In August, flowers will be in full blossom of the three valleys in Mt.Siguniang. During this time, plan a short trekking tour for the valleys on a weekend would be able to referesh yourself for the coming week. Mt.Siguniang is in the west direction of Chengdu, 220km by driving. On the way to Mt.Siguniang, you will pass by Wolong Panda breeding centre , Yingxiu down and Wenchuan town. You will feel typcial Tibetan culture and high plateau landscapes. The famous Balang Pass will be in full green while the Yaks garzing the grass there.
Mt.Siguniang Weather in August
Temperaure will rise a little bit compared to July, it is from 15 ℃ to 27 ℃。 In Western Sichuan, it is always able to enjoy a cool summer which Chengdu perhaps will be above 30 ℃. A cool weekend for Mt.Siguniang, not so far from Chengdu would be ideal in the heat. However, you will need to prepare raincoat and umbrella, during this time, rainfall will be quite common! It's very beautiful with the cloud sea, flowers and snow mountain peak ( not always covered in snow though)
Clothing tip for Mt.Siguniang visit in August
Sweat shirt and pants
Raincoat or umbrella
Sunglasses or sport glasses
Gloves - thin ones
a big backpack and a small backpack
Camera and extra battery
Recommended travel program
If you're only intersted in sightseeing for Changping and Shuangqiao valley 3 and a half day is recommended with a program like the bellowing:
D1 Arrive in Sigunaing town(3200m)
D2 Sightseeing in Shuangqiao Valley with eco sightseeing shuttle bus
D3 One day tour in Changping Valley
D4 Drive back to Chengdu (4hrs driving). On the way, can make a stop at Wolong Panda breeding centre or Yingxiu town
If you would like to challenge your first snow mountain climbing experience. 4 to 5 day are recommended
D1 Arrive in Siguniang town 3200m
D2 One day accclimatizing
D3 Climb to Base camp ( Dafeng/Erfeng/Sanfeng, up to your choice )
D4 Climb up to the summit of Dafeng/Ereng/Safeng (up to your choice) and overnight at Sigunaing town
D5 Leave for Chengdu
If your shedule is tight and have no problem for acclimatization, the above program can be shorted to 2 and a half day. But if your shedule allowsm would recommended you to spend more time to acclimatize
Tips for avoiding high altitude sickness
If your shedule is flexible, it is recommeded for you to spend extra 1 or 2 nights at Siguniang town ( Rilong town) -elevation of 3200m for better acclimatization. Take dose of Rhodiola tablets (红景天）or Diamox would help to acclimatize, however need to check if you're allergic to some ingredients in advance.
It is recommended to take the first 1 or 2 days slowly at Siguniang town, do not do strong excerise and no alcohol. It is important to rest well and eat well at high altitude place. Do not think about high altitude sickness whole day and need to relax~
Transport to Mt.Siguniang
Mt.Siguniang is only 4 hours driving from Chengdu. No flight or trains available but only by driving. It is possible to take public bus at Chadianzi bus station(茶店子汽车站) about 4- 5hrs driving, there are 3 bus dailys leaves in the early morning, no afternoon bus available. Or you can hire a private car to drive there any time during the day. But it is always recommended to drive there at morning time so you can have more time to acclimatize during the day. China Adventure.org provide the car rental service, you can contact trip advisor for details.
Food and hotels at Mt.Siguniang
Hotels at Mt.Siguniang
Compared to the hotel in the cities, the facilites is quite basic~ The best hotels can only be camparable to 3 star hotel in the cities but it is possible to book a clean and nice hotel- no luxury standard available at Mt.Siguniang town. When in winter time and spring time, it is important to book a hotel with proper heating system! In Summer time, it is not so cold, so without heating it is also fine.
If you are doing Mt.Siguniang climbing tour for Dafeng, Erfeng or SanFeng, at the base camp, you can only do camping to stay in the stone house, very basic accommodation and not possible to take shower there
Food in Mt.Siguniang
The restaurants at Siguniang town normally offer Sichuan dishes and some Tibetan dishes! Local mush room and Yak hotpot is really good. For breakfast, it is normally typcial chinese style breakfast. If you are not so used to Chinese breakfast, it is recommended for you to buy some snack and take your own instant coffee. Eggs can be provided though
Generarly speaking, it is suitable to visit Mt.Siguniang in August! It is a cool place to spend summer vacation because it is super cool in the morning and in the evening and also the highest temperature during day time is also below 30 ℃~ A light trekking spend in the mountains is always good because nature can cure you hard working week! Plan your travel with China Adventure.org now
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