Mt. Xue Bao Ding (Shar Dung Ri)

In the Aba region of north central Sichuan is a range of peaks known as the Min mountains. The highest peak of the range is Mt. Xue Bao Ding, known to the local Tibetan population as Shar Dung Ri. Though just 5588 meters high, the mountain is strangely awesome and perennially snowcapped. The Tibetans here who form the majority of the population in the area, are pious practitioners of Buddhism, and in this region Bonism. Bon was the dominant religion in the area before the arrival of Buddhism - and today the region continues to be a Bon stronghold. Also living here are Muslim ,Chinese, Qiang, and Yi peoples. The walk into the mountains presents visitors lush valleys dotted with farms, evergreen forests, and small monasteries representing the Buddhist, Bon, and Daoist religions. While walking, Mt. Xue Bao Ding continually looms higher in front of us. Visiting (in fact trekking ) there will take about 3 days on the Bon religion's pilgrimage route ,The route takes three days and crosses several high, non - technical passes before dropping us into the World Heritage site of Huanglong. The other option is to trek through the upper valleys which lead to the glaciers of the peaks, and several exquisite lakes. This trek is perfect for those wishing to experience the indigenous peoples of Aba as well as a mountain landscape of great beauty in an area totally unspoiled by tourism. The low angle of Mt. Xue Bao Ding makes it an attractive goal for climbers interested in one day semi - technical ascents. Depending on group interest, this climbing option can be included with little extra cost.

Although it looks easier for mountaineers on its appearance,but in fact the loose snow on the mountain slope will cause a lot troubles to mountaineers, in 1985, several members of Sino - Japan mountaineering team stayed there for ever.because the climate here is relatively warm, and the rainfall is more than other places for its geographical location in a valley on the souther side of huge Min shan mountain ranges.

This mountain lies at Chuanzhusi, 350km to the north of Chengdu city.if you leave Chuzhusi for Huanglong, you can view it from the rosdside.