Mount Siguniang, located at the border of Xiaojin County and Wenchuan County in Ngawa Tibetan and Qiang Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan province, is the highest mountain of Qionglai Mountain Chain in Western China. Literally known as "Four Girls Mountain" or "Four Sisters Mountain", Siguniang Mountain comprises four peaks: Da Feng (1st peak), Er Feng (2nd peak), San Feng (3rd peak), and Yaomei Feng (4th peak), standing 5025, 5276, 5355 and 6250 meters high successively from south to north. The highest peak – Yaomei Feng, or the "peak of the youngest sister", reputed as the "Queen of Sichuan's Peaks", is the highest peak in Sichuan province just second to Sichuan's King Peak, Gongga Mountain.
Famous for its peerless scenery, Mt. Siguniang National Park is inscribed as a National Scenic Area in 1994, a National Nature Reserve in 1996, and a heritage site as a part of Sichuan Giant Panda Sanctuaries by UNESCO in 2006. The whole scenic area totally covers an area of 2000 square kilometer, and encompasses four peaks and the surrounding three valleys, namely Changping Valley, Haizi Valley and Shuangqiao Valley.
Endowed with exceptional geographic position, climate conditions and prominent vertical altitude difference, the miraculous land of Mount Siguniang affords a perfect surviving environment for varieties of flora and fauna. The land is of primitive simplicity, serene and mystery; it just likes a graceful southern European scene with pleasant weather. Flowers in full bloom in spring breeze, superior summering with thriving vegetation, golden autumn is riotous with color and snow gleams white in chilly winter. Each season with a distinctive charm, magnificent prospects are changeful during a day. Famous and precious Chinese herbal medicine grow here, dozens of beasts and about three hundreds kinds of birds inhabit in the mountain, and the world-renowned Wolong Panda Natural Conservation Area is just set up in the east slope of Siguniang Mountain.
Snow-covered on the top throughout the year, Siguniang Mountain is just like "four charming girls" covered with white veils, among which the youngest, as well as the highest is regarded as the prettiest with a slim figure and graceful shape. Mt Siguniang is respected as a Holy Mountain by local Tibetans. According to legend, there were four beautiful and kind-hearted four sisters who fought bravely with fierce demon for the peace and giant pandas, sacrificed eventually but transformed into four straight and elegant peaks.
- Adventure in the unparalleled scenery, mountaineering, trekking, traversing, camping, riding a horse and taking photos… - Walk in a sea of flowers to watch the holy snow-topped peaks in the summer. - Rise on a horse to across Haizi Valley, camp in the valley to enjoy its breathtaking beauty. - Explore Changping Valley, where are luxuriant ancient cypresses, verdant pines, plunging waterfalls, and the beautiful sight integrating water and the sky. - Observe the amazing view of cloud-covered peaks and shoot the mountain sunrise at Cat's Nose, an optimal viewing deck for Siguniang Mountain. - Enjoy Tibetan food and buttered tea in a Tibetan restaurant, Zanba, highland barley wine, sea-buckthorn, yak meat, baked whole sheep and wild mushrooms…
The best season to explore Mt. Siguniang is summer, especially the months of July and August, during which period flowers bloom luxuriantly all over the mountain; travelers can also enter into the valleys to feel the refreshing snow water from the mountain top. In addition, from the middle of October to the middle of November, the intoxicating autumn tints of Mount Siguniang perhaps are conductive to create your best landscape photos.
Mt. Siguniang appeals to travelers because of its alluring scenery, and to adventurers for its additional perfect climbing routes. Each year, many mountaineering enthusiasts from all round the world come to the mountain for outdoor adventures.
The four peaks of Mount Siguniang are climbable for different levels of climbers. Da Feng (1st peak, 5025m) is considered a pure trekking peak and the easiest to conquer; many ordinary climbers have succeeded in doing that, including some elders over 60 and 70, and the handicapped from Korea. Relatively speaking, Er Feng (2nd peak, 5276m) and San Feng (3rd peak, 5355m) are more challenging which require some basic climbing techniques; Er Feng is nothing the matter for those enthusiasts with professional guides, while less people can reach the top of San Feng except some experienced climbers. Due to the high altitude, bad weather and arduous routes, people who have ascended the Yaomei Feng (4th peak, 6250m) can be counted on fingers, the number of which is much less than that for Mt. Everest. And lay persons are not suggested to try the peak.
- Changping Valley: CNY70 in peak season (Apr. 1 to Nov. 30), and CNY50 in low season (Dec. 1 to Mar. 31); - Shuangqiao Valley: CNY80 in peak season (Apr. 1 to Nov. 30), and CNY50 in low season (Dec. 1 to Mar. 31); - Haizi Valley: CNY60 in peak season (Apr. 1 to Nov. 30), and CNY40 in low season (Dec. 1 to Mar. 31).