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Key Words:The Holy Mountain

Location:120 kilometres to the southeast of the seat of Zhongdian (Shangri-la) County

Height:5,396 metres in height


Haba Snow Mountain is located in the south-eastern part of Shangri-La County, 120 kilometers away from the urban area. It was sharply raised by the Himalayan orogeny and the subsequent Quaternary tectonic movement. The upper part of the mountain is gentle but the lower part is filled with cliffs, which makes the snow mountain precipitous, magnificent and mysterious.Haba means 'the golden flower' in the Naxi language. In local folklore, Haba Snow Mountain and Jade Dragon Snow Mountain are considered to be brothers. The Golden Sand River  the upper reach of the Yangtze River  runs between the two high mountains, forming the Tiger Leaping Gorge which is the most spectacular site in this area.


The Snow and Glaciers

On the top of the main peak of the mountain snow persists throughout the year. The upstanding main peak, together with four little peaks around it, seems to be a shining crown on a fine day in the distance.The image of the snow-covered peaks changes with the seasons and weather. Sometimes, they are partly hidden in clouds and mist and the crown becomes dimly visible; sometimes, they are totally lost.At about 4,700 meters above sea level, there are hanging glaciers resembling frozen waterfalls that flow down steep slopes. Those hanging glaciers are classified as maritime temperate glaciers in the southern latitude limit in China.

Haba Snow Mountain

The Black Sea

It is said that the strange horns, arêtes and U-shaped glacial valleys are the vestiges of ancient glaciers. The melted ancient cirques have formed many moraine lakes that are distributed over the elevation of about 4,100 meters. Among them, the Black Sea is the most famous one.

The Black Sea


The colorful azaleas, strange azalea trees, and petals in different sizes make a mass of color in the scenic area. When the azaleas come into bloom, the red azaleas and the white snow add radiance and beauty to each other. Moreover, the fallen petals are scattered here and there so that tourists can walk on the petal road, which is a unique experience on Haba Snow Mountain.


Jianshan Waterfall

In addition to snow peaks, lakes and azaleas, there are hanging springs and waterfalls in the scenic area. Jianshan Waterfall is about 40 meters high. The sufficient water flow makes it spectacular. The water falling down the cliffs turns into a light misting rain. Then the seven-color rainbow appears in the sky as the result of the refractive dispersion of sunlight. The flow of Dadiaoshui Waterfall, which is nearly 200 meters high, varies seasonally. Its source is above the snow line. From April to September, when the snow and ice melt, the water rushes down the steep slopes from the clouds and mist, forming the great Dadiaoshui Waterfall, which makes the waterfall look like a mighty river flowing down from heaven.

Tours including Haba Snow Mountain

4 Days Haba Snow Mountain Climbing Adventure with Tiger Leaping Gorge Tour

Fascinating Attractions Nearby

Yubeng is a secluded small Tibetan village tucked away at the foot of Meili Snow Mountain in Deqin county, the northwestern corner of Yunnan Province. It is only accessible by foot or horse/mule. But the trip, however arduous, is worth it. Yubeng is divided into an upper and a lower section. Both parts offer fabulous views of the Mei Li Snow Mountains. Lower Yubeng is smaller, quieter and closer to the lakes and waterfalls that you will likely visit during your stay.

Tiger Leaping Gorge Trekking Route,Shangri-la

The gorge is divided into three sections: Upper, Middle and Lower Hutiao. At the narrowest spot the river is only 30 meters wide. The mouth of the gorge is 1,800 meters above sea level. The river is flanked by Yulong and Haba snow mountains, with a height difference of 3,900 meters. It is one of the deepest gorges in the world. 

Admission Fee:¥200

Attraction Transportation:

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.

Attraction Travel Tips:
  • Timing: March to June, September to December
  • The best season to climb: 15th, March to 30th, June or 15th, September to 15th, December. The rest season time is rain season or wind season which may have a great impact on climbing.

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