Please read the explanation of hiking times, distances, altitudes and rating levels here.
|Region: Alpine Lakes Region|
|Itinerary: Haba Village—Yi Village|
|Duration: 1 hour 45 minutes one-way|
|Distance: 6 km one-way|
|Altitude in Meters: Start 2,650. Max 3,100. End 3,100|
|Elevation Gain: 450 meters|
|Hiking Times: Haba Snow Mountain Inn to Access Gate for Lanhua Meadow Route 1:35 hrs. Yi Village 1:45 hrs.|
Note: A major new road, to be completed in 2022, is being built above the auto road through Haba Village. The following text describes the trekking route prior to this construction.
Starting from Haba Snow Mountain Inn (哈巴雪山客栈) in Haba Village (哈巴村), walk one-minute downhill (south) to a road junction marked by a sign with the name of Yi Village (彝家村). Turn right and ascend the road, passing through the Han settlement of Yangshan (阳山村). After 15 minutes you will arrive at a large patch of evergreen trees. At the lower edge of the trees, the Jianshan Route (尖山路线) and Alternate Base Camp Route (备用大本营路线) depart from the road on the left.
Follow the road as it weaves through the trees, reaching the upper edge of the evergreens after another 15 minutes. At the fork here continue straight ahead. The road ascends steadily through cultivated fields before arriving at Lan Village (兰家村), 50 minutes above the evergreen forest. The Hui settlement has its own mosque with an English sign: “The Haba Snowcapped mountain mosque”.
Above the village, continue ascending the road for 15 minutes to the Access Gate of the Lanhua Meadow Route. The gate is on the right (north) side of the road at an elevation of 3,030 meters. Trekkers planning to take this route should pass through the gate to the woods road beyond. If the gate is locked you can try stepping over, otherwise go back down the road a few meters for a steep bypass or 40 meters for a more gradual workaround.