East Side Route

Camping near East Side Route

Route Overview

Route Overview

The East Side Route (东边路线) traverses the foothills rising abruptly from the plains of Shangri-La. It is part of a longer route, the Napa Lake Wetland Park Fitness Trail (纳帕海湿地公园健身步道). The Fitness Trail is not fully described here because a portion passes through a military restricted area (the bottom half shown on the Chinese-language map in the photo). Please take note of the area closure in the description below.


Route Description

Route Description

Start from the intersection with Base to Summit Route (从山脚到山顶路线), 1.5 km from the valley floor. East Side Route trends south at the intersection and immediately passes Observation Platform #2 (2号观景台) with very fine views. Beyond the platform, take the cutoff path leaving shortly on the left, or alternatively, descend several hundred meters to a small brook.


Turn left (east) in the brook valley and ascend to the high point in a large open field, passing an intersection with the cutoff path along the way. A trail coming in on the right parallels the route and eventually meets it in the open field. That other trail is not covered here because it passes through the closed area.


A bit further on a spur trail leads several hundred meters to Observation Platform #1 (1号观景台), elev. 3,750 meters, offering a splendid view of the surrounding terrain. From the intersection with the spur trail, East Side Route descends to the plains with considerable elevation loss. Immediately upon reaching the plains, join a dirt road which leads north 2 km to an intersection with the road from Shangri-La to the cable car base station.


The last portion of the route, the part descending to the plains, passes near the closed area mentioned above. Given the proximity, please inquire locally to determine if this section of East Side Route is open for hiking.


Summary: East Side Route

Summary: East Side Route

Location: Shika Snow Mountain
Itinerary: Intersection with Base to Summit Route--Observation Platform #1--Dirt Road on the Plains
Duration: 1¼ hours one-way
Distance: 5 km one-way, including spur trail to observation platform
Altitude in Meters: Start 3,710. Max 3,750. End 3,290
Elevation Gain: Gain 70 meters. Loss 450 meters
Rating: Moderate
Water Sources: Brook



Written by
Pieter Crow
2023-12-20