Day Hikes from Black Lake

Black Lake from the west

These day hikes start at Black Lake (黑海), elevation 4,100 meters. Altitudes range between 4,090 and 4,460 meters.


1. Black Lake Shoreline

1. Black Lake Shoreline

Region: Alpine Lakes Region
Altitude in Meters: 4,100
Rating: Easy

Summary: A brisk walk around Black Lake takes 45 minutes. A leisurely pace allows contemplation of the glorious surroundings.


2. Pass 4230

2. Pass 4230

Region: Alpine Lakes Region
Location: ½ km northwest of Black Lake
Itinerary: Black Lake—Pass 4230
Duration: 1 hour round-trip
Altitude in Meters: Start 4,100. Destination 4,230
Elevation Gain: 130 meters
Rating: Easy

Summary: Enjoy an outstanding vista of lake and peak, one of the best in the entire region. The Lanhua Meadow Route crosses over the pass.


3. Alpine Lakes Circuit

3. Alpine Lakes Circuit

Region: Alpine Lakes Region
Itinerary: Varies
Duration: 1 to 5 hours round-trip depending on itinerary
Altitude in Meters: Start 4,100. Destination 4,090 to 4,260
Elevation Gain: 10 to 330 meters
Rating: Easy to Moderate

Summary: Starting from Black Lake, hike to one or several of the nearby alpine lakes. A circuit reaching all of them (except Lisu Lakes) takes 5 hours.


4. Col 4460

4. Col 4460

Region: Alpine Lakes Region
Location: 1 km southwest of Black Lake
Itinerary: Black Lake—Col 4460
Duration: 4 hours round-trip
Altitude in Meters: Start 4,100. Destination 4,460
Elevation Gain: 360 meters
Rating: Moderate

Summary: Col 4460 provides superb views on clear days. You may glimpse the white massif of Meili Snow Mountain (梅里雪山), the highest peak in Yunnan Province. For the route to the col see here.


Info

Please read the explanation of hiking times, distances, altitudes and rating levels here.