Will it be too cold for Mt.Siguniang travel in December ? Compared to Spring, Summer and Autumn, yes, it will be cold. When the Sun comes out, it will not be cold due to strong sunlight, when you were not in sunglish, you will feel cold! December is a very dry season so most of days are blessed with sunshine! So if you do not mind coldness for the morning and night, December would be a very good choice for you! You will avoid crowds and enjoy the nature by most degree.
Mt. Siguniang Weather in December
The temperature will be 8 to 10 minus 0 ℃ to 10 ℃, most of the days are sunny days or cloud days, seldom rainy or snowy. When the sun come outs, it is very warm from 11am but in the morning and the evening it is very cold. So plan a travel to Mt.Sigunaing during this season, will need to bring a warm clothes.
It might snow some days, when the valleys covered in snow, it will a crystal snowy world very beautiful. On the way from Chengdu to Siguniang town, you will have to pass by Balang pass , normally will be with snow whole year around, and you will see yaks on the mountains as well.
Packing and Clothing Tips for Mt.Siguniang visit in December
Sweat shirt and pants
Sunglasses or sport glasses
Gloves - thin one and thick one
a big backpack(60l) and a small backpack(30l)
Camera and extra battery
Gaiters (for Mt.Climbing)
Headlamp (for Mt.Climbing)
Sleeping bag (If you would like camping night)
Tent(If you would like to camp)
Camp light （If you would like to camping）
Emergency medecine for stomach problem or for catching cold, bandies
Recommended travel program for Mt.Siguniang visit
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
If you would like to try the famous Shuangqiao valley, you can plan a 3 days travel
D1 Arrive at Mt.Siguniang town
D2 Shuangqiao Valley Ice climbing
D3 Rilong- Chengdu
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~ Even if you get sligh altitude reaction, please do not panic, the symptons will gradually disapper in 1 or 2 days.
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. In November, it is already quite cold at night, so a hotel with heating would be the best for you, if the hotel can provide thermal electronic blankets, that would be also okay
If you are doing Mt.Siguniang climbing tour for Dafeng(5025m), Erfeng(5276m) or SanFeng(5355m), at the base camp, you can only do camping or 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 snacka and take your own instant coffee. Eggs can be provided though. Local food is quite decilicious , if you are not particular about western food, you might enjoy the local dishes a lot.
December is off season for Mt.Siguniang visit, there will be no crowds and it is sunny most of the days, very suitable to Mt.Climbing journey for Dafeng and Erfeng. The reputed Ice climbing valley tour will also be available since December.
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