Climb Mt. Huagai Passing Ocean of Flowers
- 2 Day Hiking

Spring Summer

In spring(from late April to early July), we will spend the night at the source area of The White Dragon River. We will arrive around noon, and in the afternoon we can climb the mountain at the river source. On day 2, hiking will take around 8 hours.

Day 1

We set out from Langmusi at 10 a.m. along the White Dragon River and have lunch at its spring. After lunch we continue trekking and by 4 pm, reach a vast grassland where sheep and yaks graze. On this night, we will sleep in a yak hair tent with local people.

The flowers of dandelion have already covered the ground in late May.

After arriving at camp, we take the halter and saddle off the horses and learn how to make a fire with yak dung as well as how to use a special Tibetan herding tool called a “pe.” We join our host family in driving the animals home and tying the yaks up for the night.

Gathering the dry Yak Dung

In the night, the calves need to be tied up seperately from their mothers to make sure they can't drink the milk, and the humans will be able to milk the next morning.

Day 2

In early morning, the nomads are busy with their routine: milking, collecting yak dung, churning butter, etc. If you like you can experience and partake in these activities for yourself.

After these activities, we will start to climb (by foot) 'Mt.Huagai' which is the highest mountain in this area. The hillside is a little steep but full of grass, so is easy to climb. After a 2 hour hike we will reach the summit.

After a short break on the summit, we will come down the mountain the same way. We will then go to pass through the 'Ocean of Flowers,' to reach 'The Red Stone Forest.' We will pass by here to get to the nearest highway to take the car back to Langmusi.

We were helping to spread out the yak dung to dry it under sunshine.

A lower mountain when looking from the highest Mt. Huagai.

On the mountain top

Streams inside the Ocean of Flowers

We will end the hike after going through this Red Stone Forest.

If I am short of time, how can I manage this trek?

It is okay for you to start this trek on the same day as taking the bus from Xiahe or Jiuzhaigou, to Langmusi. The 2 buses will arrive in Langmusi around 12:00pm noon. Take lunch by yourself after arriving. The latest starting time for this trek is around 1:30pm.

Price for 2020

Book The Trek

Under these prices, you will need to carry the bag yourself, including sleeping bag and food.

One person travelling alone 1200yuan
Group - 2 persons700yuan pax
Group - 3 persons600yuan pax
Group - 4 or more persons550yuan pax

These costs are all inclusive of guide, 4 meals, nomad homestay and car driving back to Langmusi.

Which is the fast way to reach Langmusi?

Tianjing, Xi'an and Chengdu have straight flights to Xiahe airport where is only 2.5h driving distance. Jiuzhaigou airport is 4h driving to Langmusi. Otherwise you can fly to Lanzhou.

Please note that even if you are unsure about your preferred booking dates, you can still book a trek with us and we can arrange a date change if required. If the new trekking dates are unavailable, we will provide a full refund. However in both cases, you will need to contact us 3 days prior to your previously booked program.


  • This trek is available from May to mid-August.
  • The summit of Huagai Mountain is 4200m high so please be aware that to undertake this trek you will need to be physically fit, and you may be affected by the altitude.
  • There is a stove in the middle of the tent with fire for heating. The nomads’ tents have no beds. We provide sleeping bags and generally, a thick padding placed on the bare earth in the tent. There are no showers or private washing facilities.

  • Food: We provide potatoes, tomatoes, eggs and green vegetables. Lunch is vegetarian. Supper includes a little beef or mutton.

We Offer

  • Before the trip, you will be given a handbook on nomadic life.
  • On the trail, you will have local Tibetan guides and a friendly nomadic host family. Our guides have an abundance of local knowledge and know the local nomad communities well. However please note, they are not English-speaking guides.

  • You need to prepare

    • April - Early May 1 down coat, 1 jacket, 2 long underwear trousers and gloves.
    • Mid May - Mid June 2 fleeces, 1 jacket, 1 long underwear trousers and gloves.
    • Late June - Mid Aug. 1 fleece, 1 jacket, mosquito repellent.
    • If you don't have warm clothes with you, traditional Tibetan coats ('chupas') can be rented here.