Day Hikes from Haba Village

Haba Village at the base of Haba Snow Mt

These day hikes start from Haba Village (哈巴村), situated at an elevation of 2,650 meters. High points range between 3,050 and 4,140 meters.


1. Yi Village

1. Yi Village

Region: Alpine Lakes Region
Itinerary: Haba Village—Yi Village
Duration: 3½ hours round-trip
Distance: 10-12 km round-trip
Altitude in Meters: Start 2,650. Destination 3,050
Elevation Gain: 400 meters
Rating: Moderate

Summary: The Yi Village Route (彝家村路线) takes you to a hamlet where the village women wear ethnic clothing, including the massive headpiece that is unique to Yi minority culture.


2. Pusa Mountain

2. Pusa Mountain

Region: Alpine Lakes Region
Itinerary: Haba Village—Pusa Mt Summit
Duration: 4 hours round-trip
Altitude in Meters: Start 2,650. Destination 3,060
Elevation Gain: 420 meters
Rating: Moderate

Summary: Pusa Mountain (普萨山) is a small peak located two kilometers southeast of Haba Village (哈巴村). From the south end of the village, traverse meadows and forest paths to a 3,000-meter high ridge situated southwest of the summit. Then, make the final ascent toward the views on top, with short stretches of easy bushwhacking.


3. Hongtupo Meadow

3. Hongtupo Meadow

Region: Alpine Lakes Region
Itinerary: Haba Village—Longwangbian Village—Hongtupo Meadow
Duration: 3½ hours round-trip
Altitude in Meters: Start 2,650. Destination 3,100
Elevation Gain: 450 meters
Rating: Moderate

Summary: This hike follows the Base Camp Route (大本营路线). Hongtupo Meadow (红土坡坪) offers grand views of the area, from the depths of the Jinsha River (金沙江) valley in the east, to massive Gan Mountain (干山) in the north.


4. Daqila Shelter

4. Daqila Shelter

Region: Alpine Lakes Region
Itinerary: Haba Village—Longwangbian Village—Hongtupo Meadow—Xiaoqila Meadow—Daqila Shelter
Duration: 6 hours round-trip
Altitude in Meters: Start 2,650. Destination 3,600
Elevation Gain: 950 meters
Rating: Challenging

Summary: Follow the Base Camp Route to reach Daqila Shelter (大七拉小屋), deep in the woods high above Hongtupo Meadow. Mountain climbers on their way to Base Camp (大本营) stop here for lunch. A caretaker serves 20 RMB noodles from an enormous pot during the high season, in the first week of May and October. A spring just above the shelter provides water.


5. Jianshan Waterfall

5. Jianshan Waterfall

Region: Alpine Lakes Region
Location: 4.3 km west of Haba Village
Altitude in Meters: 3,500

Jianshan Approach:
Forty-meter high Jianshan Waterfall (尖山瀑布) is the only falls on the north side of Haba Snow Mountain (哈巴雪山). This is the longer of two approaches and uses the Jianshan Route (尖山路线). The 5.5 km hike takes 2¾ hours one-way, excluding breaks. With an elevation gain of 850 meters, the journey is rated “Challenging”.


Yi Village Approach:
For a shorter path to the falls, take the Yi Village Route. Arrange an auto lift to the end of the paved road above the village. The hike from there to the waterfall, rated “Moderate”, is only 2.5 km and takes 1½ hours, not including rest breaks. The elevation gain is 350 meters.

Loop Hike:
Combine the Yi Village and Jianshan Routes for an enjoyable loop hike.


6. Black Lake via Jianshan Route

6. Black Lake via Jianshan Route

Region: Alpine Lakes Region
Itinerary: Haba Village—Black Boulder Junction—Jianshan Waterfall—Black Lake
Duration: 10+ hours round-trip
Distance: 20 km round-trip
Altitude in Meters: Start 2,650. Destination 4,100
Elevation Gain: 1,450 meters
Rating: Extreme

Summary: The hike from Haba Village to Black Lake (黑海) and return in one day is feasible. However, one must be superbly fit and acclimatized to altitude. Even then, the journey is long and exhausting. Riding a mule is a reasonable alternative. (For a shorter route see the hike below.) The journey on foot requires a 7 A.M. start. Plan on five to six hours for the hike to the lake via the Jianshan Route, one hour for photos and exploring, and return to Haba Village by late afternoon or early evening. Hiring a guide is recommended.


7. Black Lake via Yi Village Route

7. Black Lake via Yi Village Route

Region: Alpine Lakes Region
Itinerary: Yi Village—Jianshan Meadow—Pass 4140—Black Lake
Duration: 3¾ hours one-way to Black Lake. 6 hours round-trip
Distance: 5½ km one-way to Black Lake; 11 km round-trip
Altitude in Meters: Start 3,170. Max 4,140. Destination 4,100
Elevation Gain: 1,000 meters
Rating: Challenging

The shortest hike to Black Lake combines portions of the Yi Village and Jianshan Routes. The hike begins at the end of the paved road above Yi Village, a 30-minute drive from Haba Village. Hike up to Jianshan Meadow, turning right (west) on top of the low ridge just before entering the meadow. Walk directly up the wooded ridge to join the Jianshan Route near an overhanging cliff. Pass Jianshan Waterfall on the left and continue the steep ascent to Yellow Lake. At the Yellow Lake hut, leave the Jianshan Route and trace a path that ascends southwest in a few minutes to Pass 4140 with a fine view overlooking Black Lake. Cell phone coverage is usually available here. A short descent leads to the north shore. Hiring a guide is recommended.


Info

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