China – Mt Aotaina
Mt Aotaina (4800m) is the “daughter peak” of Sanao Snow Mountains. Together with Mt Aotaiji and Mt Aotaimei, the 3 peaks formed the 3 tallest and most prominent peaks of the Sanao Snow Mountains. Of the 3 peaks, only Mt Aotaina can be climbed. Mt Aotaiji’s and Mt Aotaimei’s sharp and steep peaks are too dangerous. Sanao Snow Mountains is located in the same region as Siguniang Shan - Aba Tibetan Autonomous region of southwest Sichuan. Lesser known than Siguniang Shan, it is less explored and received far fewer trekkers than Siguniang Shan.
About The Climb
Mt Aotaina is a non technical peak and can be climbed within 3 days. The trek to the basecamp is a fairly leisurely 5-6 walk for anyone with average fitness. However, the trek to the summit is an average 10-12 hours journey in exposed terrain and requires a good level of endurance and fitness. In winter and spring, there’s a possibility of deep snow from the basecamp to the summit making the terrain harder to manoeuvre than in summer or autumn.
The climate in the high mountain region in southwest Sichuan, mainly the Aba Tibetan Autonomous region depends on the altitude. The climate is alpine and even arctic in the highest peaks. In the valleys, the dry season and the rainy season are obvious. May to September is the wet season, and October to April is the dry season.
The best time to climb Mt Aotaina is during the autumn and winter season from September to December. Mid October when the leaves change colour to the autumn hue of red, brown, orange and yellow is the best time to visit.
Mt Aotaina is a trek suitable for those who have no experience in multi-days mountain trekking to above 4000m. It requires excellent physical fitness. Climbers are expected to carry a backpack load of 5-6kg to walk an average of 4-8 hours a day for 4-5 days in undulating mountain terrain. For summit day, it is a walking day of 9 – 12 hours in extreme cold (-10°C to -15°C).
Equipment and Gear
You will need alpine trekking attire during the trek. When at the base camp and after sundown, fleece and down jacket will be required. A good down sleeping bag is needed at the base camp. A packing list will be provided for all our participants.Please refer to our Resource Centre page to read about the layering system to be better prepared and choose the right gear/equipment for your climb
Group size : 5 - 12 people
2 people : $1200 per person
3-4 people: $1100 per person
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|Day||Description||Meals||Altitude At Rest Point|
|Day 1||Arrive in Chengdu||-/-/-||500m|
|Day 2-3||Drive to Blackwater County. Acclimatization day in Blackwater County.||B/L/D||2500m|
|Day 4||Trek to Base Camp||B/L/D||3500m|
|Day 5||Summit day. Back to BC for night.||B/L/D||3500m|
|Day 6||Descend to Blackwater County.||B/L/D||2500m|
|Day 7||Drive to Chengdu||B/-/-||500m|
|Day 8||Depart Chengdu. (Programme ends here. Next day arrival on flight, if any, not reflected in itinerary )||B/-/-|
- Return airport transfer in Chengdu
- All land transfer as indicated in itinerary
- Meals as indicated in itinerary
- Twin/Trip sharing accommodation in Chengdu. Mixed dormitory (non heated) in home stay in Blackwater County. Mountain hut (mixed dormitory/non heated) during trek
- Trek support: Climbing guide, assistant climbing guide, cook and porterage service by horses
- Boiled drinking water during home stay and trek
- International air tickets, airline taxes and fuel surcharge
- Visa Fee (if any).
- Single Supplement
- Meals not indicated in itinerary
- All tipping
- Personal porters
- Personal travel insurance (mandatory to cover trekking up to 5000m)
- Personal expenses like shopping, laundry etc
- Personal travel & trekking gear – warm clothing, shoes, backpacks etc
- Extension of stay after the trek
- Emergency evacuation and medical expenses
- Any expenses including accommodation, meals & transfer outside the stipulated trek/climb itinerary – i.e. any person leaving the group for personal travel, illness/injury or any form of extension of stay
Support from Ace Adventure Expeditions
We provide pre-trip support to prepare you for the climb:
1. Trip briefing
2. Equipment preparation & gear discount from selected Singapore outdoor outfitters
3. Physical training preparation
4. Trip information kit
We carefully select and establish strong working relationship with our local trek operator to ensure safe participation by everyone. Our local climbing guides have extensive experience in guiding treks in Mt Aotaina and some of the highest peaks in China , possess intimate knowledge of the local surroundings, conditions and culture and are trained in emergency rescue.