6-day Hiking Adventure
Haba Snow Mountain Peak Challenge
Have a brief encounter with the City of Eternal Spring, marvel at the beauty of snow-capped mountains on the Tibetan plateau and challenge yourself to climb one of them.
- Explore one of the world’s deepest gorges
- Summit your first >5,000m mountain
- Get up close and personal with Naxi minority culture
- Wander around a sacred snow-capped mountain
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Day 1: Kunming
Settle into your hotel in Kunming. Take an evening walk around Kunming’s old streets or wander around Cui Lake before going to watch the Dynamic Yunnan show. Choreographed by a famous Chinese dancer, this is your introduction to the 25 ethnic minorities in China who live in Yunnan province, their song, dance and culture.
Day 2: Lijiang - Tiger Leaping Gorge - Haba Village
We drive north towards Tiger Leaping Gorge today, passing by the first bend of the Yangtze River. Some of the most beautiful scenery in Yunnan is found here, where the Jinsha river is flanked by Jade Dragon Snow Mountain on one side and Haba Snow Mountain on the other.
Once at the gorge, you can take a short walk down to Tiger Leaping Rock. Legend says a tiger jumped onto this rock to cross the Yangtze while being chased by a hunter, hence the name Tiger Leaping Gorge. We continue on to Haba Village where we will spend the night preparing for our climb.
Day 3: Haba Village - Base Camp
Base camp is perched high at 4,100m and a 5-6h ascent from Haba Village (2,400m). Our path takes us through pine forests, grassy plains and past streams with green mineral-dyed stones. The scenery is especially beautiful late May to June when rhododendron flowers are in full bloom.
We will have horses to carry our personal belongings as well as food supplies, and we only climb with a light essential pack. If you prefer, you can also ride a horse up at an additional cost.
Day 4: Summit Day!
Summit day! Haba stands at 5,396m, and we have a long day ahead of us (5-7h to summit). The first part of the route is through a huge grey granite and marble slab on the left of the mountain before we reach the glacier at about 4,950m. This is where we put on our crampons in preparation for the toughest part of our climb – the aptly named desperate slope.
After conquering your first 5,000m peak, we slowly walk down to the base camp where we suggest you ride a horse back to the village at an additional cost.
Day 5: Haba Village - Lijiang
Your private transportation will be waiting to take you back to Lijiang for a well-deserved rest.
Lijiang is a beautiful UNESCO heritage old town and home to the Naxi ethnic minority. Wander around the old town, admire the unique architecture that is an amalgamation of Tibetan, Bai and Han influences, sample traditional Pu’Er tea, and end up at Lion’s Hill, the best place to get a bird’s eye view of the old town.
Day 6: Lijiang - Jade Dragon Snow Mountain
Finally, after admiring Jade Dragon Snow Mountain from afar, we get up close by visiting the national park. Jade Dragon Snow Mountain has 13 peaks, the tallest Shanzidou stands at 5,596m. Here, we can take a cable car to the glacier park to get a better view, and also visit the Blue Moon Valley and its jewel toned lakes.
Your private transportation will be waiting to take you back to the airport to catch your flight home.
Optional add-ons: For an unforgettable experience
The Tiger Leaping Gorge trek is one of the top 10 treks in China. Some of the most beautiful scenery in Yunnan can be found here as well as steep and narrow trails for the intrepid trekker. Hike the upper gorge for panoramic views and the middle gorge to get close to the roaring river.