Other 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 "http://www.desnivel.com/object.php?o=19368".
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;
Note-2 ) The origin of the name of Four Girls Mountains The name of Four Girls Mountains comes from the original Tibetan name "sukolagidda" (phonetic notation is not strict). It means the mountain god which protects this local area where is called "rGyal-rong" or "rGyalmorong" or " the Queen Valley ". It is a generic name and not a proper noun. It does not have the meaning of the four girls or the four sisters. "The Four Girls Mountains" is the name what the Chinese created and recorded by the following process in the old times.
a. Consider that this mountain group has four remarkable peaks. Chinese pronunciation of four is close to "su" in the Sichuan Province, and phonetic notation is "si".
b. It can guess that the Chinese characters "sigu" look like the pronunciation of the Tibetan name"suko".
c. The Chinese phonetic notation "gu" is close to the pronunciation of "ko".
d. The Chinese phonetic notation of mothers-in-law is "gu", and a single woman (girl) is "gu-niang". The Chinese preferred girl to mothers-in-law. In this area, the Tibetan and the Chinese are changing from the old times. As a result, most Tibetans have forgotten the original Tibetan name or its meaning, and Chinese name or its meaning is in use. At present, only a few Tibetans like a high-ranking priest, hand down this process and the meaning of "sukolagidda". The story is of the incarnation of four girls who were sisters, who saved a panda, starting the local legend what was made in the times after this origin. Another new Chinese name of the highest peak (Fourth Girl) Yaoniangfeng, it means the peak of youngest girl.
Getting ThereMount Four Girls is located near the town of Rilong in Xiaojin County, Aba Tibetan and Qiang Autonomous Prefecture in the Sichuan Province. In the town of Rilong you can find many hotels. Beware that may 1st - 7th, and october 1st - 7th are a holiday in China, so the hotels are very crowded, and they also change their rates. Nearest major airport is in Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan Province. This is a 3-hour flight from Shanghai. From Chengdu it's a 6-hour bus trip to Rilong.
Red TapeYou pay the Management Bureau an entry fee (about $8) at the entrance gate in the Nature Reserve. There are three valleys in the Nature Reserve. At the entrance gate in each valley, you pay the entry fee and other (like a camping fee). At present, any climber who reaches the summit pays the Sichuan Mountaineering Association a mountaineering fee. Please inquire to the office at the entrance gate or the following for the details. The Sichuan Mountaineering Association "http://outdoors.www29.cn4e.com/sma/". Sometimes, the rules changes. You should confirm them at the entrance gate or at the travel agency.
CampingBefore setting up a tent, go to the entrance gate where you'll have to pay a fee.
Mountain ConditionsWill research this soon. For now see the Nature Reserve website. Also see external links below. http://www.sgns.gov.cn/scholaweb/conts.htm (Chinese)
The total record of the ascent to the highest peakMr.Yang Dongdong who was made ascent via the South Face in 2009 introduced the total record of the ascent to the highest peak. Please refer to the RockBeer .
The status of the new routes and attemptsThe status of the new routes and attempts on Mount Fourth Girl by Cosmin : South: 1981 - Japanese team, SE ridge. FA of the mountain. Summit. Style - expedition siege. 1992 - Japanese team, SW ridge. Summit. Style - expedition siege 1997 Charlie Fowler, variation of the first Japanese route. Summit. Style: solo 2003 - Jon Otto, T Boelter, vcariation on the first Japanese route. Failed. Style - expedition siege 2004 - Jon Otto and a Chinese team, variation on the first Japanese route. Summit. Style - expedition siege 2006 - C. Andron, Waiwah Yip, SW face FA; no summit intended. Style: big wall 2006 - P Batoux and French team, attempt of new line on the S face. Failed. Style: alpine 2006 - Sun Bin (China) - Sept and Oct. attempts on SE face (Ch. Fowler route). Failed. Style: Alpine/Solo Trip report here: http://emg.com.cn/mountain_girl4justdoit.asp North: 1981 - J Tackle, J Donini, K Schmitz - attempt on the NW face. Failed. Style: big wall 2002 - M. Fowler, P. Ramsden - FA of the NW face. Summit. Style: alpine 2004 - Tom Chamberlain, Dave Evans, etc - attempt on the NW face. Failed. Style: alpine 2005 - Chad Kellogg, Joe Puryear and Stoney Richards - attempt on the NW face. Failed. Style: big wall 2006 - P Batoux and French team, FA of Siguniang N independent peak. Summit. Style: alpine Posted Nov 22, 2006 3:25 am
The effects and repair work for the Sichuan Earthquake in Four Girls MountainsI understand what this article has nothing to do with the mountain climbing directly, but I think that it represent a part of the nature of Four Girls Mountains. Because a life of peoples who live in the mountain is a part of the nature of that mountain. And the earthquake effected seriously to these people. Then I posted in order to let Summit Poster knew this painful occurrence. Around eighty thousand peoples died and enormous houses were damaged by this arthquake. Even now, so many people live in shelter. At Four Girls Mountains where around 60km west from the center of the earthquake, many peoples suffered heavy damage, too.This article inroduce the effects and repair work in Four Girls Mountains as follows. May, 2008 : The effects of the Sichuan Earthquake. By the Sichuan Earthquake what was occured around the 14:30, May 12th and the center of the earthquake was located at southern part of Wenchuan County, the route of Balangshan Pass became closed to automobile traffic. The authorities estimate that it will need for several months to restore the route. The route of Jiajinshan Pass and Danba are passable. The main road at the Shuangqiaogou (Twin Bridge) Valley, the Changpinggou (Long Terrace) Valley and Haizigou (Lake) Valley are passable, but several roads on the branch valleys was buried by the rock collapse. Many of stone-piled houses at the Rilong Town were destroyed or the wall collapsed by the earthquake. But the multistoried ferroconcrete buildings like a hotel were almost undamaged. Fortunately, no one was injured. The electric power is under cut off at the Rilong except for the Changping Village, but some of the hotel has the private electric generator.
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 ^^;)