Hiking China's Sichuan Province

A foggy ascent on Jiajan Shan. (Phillip Engelhorn)
Hiking Sichuan

A foggy ascent on Jiajan Shan.

Valleys and gorges define much of the western Sichuan landscape.

Hiking Sichuan
(Phillip Engelhorn)


Throwing prayers into the sky.

Hiking Sichuan
(Phillip Engelhorn)


Laurence, Ed, and Dean cross a small stream while ascending Dagu Shan.

Hiking Sichuan
(Phillip Engelhorn)


Men take their horses up Dagu Shan.

Hiking Sichuan
(Phillip Engelhorn)


Tibetans throw prayer flags at each mountain pass into the air, believing that at higher altitude they are closer to the gods.

Hiking Sichuan
(Phillip Engelhorn)


A Tibetan hair dress made out of coral and beads.

Hiking Sichuan
(Phillip Engelhorn)


Young and old gather on a mountainside.

Hiking Sichuan
(Phillip Engelhorn)


The caravan makes its way towards the Guoxigou Grasslands.

Hiking Sichuan
(Phillip Engelhorn)


The grasslands are swampy, muddy, and hard to cross.

Hiking Sichuan
(Phillip Engelhorn)


The grasslands were home to one of the nicest campsites of the trek.

Hiking Sichuan
(Phillip Engelhorn)


The horse crew eats dinner in their tent.

Hiking Sichuan
(Phillip Engelhorn)


A Tibetan woman heads out in the field to collect a type of Chinese medicine. She wears a mask to keep humidity near her mouth, as the dry, high-altitude air can dehydrate a body quickly.

Hiking Sichuan
(Phillip Engelhorn)


Ed, Yang Xio, and Laurence wait out a rainstorm in a herder's mud hut.

Hiking Sichuan
(Phillip Engelhorn)

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