Emei Shan

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Emei Shan is a sacred mountain to Buddhists. A steep flat-topped mountain, it is perhaps the most impressive of the sacred Chinese mountains, particularly when viewed from the east, where it rises suddenly from the plains. The mountain is often enshrouded by mist, which serves to heighten its spiritual presence. Though religious traditions have been severely curtailed throughout China, Emei Shan remains an important shrine for thousands of religious pilgrims. Its slopes once supported over 150 pagodas and temples, many built precariously above steep precipices before or during the sixth century. Some of the temples are still active today, and shelters are set up along the trail for pilgrims and tourists. A prominent feature of the summit panorama is Minya Konka (24,790 ft.), whose massive form is visible in the west on clear days.

Elevation (feet): 10,167
Elevation (meters): 3,099
Continent: Asia
Country: China
Range/Region: West Sichuan Ranges
Latitude: 29.5333
Longitude: 103.35
Difficulty: Walk up
Best months for climbing: May, Sep, Oct
Nearest major airport: Chengdu, China
Convenient Center: Emei, China

Trip Reports

NOTE: Trip reports were previously called "Summit Logs" - same feature, new name

There are 7 trip reports for Emei Shan.

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  • Log #1992 - by Richard Tremellen on Feb 06, 2004
    I don't think I realised what I was doing when I set off - thought it was another like the one outside Xian. Stayed in the monastry at the bottom and walked up in the rain for most of the time. The...
  • Log #1993 - by Coos on Apr 15, 2003
    It has been a while but I still remember it as one of the most impressive walks I made in China. I published a story about it and a english translation can be found on my website.
  • Log #1994 - by Jeanne Blair on Nov 13, 2000
    This was a fabulous trip. The weather was perfect. I'd recommend it to anyone...
  • Log #1995 - by Gabriela Bogdan on May 02, 2000
    Low temperatures on the peak. The peak was sunny, the clouds underneath engulfed the valley. During the descent wehad less than 20 m visibility in the fog.
  • Log #1996 - by Ola Lesteberg on Mar 09, 2000
    What a great experience! We had no sun for the first 1500 metres of the ascent, but when we reached ca. 2500 metres, we came over the clouds, and a spectacular view enfolded. We continued to the...
  • Log #1997 - by Henryk Derek on Feb 20, 2000
    Going up this mountain in winter did not appear to me to be the best time. Reason, cloudiness and general overcast skies in this area and in Chengdu (where I entered China) which is about 3.5 hr. by...
  • Log #1998 - by Mark D. Rustad on Apr 30, 1999
    Whoever submitted the best months to climb Emei is obviously confused. May and mid-September thru mid-October are the very best periods to ascend. June,July see horrible rains 60-70 of Emeis 280-320...