Haba Snow Mountain
The Haba Snow
Mountain stands by the Jinsha River, 120km southeast
of Zhongdian (Shangri-La), with its main peak of 5,396m.
The attraction of the Sanba Tourist Area is attributed
to the towering peaks of the Haba Snow Mountain and
its alpine moraine lake, endless tracks of azalea flowers
and cluster of waterfalls cascading down snow-covered
cliffs. The glacier on the Haba Snow Mountain is the
southmost glacier in China.
Haba is an interesting township beneath the Haba
Snow Mountain. The local minorities include Naxi, Hui and Yi peoples,
as well as the odd Tibetan. It is primarily of interest to hikers
and those who enjoy exploring remote and more traditional villages.
The town along the road is inhabited by a small number of Han people
plus a mix of local minorities, the area above the road towards
the mountain is home to two Hui (Muslim) villages, each of which
with its own mosque. Further up the mountain is an Yi village. Further
down the valley, beneath the road is a lush agricultural area inhabited
by Naxi people.
Opportunities abound for hiking in
the surrounding forest and mountains. Keen hikers will
be interested to hike to the summit of Haba Snow Mountain,
which takes 2.5~3 days at pace for ascent and descent
and requires spending nights on the mountain. A guides
is required and available in Haba town/villages.