China – Twin Peaks Mt Siguniang (Dafeng + Erfeng)
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 its 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 6250m. 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", 5038m) is a trekking peak. ErFeng (四姑娘山二峰 or 二姑娘山; literally: "peak of the second sister", 5276 m) is also a trekking peak but 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", 5355m) has a fixed rope section near the peak and require rock scrambling for the summit section.
About The Climb
We combined both the DaFeng and Erfeng into a twin peaks trek. The two peaks shares the same access point starting from Rilong – Haizi Gou. The first climb is DaFeng, followed by Erfeng. For better acclimatization, there's an acclimatization day at the Dafeng Base Camp. After the Dafeng summit, we will rest and recover at Dafeng Base Camp for the night before the traverse trek to ErFeng Base Camp the next day. We will rest and recover again at Erfeng Base Camp for the night after Erfeng summit. The last day of the trek will be the long trek to descend to Rilong from Haizi Gou, which is the same route that we ascend to Dafeng Base Camp.
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 January. Mid October when the leaves change colour to the autumn hue of red, brown, orange and yellow is the best time to visit.
From March to May, there are usually deep snow after the base camps near the peaks. The deep snow makes a summit attempt difficult and success chances low.
You should have above 4000m trekking 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 & dirt trail, the summit trail after the base camps is rocky. Erfeng summit trail is more challenging and tougher than DaFeng with steeper rock formation nearer to the top. You will also be sleeping at above 4000m at both DaFeng's and Erfeng's base camps.
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.
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 - 15 people
- The Twin Peaks trek is part of our annual Mountain Climbing Challenges event. To promote mountain climbing and to encourage people to challenge themselves physically and mentally, we have initiated and introduced a few mountain climbing challenges into our calendar each year. These Mountain Climbing Challenges trips are accompanied by a team leader. To read more, click on this link: Mountain Climbing Challenges
- You can also form a private group for this trek. For enquiry, send an email to us at email@example.com
|Day||Itinerary||Meals||Altitude At Rest Point|
|Day 1||Arrive Chengdu||NIL||500m|
|Day 2||Transfer from Chengdu to Rilong.||B/L/D||3200m|
|Day 3||Acclimatization day in Rilong. Visit scenic area – Shuang Qiao Valley (3500m).||B/-/D||3200m|
|Day 4-5||Trek to DaFeng Base Camp. Next day acclimatization day.||B/L/D||4200m|
|Day 6||Summit trek to Dafeng (5038m). Return to base camp.||B/L/D||4200m|
|Day 7||Trek to Erfeng Base Camp.||B/L/D||4300m|
|Day 8||Summit trek to Erfeng (5276m). Return to base camp.||B/L/D||4300m|
|Day 9||Descend to Rilong.||B/L/D||3200m|
|Day 10||Transfer from Rilong to Chengdu.||B/-/-||500m|
|Day 11||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, dining tables and chairs
- Trek support: climbing guides (1 guide to 2 climbers) cum kitchen crew, porterage services by horses and herders
- Boiled water during trek
- Portable oxygen cylinder for emergency purpose
- 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 travel agent insolvency and trekking up to 6000m)
- Personal expenses like shopping, laundry etc
- Personal travel & trekking gear – warm clothing, shoes, backpacks etc
- Compensation for damaged or lost of personal items (eg: climbing/trekking gear and equipment, cameras and any valuable items etc)
- 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 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 Mt 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.