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 of the beautiful mountain landscape and exquisite snow peaks 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 stands between Haizi Gou and Changping Gou. Mt Siguniang encompasses four peaks: DaFeng (Big Peak or 1st peak / 5038m), ErFeng (2nd peak / 5276 m), SanFeng (3rd peak / 5355m) and Yaomei Feng (4th peak / 6250m).
Yaomei Feng (幺妹峰); literally: "peak of the youngest sister", also known as the "Queen of Sichuan's peaks" (蜀山皇后). is the second highest mountain in Sichuan Province. The first ascent of Yaomei Feng was in 1981 by a Japanese team via the east ridge. Very few people attempt to climb Yaomei Feng and even fewer have succeed. The first ascent of Yaomei Feng from the southwest ridge was in 2008 by Chad Kellogg and Dylan Johnson. Thereafter a few attempts were made by local Chinese mountaineers with only a handful of them successfully scaled to the top.
The other three lower peaks DaFeng, ErFeng and SanFeng 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") and ErFeng (四姑娘山二峰 or 二姑娘山. Literally "peak of the second sister") are trekking peaks. ErFeng is more challenging and tougher than DaFeng with steeper rock formation nearer to the top. SanFeng (四姑娘山三峰 or 三姑娘山. Literally "peak of the third sister") has a fixed rope section near the peak and require rock scrambling for the summit section.
About The Climb
Our journey starts from a short drive from Rilong to Changping Gou. The trek to the base camp starts from the Lama Temple in Changping Gou, The trek to SanFeng Base Camp is steeper than DaFeng and Erfeng. We will spend one day at the base camp to acclimatize, then make a summit attempt the following day. The last section before Sanfeng summit is on fixed rope which require some rope skills. After the summit, stay one more night at the base camp before descending through Changping Gou and drive back to Rilong.
The climate in Mt Siguniang area can be drastically different in the high peaks and valleys. In the high peaks the climate is constantly alpine and even arctic all year round. In the valleys, the dry season and the rainy season are obvious. April to September is the wet season. October to March is the dry season.
From April to May the rain dump massive amount of snow in the mountains creating knee deep soft snow terrain that is difficult to walk on near the peaks. From June to August, which is also summer, the intensity of the sun melts the snow as quickly as they are being dumped by the rain. The rainy season also means gloomy and cloudy sky that obstruct the otherwise beautiful scenery.
The best time to climb Mt Siguniang is in autumn and winter from September to January. 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 above 5000m peak climbing experience. Rilong is located at 3160m. You will be trekking from 3160m to above 5000m in a short time with a personal backpack load of 5-6kg. The terrain is mostly vertical instead of undulating. While the approach trek is on easy mud and dirt trail, it is steep. The summit trail after the base camp is steep, narrow and rocky and require scrambling skills. The last section before the summit is a fixed rope section that require rope skills. Because of its facing, Sanfeng often encounter strong wind. You will also be sleeping at above 4000m at SanFeng Base Camp.
Equipment and Gear
You will need thermal base layers, a fleece jacket and an outer shell jacket. When at the base camp, after sundown and during the summit trek, a down jacket will help keep you warm. A down sleeping bag is also needed and provided.
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 to all our participants. Please refer to our Resource Centre page to learn about the layering system and choose the right gear/equipment for your trek.
- 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.
Our climbing guides carry a portable oxygen cylinder for emergency purpose. The ratio of guide to climbers is 1:1
Training: Regardless of your level of fitness and physical conditions, it is advisable to train prior to embarking on a trekking or mountain climbing trip.
Pure cardiovascular fitness is NOT enough.
Focus your training effort in the following areas, assuming that you are in good health and injury-free:
- Climbing conditioning – stairs and load training.
- Cardio training - Jogging/running and interval training like CrossFit or HIIT.
- Strength training for the lower body, shoulder, back and core
- Flexibility training - eg: Yoga and stretching exercises
A good five to six months of training would be a good preparation for this trek.
A recommended training guide specific to the trek or climb will be given to you upon signing up.
Refer to our Grading chart for an overview on the technical difficulty and fitness required for this trek.
Refer to our Training Guide for tips on trekking and mountain climbing training.