Trekkers routinely complete the classic trek through Tiger Leaping Gorge (虎跳峡) without guides, including the descent to the Jinsha River (金沙江). Some other routes, however, present route-finding difficulties and other concerns like knowledge of camping spots and water sources, that require the services of a guide. These routes include the following:
Haba-Bendiwan Route (哈巴-本地湾路线) passing through Haba Muru Sanctuary (哈巴雪山庇护所)
Jizhi Pass Route (鸡枝垭口路线) on the west side of the Haba massif
Mountaineer’s Route (登山者路线) to the summit
For any Haba trekking route not mentioned above, hiring a guide is the best practice. This is good for the local economy as well as the safety and enjoyment of the visitor. These other treks are more physically demanding and require more navigation skills than the classic path through Tiger Leaping Gorge.