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Haba Mountain (5,396 meters/17,807 feet) Climbing Expedition (6 Days)
  • Summit altitude: 5,396 meters
  • Hiking Duration: 7 days
  • Hike level: 5 very strong
  • Climb season: Apr-may & Sept-Oct
  • location: Shangri-La , Yunnan
  • Price: dep. on group size

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Haba Mountain (5,396 meters/17,807 feet) Climbing Expedition (6 Days)


Haba Mountain Introduction


Located in Shangri-La County, Haba Mountain is the fourth highest peak in Yunnan Province, at 5396 meters (17,807 feet) above sea level. Well-known across China for its breathtaking scenery and the unspoiled beauty of its natural surroundings, Haba Mountain rises high above the surrounding forests and grasslands below.

On a clear day, the summit of Haba Mountain offers expansive and breathtaking panoramic views for hundreds of kilometers. Other snow-capped mountains that can be seen from the summit of Haba include the enormous multi-peaked massif of neighboring Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, located just across Tiger Leaping Gorge, as well as the spectacular 3 Sacred Peaks of Daocheng County in neighboring Sichuan province, and even the Meili Xueshan massif on the Yunnan-Tibet border; this latter massif is home to Yunnan’s highest peak, Kawagarbo. At over 6700 metres, Kawagarbo has never been climbed and is considered by many to be one of the most beautiful peaks in the entire world





The Climb


A great introduction to high-altitude mountaineering for beginners and experienced climbers alike, the climb is non-technical but is nonetheless a significant challenge. Climbing Haba Mountain takes a combination of physical stamina and mental fortitude. The altitude and ever-changing weather can present even experienced climbers with difficulties.


Haba is glaciated but the route we take to the summit does not require glacier travel. Ropes are not required but crampons and ice axe are mandatory. Setting out from base camp at 4100 metres, it’s a long and winding but straightforward ascent on low-angle rock leading to a 40 degree snow slope beginning at approximately 5000 metres; this is where we stop to take out our ice axes and put on our crampons!


After stepping onto the permanent snow cap, it’s a straight shot to the summit but don’t expect the last few hundred metres of elevation to be easy!  Climbing in crampons on hard snow is surprisingly strenuous, even on a relatively mild slope. As we approach the summit, you’ll definitely begin to feel the altitude as well, and find yourself needing to rest frequently to catch your breath. For those determined to push onwards and upwards, the rewards of standing on the summit of Haba Mountain far outweigh any of the hardships endured in the process of getting there.  




D1Arrival in Shangrila (Zhongdian) (altitude 3160 metres

On day one, we arrive in Shangrila to begin the process of acclimatization. Upon arrival, we will provide transport to our hotel.


D2Shangrila (Zhongdian) and Haba Village (altitude 2600 metres

On day two, each climber will continue the process of acclimatization while enjoying the sites and delicious cuisine of Shangrila!  In the evening, we will drive to Haba Village, 3 hours away, and spend the night at a comfortable local hotel. At an altitude of 2600 metres, Haba Village is the setting off point for the trek to Haba base camp (altitude 4100 metres).


D3Haba Village – Haba Base Camp (altitude 4100 meters)

After a hearty breakfast, we will set off for Haba base camp at about 9 am. We will first pass through a beautifully wooded forest before arriving at a high altitude grassland where we will stop for a picnic lunch and enjoy panoramic views. The trek to base camp is about 6 hours by foot or 3 hours by horse (if a client chooses to ride a horse, the individual is responsible for the cost). After a long day of hiking steadily uphill, with a total elevation gain of 1500 metres, we arrive at base camp where we will enjoy a nutritious dinner and bed down for the night.






D4Haba Base Camp – Summit (altitude 5396 meters) – Haba Base Camp OR Haba Village

The day we all have been waiting for, summit day! We will leave base camp at 3 AM and must arrive at the summit before 11 AM. After enjoying breathtaking views at the summit, we will head back down the mountain to base camp. Depending on the condition of all the climbers and the weather, we will spend the night at base camp or continue down to Haba Village the same day and spend the night there instead.




D5Haba Base Camp OR Haba Village – Lijiang (altitude 2400 meters)

After breakfast, we will either trek down from base camp to Haba Village and then provide transportation to Lijiang, or if we already arrived at Haba Village the previous evening we will provide transportation directly from Haba Village to Lijiang.



Time to head back home after a big trip to the mountains! Of course, you are also free to spend a few extra days enjoying the charming town of Lijiang




Some more trip pictures for your enjoyment 🙂
























Registration Requirements


Haba Mountain is a great entry level high-altitude climb for beginners and experienced climbers alike. Those in good physical condition and with hiking experience are welcome to climb Haba with us. During the climb, our guides will carry out the mountaineering training necessary to enable all clients to have the best chance of reaching the summit.















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Are you planning far ahead but your favorite trip is not on our schedule at the time you’re coming to China?

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As soon as we have 6 people joining the trip we are good to go!


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Private tours are great ways to travel if you have a group of friends, family or colleagues ready to explore nature together.

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We have experience guiding trips with up to 60 people from international schools and companies.

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