Mount Siguniang, about 205 kilometers from Chengdu, can be reached within 4-5 hours, making it an accessible paradise for hiking. Mount Siguniang, in Chinese means Mountain of Four Girls, is composed of four neighboring snow peaks over 5,300 meters high arraying in a straight line within short 3.5km. Yaomei Peak (6,250 meters) is the second highest mountain in Sichuan, and known as the Queen of All Sichuan Mountains. And Yaomei Peak is being praised as the “Eastern Alps” for its breathtaking beauty.
There are three beautiful alpine valleys lying at the foot of Mount Siguniang - Shuangqiao Valley in the west, Changping Valley in the middle and Haizi Valley in the east. If we say the four snow peaks are the dream destinations for trekkers who want to experience serious challenging climbing, then the three valleys are the paradise for all the people who want to enjoy the fun and joy of hiking or walking which is enjoyable at moderate pace and full of opportunities to explore nature landscape.
This 4-day Mount Siguniang hiking tour starts from Chengdu and ends in Chengdu and covers two amazing valleys - Changping Valley and Haizi Valley where you can best enjoy the beauty of Mount Siguniang peaks. China Discovery is local based in Chengdu, Sichuan, and you can feel free to take the tour with us at the best price and fully enjoy the fun of hiking. Go!
Day 1 Chengdu - Dujiangyan - Siguniangshan Town (L)Drive to Mount Siguniang, and Visit Dujiangyan Irrigation System on the Way
After breakfast, your driver and guide will pick you up at your hotel in Chengdu downtown. The following journey will be a scenic driving from Chengdu to Mount Siguniang, about 205 kilometers away. To enrich your experience on the way, you’ll pay a visit to Dujiangyan Irrigation System, a 2000 year-old living world heritage and ecological engineering feat. The system is still working to irrigate Chengdu Plain and it’s the real reason why Chengdu is called “the Land of Abundance”. Visit the three main parts of Dujiangyan Irrigation System including Yuzui Bypass Dike, Feishayan Floodgate, Baopingkou Diversion Passage, and be amazed by the wisdom of ancient Chinese.
After the visiting, continue your driving to leave the flat Chengdu Plain and travel onwards and upwards through the sea of clouds of Balang Mountain (altitude: 4,532 meters) where you can also enjoy breathtaking view of the snow-capped Mount Siguniang in distance. After that, you’ll arrive in Siguniangshan Town (altitude: 3,200 meters). Have a good rest and stay overnight in this town.
- Dujiangyan Irrigation System
- Balang Mountain Sea of Clouds
Day 2 Siguniangshan Town - Changping Valley - Siguniangshan Town (B)Enjoy Full-day Hiking trip in Changping Valley in Mount Siguniang National Park
After breakfast, begin your interesting hiking along Changping Valley, located in the middle of three valleys and being the nearest valley to catch the gorgeous appearance of Mount Siguniang. With 29-kilometer long, Changping Valley is a mature valley designed with sightseeing bus, plank road, hiking trail and horse riding.
Walk several hundred meters from your hotel to the tourist center of Changping Valley, then take a sightseeing bus to Lama Temple (5km), a Tibetan-style monastery which belongs to the Gelug Sect. This is the starting point of your today’s hiking. The following hiking is composed of two parts - hiking on the plank road and hiking from the ending of the plank road to Muluozi. In the first part, you will see solemn monastery, waterfalls, deep valleys, ancient withered trees standing in lakes; and in the second part, you’ll walk through wild forests, follow the walking trails along the clear streams to chase some landscape you have never seen - sea buckthorn forest, red stones arrayed by nature, peaks like camel, mushrooms, pure plateau lakes reflecting the giant peaks, flocks and herds leisurely wandering, snow-capped Four Girls Mountains, magnificent glacier…you will return to Lama Temple after reaching Muluozi. The whole hiking needs about 8 hours. Last, take a sightseeing bus to go out.
Important Travel Tips: 1) The scenic area also provides horse for transferring luggage and riding in case you get tired of walking; 2) You can decide how long you want to hike based on your physical condition at that time; 3) Altitude changing: the altitudes range from 3,200 meters to 3,670 meters along the way. Try to avoid strenuous activity to prevent from possible high altitude sickness. 4) You’d better bring sun cream, sun glasses to protect yourself from strong sunlight; 5) There is no any restaurant in the valley, so you have to bring some food and drinks with you.
- Lama Monastery at Changping Valley
- Changping Valley in Autumn
- Changping Valley Muluozi in Autumn
Day 3 Siguniangshan Town - Haizi Valley - Siguniangshan Town (B)Enjoy Full-day Hiking trip in Haizi Valley in Mount Siguniang National Park
Today after breakfast, you are going to take an adventurous hiking to Haizi Valley, the right one of the three valleys. Compared with Changping Valley, Haizi Valley is wilder, more mysterious and primitive. And so far there is no any road constructed for vehicle, which makes it less crowded and the whole scenic area is in good protection. Haizi, in Chinese means lakes and ponds. As its name implies, Haizi Valley has more than 10 beautiful plateau lakes and ponds scattered among wild forests, meadows, flowers, green mountains, giant snow peaks…
Haizi Valley is with a length of 19.2 meters and you’ll hike a part of the valley. Your hiking is composed of two sections. The first half of Haizi Valley hiking features in walking on plateau meadows and having the most magnificent views of Mount Siguniang - dominating snow peaks under clear blue sky, cloud sea, flag clouds... Stop for a while at Chaoshanping which is the best location to photograph Mount Siguniang. The scene will be like - clear blue sky, then snow-capped beautiful Mount Siguniang peaks, green vast meadows in the middle and blooming wild flowers and roaming cattle and sheep in front of your eyes. The second half of Haizi Valley hiking lets you revel in the best photographic works shot by best photographers in the world - lakes which mostly are wide and large, and surrounded by high mountains with diverse sceneries of different colors. The pure water reflects all the scenery clearly in the lake like mirrors... You will stop at Dahaizi Lake and return back to Siguniangshan Town. The whole hiking today takes about 8-9 hours.
Important Travel Tips: 1) Hiking condition: the hiking trail is also the riding track and road is muddy and in poor condition sometimes. 2) Instead of hiking, you can rent a horse at the entrance to transfer luggage and ride to save more energy and time. 3) Altitude Changing: the altitudes range from 3,200 meters to 3,800 meters along the hiking. You’d better avoid strenuous activity to prevent from possible high altitude sickness.
- Haizi Valley in Autumn
- Dahaizi Lake at Haizi Valley
- Mount Siguniang View from Haizi Valley
Day 4 Siguniangshan Town - Chengdu (B)Drive back to Chengdu and Get Panorama of Mount Siguniang at Maobiliang Ridge
Walk up in the peaceful morning in Siguniangshan Town. After breakfast, you will be transferred back to Chengdu. On route, stop at Maobiliang Ridge (Bridge of Cat’ Nose) which is about 7 kilometers from Siguniangshan Town. Stand at the top best location to enjoy the panorama of Mount Siguniang.
Say goodbye to the Queen Mountain and keep driving to Chengdu. After arrival, you’ll be escorted to your hotel in Chengdu downtown area or be taken to the airport / railway station to catch your flight or train to next destination.
- Mount Siguniang Appearance from Maobiliang
Chengdu is famous for Giant Pandas and its idyllic slow pace of daily living.
During this trip, your tour guide will company you to explore the top recommended attractions in Chengdu one by one to experience its authentic culture and history. First of all, take an exciting visit to Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding. Then move to Renmin Park to enjoy a cup of traditional Chinese tea in the Renmin Park; Learn about Buddhism culture in Wenshu Temple; Experience traditional Chengdu life in Jinli Old Street...
1. This price is for one person, based on a group of 2 adults sharing one standard double-bed room in 4-star hotel and traveling with our private tour in low seasons.
2. This price is subject to change according your traveling season, group size, hotel class, change of activities in your itinerary and possible fluctuation of currency exchange rate. If you want a lower price, you can get more people to join you, or use economy class hotels.
3. This price is only valid to March 31, 2023.
4. Reference exchange rate of USD 1=RMB 6.85. The final quote is based on current exchange rate. It may change according to the currency fluctuation, while the RMB quotation will be remained the same.
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Mount Siguniang can be visited all the year round. While, the best and most recommended period is from Late May to July (June is the best), and from September to November (October to early November is the best). In May and June, Mount Siguniang is going to wake up from the cold, long winter. Wild flowers are going to blossom into the valleys at different altitudes. It looks very fantastic during this time. The temperature is around 10 ℃-20 ℃ which is very comfortable to hike in the valleys. From September to November, the leaves and grasses are going to change their colors - red, golden, green, white, gray adding radiance and beauty to each other. The scenery is indeed charming. The temperature during this time is around 5℃-15 ℃. It is very suitable for hiking, photography and other activities. However, it is better to avoid traveling during the National Holiday (usually October 1st-7th) to avoid too many visitors.
There are about 3 ways from Chengdu to Siguniangshan Town, and most people choose to go via Dujiangyan, Yinxiu, Wolong, Balang Mountain, etc. Road condition varies from different parts. The section from Dujiangyan to Yinxiu has narrow curving and some steep road with not very good condition, and traffic jams occur sometimes but usually within 1 hour. From Yinxiu to Balangshan, it is cement road with fewer cars. Altitude rises from 1,000m to 2,000m with nice views. And from Balangshan to Sigunaingshan Town, altitude can rise to 4532m and people may have altitude sickness. Besides, there are a few twisty paths, slopes with fog, which needs careful driving. But the special view of sea of clouds, meadows, snow peaks, and yaks will release your uncomfortable.
|Shuangqiao Valley||left one||34.8 km||sightseeing bus; easy to explore the whole valley||most beautiful landscape with three forest belts. Can not see Mount Siguniang peaks directly||Half day or 1 day|
|Changping Valley||middle one||29 km||hiking, horse riding; paradise for regular hikers; finish two-thirds of the valley||can catch Mount Siguniang view clearly; typical highland scenery||1 day|
|Haizi Valley||right one||19.2 km||horse riding; tough hiking experience||offers the best location to shoot Mount Siguniang scenery||1 day|
If you are interested in hiking, Changping Valley and Haizi Valley are the best choices. If you want to appreciate natural beauty of Mount Siguniang in leisure pace, then Shuangqiao Valley and Changping Valley are the choices.
Don’t Do Hiking in Following Condition: The altitudes for the exploration range from 3200 meters to 4000 meters. Travelers who are lack of physical strength, have hypertension, coronary heart disease, heart disease, are not suggested to visit Mount Siguniang and Shuangqiao Valley. It is recommended to do relaxing activities in Chengdu downtown and around.
Packing List: For travelers who will spend one or two days in the valleys, you can prepare the following items. Comfortable walking boots, middle-sized backpack, trekking pole, outdoor jacket, fleece jackets, underwear, sun glasses, bataclave, sun-blocking cream, rainproof, enough snacks and food, some cash, vacuum cup, warm water, camera, backup battery, cellphone, power bank, anti high altitude drugs, etc.
Mount Siguniang Climbing: It will be dangerous and a big challenge for travelers who try to climb Dafeng, Erfeng, Sanfeng or Yaomei Peak. It requires professional guides, equipment and very good physical condition. For regular travelers, you are suggested not to do so.
Mount Siguniang is on the Western Sichuan Small Tourist Loop. It is a good idea to cover Mount Siguang and other stunning destinations on the loop, such as Dujiangyan (1 day visiting), Wolong (half day visiting), Danba (1 day visiting), Bamei (half day visiting), Tagong (half day visiting), Xinduqiao (less than half day visiting), Kangding (1 or 2 days visiting). The whole loop tour usually takes about 7 days. If you want to extend your Mount Siguniang tour, you are highly recommended to do the tour.
We China Discovery based in Chengdu, Sichuan have rich experience for providing Mount Siguniang tour arrangement and customization service for global visitors. Our professional travel expert will also help you sincerely to design your Mount Siguniang tour if you are interested in extending to more stunning destinations in Sichuan or other domestic destinations in China. We will show you the terrific sightseeing, culture, history and more highlights of the whole Sichuan and all places during your memorable trip!
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