General

This key highlight of this itinerary is to experience climbing a snow mountain. HaBa Snow Mountain is located about 3hr from LiJiang. Standing at 5396m, HaBa is just above the snow-line and is covered with snow all year round. Due to the forgiving slopes & well-established climbing routes, it is an ideal climb for beginners who wish to experience climbing a 5000+m snow mountain. This trip allows you to experience the typical process of climbing a snow mountain. From trekking to base camp, acclimatization climb, putting on crampons, using ice-axe, & the final summit push, you will be thrilled by the elements on this mountain.

Day 1 Lijiang-Hutiaoxia-Haba Village( L , D )
Sightseeing and Activities:Lijiang(2400)-Middle Tiger Leaping Gorge(1900)-Haba Village (2600m)
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From Lijiang, you'll drive about 60KM to the First Bend on the Yangtze River with imposing gorge scenery, and the Iron Chain Bridge in the Stone Drum town. The town of Stone Drum got its name from a large, cylindrical, marble tablet shaped like a drum. The scenery is magnificent as the road running through the Lijiang valley which is filled with wheat fields and drying haystacks.  

Continue the driving 40KM more to visit the the upper Tiger Leaping Gorge, the deepest gorge in the world. With 34 rapids of the Yangtze River, it is called the Jinsha in this area because you can find gold in the river. Then, you'll head for the middle part of Tiger Leaping Gorge for your lunch. After a short trekking in Middle Tiger Leaping Gorge, drive to Haba Village which is a small Naxi village located at the food of Haba Snow Mountain.

Arrive at Haba Snow Mountain Guesthouse in Haba Village. You will prepare for your equipment and acclimatize youselfself to the altitude(2600M in Haba Snow Mountain Guesthouse.) After lunch, examine your heart rate and blood oxygen content. Learn the knowledge, condition and introduction of the Haba Snow Mountain Climbing. Overnight at Haba Snow Mountain Guesthouse.

 
Day 2 Haba Village-the Base Campe( B , L , D )
Sightseeing and Activities:Haba Village (2600m)-the Base Camp at the 4200 m of Haba Mountain
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Trek up the Haba Mountain for about 15 km to the Base Camp at the 4200 m, which will take about 7 hours, with yaks taking your luggage. You will have picnic lunch in Haba Snow Mountain. You only need to take some water, clothe and necessary food, the other equipment will be transferred by the horses to the Basic Camp.

Base camp altitude indications vary depending on whom you ask but we found it to be at about 4100 m so this is a rather long day and the path can get very muddy. Use good waterproof boots. The walk will take 4-6 hours and is mostly through the beautiful Yunann forest apart from three meadows that you will cross on the way. 

Today you will hike up 1500M of the altitude, arrive at the Base Camp in the afternoon. Because of the high elevation, everyone will suffer the different altitude sickness. You should know how to adjust the situation and adapt to the high elevation. If you really feel not very well, please tell your escort.

Note: It is not allowed to sleep before 9:00 PM.
Overnight at the Base Camp or in the wooden hut(beds and quilt are available in the wooden hut).

Option to have one more day in Acclimatization in the Base Camp 4200M.
You will spend the day to acclimatize in the base camp. Some chinese climbers and web sites are recommending a Camp 1 at 4900 m just before getting on the glacier ( a small pond/lake is located there) but it seems most people do the climb in one day up and down from base camp.This seems to be the best solution especially if you can spend one day to acclimatize in base camp. There is a nice 4 hours walk going to black lake and back from base camp if you chose this option.
 
--The base camp is located at the edge of the forest so ample wood supply is available and a very clean river stream flows nearby. Two hut guardian are now staying at base camp and can provide basic cooking and even some drinks ( coke etc...). Camping at base camp is confortable and free in a very nice setting plus you can take advantage of some of the hut facilities. In rainy weather however, the ground becomes very wet and it is difficult to keep the tents dry.
 
A new hut has recently been added to the 'historical one' these huts are still pretty basic with sod floor and open walls on the outside but the largest and most recent one can offer shelter to about 30 people while the oldest one is much smaller ( 8 max). Sleeping in the hut is on wooden plank and acceptable although it seems most people still prefer the camping solution.

Overnight at the Base Camp or in the wooden hut(beds and quilt are available in the wooden hut).

Day 3 Base Camp-the Summit-Base Camp( B , L , D )
Sightseeing and Activities:the Base Camp at the 4200 m- the Camp 1 at 4800 of Haba Snow Mountain -the top of Haba Snow Mountain (5396m)-the Base Camp (4200M)
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Get up at 3:00 am, prepare for your equipment and have a simple breakfast. Examine your health condition before leaving for the top at 4:00 AM. You will leave most of your luggage at the Camp 1, just need to take your mountaineering tools, such as the rope, ice axe, ice pick,the bag, some solid food, a warm pot of water, clothe,headlight, climbing equipment for the climbing to the summit of Haba Mountain.
 
--Camp 1 is located just before the 2nd grey slab at about 4800 m. Usually people did not stay there but from what you could observe it seems quite uncomfortable due to the very rocky and uneven surface. A small pond nearby provides water.

You will try to climb about 4 km to the top of the Haba Snow Mountain at the 5396m, which will take about 5 hours. It is the ice and snow trail from the camp 1 to the summit, the altitude up 500M, usually, it will take you about 3 hours to the top. Enjoy the wonderful scenery of Haba Snow Mountain and Jade Dragon Snow Mountain with Yangtze River in the middle, take the pictures as souvenir. Here will be an unforgettable station of your life.
 
After having a picnic lunch, you will trek down to Camp 1 to take your luggage, then continue trek down to the Base Camp. Our service clerk at the BC will prepare good meals and waiting for you. Overnight at the Base Camp at 4200M.

Day 4 Base Camp-Haba Village--Lijiang( B , L )
Sightseeing and Activities:the Base Camp at the 4200 m-Haba Village-Tiger Leaping Gorge-Lijiang
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Trek down from Base Camp to the Long Wang Bian Village, with yaks taking your luggage. Visit Heihai Lake with the original forest. After lunch, drive back to Lijiang. Service ends.

Best time to climb Haba Snow Mountain:
Every May, June or the end of September, October, the beginning of November
The end of October is the best to climb Haba Mountian and trek in Tiger Leaping Gorge.

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Quotations

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What's Include

1.Accommodation as below;
2.Chinese lunches and dinners as listed in the itinerary;
3.All land transfers & transportation with private air-conditioned coach;
4.All transfers and sightseeing with skilled English-speaking tour guide;
5.All entrance fees as mentioned in the itinerary;
6.Domestic air tickets fares with airport tax and fuel extra fee based on economy class mentioned in the program
7.Service charge and all government taxes;
8.Luggage transfers between airport and hotels;
9.Travel Agency's Responsibility Insurance coverage

What's Exclude

1.Any arrival and departure international airfares or train tickets;
2.Any meals which are not specified in the tour itinerary.
3.Chinese visa fees;
4.Excess baggage charged by Airlines;
5.Single room supplement;
6.Tips to guides and drivers;
7.Personal expenses and gratuities to service staff.
8.Personal travel accident insurance.
9.All optional programs

Best time to climb Haba Snow Mountain:
Every May, June or the end of September, October, the beginning of November
The end of October is the best to climb Haba Mountian and trek in Tiger Leaping Gorge;

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