Day Hikes from Haba Village

Haba Village at the base of Haba Snow Mt

These day hikes start from Haba Village (哈巴村), situated at an elevation of 2,650 meters. High points range between 3,050 and 4,100 meters.


1. Yi Village

1. Yi Village

Region: Alpine Lakes Region
Itinerary: Haba Village—Yi Village
Duration: 3½ hours round-trip
Altitude in Meters: Start 2,650. Destination 3,050
Elevation Gain: 400 meters
Rating: Moderate

Summary: The Yi Village Route (彝家村路线) takes you to a hamlet where the village women wear ethnic clothing, including the massive headpiece that is unique to Yi minority culture.


2. Pusa Mountain

2. Pusa Mountain

Region: Alpine Lakes Region
Itinerary: Haba Village—Pusa Mt Summit
Duration: 4 hours round-trip
Altitude in Meters: Start 2,650. Destination 3,060
Elevation Gain: 420 meters
Rating: Moderate

Summary: Pusa Mountain (普萨山) is a small peak located 2 kilometers southeast of Haba Village. From the south end of the village, traverse meadows and forest paths to a 3,000-meter high ridge situated southwest of the summit. Then, make the final ascent toward the views on top, with short stretches of easy bushwhacking.


3. Hongtupo Meadow

3. Hongtupo Meadow

Region: Alpine Lakes Region
Itinerary: Haba Village—Longwangbian Village—Hongtupo Meadow
Duration: 3½ hours round-trip
Altitude in Meters: Start 2,650. Destination 3,100
Elevation Gain: 450 meters
Rating: Moderate

Summary: This hike follows the Base Camp Route (大本营路线). Hongtupo Meadow (红土坡坪) offers grand views of the area, from the depths of the Jinsha River (金沙江) valley in the east, to massive Gan Mountain (干山) in the north.


4. Daqila Shelter

4. Daqila Shelter

Region: Alpine Lakes Region
Itinerary: Haba Village—Longwangbian Village—Hongtupo Meadow—Xiaoqila Meadow—Daqila Shelter
Duration: 6 hours round-trip
Altitude in Meters: Start 2,650. Destination 3,600
Elevation Gain: 950 meters
Rating: Challenging

Summary: Follow the Base Camp Route to reach Daqila Shelter (大七拉小屋), deep in the woods high above Hongtupo Meadow. Mountain climbers on their way to Base Camp (大本营) stop here for lunch. A caretaker serves 20 RMB noodles from an enormous pot during the high season, in the first week of May and October. A spring just above the shelter provides water.


5. Jianshan Waterfall

5. Jianshan Waterfall

Region: Alpine Lakes Region
Itinerary: Haba Village—Black Boulder Junction—Jianshan Waterfall
Duration: 5½ hours round-trip
Altitude in Meters: Start 2,650. Destination 3,500
Elevation Gain: 850 meters
Rating: Challenging

Summary: The Jianshan Route (尖山路线) takes you to the 40-meter high Jianshan Waterfall (尖山瀑布), the only falls on the north side of Haba Snow Mountain (哈巴雪山).


6. Black Lake

6. Black Lake

Region: Alpine Lakes Region
Itinerary: Haba Village—Jianshan Waterfall—Black Lake
Duration: 10 hours round-trip
Distance: 20 km round-trip
Altitude in Meters: Start 2,650. Destination 4,100
Elevation Gain: 1,450 meters
Rating: Extreme

Summary: The hike from Haba Village to Black Lake (黑海) and return in one day is feasible. However, one must be superbly fit and acclimatized to altitude. Even then, the journey is long and exhausting. Riding a mule is a reasonable alternative. The journey on foot requires a 7 A.M. start. Plan five hours for the hike to the lake via the Jianshan Route, one hour for photos and exploring, and return to Haba Village by late afternoon or early evening. Hiring a guide is recommended.