The East Face of Haba Snow Mountain (哈巴雪山) presents the most rugged aspect of the entire massif. It is also the hardest to approach. The best way is a path that runs between the villages of Haba (哈巴村) and Bendiwan (本地湾村), hence the Haba-Bendiwan Route. Few locals know the path and hardly any outsiders have tracked it. This trek takes you through a spectacular alpine valley below the East Face, to which I have given the name Haba Muru Sanctuary (哈巴雪山庇护所).
The notes below describe the three-day Haba-Bendiwan trek. For those with less time, check out details on the day hike to Miner’s Pass. Finally, you can read a detailed journal, regaling the full Haba Muru trek.