslim) and Yi peoples, as well as the odd Tibetan. It is primarily of interest to hikers and those who enjoy exploring remote and more traditional villages. The town along the road is inhabited by a small number of Han people plus a mix of local minorities, the area above the road towards the mountain is home to two Hui (Muslim) villages, each of which with its own mosque. Further up the mountain is an Yi village. Further down the valley, beneath the road is a lush agricultural area inhabited by Naxi people.

Haba Village,Yunnan
Haba Snow Mt., Yunnan
Haba Snow Mt.-Base Camp
Haba Snow Mt.
Haba Snow Mt.,Yunnan
Haba Snow Mt. - the Summit

Opportunities abound for hiking in the surrounding forest and mountains. Keen hikers will be interested to hike to the summit of Haba Snow Mountain, which takes 2.5~3 days at pace for ascent and descent and requires spending nights on the mountain. A guides is required and  available in Haba town/villages.

Best Time to go: May, Sept ~Nov.,  try to avoid monsoon June~August

Getting In & Out

Buses run daily to/from both Lijiang and Zhongdian, and are rarely full. Bear in mind that these will stop at many points along the way to pick up locals from intermediate villages.


To the south, the road towards Tiger Leaping Gorge rises for 5km or so, offering a spectacular view of the valley before descending almost constantly for nearly 30km to the valley entrance. From there a slight climb will get you to Walnut Grove.

Heading north out of town a 2km climb sees you through a pass, after which a slight but near-constant descent brings you within a brief distance of Baishuitai.


Accommodation is basic and similar throughout most of the Haba town. The most popular guesthouse in town is the Haba Jokul International Youth Hostel (previously "Haba Snow Mountain Inn") , budget beds from Y25-35, Y180/std. rm.


Other than the impressive range of locally gathered wild mushrooms, there is a definite shortage of culinary variety in this town. Most places offering accommodation feature a limited variety of sorry-looking vegetables and a hunk of meat of two. The staple food is often baba or flatbread rather than rice, and you may be offered Tibetan-style butter tea, which is an acquired taste by all accounts. The saving grace is that all food available is locally produced and is completely free of agricultural chemicals. Also note that Muslim establishments will not serve pork.

Haba Snow Mt. Climbing

Recommend you start with a warm-up trekking from Tiger Leaping Gorge to Haba village first instead of arriving Haba town by bus.

  • Phase I - Tiger Leaping Gorge to Haba Village

    D1: Qiaotou-> Nuoyu Village-> 28 Turns-> Halfway Guesthouse
    D2: Halfway Guesthouse ->Middle Rapids -> Tina's -> Walnut Grove (Woody)
    D3: Walnut Grove -> Haba Village(2800m)

    More details on Tiger Leaping Gorge Trekking & Route Maps

  • Phase II - Haba Village to Haba Snow Mt. (total around 14 hours trekking)

    (Horse & guide can be hired in Haba Village, Y100~150/day)
    D4: Haba Village(2626m)-> Base Camp (4115m) ,10.5km, 6-8hrs by foot or 5hrs by horse trekking

    D5: Base Camp--Camp 1(6km, 4967m)--Summit(1.5km, 5396m)--Base Camp (7.5KM)

    D6: Base Camp--Haba Village (10.5km), take a bus to Baishuitai

    D7: Bus from Baishuitai back to Lijiang or further northern to Zhongdian(Shangri-La)
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