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Overview – Mount Siguniang
Mount Siguniang (lit.: ‘Four Girls Mountain’, ‘Four Sisters Mountain’ or ‘Four maiden’s Mountain’) is the highest mountain 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.
The park comprises Mount Siguniang and the surrounding three valleys, namely Changping Valley, Haizi Valley and Shuangqiao Valley, covering an area of 2,000sq km
Mount Siguniang is renowned for its beauty. Mount Siguniang National Park was identified as a UNESCO Heritage Site as part of Sichuan Giant Panda Sanctuaries in 2006.
Sichuan Giant Panda Sanctuaries – Wolong, Mt Siguniang and Jiajin Mountains is principally renowned for its importance for the conservation of the giant panda, recognized as a “National Treasure” in China and as a flagship for global conservation efforts. The property is the largest and most significant remaining contiguous area of panda habitat in China and thus the world. It is also the most important source of giant panda for establishing the captive breeding population of the species.UNESCO
Mount Siguniang encompasses four peaks: Daguniang Feng (Big Peak or 1st peak), Erguniang Feng (2nd peak), Sanguniang Feng (3rd peak), and Yaomei Feng, also known as Sanzuoshan Feng (peak of the youngest sister).
The highest peak is Yāomèi Fēng (‘peak of the youngest sister’), also known as the “Queen of Sichuan’s peaks”, standing at 6,250 m (20,510 ft). It is also the second highest mountain in Sichuan Province and the easternmost 6,000 m (20,000 ft) or higher peak on Earth. 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 those succeed. The first ascent of the southwest ridge was made in 2008 by Chad Kellogg and Dylan Johnson.
The other three lower peaks are regular mountaineering destinations through all seasons. Mount Siguniang DaFeng (‘peak of the eldest sister’, 5,025 m or 16,486 ft) is normally considered as a pure trekking peak while ErFeng (‘peak of the second sister’, 5,276 m or 17,310 ft) and SanFeng (‘peak of the third sister’, 5,355 m or 17,569 ft) are more challenging, requiring basic climbing techniques.