5 Days Haba Snow Mountain Climbing Adventure (Camping at 4800M) with Tiger Leaping Gorge Tour

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.


  • Climb the Haba Snow Mountain and challenge yourself.
  • Lose yourself in the charm of spectacular Tiger leaping Gorge.
  • Enjoy the beautiful scenery on route, like Haba village, Baishuitai.

Brief Itinerary

  • Day 1: Lijiang-Haba Village
  • Day 2: Haba Village-Base Camp
  • Day 3: Base Camp-Camp 1
  • Day 4: Camp 1-the Top of Haba-Base Camp
  • Day 5: Base Camp-Shangri-la

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1 Lijiang-Tiger Leaping Gorge-Haba Village

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

From Lijiang, we’ll drive about 60 km to the First Bend of 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 40 km 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. Then, you’ll head for the middle part of Tiger Leaping Gorge for your lunch. After a short trek 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 yourself to the altitude(2600 meters 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.

Day 2 Haba Village-the Base Camp at 4200 meters

Sightseeing and Activities: Trekking
Accommodation: Camp
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and 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, clothe, 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).

Option to have one more day in Acclimatization in the Base Camp.

You will spend the day to acclimatize in the base camp. Some Chinese climbers and web sites are recommending a Camp 1 at 4900 meters just before getting on the glacier (a small pond/lake is located there) but it seems that 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 4 hours walk going to black lake and back from base camp if you chose this option.

Day 3 Base Camp at the 4200 meters-the Camp 1 at 4800 meters

Sightseeing and Activities: Trekking
Accommodation: Camp
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Continue climbing up for about 6 km to Camp 1 at 4800 meters, which will take about 6 hours. Our professional mountaineering guide will choose the right path for you to climb up. Our guide will set up the Camp 1 for you.
There is the other option to walk to the Base Camp at 4200 meters within an hours and half via a couple of Lake and some mountain passes where you can have good views of Haba Mountain and the area. And then, walk up to 4800 meters from the Base Camp for some training and back to the Base Camp.

Day 4 Camp 1 at 4800 meters-the top of Haba Snow Mountain at 5396 meters-Base Camp

Sightseeing and Activities: Camp 1 at 4800 meters, the top of Haba Snow Mountain at the 5396 meters, Base Camp
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Get up at 5:00 am, begin to climb to the top of the Haba Snow Mountain at the 5396 meters, which will take about 5 hours. You will climb about 4 km, 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, etc.

You need to use ice crampons and ice axes to get to the top of the mountain. On the top, you can have a very good view of the mountains in distance, including Jade Dragon Snow Mountain in Lijiang, Meili Snow Mountain in Deqin, Three Holy Mountains in Yading and many other nameless mountains.

Have a picnic lunch, then trek down to Camp 1 to take your luggage, then continue trek down to the Base Camp. Our service clerk at the Base Camp will prepare good meals and wait for you.

Day 5 Base Camp at the 4200 meters-Haba Village-Baishuitai-Shangri-la

Sightseeing and Activities: Base Camp at the 4200 meters, Baishuitai
Accommodation: None
Meals: Breakfast and lunch

Trek down from Base Camp to the Long Wang Bian Village with yaks taking your luggage. After lunch, drive to Shangri-La, you will visit Baishuitai (White Water Terrace)

Baishuitai is the cradle of the Dongba culture of the Naxi people. It is said that the founding father of Dongba culture settled here to spread his beliefs on his way back from Tibet. On the eighth day of the second month of the lunar calendar, that is, the day when the founding father held his founding ceremony, people of various groups congregate round the terrace, singing and dancing and slaughtering chickens to pay tribute.

Note: If you will go back to Lijiang after the climbing, you can tell us in advance and transfer to Lijiang after ending the climbing trip.

Recommended Hotels

Destination 5 Star 4 Star 3 Star Hostels
Haba Village     /      /     / Kaka Guesthouse
Haba Snow Mountain    /      /     / Haba Snow Mountain Base Camp Guesthouse
Haba Mountain Camp 1     /     /    / Camping

Service Included:

  • Accommodation with daily breakfast as indicated in the hotel list;
  • Chinese lunches and dinners as listed in the itinerary;
  • All land transfers & transportation with private air-conditioned car;
  • All transfers and sightseeing with skilled English-speaking tour guide;
  • All entrance fees as mentioned in the itinerary;
  • All government taxes;
  • Luggage transfers between hotels;
  • Travel Agency’s Responsibility Insurance coverage

Service Excluded:

  • Any arrival and departure international airfares or train tickets;
  • Any meals which are not specified in the tour itinerary.
  • 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;