Xue Baoding Mountain
At 103.8 0 E and 32.7 0 N, the 5588 meter Xuebao Ding is listed as the highest peak of Min Shan, which is located in the south section of Min Shan running south-North, where Songpan County of the Aba Tibet Autonomous Prefecture is situated.
Clustered around by lots of high peaks, the main peak of Xuebao Ding has its peak- Yuzhan Feng (the peak of jade hairpine) of 5119 meters in its southwest, Sigenxiang Feng (peak of four incenses) of 5359 meters in height and Lesser Xuebao Ding of 5440 meters towering aloft to its southeast. The four peaks bear various looks.
With a height of 5000 meters above sea lea level as the division, below it are mainly rocks and up it a saddle at a slope of 30 degrees between Sigenxiang Feng and Xuebao Ding. Half way between the saddle and the summit is an ice and snow slope of about 20 degrees. On the southwest ridge of Xuebao Ding, Ice and snow slopes of 20-25 degrees are distributed all over the area under 5000 meters above sea level. Cut by the glaciers on the west side, uncovered rocky knife-ridges are formed and exposed rocks and precipices lie on the northwest slope of the peak.
With the neve snow line of Xuebao Ding at an altitude of 4700 meters in height, the major part of the peak is composed of lime rocks in the Carboniferous period. At around 4500 meters above sea level is the area of high mountains and grassy marshland while at less than 4000 meters are the dense-virgin forests and shrubs. Abounding in precious traditional Chinese herbal medicines such as snow lotus, Fritillarial thunbergii (the bulb of fritillary) in the mountain area. Xuebao Ding Feng offers giant pandas and golden monkeys and a haunt place of plenty of good forests. Besides, lots of alpine lakes gather here, of which the most praise-worthy are Yuan Hai (round lake) in the southeast, Fan Hai (square lake) in the southwest, Banyhan Hai (semi-circled lake) in the northwest and the Triangular sea in the northeast-each charming in its own way. On the north side of the peak sits the Huanglong (Yellow Dragon) Scenic Spot which is 7.5 kilometers from the south to the north, 1.5 kilometers wide and is worshiped as a “pond of precious jade” due to its characteristic natural landscape.
The dry season comes to Xuebao Ding Feng region each year from October to April of the next year, and the rainy season in the months of May-September, July and August prove to be the best mountaineering season when it seldom rains.
The route line to the mountain. First, drive from Chengdu up the Min Jiang River through Dujiangyan County, Mao Xian and Wenchuan to the Songpan County, the whole journey totalling 345 kilometers. Then a travel of about 60 kilometers will bring you from Songpan through Huotang Shangnamu, and in the end to the Bamosi base camp site, where you may ascent the peak right from the south-west side.
In August, 1986, the Allied Mountaineering Team of Sichuan Mountaineering Association and the Himalaya Mountaineering Team of Japan, succeeded in the first attempt to reach Xuebao Ding summit.