11 Days Yunnan Classic Tour with Haba Snow Mountain (5396M) Climbing Adventure

Haba Snow Mountain is about 3 hours from Lijiang. Standing at 5396 meters, Haba is just above the snow-line and is covered with snow all year round. Due to the broad slopes & well-established climbing routes, it is an ideal place for beginners who want to experience climbing a over 5000 meters 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 scenery on this mountain.


  • Relax yourself in Dali Old Town, the historical and cultural town lies between Cangshan Mountain and Erhai Lake;
  • Experience climbing a snow mountain and challenge yourself.
  • Feel the unique charm of Lijiang Ancient Town and seek for Naxi Dongba culture;
  • Lose yourselves in Shangri-La, an earthly paradise with Snow Mountain, Buddhist monastery and forest park.
  • Meet the friendly ethnic groups, including Bai, Dai, Yi, Naxi and Tibetan minorities.

Brief Itinerary

  • Day 1: Kunming Arrival
  • Day 2: Kunming-Dali
  • Day 3: Dali
  • Day 4: Dali-Lijiang
  • Day 5: Lijiang
  • Day 6: Lijiang-Haba Village
  • Day 7: Haba Village-Base Camp
  • Day 8: Base Camp-Summit of Haba-Base Camp
  • Day 9: Base Camp-Shangri-La
  • Day 10: Shangri-La
  • Day 11: Departure from Shangri-La

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Detailed Itinerary

Day 1 Kunming Arrival

Sightseeing and Activities: Arrive in Kunming
Accommodation: Kunming
Meals: Lunch

Welcome to Kunming, the Spring City of China! Upon arrival at the Kunming airport/train station, the local tour guide and driver will meet you in the arrival hall and escort you to your hotel. You’ll begin your journey to the diverse and captivating Yunnan from the capital city, Kunming. You can enjoy a leisure time around Kunming, like strolling in Green Park.

Day 2 Kunming

Sightseeing and Activities: Stone Forest, Flowers and Birds Market, Nanping Street
Accommodation: Kunming
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

In the morning, depart from Kunming and drive about 1.5 hours to make the tour of Stone Forest. An old local saying says that ‘If you have visited Kunming without seeing the Stone Forest, you have wasted your time.’ Truly, the Stone Forest is one of the most important attractions of Yunnan. Afterward, transfer back to Kunming, walk around Flower and Bird Market, go shopping at the shopping areaNanping Street nearby,and go back to your hotel.

Day 3 Kunming – Dali

Sightseeing and Activities: the Three-pagoda in Chongshen Temple, Erhai Lake Cruise, Zhoucheng Village, Dali Old Town
Accommodation: Dali
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Reflection Park of Three Pagodas in Dali City

Early in the morning, take high speed train(2 hours) to Dali, arrive at Dali Railway station and meet with your local guide there. After that, visit the Three Pagodas in Chongshen Monastery , which has a history of over 1,800 years. It is located at the foot of Cangshan Mountain facing to the Erhai Lake. Three Pagodas are made of three ancient independent pagodas forming a symmetrical triangle.

After lunch, you’ll cruise in Erhai Lake by the small boat to the Jinsuo Islet in the east Erhai Lake. There are 200 Bai ethnic families around 1000 people in Jinsuo Island. During Erhai Lake cruise, you will enjoy the green Cangshan Mountain and the Three Pagodas from a far, as well as lots of birds and seagulls flying over the lake.

Later visit Zhoucheng Village and the Bai people’s Tie-dying cloth workshop where you can take some special souvenirs with the Bai ethnic style.  At last, you will visit the Dali Old Town, walk around the Foreigner Street and enjoy the relax time with local people. After climbing up to the City Wall of Dali, you will have panoramic view of the Erhai Lake. 

Day 4 Dali-Lijiang

Sightseeing and Activities: Xizhou Town, Black Dragon Pool, Lijiang Old Town
Accommodation: Lijiang Old Town
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Black Dragon Pool in Kunming

In the morning, visit the morning market of Xizhou Town to fully appreciate Bai-style traditional architectural courtyards, taste their fragrant Three-Course Tea and explore their distinctive culture.

Afterwards, transfer to Lijiang(2-2.5 hours). Upon arrival, visit Black Dragon Pool, which is located at the foot of the Xiangshan Mountain (Elephant Hill) north of Lijiang City. As the water here is a lucid green color, it gained another name Jade Spring Park (Yuquan Park). There are many distinctive and ravishing sites in the park. Hiding in the lush trees or standing along the liquid pool are the antique and exquisite architectural pieces, which are in the style of Naxi. Then explore Lijiang Old Town. Lijiang Ancient Town has a history of more than 800 years; it was listed as the World Cultural Heritage by the UNESCO 1997. Here you will see the wonderful wooden architecture of Naxi people. Enjoy your relax time in Lijiang Old Town.

Day 5 Lijiang

Sightseeing and Activities: Ganhaizi Meadow, Baishui River, Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, Yak Meadow, Impression Lijiang Show, Baisha Old Town and Murals
Accommodation: Lijiang
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

The Glacier Park of Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, Lijiang

In the morning, drive about 30 km to Ganhaizi Meadow(3100 meters), you will take the sightseeing bus for a short visiting through the Baishuihe River, then take the chairlift up to visit Yak Meadow of Jade Dragon Snow Mountain. The cable-way will be arranged according to the condition of the mountain. You will hike around 1 hour in the original forest in Yak Meadow (3700 meters).

After lunch, you will enjoy the Impression Lijang Ethnic Show(regular seat) directed in Ganhaizi Meadow(3100M). A cultural show demonstrates the traditions and lifestyles of the Naxi, Yi and Bai people of the area. The show takes place in an outdoor theater of Jade Dragon Snow Mountain Park at 3500 meters. The production itself was designed by Zhang Yimou, Fan Yue and Wang Chaoge, with a cast of over 500 people and a number of horses.

Later, you’ll stroll around Baisha Old Town, which is an enchanting traditional Yunnan town. Visit the Baisha Mural about 600 years old, which is one part of the World Cultural Heritage by the UNESCO 1997.

Day 6 Lijiang-Tiger Leaping Gorge-Haba Village

Sightseeing and Activities:First Bend of the Yangtze River, the Iron Chain Bridge, Tiger Leaping Gorge
Accommodation: Haba Village
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

From Lijiang, we’ll drive about 60km to the First Bend on the Yangtze River with imposing gorge scenery, and the Iron Chain Bridge in Stone Drum Town. The town of Stone Drum got its name from a large,  cylindrical, marble teblet 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 of 40KM more to visit 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.

After the tour of Tiger Leaping Gorge, you will head to Haba Village for overnight. 

Day 7 Haba Village-Base Camp

Sightseeing and Activities:trekking from Haba Village to Base Camp
Accommodation:Base Camp
Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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 a picnic lunch in Haba Snow Mountain. You only need to take some water, clothes, necessary food, the other equipment will be transferred by the horses to the Basic Camp.

This day 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).

Day 8 Base Camp-Summit of Haba-Base Camp

Sightseeing and Activities:trekking from Base Camp to Summit of Haba and back to Base Camp
Accommodation: Base Camp
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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. Leave most of your luggage at the Camp 1, you 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, clothes, headlight, climbing equipment for the climbing to the summit of Haba Mountain.

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. 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 trekking down to the Base Camp. Our service clerk at the Basic Camp will prepare good meals and wait for you. Overnight at the Base Camp at 4200M.

Day 9 Base Camp-Baishuitai-Shangri-La

Sightseeing and Activities: trekkind down to Long Wang Bian Village, Heihai Lake, Baishuitai
Accommodation: Shangri-La
Meals:Breakfast, Lunch

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 Shangri-La. Have a stop on the way to visit Baishuitai. 

Day 10 Shangri-La

Sightseeing and Activities: Ganden Sumtseling Monastery, Bita Lake & Shudu Lake in Pudacuo National Park, Dukezong Tibetan Ancient Town, Guishan Hill, Grand Prayer Wheel
Meals:Breakfast, Lunch

In the morning, visit the Ganden Sumtseling Monastery, the largest Tibetan monastery in Yunnan. Songzanlin Monastery has another alias – ‘the little Potala Palace ‘, because the whole monastery is in the traditional style with mysterious atmosphere. And afterwards you’ll visit the tranquil Bita Lake & Shudu Lake in Pudacuo National Park , which is located in one of the most biologically-diverse regions of the world. While the region comprises only 0.7 percent of China’s land area, it contains more than 20 percent of the country’s plant species, about one-third of its mammal and bird species and almost 100 endangered species.

Visit Dukezong Tibetan Ancient Town in the late afternoon, climb up to the top of Guishan Hill or Tortoise Hill, you will see the largest Prayer Wheel of the world and have a panoramic view of shangri-La and Dukezong Ancient Town.

Day 11 Departure from Shangri-La

Sightseeing and Activities: Departure from Shangri-La
Accommodation: None
Meals: Breakfast

Pick you up from hotel, transfer to Shangri-La airport for the departure flight. Service ends.

Recommended Hotels

Destination 5 Star 4 Star 3 Star Hostels
Kunming Sofitel Hotel Jinjiang Hotel Longteng Hotel /
Lijiang InterContinental Hotel E-outfitting Hotel Liwang Hotel /
Shangri-La Shangri-La Resort E-outfitting Hotel Bodhi Boutique Inn /
Dali Hilton Hotel E-outfitting Hotel Taiheju hotel /

Service Included:

  • Admission fees for all of the sightseeing spots listed in the itinerary;
  • Meals as listed in the itinerary;
  • Hotels as listed in the itinerary;
  • Private English-speaking tour guide and vehicle for transfers & sightseeing;
  • Service charge & government taxes;
  • Luggage transfers between airports and hotels;
  • Free-bottled mineral water;
  • High speed train tickets from Kunming to Dali (2nd class seats).

Service Excluded:

  • Any arrival and departure international airfares or train tickets;
  • Chinese visa fees;
  • Excess baggage charged by Airlines;
  • Single room supplement;
  • Tips to guides and drivers;
  • Personal expenses and gratuities to service staff;
  • Personal travel accident insurance;
  • All optional programs.

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