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haba mountain trek

  • Group Size: 4 to 10 people

  • Elevation: Up to 4,230m

  • Start & endpoints: Departs from Lijiang, and ends in Lijiang.

  • Best season: 1st May through 10th September 

  • Service includes: Full board service

  • Trekking level: Challenging

Trip Introduction
The Trans - Haba trail is located 133 kilometres north of Lijiang and 120 kilometres to the southeast of Shangrila Town, the trail starts from Haba Village on the northern foot of Haba snow mountain, crossing the Haba snow mountain range and drop into Tiger Leaping Gorge and ends at the beginning of the popular Tiger Leaping Gorge Trail. A 40km long high-altitude trail meanders through a variety of terrains of forests, snow-laden passes, steep river valleys and alpine lakes, past seasonal herders’ huts, and view of the main peak of Haba Snow Mountain on our left, our trail ends in Tiger Leaping Gorge with an expansive view of Jade Dragon Mountain. Our trail starts at Haba village with an altitude of 2759m, our campsites altitude is respectively 4200m, 3597m,3509m, and the highest pass with 4230m.

Things that we prepare for the trek

  • Toilet papers.

  • Wet tissue.

  • Hand sanitiser.

  • Quick-dry hand tower.

  • Full camping equipment:

  • Tents.

  • Air mattresses for each person.

  • Air pillow for each person.

  • Camping lamps.

  • Dining sets (table and chairs).

  • Dining tent

  • Toilet tent.

  • All cooking equipment.

  • Plates, cups, bowls, spoons, forks, tissues.

Things that you need to prepare for the trek.

1. Cap/hat (covers neck and face from Sun).
2. Outdoor water-proof jacket.
3. Fleece (for morning and evening temperature / 10c-15c).
4. T-shirts, two (at least one long-sleeve for protection from Sun).
5. Quick-dry trousers.
6. Raincoat.
7. Trekking boots (waterproof is the best option. If it’s brand new, pls wear them and get used).
8. Cotton socks, two pairs.
1. Backpack, 20-25L (for your daily items, raincoat, packed lunch, water bottle, backpack rain cover).
2. Walking stick (1 for experienced trekker; 2 for beginner).
3. Water bottle (pls bring 1 or 2. We will fill the water one time before the trekking each morning and carry it by us).
4. Sunblock (SPF50+, PA+++).
5. Lipstick for sunscreen and moisture.
6. Sunglasses.
7. Headlamp (for your personal use. We provide the camping lamp for each tent).
8. Camera, and extra batteries for camera (no electricity during the trek).
9. Power bank for your cell phone charges.10. Sleeping bag.

                                                                                                                 Trekking itinerary

Day 01. Drive to Haba Yi village.
On we will stop at Tiger leaping gorge for a visit and lunch. Continue driving to Haba Yi village. Camp for the night. 
Day 02. Haba Village – Black Lake 5-6hrs
Drive to Haba Yi village where we start our trek, we strike out uphill gently following the newly build rough surface road, soon we leave the road following the trail on the left through severely deforested slop, crossing a stream and arrive at a Yi seasonal herders’ hut. We cross another stream, our trail starting ascends a small but steep and forest-laden ridge for about 15 minutes, then a short descent through boulders we will reach a small flat pastureland with a beautiful stream at the southern edge, after passing a seasonal hut we hit the steepest section of the trail. Luckily the steep climb breaks into two sections so you don’t feel as hard as it could be, arrived at the end of the steep climb and the trail continues through Rhododendron Forest before reaching the exquisite alpine lake – the black lake sitting at an altitude of 4062m, surrounded by pointy mountains. Camp by the lake. (If pick-ups are needed, Lijiang is the nearest airport)
Day 03. Black Lake – Shualing Ga 5-6hrs
Our trail starts with a gradual climb through pointy hills southwest side of the lake, atop a ridge our trail connects to a bigger trail that comes down from 4230m Ga Pass and continues towards the Base Camp, we turn right and continuously walk uphill to the top of the Ga Pass which offers 
a breathtaking view of the mountains and valleys either side of the pass.  Our trail descent through a long slope, a distinctive ancient glaciation activity carved mountainsides and pushed down into the valley floor, our trail leads through a forest with a beautiful wall of a cliff on our left, we will reach our Camp Site at a small pastureland with couple wooden huts used by seasonal herders.

Day 04. DaShualing Ga - Laoyao Shan meadow 4-5hrs 

Our trail immediately drops into the valley floor as we leave the campsite,  crossing a small stream and continuing through a series of small abandoned farms and meadows, a short steep climb takes us to a wide ridge with a fantastic view to our west and the pass we come down yesterday, our trail continues for about 30 minutes before drops into a valley with some seasonal huts further down the valley on our left, our trails climb again through  steep forested slope before reaching a beautiful meadow with a rugged mountain backdrop, this region called Laoyao Shan (Old Medicinal Mountain), we can on the meadow 

Day 05. Laoyao Shan meadow – Naxi Family Guesthouse 4-5hrs

We enter now into the farming communities of Yi minority, we partly follow the surface motorable road for about an hour, at the small ridge of Ganhaizi we leave the road and the trail drops into Tiger Leaping Gorge through the forest, the old trail might damage by the new surface road was built couple years ago, we partly follow the road before reaching the upper village where we enter forests following the old trail between the upper and lower Naxi villages. We check into guesthouse rooms and take showers, and have a good home-cooked meal. Our trip ends (if drop off needed, both Lijiang and Shangrila have airports)

1,650USD/ 11,550RMB per person (private arrangement/ tour size: 4-10 pp)

  • Full board camping service for the whole trekking period.

  • Tibet permits and application charges

  • Guide and camping staff.

  • Cook and kitchen staff.

  • Porters with the camping equipment.

  • All staff and porters’ insurance.

  • Restricted area trekking permit.

  • Hotel & guest house.

  • Staff, porters, and equipment transportation during the trek

  • Oxygen cylinder with mask and regulator for emergency use.

  • Hotel reservation.

  • Airport pickup and drop.

  • Welcome and farewell dinner.

  • Travel agency service surcharge


  • All kinds of beverages.

  • Personal trekking gear.

  • Staffs tips.

  • Airfare, airport tax, any train fare

  • Meals (before and after the trek)

  • Personal entrance fee for any sight on the tour ( payable on the spot )

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