Multi-Day Treks

Yang Fuchang, two mules

For details on these treks, click on the links provided below.


1. Classic Gorge Trek

1. Classic Gorge Trek

Region: Tiger Leaping Gorge
Duration: 1 or 2 days one-way
Distance: 23 km one-way
Altitude in Meters: Start 1,850. Max 2,610. End 2,200
Elevation Gain: 1,200 meters
Rating: Challenging (2 days) or Extreme (1 day)

Summary: Experience the world-famous trek through Tiger Leaping Gorge. The trek begins at Qiaotou (桥头镇) and ends at Tina’s Guest House (中峰国际青年旅舍). The majority of trekkers spend one or two nights at guest houses within the gorge. Hiring a trekking guide is not necessary for most people.


2. Classic Gorge Trek with Extension to Haba Village

2. Classic Gorge Trek with Extension to Haba Village

Region: Tiger Leaping Gorge, East Peak Group
Duration: 4 days one-way
Altitude in Meters: Start 1,850. Max 3,200. End 2,650
Elevation Gain: 3,000 meters
Rating: Advanced

Summary: An extension of the classic gorge trek, with three nights spent in guest houses and a home stay. The end point is Haba Village (哈巴村) at the northern base of Haba Snow Mountain (哈巴雪山). For details on days 1 and 2, read up on the classic trekking path. For days 3 and 4, see the Luke-Haba Route (栌克-哈巴路线). Hiring a guide is recommended for the Luke-Haba portion of the journey.


3. Haba Village to Black Lake via Lanhua Meadow

3. Haba Village to Black Lake via Lanhua Meadow

Region: Alpine Lakes Region
Duration: 3 days round-trip from Haba Village
Altitude in Meters: Start 2,650. Max 4,230. Destination 4,100
Elevation Gain: 1,600 meters
Rating: Advanced

Summary: Black Lake (黑海), with its grand vistas of alpine landscapes, sits at 4,100 meters. Three routes lead to the lake—Lanhua Meadow (兰花坪路线), Jianshan (尖山路线) and Base Camp (大本营路线). Combine two for a rewarding loop hike. Hiring a guide is recommended for all three routes. The Lanhua Meadow Route offers the wildest and most secluded journey. The Jianshan Route passes near a waterfall and provides the shortest path to the lake, but the upper section is steeper and more strenuous than the others. The Base Camp Route offers the opportunity to spend one night in a basic dormitory at the tree line.

Lanhua Meadow itinerary: Day 1 ascend the Lanhua Meadow Route and camp at Kentahua Meadow (肯塔花坪). Day 2 move camp to Black Lake or Yellow Lake (黄海), using your free time to explore the area. Day 3 descend Jianshan Route with a stop at the waterfall.


4. Haba Village to Black Lake via Base Camp

4. Haba Village to Black Lake via Base Camp

Region: Alpine Lakes Region
Duration: 2 days round-trip from Haba Village
Altitude in Meters: Start 2,650. Max 4,250. Destination 4,100
Elevation Gain: 1650 meters
Rating: Advanced

Summary: Spend the night at Base Camp (大本营), after hiking up the Base Camp Route. You’ll likely see dozens of mules and mountaineers, so be prepared to share the trail. On the second day continue to Black Lake and descend the Jianshan Route with a side trip to the Jianshan Waterfall.


5. Haba Village to Qiaotou

5. Haba Village to Qiaotou

Region: Alpine Lakes Region, Jizhi Valley
Duration: 3 days one-way
Altitude in Meters: Start 2,600. Max 4,330. End 1,850
Elevation Gain: Gain 1,850 meters. Loss 2,650 meters
Rating: Extreme

Summary: Trace the remote Jizhi Valley (鸡枝山谷) with outstanding views of Haba Snow Mountain’s west face and south ridge. The trek starts at Haba Village and ends at Qiaotou (桥头镇), near the start of the trekking path through Tiger Leaping Gorge. See Jizhi Pass Route for details. Hiring a guide is recommended.


6. Haba Muru Sanctuary

6. Haba Muru Sanctuary

Region: East Peak Group, Tiger Leaping Gorge
Duration: 3 or 4 days one-way
Altitude in Meters: Start 2,650. Max 4,300. End 2,400
Elevation Gain: Gain 2,500 meters. Loss 2,800 meters
Rating: Extreme

Summary: Trek into the heart of a true alpine hideaway. Haba Muru Sanctuary (哈巴雪山庇护所) lies beneath the savage East Face of Haba Snow Mountain. Tracing the Haba-Bendiwan Route, the trek starts at Haba Village north of Tiger Leaping Gorge and ends at Bendiwan Village (本地湾村) within the gorge. Doing the trip in reverse may require four days, due to the huge elevation gain. Hiring a guide is essential.


7. Circumambulation of Haba Snow Mountain

7. Circumambulation of Haba Snow Mountain

Region: All four trekking realms
Duration: 5-8 days round-trip
Distance: 85 km
Altitude in Meters: High point 4,330 (Jizhi Pass). Low point 1,850 (Qiaotou)
Elevation Gain: 4,900 meters
Rating: Extreme

Summary: The ultimate Haba Snow Mountain trek. Hiring a guide is recommended for all portions except Tiger Leaping Gorge. Various itineraries are possible. Here is one.
North: Lanhua Meadow Route
West: Jizhi Pass Route
South: Classic Gorge Trek
East: Luke-Haba Route

Read a journal about the full circle journey: Part 1 and Part 2.


Info

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