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From Haba Snow Mountain Inn (哈巴雪山客栈) in Haba Village (哈巴村), turn right (north) and follow the paved road as it ascends through the village. After ½ kilometer (10 minutes) the road levels off. Turn left onto a dirt path that leads uphill. A cement drainage ditch runs along the left side of the path.
The path passes along a stone wall and reaches the main road through Haba Village. Cross the road and continue on a dirt track leading uphill. 100 meters from the main road, turn left onto a path which eventually joins another dirt road. Continue ascending to switchbacks at a cement water tank, elev. 2,770 m. Just before the tank, turn right onto a road that skirts the tank, and immediately afterward, turn left onto another road. Continue on the dirt road as it ascends through cultivated fields.
30 minutes after starting out, you will reach a large rock covered in black lichen. The track veers to the left and ascends to a patch of evergreen trees. You’ll encounter forks in the road, and when this happens, take the uphill branch. Walk along the crest of a small ridge and pass alongside a cement block wall to reach a cluster of homes. At a spot along the wall 20 minutes above the black rock, the road continues left and a dirt path branches right. Turn right onto the path and soon arrive at the paved road coming up from Haba Village.
Across the road stands a cement structure used to incinerate trash. This is a helpful landmark when descending the route. Walk up the road for several minutes until you reach the Access Gate on the right (north), elevation 3,030 meters. If your goal is the Lanhua Meadow Route, pass through the gate onto the woods road beyond. When the gate is locked you can try stepping over it, otherwise go back down the road a few meters for a steep bypass or 40 meters for a more gradual workaround. Trekkers may continue beyond to Black Lake. For details, please consult the Lanhua Meadow Route.
|Region: Alpine Lakes Region|
|Itinerary: Haba Village—Access Gate to Lanhua Meadow Route—Yi Village|
|Duration: 1 hour 20 minutes one-way|
|Distance: 5 km one-way|
|Altitude in Meters: Start 2,650. Max 3,100. End 3,100|
|Elevation Gain: 450 meters|
|Water Sources: none|
|Hiking Times: Haba Snow Mountain Inn to Access Gate 1:10 hrs. Yi Village 1:20.|