OverviewOther names of Four Girls Mountains are Siguniangshan, or Siguniang Mountains. These all have the same meaning.
It is said that the Four Girls Mountains are the goddess of the mountains in southwestern China ( The king is Minya Konka).
The highest peak in this area is Mount Fourth Girl (6250m), a knife edged rock peak.
Mount Fourth Girl has three peaks on the southern ridge. These are called Third Girl(5355m), Second Girl(5276m) and First Girl(5025m).
In July 1981, seven Japanese made first ascent via the southeast ridge.
Refer to "http://www.doshisha-sports.net/record/contents/28_1.html".
In July 1992, another seven Japanese made first ascent via the south face and west ridge.
Refer to "http://www.jac.or.jp/info/kiroku/1993/yonko-page.htm".
In October 1994, Charlie Fowler made ascent via the south face and the southeast ridge (In November 2006, he was killed in the avalanche at the west Sichuan).
Refer to "http://www.charliefowler.com/writing.html".
In April 2002, Mick Fowler and Paul Ramsden made first ascent via the Northwest face.
Refer to "http://www.alpine-club.org.uk/news/".
In November 2004, two American and four Chinese made ascent via the south face and the southeast ridge.
Refer to "http://www.adventure-video.com/siguniang/".
In end of September 2008, Chad Kellog and Dylan Johnson made first ascent via the Southwest Ridge.
Refer to "http://www.alpinist.com/doc/web08f/newswire-siguniang-ascent ".
In October 2009, four Russians made the ascent via the northwest face. Refer to "http://aaj.americanalpineclub.org/climbs-and-expeditions/asia/china/sichuan-province/2009-siguniang-by-a-muryshev/".
In November 2009, Yan Dongdong and Zhou Peng made first ascent via the new south face route.
Refer to "http://www.emg.com.cn/showtxt.asp?id1=2&id=161" and
In October 2011,Dimitri Messina and Mael Baguet made the ascent via the northwest face. Refer to "http://www.ffcam.fr/index.php?alias=actualites&insidefile=ffcam_actuDetail.html&moid=4&tplentry=br&function=display&oid=T005:4oszqxnuk28e".
In November 2011, Sun Bin and Li Zongli made ascent via the south face and the west ridge route.
Refer to "http://bbs.tianyaclub.com/article.jsp?categoryId=843&id=693821".
Even the easiest routes here are difficult climbs. In the past, few climbers attempted these peaks, one party or less every year. Recently, there has been a great increase in tourism. There has also been a corresponding increase in climbers’ attempts on these peaks.
This area is in the eastern part on the Trans Himalayas which is called the treasury of the gene.
It is at the eastern end of the Tibetan cultural sphere, too.
A lot of flowers of alpine plants bloom in this steep and complicated landform of glacial origin.
In 12th May 2008, Four Girls Mountains hitted by big earthquake what is call the Sichuan Earthquake. And it effected seriously to many peoples who live in the mountain. Please refer to the following section for further details.
Four Girls Mountains include many beautiful peaks such as the following;
- Pomiu (Puniu, Shenshan, Celestial Peak) : 5413m
- Daogou : 5465m
- Fattening Sheep Plateau (Yangmantai) : 5666m
- Seerdengpu : 5592m
- Steeple (Jianzishan, Hunter Peak) : 5472m
- Long Gorge (Lara Peak, Chang-gou) : 5700m
- Chibu: 5450m
- Camel(Luotuo) : 5484m
- Mt.Abi : 5694m
August, 2008 : The relief supplies to the victims of the Sichuan Earthquake.
Many volunteers in Japan and U.S.A presented 547 sheets of electric blankets to the Changping Village where suffered maximum damage at the Four Girls Mountains. They are the Japan-China friendship club 'The Great Distance' (include the Study Group of Trans-Himalayas), The Kagurazaka-Study Group of Architecture, Ms. Susan Malcher (a Summit Poster) and two others.
At the Four Girls Mountains, it becomes cold from now. Especially in winter morning, it is awfully cold to -15 degree. Because a lot of villagers are sleeping in the shelter, the electric blanket is very useful.
The set of stationery were presented to the childrens, too.
++++++ The summary report of the contribution to victims ++++++
*** The contribution : total 45,141 RMB ***
1. Japan-China friendship club 'The Great Distance' (include the Study Group of Trans-Himalayas) :
remittance JPY500000*6.2293=31,146.50 RMB (Changed at 26th August)
Contribute to Changping Village
Note) The name of 'The Great Distance' comes from 'The Great Wall of China'.
2. Kagurazaka-Study Group of Architecture : Cash JPY173000*6.0979=10,549.37 RMB (Changed at 26th August)
Contribute to Changping Village 2,749.37 RMB and to Danba 7,800.00 RMB
3. Ms. Susan Malcher (a Summit Poster) and two others : remittanceUS$500*6.8892=3,444.60 RMB (Changed at 16th June)
Contribute to Changping Village
*** The Expend : Total 45,141 RMB ***
1. Changping Village : Total 36,841 RMB, It was distributed at 30th August.
The electric blanket for 277 families : 31,677 RMB
The set of stationery for 80 children : 2,136 RMB
Transportation cost : 2,800 RMB
Traffic expenses in Chengdu : 228 RMB
2. Danba : Total 7,800 RMB, It was distributed at 18th September.
Heavy dameged houses at Jiaju and adjoining villages : 5 houses*1500=7,500 RMB
Traffic expenses in Danba : 300 RMB
3. The reward for interpretation and arrange to an interpreter : 500 RMB
September, 2008 : The repair work for the Sichuan Earthquake.
The full-scale restoration construction in the Yingxiu - Wolong section becomes next year. Therefore the Route of Balangshan Pass (it takes 7 hours by car) is still blocked. The Route of Jiajinshan Pass (10 hours) and the Route of Danba (12 hours) are passable. But, the road condition of the Jiajinshan Pass is unsettled.
The Route of Danba goes the long way. But, if you stay in Danba (2000 m above sea level) at night and adjust to altitude, you can ease the altitude sickness what is taken more or less in the Route of Balangshan Pass. Therefore, it is not worries that the Route of Balangshan Pass is blocked. The beautiful houses and the stone-piled tower of the Danba are world-wide fame, and worth seeing.
It takes 1 hour from the Rilong Town to the Balanshan Pass by car.
A foreigner is free to enter into Four Girls Mountains.
2. Power line and telephone
All of the power station were restored, and supplies the electric power. Also the telephone line is live.
3. Hotel facilities
It is possible to stay at many guest-houses. Most of the hotels are closing down because the tourist decreases sharply.
4. The broken houses
The government of Jiangxi Province was decided the 200 million RMB aid to the Xiaojin prefecture (an administrative district what is include Four Girls Mountains), and the restoration construction of the houses will begins from next year.
Some part of the houses had repaired on thier own.
January, 2009 :The report for the restoration conditions from Sichuan Earthquake at the foot of the Four Girls Mountains
The Tibetan villagers who live in foot of the Four Girls Mountains and suffered heavy damage from the Sichuan Earthquake are passing the freezing winter without big trouble. It is owe a lot of electric blanket to yours. They are deeply grateful for your warmhearted support. Because it is soon goes on long day off of Spring Festival in our place, I give you a summary report for the restoration conditions.
A reconstructed house after the earthquake came into existence for the first time, and the family is all very happy glad. But their income was dropped sharply by the sudden decrease of a tourist. Then they have a hard time making ends meet.
However, they are better than the villagers who are not able to live in the house what broken badly by the earthquake. There are a lot of villagers who their house had been broken badly by the earthquake, and live in a shack beside the road and so on.
This photo taken at just inside of the Changping Bridge where many shack gathered. At that place, an old woman did the washing with freezing water. These shabby shacks contrasted strikingly with the white big hotel at right hand side of background what is a ferroconcrete building and not suffered the damage by the earthquake. The government is helping all sorts of things, too. However, it is impossible to help sufficiently for each individual because there are so many victims.
Because most of the villagers begin the restoration of their house after Spring Festival, they have a lot of expenses in this year, too.
The previous villager who had reconstructed the house as well as a lot of villagers who live in the shack hope that the tourist returns early, their job increase and their income back to the previous level.
The clinic plans to be built in the place where was an evacuation area just after the earthquake, and complete within this year.
By the way, the main route from the Chengdu to the Four Girls Mountains is still the Damba. A little track became coming and going through the route at the Wolong and the Balang Pass. However, because the road condition is not good yet, most of the vehicles are using a route at the Damba and the Jiajinshan Pass.
Almost all the public bus what thinks much of the safety of the passenger is using a Damba route.
At this January, the government is talking what put the Wolong route in better condition by this end of March, and makes way for a small car and the public bus.
Incidentally, I take rest for a while with my family after this reporting.
I wish you a happy agriculture New Year!
From far the Ganzi Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture in China.
January, 2010 : The report for the restoration conditions from Sichuan Earthquake
I wish you everything go very well.
In last year, my area was very busy for restoration work from the Sichuan Earthquake, and the peoples who live in foot of mountains was seeing the old year out without incident. They are deeply grateful to yours. Wish you the best in the new year!
I give you a summary report for the restoration conditions as follows.
The restoration work is going well almost. It is owe a lot of support to yours and the government.
The repair construction of the half of the houses what was broken by the earthquake was completed, and became possible to live. However, because the repair construction of another half was late, a part of villagers live in a shack and pass this winter, too. But the environment of living is much improved. The repair construction will be complete in this year.
The construction of the new clinic of the village was carried over to next year, because make adjustment in the new reconstruction plan of the government.
Irregular service by small buses what is from Rilong to Chengdu via Wolong is run. But, the public bus is using the Damba route. In this year, It is not sure what the public bus is use the Wolong Route or not. But it is sure what the public bus will use the Wolong Route when several tunnels in Wolong are complete after 3 years.
The earthquake caused unexpected heavy burden for the villagers. I am tired out, too. Then I take rest for the time being after this reporting.
I wish you a happy agriculture New Year!
P.S. The web-site of the Four Girls Mountains Management Bureau is under repair, and it will be recover around mid January. Sorry.
January, 2011 :The report for the restoration conditions from Sichuan Earthquake at the foot of the Four Girls Mountains
I wish you everything go very well.
The Tibetan village at the foot of Four Girls Mountains had destroyed by the Sichuan Earthquake on 12 May 2008, but it was beautifully restored on December 2010. Also a small clinic what has been the villager's dearest wish for long years had realized, too. In the clinic, an oxygen inhaler and the Pulse Oximeter are installed soon.
It owe to the large-scale financial assistance by the government and the support by the raised found, and the Tibetan villager deeply grateful.
This year, I will really make a comeback to SummitPost (^o^)
Wishing you the best for the New Year!
P.S. The web-site was erased by an accident recently, and it will be recover within this month. Sorry.
(In this local area, there are not a few cases what are unbelievable ^^;)
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