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You can walk to a small Yi Village (彝家村) where the women wear traditional ethnic clothing. The journey takes half a day. With a full day available, hike to the 40-meter high Jianshan Waterfall (尖山瀑布), the only falls on the north side of the Haba massif. For the village or the falls, take the Yi Village Route (彝家村路线). Alternatively, you can reach the falls via the Jianshan Route (尖山路线).
Camped at Black Lake or nearby? You’ll find the alpine scenery at 4,000 meters stirring and grand. When you’re ready for something grander yet, walk around Black Lake in an hour or two. If you have half a day free, ascend Col 4460 and view the lake and summit glacier from an unusual angle.
For a strenuous but rewarding one-way day hike, walk from Walnut Garden Village (核桃园) to Ennu Village (恩努村). You’ll start from Luke’s Hostel (古道栌克旅舍), trek up and over the edge of Tiger Leaping Gorge and down to Ennu. Along the way you’ll enjoy excellent views straight down the length of the great chasm. You can arrange a home stay overnight in Ennu. The path between the villages follows the Luke-Haba Route (栌克-哈巴路线).
Beginning at Tina’s, clamber up Dashengou Canyon (大深沟) past cascades and waterfalls. It’s a 2-hour round trip to the ravine ladder and back. This is rugged and wild terrain and inexperienced hikers are advised to hire a guide. See the Bamboo Forest Path (竹林小路) for more.
Want to gaze upon Tiger Leaping Gorge from REALLY high up? Make Miner’s Pass your destination. Views of the “twin brother mountains,” Jade Dragon and Haba, are outstanding. This is a strenuous, full day hike on a steep path topping out close to 4,000 meters in elevation. See the Miner’s Pass Route (矿工垭口路线) for more info.
Black Lake offers some of the finest alpine vistas found anywhere on the Haba massif. The approach via Lanhua Meadow Route (l兰花平路线) tackles the ascent more gradually than other routes. Camp at an intermediate meadow on day 1, arrive at the lake on day 2, and return to Haba Village via the Jianshan Route (尖山路线) on day 3.
Trekkers seldom tramp the Jizhi Valley west of Haba’s summit. Spectacular mountain views greet the intrepid visitor to this remote area. The three-day trek starts at Haba Village and ends at Qiaotou Town (桥头镇), near the start of Tiger Leaping Gorge. See Jizhi Pass Route (鸡枝山谷路线) for details.
Tiger Leaping Gorge — three words — one awesome attraction! Inaccessible peaks poke the sky, soaring 3,500 meters above the foaming river deep down within. Ranked as one of the top treks in China, and justifiably so. The two or three-day journey (one day for the fleet-footed) offers an unforgettable experience. Dan Siekman has written a practical guide.