Day Hikes from Base Camp

Base Camp and Peak 4300

These day hikes start at Base Camp, elevation 4,100 meters. High points attained vary between 4,250 and 4,900 meters. Mountain climbers hike itineraries like these to acclimatize to high altitude before making the ascent to the 5,396-meter summit of Haba Snow Mountain (哈巴雪山). Trekkers will enjoy magnificent views.


1. Black Lake

1. Black Lake

Region: Alpine Lakes Region
Itinerary: Base Camp—Round Lake—Black Lake
Duration: 4 hours round-trip
Altitude in Meters: Start 4,100. Max 4,250. Destination 4,100
Elevation Gain: 400 meters
Rating: Moderate

Summary: An enjoyable day trip to Black Lake (黑海) via the Base Camp Route (大本营路线).


2. Jizhi Pass

2. Jizhi Pass

Region: Alpine Lakes Region
Itinerary: Base Camp—Round Lake—Jizhi Pass
Duration: 4 hours round-trip
Altitude in Meters: Start 4,100. Destination 4,330
Elevation Gain: 320 meters
Rating: Moderate

Summary: Enjoy a different aspect of Haba Snow Mountain from Jizhi Pass (鸡枝垭口). For details on reaching the pass, consult the descriptions for Base Camp Route and Jizhi Pass Route.


3. Mountaineer’s Route Below Glacier

3. Mountaineer’s Route Below Glacier

Region: Alpine Lakes Region
Itinerary: Base Camp—Start of glacier
Duration: 5 hours round-trip
Altitude in Meters: Start 4,100. Destination 4,900
Elevation Gain: 800 meters
Rating: Challenging

Summary: The route to the summit of Haba Snow Mountain ascends an extensive rock shield formation southeast of Base Camp. Some folks will find the vertical grade of the slope unnerving and may choose to forego this hike. The shield is best avoided under wet or snowy conditions. Trekkers may continue as high as 4,900 meters——go any higher and mountaineering equipment for glacier travel is required.

30 minutes from Base Camp, pass Index Rock (大石板), an eight-meter high rock pillar. From 4,500 meters on up, distant peaks and ranges come into view on clear days. Visible in the northwest direction are the rocky spires of the Tianbao Mountains (天宝雪山), near the city of Shangri-La (香格里拉). To the left of them, Meili Snow Mountain (梅里雪山) on the Yunnan-Tibet border. Visible to the north are the glacial peaks in Sichuan’s Yading Nature Reserve (亚丁自然保护区). From your high point, return the same way to Base Camp.