2018 Mount Siguniang Dafeng Hiking from Chengdu - 3-7 Days

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Duration : 3 to 5 days
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Tour Description

2018 Mt. Siguniang Dafeng Hiking with Alex (fully supported)

Brief Introduction:

Mount Siguniang Dafeng Hiking Trip from Chengdu is a short hiking trip to a 5000+ meters peak in China. A challenging trekking into the alpine valleys of Mt Siguniang (Four Girls Mountain) in Ngawa near Chengdu, embrace stunning snow mountains views of Mount Siguniang and tranquil pristine forest.

Trip Highlights:
Dafeng Summit: This trip goes to the summit of Dagfeng (5032m) of mount Siguniang. Only hald day's drive from Chengdu, Mount Siguniang is now even easier to access after the 2008 earthquake which ruined the road from Chengdu. At present the road from Chengdu to Mount Siguniang is in well condition, one can get to mount Siguniang from Chengdu within hald day's drive. Dafeng is one of the 5000+ meters at Mount Siguniang. Dafeng means the oldest sister of all the four sisters. It is the lowest one and no technical climbing is required, just hiking. The trail to the summit is well marked and they even put a simple handrail along the trail. Listed below are three different paces of the hike, choose the one that fits you!
  

A: Standard Pace Hiking to Dafeng - 7 Days

Day 1 Chengdu – Mount Siguniang
Drive to Rilong, the base of Mount Siguniang. Driving into the mountains while elevation rises up to over 4000 meters. Have your first glimpse of Mount Siguniang Yaomei Peak by the pass of Balang. Arrive at Rilong, the small village by the foot of Mount Siguniang. Check in and acclimatize yourself at elevation of 3200 meters. Overnight Local Guesthouse.

Day 2 Mount Siguniang Town - Laoniu Yuanzi
Today you will start your Dafeng Expedition from the base of Mt. Siguniang at Rilong to Laoniu Yuanzi, which is the yak ranch in Haizi Valley. Total walking for about 11km from 3000 meters to 3700 meters. This is your first acclimatization day walking before making summit to Dafeng. You will be walking on horse trails in the forest and camp Laoniu Yuanzi.

Day 3 Laoniu Yuanzi – Huahaizi Lake - Laoniu Yuanzi
Today is your second day of acclimatization walking. You will start from your campsite and walk to Huahaizi Lake which is about 4 km away from Laoniu Yuanzi. Walk around the lake and depends on your fitness and your acclimatization, you can choose to walk further into the valley to see more views. After worth walk back to Laoniu Yuanzi to your campsite and stay there for overnight.

Day 4 Laoniu Yuanzi – Dafeng Base Camp
Today you will walk from Laoniu Yuanzi at 3700 meters to Dafeng Base Camp at 4400 meters above sea level. The walking is very strenuous. It is all the way going up wards and it is about 7km in total. The elevation at Dafeng Base Camp is about 4400 meters. Be careful of warm keeping and dehydration as this is the critical day before your summit. Overnight camping at base camp.

Day 5 Dafeng Base Camp – Dafeng Summit – Laoniu Yuanzi
Today you can either start early in the morning before 4 am to catch the sunrise by the summit of Dafeng. Or you can start at a normal time and walk to the summit of Dafeng, it also takes about 3 to 4 hours to reach the summit. If the weather is good, you will wonderful views of the peaks of Mount Siguniang. Dafeng is measured as 5000 meters’ tall and it is one of the four sisters of Siguniang. Walk back to your base camp and continue to Laoniu Yuanzi and overnight camping. Total walking 12km and 7 to 8 hours.

Day 6 Laoniu Yuanzi - Rilong
Today you will walk back to the town of Rilong from Laoniu Yuanzi. It is a leisure and easy day after your summit. After a rest in the town, you will drive back to Chengdu. your Mount Siguniang Dafeng expedition ends.

Day 7 Rilong - Chengdu
Drive back to Chengdu.

B: Challenging Pace Hiking to Dafeng - 5 Days

Day01 Chengdu drive to Mount Siguniang
In the morning be picked up from your hotel in Chengdu and start your car drive for about 4-5 hours from Chengdu plain into the mountains, passing the natural habitat of pandas at Wolong. After the tunnel of Balang pass you are arriving in Rilong, the small town at the entrance of the Mount Siguniang Park. Optional activity includes a visit to the new Wolong Panda base to visit the lovely pandas for about 1.5 hours at Gengda. Elevation at Chengdu is around 500m and elevation at Rilong is at 3000 meters. Remember to put your extra layers on at night at Mount Siguniang as it can get very cold at night time. Overnight at local Tibetan people's guesthouse.

Day02 Acclimatization walk at Mount Siguniang
Acclimatization is essential for this trip that's why this day is important. For today the walking is mild in the valley of Changping where the elevation is between 3200m to 3600m and the walking is on gradual and well-paved boardwalk instead of steep and slippery horse trails. In the morning you will start from the entrance of Changping Valley by a 10-minute bus ride to the starting point where you start to walk for 2-8 hours and distance 5-20 km. Today's walking is for acclimatization and there is no need to stress yourself in any way. After the walking go back to stay the same place.

Day03 Mount Siguniang hiking to Base camp
First day on the way to summit of Dafeng hiking. Today starts from the entrance of Haizigou Valley to start your 7 hours' walking to Base camp of Dafeng. The first half is more gradual than the second half. The distance is around 18km today. Although you can hire a horse to ride to save the work of walking but it may not be good for acclimatization. The walking is basically on horse trails and walking on recognizable trails. After the junction of the trails you turn left to go up to base camp of Dafeng. Use packed lunch and use hot meal at Base camp. Base camp of Dafeng is quite spacious and there are optional bunks for rent if you don't want to camp outside. The bunks in the huts are in good condition and basically clean. Elevation at Base camp is around 4300 meters. After arrival, rest and prepare for the summit tomorrow.

Day04 Mount Siguniang hiking - Dafeng Summit - Base camp
Today is also about 7 hours' walking in total for round trip. Walking up from Base camp to the summit will ascend for around 800 meters and around 7km in distance. The first part is more of easy walking horse trail but the latter part is quite steep and you will be walking on small rocks. When there is snow, which is normally the case except you are traveling in summer time, you will probably be walking on snow over 4800+. The trail is well marked and easy to see as there is basic handrail along the trail that you can hold on while ascending and descending. Some travelers appreciate the sunrise at the summit so they start at as early as 4 o’clock to catch sunrise at the summit. But it will involve walking in the darkness which is not very safe. The walking takes about 6-7 hours today and at the summit of Dafeng you will have full views of Mount Siguniang Yaomei peak and along with many other peaks here. After summit, come back to Base camp and overnight.

Day05 Base camp to Rilong and drive back to Chengdu
Today you will retrace the same way back to Rilong and get on the car and drive back to Chengdu. The walking is the same as the first day but only going down. Leaving base camp in the morning, you should arrive in your guesthouse by lunch time and repack. Say goodbye to your porter and drive back to Chengdu. The driving will also be the same road you came. You will be dropped off at your hotel in Chengdu after arrival. Now your Mount Siguniang Dafeng Hiking trip is over!

C: Advanced Pace Hiking to Dafeng - 3 Days

Day 01 Drive to Rilong from Chengdu.

In the morning be picked up from your hotel in Chengdu and start your car drive for about 4-5 hours from Chengdu plain into the mountains, passing the natural habitat of pandas at Wolong. After the tunnel of Balang pass you are arriving in Rilong, the small town at the entrance of the Mount Siguniang Park. Optional activity includes a visit to the new Wolong Panda base to visit the lovely pandas for about 1.5 hours at Gengda. Elevation at Chengdu is around 500m and elevation at Rilong is at 3000 meters. Remember to put your extra layers on at night at Mount Siguniang as it can get very cold at night time. Overnight at local Tibetan people's guesthouse.

Day 02 Rilong - Base Camp

First day on the way to summit of Dafeng hiking. Today starts from the entrance of Haizigou Valley to start your 7 hours' walking to Base camp of Dafeng. The first half is more gradual than the second half. The distance is around 18km today. Although you can hire a horse to ride to save the work of walking but it may not be good for acclimatization. The walking is basically on horse trails and walking on recognizable trails. After the junction of the trails you turn left to go up to base camp of Dafeng. Use packed lunch and use hot meal at Base camp. Base camp of Dafeng is quite spacious and there are optional bunks for rent if you don't want to camp outside. The bunks in the huts are in good condition and basically clean. Elevation at Base camp is around 4300 meters. After arrival, rest and prepare for the summit tomorrow.

Day 03 Base camp - summit - rilong - Chengdu

Today is also about 12 hours' walking in total for round trip. Walking up from Base camp to the summit will ascend for around 800 meters and around 7km in distance. The first part is more of easy walking horse trail but the latter part is quite steep and you will be walking on small rocks. When there is snow, which is normally the case except you are traveling in summer time, you will probably be walking on snow over 4800+. The trail is well marked and easy to see as there is basic handrail along the trail that you can hold on while ascending and descending. Some travelers appreciate the sunrise at the summit so they start at as early as 4 o’clock to catch sunrise at the summit. But it will involve walking in the darkness which is not very safe. The walking takes about 6-7 hours today and at the summit of Dafeng you will have full views of Mount Siguniang Yaomei peak and along with many other peaks here. After summit, come back to Base camp and continue to Rilong and then drive back to Chengdu.

About the elevation:
Altitude of this trekking trip is between 3000m and 5000m. Total elevation gain is about 2000 meters during the trekking. You will ascend from 3000 meters to 5000 meters. About the trails: Boardwalk at the beginning of Changping Valley followed by horse trails. The walking trail in Haizigou Valley is basically horse trail but well traced and easy to recognize. From Base camp to the summit of Dafeng, you may be walking on rocks but also made easy to walk on by former hikers.

About weather and climate:
Best season to do this hiking is from July, August to October and November and even December. December and January are a little cold but potentially it has the least possibility of snow/rain compare to other seasons. And then it's May. August is warm but it is in the monsoon season although less rain compare to July.
Diurnal temperature variation is up to 20 Celsius degrees. It snows sometimes when at a high altitude in a rainy day even when it's still summer. Weather is quite fine when sun comes out, but in the morning and evening, temperature drops dramatically. Temperature drops below 5 Celsius during midnight at base camp in the summer and below 0C in October. Warm keeping is very important. Wind is heavy on the mountain. Sun proof is necessary for skin protection. Be careful in a rainy day as trail underfoot becomes slippery. "When you are in the mountain, weather changes fast".

Food and drinking water:
Try to eat healthy and do not drink from the streams directly. Meals are cooked for you for dinner and breakfast. The meals are basically Chinese food in a Sichuan flavor. It is good to eat something hot and fresh before you make the summit to Dafeng although you can always use your own mountain food that you are used to. At Rilong, you can buy fresh fruit, etc. You can also find many groceries selling snacks like chocolate and other food. Also boiled water is provided for you everyday at the campsite. So please prepare a water bottle that is minimum of 1.5L depending on how much water you drink everyday in the mountain.

Transfer and Porter:
In the provided package, private transfer as well as public transfers are available(price is for private transfer). The porters at Mount Siguniang are well-experienced outdoor hiking guides, who will be very helpful during your hiking. It will be packing horses used for your hiking to Dafeng.

Accommodation and Camping:
This base camp is generally a very good campsite. It is quite flat. There are no dangerous animals around the campsite. And campfire is not allowed here as this is a national park although you wouldn’t be able to find any firewood easily at such elevation. There are no other good place to use as a campsite along the trail to the summit so if you are hiking in a busy season, you need to be aware of your gears and always keep them in check.

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