Climb Mt. Huagai-Throughing Namo Gorge
- 2 Day Hiking

Spring Summer Autumn

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. In the afternoon we will go to the mountain pass to enjoy the view of the 'Ocean of Flowers'. We will hike around 8 hours from Mt. Huagai back to Langmusi on Day 2.

Day 1

(Today you can choose either to ride or hike)

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 5 pm, reach a vast grassland where sheep and yaks graze. On this night, we will sleep in a yak hair tent with local people.

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.

Day 2

(Ride to the foot of Mt.Huagai then hike, OR complete hike)

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

From the summit, we walk a little down to the mountainside, crossing the ridge and continuing down to the bottom of the 'Namo Gorge' or, we can choose to go along the top of the Namo Gorge. Finally, we will pass through the 'Sichuan Monastery' to reach Langmusi.

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 2021

Book the Trek

2 Day Trek with horse riding and hiking

One person travelling alone2000yuan
Group - 2 or more persons 1000yuan pax and all the people together add extra 600yuan to get a horse driver to drive the horses back to Langmusi

For people who weigh over 85kg, we only can offer our various hiking treks, as our horses are not big enough.

Hiking on both days (no horseback riding)
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, horses, 4 meals, and nomad homestay.

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.


  • The summit of Huagai Mountain is 4200m high, so please be aware to undertake this trek you will need to be physically fit, and 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 pack rice and vegetables on the horse, such as potatoes, tomatoes, eggs and green vegetables. Lunch is vegetarian. Supper includes a little beef or mutton.

We Offer

  • We offer professional training in horseback riding for beginners.
  • 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.
  • We also provide professional equipment:
The special stirrup to make sure you will not get stuck. The saddle cushion will make your bottom feel better The clean sleeping bag

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