Sichuan Hiking Terrain, Elevation and Trails

The good hiking destinations hide in the far mountains of western Sichuan in the eastern Tibetan Plateau. There are many unexplored valleys and mountain lakes and big mountains. Western Sichuan includes Ganzi Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Aba Tibetan and Qiang Autonomous Prefecture and Liangshan Yi Autonomous Prefecture. These places are mountain areas historically resided by Tibetan people, Qaing People and Yi People. Hiking in Sichuan will not only bring you the great views of its vast nature but also experience of its local culture.

Hiking in Sichuan basically needs multiple days of camping. The hiking destinations in Sichuan are in the wild with no access to hotel, restaurant, electricity or any other modern facilities. The walking days are from 3 to 6 so you need to be aware of this when you plan a trekking trip to Sichuan. The walking trails are fine horse trails except at some national parks such as Mount Siguniang Changpinggou Valley or at Yading, there are some wooden boardwalks. These horse trails are basically easy to recognize. But due to the change of weather in the mountains in different seasons, there maybe trails been cut off by rising rivers. At Minya Konka, local nomads people will usually build some simple bridges for river crossing. In a rainy day these trails may become muddy but not dangerous. Sichuan hikings involve walking on steep trails as well.

Sichuan Hiking Terrain, Elevation and Trails

Elevation of the hiking in Sichuan is quite high as up to between 3000 meters and 4800 meters. So you will be walking at elevation over 3500 meters for most of the hikings in Sichuan. Be aware of the multiple days of hiking at such elevation, to acclimatize yourself is important. You may ascend up to 800 meters within a day’s hiking and descend for over 1000 meters within a day’s hiking. Consider to have basic physical training when you are planning a hiking trip to Sichuan.

Sichuan Adventure Hiking Tours

Sichuan Tour
Western Sichuan Adventure Hiking Tour - 9 Days

Route: Chengdu - Kangding - Danba - Chengdu

Sichuan Tour
Mount Gonggashan In-depth Hiking – 9 Days

Route: Chengdu - Mount Gongga - Chengdu

Sichuan Tour
Mount Siguniang Hiking Tour– 4 Days

Route: Chengdu - Mount Siguniang - Chengdu