Hailuogou Travel Guide and Tour Packages
Hailuogou is a glacier national park located southeast of Ganzi Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture of Sichuan Province. It is by the east face of Mount Gongga(Miya Konka) at the east boundary of Eastern Tibetan Plateau. Inside this park there are hanging glaciers, hundreds of ice caves, giant icefalls and quiet forest. Among them the Great Icefall is 1000 meters’ long and 1100 meters’ wide. The glaciers locate by the elevation of around 2800 meters above sea level. The difference of plantations is massive between the base at Moxi and Camp 4 at the highest location of the park.
Hailuogou Glacier Park is in the core area of Hengduan Mountain Range. The place where the glacier parks lies is called Daxue Mountain Range. This range is also known as Minya Konka, or Mount Gongga, among which mount Gongga is the highest mountain soaring up to 7556 meters. There are 45 6000+ meters’ peaks and over 100 5000+ meters’ peaks as well. It is one of the biggest mountain ranges that are close to a 10 million people city. And one of its most boasted features is the golden glows on the mountain in the morning when the sun light hits the tip of the peak.
Fog is also considered one of the essences that made Hailuogou Glacier Park a wonderland. There is always fog everywhere in the mountain. Especially in the morning when the sun comes our and there are still fog stay by the side of the mountain peaks. Also in China, foggy places are believed to be the places where deities live.
There are a few hundreds of glaciers in this park with a coverage of over 300 sqkm. The No. 1 glacier is 15km’s long and 16 sqkm’s big. Its end stretches 6km into the forest. It is one of the lowest glaciers at the same longitude in the world. Visitors can walk from Camp 3 to get really close to this glacier. In the glacier, there are lots of hidden ice ponds, ice caves, ice arches, etc. And the Great Icefall is very stunning. It is 1000 meters’ long and 1100 meters’ wide.
The Pristine Forest
The forests are well protected in this park. The number of trees is up to a million. It is a necessary part of this park and its diversity is big: from bamboo forest at around 2000 metes to rhododendron at around 3000 meters to pine trees at 4000 meters. It is a very lush place and home to Giant Pandas and Tibetan Macaques.
Red Rock Slide
The red rock slides are another wonders of Hailuogou Glacier Park. In the neighboring valleys like Yanzi Valley and Nanmenguan Valley, there are big slides of red rocks have been found especially the one on the way to the pass of Yajiageng. Looking from the far away, the slide looks like blood flowing from the hard rock and through the green forest and then into the riverbed.
Hailuogou Park Service Line: 0836-3266550;
Opening Time: 07:00~12:30 in fall and winter and 07:30~14:00 in spring and summer;
Entrance Charge: 92 Chinese yuan;
Tourist Bus: 70 yuan per ticket round way;
Cable Car: 150 yuan per ticket round way.
Walking Hailuogou Glacier Park
The walk from Camp 3 to the glacier is about 2 hours' walk in the thick forest and you will get the chance to touch the giant glaciers by yourself by the end of the walk. YOu can even walk to explore the glaciers.
Different from the cold of the mountains and weather, the hot spring is very hot and welcoming. Many local hot spring resorts have been built up for travelers today at both the town of Moxi and in the park at Camp 2.
The neighboring valley is called Yangzigou Valley located at the north to Hailuogou Valley. It is also a every beautiful glacier park that is more wild and deeper. It also requires a full day's visit to this park.
It is called Moxi Zhen, the small town by the entrance of the park at the base. It is a tourist small place used to be a small village. A cathlic church and a former Red Army residence are something interesting to see.