As an UNESCO World Heritage Site, Mount Siguniang National Park is located in Aba/Ngawa Tibetan and Qiang Autonomous Prefecture of Sichuan Province, China. There are snow-capped mountains, lush forests, alpine grasslands, crystal-clear streams and turquoise lakes, and it is no doubt an outdoor adventure paradise.
The Chinese name of Mount Siguniang literally means Four Girls Mountain, because there are 4 stunning peaks stretching from north to south. All of them are over 5,000 meters above sea level. For climbing enthusiasts, the fourth peak Yaomei Feng (6,250 m) is considered a world-class technical peak, the third peak SanFeng (5,355 m) is a primary technical peak. While the first peak DaFeng (5,025 m) and the second peak ErFeng (5,276 m) are best choices for new climbers. There are also 3 gorgeous valleys named Changping Valley, Shuangqiao Valley and Haizi Valley respectively, which make wonderful hiking trails. What’s more, Shuangqiaogou Valley is scattered with hundreds of natural ice walls in winter, and is world famous for ice-climbing activities.
Dafeng is an ideal training place for the new climbers. It has a shorter snow line and lower elevation, most people who are good at trekking are able to climb to the summit. It is considered to be a pure trekking peak.
ErFeng has a good accessibility with technique-free climbing route, most people who are in good physical condition and had some hiking experiences are able to climb to the peak. It is also an ideal training place for climbing enthusiasts.
SanFeng climbing needs primary mountaineering techniques. You might need to use ropes, ascenders or other technical equipments when climb to the peak. It is a good challenge for those experienced climbers.
YaoMei Feng earns its reputation as ‘The Queen Mountain of Sichuan’, only second to the highest Gongga Mountain (7,556 meters) in Sichuan. Among these four peaks, Yaomei Feng is a world-class technical peak.
With the totally length of 29 kilometers, the Changping Valley is long and smooth. Walking in the valley for about 16 kilometers, you can go straight to the foot of the Mount Siguniang. There are Tibetan villages spread all over the valley, and Guozhuang Sacrifice Platform and Lamasery are at the bottom of the valley. Besides, there are ageless green pines and cypresses, spectacle waterfalls, and you can also see the ancient post roads stretching its way along the sea of trees.
Shuangqiao Valley is 30 kilometers in length. Here, tall and steep mountains and different sceneries can be found everywhere, yet they are all various. Inside the Valley, there are patches of birch, cypress, poplar and maple which can often be seen in the low mountain area. There are also spruce, fir, redwood and patches of sea-buckthorn, bush, larch which often seen in high elevation area. Those tridimensional plants and the majestic mountains together make the fascinating scenery of the Shuangqiao Valley.
Haizi Valley is about 4,200 m above sea-level, 19.2km long and covers an area of 126.48 square kilometers. Haizi Valley is totally different from the other two valleys. It’s mainly alpine meadow in the front half part, and more than 10 alpine lakes in the latter half part. Then you can enjoy the beautiful scenery of blue sky and white clouds, appreciate wildflowers on the mountain and watch sunset with golden light. It’s also the essential path to get to DaFeng and ErFeng peak.