Daogou is a knife edged rock peak in southwestern China. Some mountaineer attempted to climb it .
Daogou is part of the Four Girls (Siguniang) Mountains, a beautiful Nature Reserve with many sharp rock peaks, lakes and marshes.
There are two peaks in the Daogou. It is the East Peak (5466 m) and the West Peak (5422 m). The East Peak is the highest peak. First ascent is 10/13/2005 by Joe Puryear, Chad Kellogg and Stoney Rechard. East Peak is the left side of the photo in the foreground, and West Peak is the right side. According to the "American Alpine Journal 2009 P351", Kester Brown and Vaughn Thomas made first ascent to the Daogou-West 5422m in 2006.
Glaciers shaped the area in a distant past. The highest peak in the region is Four Girls Mountain itself, reaching up to 6250m. The area is known for it’s abundance of blooming flowers and alpine plants. Also, a lot of medicinal herbs can be found.
The Four Girls region is at the east end of the Tibetan cultural sphere. Many Tibetans live in this area for more than 1000 years.
The main living basis is pasturage and agriculture.
Daogou is located near Rilong town, Xiaojin County, Aba Tibetan and Qiang Autonomous Prefecture in Sichuan Province. In Rilong town 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, they also change their rates.
Nearest major airport is in Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan Province. This is a 3 hours flight from Shanghai.
From Chengdu it's a 6 hours bus trip to Rilong town.
You pay the Management Bureau a entry fee (about $8) at the entrance gate in the Nature Reserve.
There are three valleys in the Nature Reserve. At the entrance gate which is in each valley, you pay the entry fee and other (like a camping fee).
At present, the 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 Aassociation "http://outdoors.www29.cn4e.com/sma/"
Sometimes, the rule changes. You shuld be confirm at the entrance gate or in the travel agency.
Before building a tent, you notice this to the entrance gate and you'll have to pay a fee.
Will research into this soon, for now see the Nature Reserve website.