Mount Siguniang

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Mount Siguniang
རི་བོ་སྐུ་བླ་འི།
Four Sisters Mountains.jpg
From left Yaomei Feng, Sanguiang Feng, Erguniang Feng, Daguniang Feng.
Highest point
Elevation 6,250 m (20,510 ft) [1]
Prominence 2,571 m (8,435 ft) [2]
Listing Ultra
Coordinates 31°06′24″N 102°54′06″E / 31.10667°N 102.90167°E / 31.10667; 102.90167Coordinates: 31°06′24″N 102°54′06″E / 31.10667°N 102.90167°E / 31.10667; 102.90167
Geography
Mount Siguniang is located in China
Mount Siguniang
Mount Siguniang
Location in China
Location Sichuan, China
Parent range Qionglai Mountains
Climbing
First ascent 1981
Easiest route snow/ice/glacier climb

Mount Siguniang (Chinese: 四姑娘山; literally "Four Girls Mountain" or "Four Sisters Mountain";Tibetan: རི་བོ་སྐུ་བླ་འི།,[3] Skubla) is the highest peak of Qionglai Mountains in Western China. It is located in the bordering area of Rilong Town, Xiaojin County and Wenchuan County in Ngawa Tibetan and Qiang Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan Province.

Mount Siguniang encompasses four peaks: Daguniang Feng (Big Peak or 1st peak), Erguniang Feng (2nd peak), Sangungiang Feng (3rd peak), and Yaomei Feng (4th peak). The highest peak is Yaomei Feng (Chinese: 幺妹峰; literally: "peak of the youngest sister"), also known as the "Queen of Sichuan's peaks" (Chinese: 蜀山皇后), standing at 6250 meters. 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.[4] The first ascent of the southwest ridge was made in 2008 by Chad Kellogg and Dylan Johnson.[5][6]

The other three lower peaks are regular mountaineering destinations through all seasons. Mount Siguniang DaFeng (Chinese: 四姑娘山大峰 or 大姑娘山; literally: "peak of the oldest sister", 5025 m) is normally considered as a pure trekking peak while ErFeng (Chinese: 四姑娘山二峰 or 二姑娘山; literally: "peak of the second sister", 5276 m) and SanFeng (Chinese: 四姑娘山三峰 or 三姑娘山; literally: "peak of the third sister", 5355 m) is more challenging as it involves basic climbing technique.[7][8]

Mount Siguniang is famous for its beautiful scenery. The area is reputed to be the "Oriental Alps". Mount Siguniang National Park was identified as a UNESCO Heritage Site as part of Sichuan Giant Panda Sanctuaries in 2006. The park comprises Mount Siguniang and the surrounding three valleys, namely Changping Valley (Chinese: 长坪沟), Haizi Valley (Chinese: 海子沟) and Shuangqiao Valley (Chinese: 双桥沟), covering an area of 2,000sq km.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Yaomei Feng, China". Peakbagger.com. Retrieved 2014-08-25. 
  2. ^ a b "China III - Sichuan and Yunnan Provinces". Peaklist.org. Retrieved 2014-08-25. 
  3. ^ This Tibetan alphabet shown on the Ticket
  4. ^ www.adventure-video.com
  5. ^ Raleigh, Duane (February 16, 2014). "Chad Kellogg Killed in Patagonia". Rock and Ice. Retrieved April 10, 2014. 
  6. ^ MacDonald, Dougald (February 16, 2014). "Chad Kellogg Killed By Rockfall In Patagonia". Climbing. Retrieved April 10, 2014. 
  7. ^ www.dragonexpeditions.com
  8. ^ www.sportsandtravel.com.hk
  9. ^ china.org.cn

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