Haizi Shan (Zhara)

Page Type Page Type: Mountain/Rock
Additional Information Elevation: 19094 ft / 5820 m
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Haizi Shan is located in the Northern Daxue Shan in the west of Sichuan Province. It is situated approximately 50km north of Kangding at the head of the Yala Valley. This is one of several Holy Mountains that can be viewed from the Monastery at Tagong and Its other names include Zhara ('King of Mountains') and 'Notched Peak'.

It's uncertain at the time of writing if Haizi Shan has been climbed. In an article written by Tamotsu Nakamura published in the 2003 AAJ the author states that the mountain is unclimbed. In an earlier AAJ however a report states that the mountain was climbed by a Japanese team in 1998 although from the description given it seems that they may have actually climbed Lotus Flower Mountain (5704m) near Kangding and mistakenly reported it as Haizi Shan.

At the time of writing i'm confident that the mountain is at least officially unclimbed but its unlikely to stay that way.

Getting There

The closest town to the mountain is Kangding which in turn is located along the Tibet - Sichuan Highway. Kangding can be reached in 10-14 hrs from Chengdu (the capital of Sichuan Province). Currently there are extensive road works from Kangding to the Erlang Shan Pass and therefore buses only leave Chengdu for Kangding on alternate days. Check www.khamaid.org for the latest information.

For North Face routes the best access is provided by following the Yala Valley northwards from Kangding. From Kangding follow the road that goes towards the hot springs and Mugeco Lakes. This road follows the Yala Valley for approximately 20km and is paved for the first 10km or so (to the turn off to Mugeco Lakes). The final 10km is dirt track but can be driven on providing it hasn't rained too recently.

At the end of the track there are several Tibetan style farm houses and horses can be arranged here although they will need 1 or 2 days notice. The rest of the journey must be made on foot/horse. The route follows obvious trails along the wooded valley and takes you past several Yak herding pastures (3-4hrs) where its possible to camp if you started late in the day.

The trail continues to gain elevation very gently until the end of the valley is reached. The trail then continues northwards and steepens until a plateau containing 3 lakes is reached. The first 2 lakes (3-4hrs) are at an elevation of ~4200m, continue past these to the third lake surrounded by Pine trees at a lower elevation of ~4050m. Camping sites are available at the lake shore which is directly beneath the north face of the mountain.

Other routes may be available on the west face, the best access would probably be from Tagong (3-4hrs by bus from Kangding).

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Permits from the Sichuan Mountaineering Association (SMA) are required. According to the UIAA website, for a peak of <6000m the cost is US$30 per person although if the mountain hasn't been climbed this could well be more.

Whether a representative from the SMA would accompany an expedition to this mountain is uncertain.

When To Climb

The weather in this part of China is governed by the monsoon giving a rainy season from late April to September. The best time to climb would be either pre monsoon/spring (late March to early April) or post monsoon/autumn (late September to early November). The post monsoon season would probably offer the most stable weather.


Good base camp sites can be found at the lake shore beneath the North Face of the mountain.

Miscellaneous Info

Kangding has a few shops where you can buy noodles etc and Tibetan Breads, fruit and other fresh produce are readily available. However, your better off bringing high energy foods, dehydrates etc from home.

Virtually no English is spoken in this area so you'll need to have at least a basic understanding of Mandarin.

Around 8 or so other unclimbed peaks exist in the Northern Daxue Shan, these are mentioned briefly in Tamotsu Nakamura's article (2003 AAJ). They are non-glaciated, rocky peaks around 5000-5700m in height. I was able to visit the foot of one of these peaks in 2003, see the photo below.

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BigLee - Dec 18, 2006 3:36 pm - Voted 9/10

Peak just got climbed....



Bruno - Nov 17, 2008 6:14 am - Voted 9/10

Interesting page, but it needs some update

As mentioned by Big Lee, Haizi Shan is not any more unclimbed, since it was summited in October 2006 by British Malcolm Bass and New Zealander Pat Deavoll. Here again the link to the article. The location is also missing from the page. Exact location is Lat 30°22'45"N Long 101°41'57"E. For easier identification, the following names are interchangeable: Haizi Shan (or Haitzu Shang) is the Chinese name, while it is known in Tibetan as Mount Zhara Lhatse (aka Ala or Jara). The nearby town and monastery of Tagong (Chinese) is also known as Lhagang in Tibetan, while Kangding is Dartsedo (see some name reference here) Zhara Lhatse is regarded since pre-buddhist tradition as an offspring of Nyenchen Tanglha, and is currently revered as one of the 25 Padmasambhava sites in East Tibet (Padmasambhava, aka Guru Rimpoche, is the 8th century Indian master who contributed to the first diffusion of Buddhism in Tibet). Besides its holy status, Zhara Lhatse is also member of the exclusive club of the “Ultra Peaks” in the world that have a prominence above 1500m (approx. 5000ft). Its prominence is 1579m, with a saddle at 4241m connecting with its higher neighbour Minya Konka (7556m), located around 90km S-SE.

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