Best Times to Visit
Affected by the monsoons, fresh gales blow in January and February. But the force of the wind falls in November and December, which makes them the best times to visit the mountain. May and June are also the best months because the azaleas are in full blossom at that time, and the mountain turns into a beautiful sea of azaleas.
Tourists can take a bus from Lijiang or Shangri-La to Haba Village and it will take about five hours.
Tiger Leaping Gorge (65CNY), Middle Tiger Leaping Stone, (15 CNY), Haba Snow Mountain (200 CNY)
The main activity there is climbing and Haba Snow Mountain is the ideal destination for skillful backpackers or travel fans. However, a common tourist can climb up Haba Snow Mountain at the elevation of nearly 5,400 meters if he or she is well equipped and prepared adequately.
Difficulty:Basic Snow/Ice Climb
Nearest major airport:Lijiang (Yunnan China)
Equipment: Ice axe and crampon hire
Tour starts/finishes: Lijiang
Fitness required: Excellent
Time of year available: January-June, October-December
Recommended season: May-June (for wildflowers), October Elevation (feet):17,703
Tourists can stay in Yunshang Haba Inn (it means 'Haba Inn above the clouds'), and go to the base camp by foot or by riding a horse the next day.
Advice for Mountaineers
Entrance of Haba Snow Mountain: Tiger Leaping Gorge
Mountaineering level: Entry level
Tiger Leaping Gorge is located between the Haba Snow Mountain and the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain. Haba Snow Mountain hasn’t been developed yet; altitude of main peak is less than 5500 meters which is entry level for beginner to climb Snow Mountain, therefore many of the avid mountaineers to start climbing from here. In a fine summer day, ordinary tourists may reach the summit successfully if they follow the professional climbers. However there are some accidents happened, some of famous travelers died here, so everything needs to be paid full attention and taken care of.
A suggested itinerary for Haba Snow Mountain is as follows:
Day 1: Lijiang---Shangri-La Haba village (you can see the whole scenic spot of Tiger Leaping Gorge)---Shangri-La riverside Bianxin village ( you can enjoy idyllic scenery of Shangri-La)---Haba Snow Mountain scenic spot---Haba village “ Haba Inn upon the cloud”(2600M)
Day 2: Haba Inn upon the cloud---Yi nationality village (2800M) (original religion, original living structure, original life style) --- sheep’s shed (3100M) (pasture) ---Lanhua Ping(3500M) （you can see the peak of Haba Snow Mountain and see the primeval forest）--- rhododendron forest(3900M) ( you can see various of mountain rhododendron in this place where is named the second Jiuzhaigou)---Bay Sea(4200M high, you can view plateau lake there) or you can stay at Lanhua Ping
Day 3: Bay Sea---Yellow Sea---Small Sea---Base camp(4100M) (enjoy the sight of plateau)
Day 4: come out on the top of the mountain and return to Haba village, or you can stay at base camp and return Haba village the second day.
Day5: go back to Lijiang or Shangri-la.
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