China – Mt Siguniang (Sanfeng)
The Four Sisters Mountain (also known as Siguniang Shan) Scenic Area is situated in Xiaojin County of A’ba Prefecture in Sichuan Province of China. The area is reputed to be the “Queen of Mountains in Sichuan” and “The Oriental Alps” because it offers beautiful landscape and exquisite scenery. The Four Sisters Mountain Scenic Area consists of Mt Siguniang, Mt Balang, and 3 main valleys – Haizi Gou, Changping Gou, Shuangqiao Gou.
Mt Siguniang is rise between Haizi Gou and Changping Gou. Mt Siguniang encompasses four peaks: DaFeng (Big Peak or 1st peak), ErFeng (2nd peak), SanFeng (3rd peak), and Yaomei Feng (4th peak). The highest peak is Yaomei Feng (幺妹峰); literally: "peak of the youngest sister"), also known as the "Queen of Sichuan's peaks" (蜀山皇后), standing at 6250 meters. It is also the second highest mountain in Sichuan Province. The first ascent was in 1981 by a Japanese team via the east ridge. Very few people attempt to climb this and very few of them succeed after that. The first ascent of the southwest ridge was made in 2008 by Chad Kellogg and Dylan Johnson. Thereafter a few attempts were made by local Chinese mountaineers, only a few successfully scaled to the top.
The other three lower peaks are regular mountaineering destinations through all seasons. Mt Siguniang DaFeng (四姑娘山大峰 or 大姑娘山; literally: "peak of the oldest sister", 5038 m) is normally considered as a pure trekking peak while ErFeng (四姑娘山二峰 or 二姑娘山; literally: "peak of the second sister", 5276 m) and SanFeng (四姑娘山三峰 or 三姑娘山; literally: "peak of the third sister", 5355 m) are more challenging as it involves basic climbing technique.
About The Climb
We will start our journey from Rilong. After a short drive, we arrive at the Lama Temple in Changping Gou, the hike to base camp starts here. We will spend one day at the base camp to acclimatize, then make a summit attempt. The final summit stretch of the 3rd Peak requires some rope skills - fixed rope climbing, and there is a short segment that is best descending with an abseil line. The climb is more demanding than 1st Peak & 2nd Peak of Mt Siguniang.
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 Siguniang 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.
You should have good trekking background. You will be required to trek above 3000m on most of the days. On summit day, you will trek for long hours to an elevation of above 5000m. Having trekked above 4000m is an advantage. Rope skills like abseiling and using of ascenders are good to have. We will organise practice session if you have no prior knowledge, there will also be practice session in Rilong.
Equipment and Gear
You will need thermal base layers, a fleece jacket and a water/wind proof outershell jacket for the trek. When at the campsite, after sundown and during the summit trek, a down jacket will be required. A good down sleeping bag is also needed.
You will also need the following equipment for the summit attempt:
- Climbing harness
- Climbing helmet
- Sewn slings
- Locking karabiners
- Abseil device
* Equipment are provided; you can also bring your own equipment if you wish
A packing list will be provided for all our participants. Sleeping bag and sleeping mat are provided. 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: 6 - 12 people
- You can also form a private group for this trek. For enquiry, send an email to us at firstname.lastname@example.org
|Day||Description||Meals||Altitude At Rest Point|
|Day 1||Arrive in Chengdu||NIL||500m|
|Day 2||Transfer to Rilong||B/L/D||3200m|
|Day 3||Acclimatize in Rilong. Visit scenic area – Shuang Qiao Valley (3500m)||B/-/D||3200m|
|Day 4||Trek to base camp||B/L/D||4400m|
|Day 5||Acclimatization day||B/L/D||4400m|
|Day 6||Summit day (Sanfeng/3rd Sister Peak, 5355m) . Trek to BC||B/L/D||4400m|
|Day 7||Descend to Rilong||B/L/D||3200m|
|Day 8||Transfer to Chengdu||B/-/-||500m|
|Day 9||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 and Rilong
- Camping equipment: sleeping tent (Twin sharing), sleeping bag and mat
- Technical equipment: harness, helmet, abseil device, ascender, locking karabiners, ropes & slings
- Trek support: climbing guides cum kitchen crew, porterage services by horses and herders
- Boiled water during trek
- Permits & fees: Conservation, National Park fees, trek permit
- 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 agent insolvency and trekking up to 6000m)
- Personal expenses like shopping, laundry etc
- Personal travel & trekking gear – warm clothing, shoes, backpacks etc
- Emergency evacuation and medical expenses
- Compensation for damaged or lost of personal items (eg: climbing/trekking gear and equipment, cameras and any valuable items etc)
- 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 and information kit
2. Gear list and gear discount from selected Singapore outdoor outfitters
3. Training guideline kit
4. Rope skill workshop (For climbs that require rope up and/or fixed rope skill)
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 Siguniang, possess intimate knowledge of the local surroundings, conditions and culture and are trained in emergency rescue.
Good cardio-vascular fitness is necessary. There will be several steep rock scrambling slopes to negotiate at closed to 5000m elevation. You should have the ability to trek with personal backpack load of between 5kg and 8kg for up to 12hrs or more on summit day. You will also be descending on scree slope that requires strong endurance fitness.
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.