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Rising 5,396 meters above sea level, Haba Snow Mountain lies between the cities of Lijiang and Shangri-La, in southwest China’s Yunnan Province. Drawn by the region’s natural beauty, travelers from throughout China and around the globe come to experience its lofty heights, its profound valleys, and the breathtaking vistas.

The Haba Snow Mountain area offers many natural attractions. These range from showy alpine flowers to primeval forests, from rocky crags to hidden vales, and from meadows of grazing yaks to ethnic villages steeped in tradition. The renowned Tiger Leaping Gorge, one of the deepest gorges on earth, embraces the entire southeast side of the mountain. The glacier-clad peak overlooks them all.

Hiking opportunities abound on 200 kilometers of trekking routes. These vary from one-day excursions to multi-day outings lasting up to a week. This website offers a comprehensive guide to these treks.


Towering peak, shining snow,
calming lake, greening grass,
heart and soul of this enchanted land.
Mountain paradise beyond our mundane world.
Like a dreamland come to life,
evoking lucid vision and penetrating insight.

高的山,白的雪,纯的湖,绿的草,灵魂在秘境中发出澄净的呐喊。
这犹如世外仙境的山,美得令人沉迷,大气得使人豁然。
在这片人间最接近天堂的净土上,沉静着一种永恒的梦境。

From the book Dameishanhe : Hutiaoxia (大美山河:虎跳峡). Translation by P.C.


Haba Snow Mountain inspires deep sentiments, as these poetic words show. Walking, exploring, listening, observing, I have grown to love the Haba high country. On this website I share my knowledge, gained through extensive travels in the Haba Snow Mountain area. I invite you to visit and experience your own inspiration.

Pieter Crow
Kunming, Yunnan


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Text and Images: Pieter Crow (unless otherwise noted)

Copy Editor: Vera van de Nieuwenhof

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