China – Mt Aotaina

10 Sep 16

China – Mt Aotaina

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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.

Trekking Seasons

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.

Experience Required

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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DayDescriptionMealsAltitude At Rest Point
Day 1Arrive in Chengdu -/-/-500m
Day 2-3Drive to Blackwater County. Acclimatization day in Blackwater County.B/L/D2500m
Day 4Trek to Base CampB/L/D3500m
Day 5Summit day. Back to BC for night.B/L/D3500m
Day 6Descend to Blackwater County.B/L/D2500m
Day 7Drive to ChengduB/-/-500m
Day 8Depart Chengdu. (Programme ends here. Next day arrival on flight, if any, not reflected in itinerary )B/-/-


  1. Return airport transfer in Chengdu
  2. All land transfer as indicated in itinerary
  3. Meals as indicated in itinerary
  4. Twin/Trip sharing accommodation in Chengdu. Mixed dormitory (non heated) in home stay in Blackwater County. Mountain hut (mixed dormitory/non heated) during trek
  5. Trek support: Climbing guide, assistant climbing guide, cook and porterage service by horses
  6. Boiled drinking water during home stay and trek


  1. International air tickets, airline taxes and fuel surcharge
  2. Visa Fee (if any).
  3. Single Supplement
  4. Meals not indicated in itinerary
  5. All tipping
  6. Personal porters
  7. Personal travel insurance (mandatory to cover trekking up to 5000m)
  8. Personal expenses like shopping, laundry etc
  9. Personal travel & trekking gear – warm clothing, shoes, backpacks etc
  10. Extension of stay after the trek
  11. Emergency evacuation and medical expenses
  12. 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.

Grading: 2B

Good cardio-vascular fitness is required. There will be steep rock and scree slopes to negotiate on the route from the base camp to the summit. During winter, there might be snow on most part of the trail. You should have the ability to trek with a personal backpack load of 5-6kg for up to 10hrs on summit day.

Training: Regardless of your level of fitness and physical conditions, it is advisable to train prior to embarking on a climb or trek. A training recommendation specific to the climb or trek will be given upon signing up. A good four to five months of training would be a good preparation for the trek. Refer to our Grading chart for an overview on the technical difficulty and fitness required for this trip.