Steeple (Jianzishan, Hunter Peak)

Steeple (Jianzishan, Hunter Peak)

Page Type Page Type: Mountain/Rock
Location Lat/Lon: 31.11659°N / 102.74088°E
Additional Information Elevation: 17952 ft / 5472 m
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Rough map of Four Girls Mountains

Mount Steeple (Jianzishan) is a knife edged rock peak in southwestern China. In winter from 2005 to now, several parties made ascent.
Steeple is part of the Four Girls (Siguniang) Mountains, a beautiful Nature Reserve with many sharp rock peaks, lakes and marshes.
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.

Note : Mount Steeple has another name as Hunter Peak. It is one of them in several Hunter Peak in the world like follows.
  1. Hunter Peak, Texas, United States
  2. Hunter Peak at the Kahiltna Glacier of Mount McKinley, Alaska, United States

Getting There

Mount Steeple 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.
Steeple is in middle of the Shuangqiao-gou Valley. It takes 1.5 hour from Rilong Town to the base camp (around 3700m) by car. In Rilong Town, you can take taxi to the entry of the Twin Bridge Valley. The taxi fee is around $5. At the entry , pay the entry fee around $10. And change car from taxi to the shuttle bus, and go to the base. The bus fee is around $10.
There are several farmer's house around the base camp. You can ask farmer to stay their house. The fee is around $2 each night.
You can employs porters, but not horse. The porter's fee is around $15 each day.
You will have to find the climb route yourself. Because no one asent to the top yet.
Special gear needed to climb up to the top.
In summer season, usually not so many snow. But being a mountain there can always be unusual weather including snow fall.
In spring, fall and winter, the route is covered by snow and ice.

Red Tape

You pay the Management Bureau a entry fee (about $9) 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 Association "".
Sometimes, the rules changes. You should confirm them at the entrance gate or in the travel agency.

When To Climb

Winter is best.


Before building a tent, you notice this to the entrance gate and you'll have to pay a fee.

Mountain Condition

Will research into this soon, for now see the Nature Reserve website. (English)

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cosmin - Nov 29, 2005 11:02 am - Voted 10/10

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In 2004 a party of HK based climbers attempted an ascent but backed off quickly due to time mismanagement.

In February 2005 two parties of HK (Damian Ryan and Geordie - same party as in 2004) and China (Benjack Phillips and Cosmin Andron) based climbers attempted to climb the main summit following the obvious gully that separates the two peaks and then climb left the mostly rock final pitches. The plan was to complete the climb in a day. The first pitch was an icefall climbed at 3am and for the initial part the neve was good and progress reasonable. Unfortunately with the early morning began an exhausting plodding through deep chest powder snow. With the end of the day approaching and with no reasonable expectation that the summit would be reached in the time-frame proposed the two parties decided to descend by traversing the gully and following a rocky rib back to the icefall. The route was soloed most of the part with the exception of the initial icefall and the gully traverse.

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