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In Lijiang you can try Adam (陈靖友, Chén Jìngyǒu), WeChat: AdamChinaDali; phone: 158-1222-1660; email: 15812221660@126.com. Speaks good English. I have hired him on several occasions, though not for mountaineering.

It was Adam who clued me in to a new mountaineering objective on Jade Dragon Snow Mountain. That would be Snow Lotus Peak (雪莲峰), summit elevation 5,260+ meters. Located 6km north-northeast of JDSM main summit, 6km west-southwest of Yak Meadow cable car. Groups of Chinese mountaineers have been making the ascent in the last several years. Initial access via Yak Meadow cable car, the two or three-day climb ascends the eastern slope and north ridge. Judging by photos on the Chinese app Liang Bu Lu (两步路), the ascent requires no technical climbing and no glacier travel. If that is so, it's a true trekking peak and possibly the easiest 5,000-meter summit to reach in Yunnan Province.

You can see a photo of Snow Lotus Peak here (JDSM main peak at left, SLP at right):
trekhaba.weebly.com/jade-dragon-snow-mt.html

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There are reported to be something like a dozen peaks over 5,000 meters in the Jade Dragon massif. A mini-mountain range it is.

About the climbing ban, I offer the following. There are two types of wardens that I am aware of. The first are fire wardens who man stations on certain roads in the general Lijiang area.

I have encountered them on the road to Puji Temple, also above Nanyao Village north of Lashi Lake. I was on the way down and out, so they didn't bother with me at all. One of them told me his job was to stop traffic attempting to pass through during the dry season, generally November to May and perhaps as late as mid-June. I presume he allowed known local residents to go on through. I noticed that he left his station after 5:00pm.

There may be fire wardens in the Yuhu Village area or areas to the east of Jade Dragon Snow Mt, but I have no knowledge. All I can say is that on several trips in the dry season I have never encountered fire wardens on any of the roads or trails from the Yuhu Village area up to Jade Dragon Reservoir and then down to Wenhai Lake.

The other type of warden might be called mountain wardens. A trekker friend encountered one at Yuhu Village, and the message was clear: no climbing on Jade Dragon Snow Mountain. My friend hired a guide and did a long day trek from Yuhu reaching above 4,000 meters. Apparently this is an acceptable practice. Limited details about treks from Yuhu Village may be found here:
www.chinahighlights.com/[...]

Another friend, a guide in Lijiang, told me that if one is caught camping

on these hiking routes above Yuhu, you might well be told to get off the mountain.

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Forums > Travel Yunnan > Looking for local (mountaineering) contact

For Tiger Leaping Gorge and Haba Snow Mt you might find some useful info at TrekHaba.com. I'm not aware of any local mountaineering contact. I do have aerial photos of Haba, TLG and parts of Jade Dragon S.M. If they might be of interest you can pm me.

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I've been trying to locate the start of the new light rail line from Lijiang to the national park. A friend in Lijiang informs it begins off of Route S223, known locally as Yu Quan Lu (玉泉路), 7 km north of Old Town, between Shuhe and Baisha. I don't know if this is one of the five stations mentioned in the China Daily piece or the actual southern terminus, in which case no rail link from Lijiang train station.

Something else that will affect visitation to Jade Dragon Snow Mountain park. On a recent visit to Daju I noticed a new bridge under construction across the Jinsha River. For years a ferry has shuttled cars (except during periods of low water) and passengers across, but that will change with completion of the bridge. No doubt new popularity for auto tours/buses making the loop through Tiger Leaping Gorge with return to Lijiang through the park.

As of November 2020, Tiger Leaping Gorge is closed for road construction. According to guest houses in the area, all tourism and trekking in the gorge is shut down until at least spring 2021.

For those who may be interested, my trekking guide to Haba Snow Mountain is now online at www.TrekHaba.com (proxy required).

The Haba-Bendiwan Route shown on the map passes through the mining area. It will be covered in a future article in the series. In the past I was concerned about hiking the area due to the use of explosives. In 2018 while in Bendiwan I heard blasts up above and saw dust clouds rising in the air. As of 2019, the mine is reported to be shut down permanently after fifty years in operation. The Haba Snow Mountain Provincial Nature Preserve took credit for shutting it down, due to environmental concerns, which I learned about from a Preserve employee. I saw no mine workers anywhere while passing through. You don't want to drink from any streams in the area. They are polluted by mine tailings and take on a milky coloration. Water pipes high on the mountain bring down clean water to villages in the gorge. I passed such pipes at 3,900 meters and they ran up the slope even higher than that.

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