Emei shan is a very beautiful place. I climbed the whole mountain over 2 days. It’s amazing walking through all the different zones on the mountain. At the bottom it feels almost tropical, then you walk up through the clouds until you hit the icy area then walk out above the clouds near the summit!! I spent 2 nights on the mountain but you only need 1 if you can hike at a reasonable speed. The first day I hiked from Baoguosi to Leidongping. It took about 11h including a half hour stop for lunch at Xianfengsi and a few short breaks for water. Although the accommodation at Leidongping is nicer, I regretted not stopping at Xixiangchi as those last 7.5km were very painful! From Leidongping it’s about a two hour walk or a cable car trip to the summit. I only stayed the second night in Leidongping because I had already booked and paid for the Hotel. I went in winter, but it was the first weekend of the spring festival rush so I unnecessarily booked the hotel. The first night in Leidongping I walked into to a different guesthouse and was offered a similar room for half the price of my online booking. In winter the first bus down the mountain leaves at 9am.
An amazing place! The weather was so cold and the fog and clouds were too thick. very difficult to see. It’s still a great experience. people’s hair were frozen! Very funny to see people with icy hair Can see some small chipmunks, they will approach you for food, just be careful. The drive to the top was very windy. Easy for people to feel sick. I will definitely travel here again to see the amazing sunset.
Mount Emei is about 3000 metres high. It doesn't feel difficult to walk up to the top of the mountains as you are able to take tour bus and cable car to mid-way. You do not have to walk all the way. The steps along the path are very well constructed and easy to walk. The golden buddha at the peak is magnificent! I suggest visitors to cater a full day to cover the whole place and spend some time worshipping in the temples. There are no proper restaurants selling food. Lunch can only male do with cup instant noodle sold by stall vendors.
Emeishan is one of the highlights to my Sichuan trip! Jinding, the Golden Summit, is the most notable place that I ended up staying here the most time. I even spent a night at Jinding which was the best decision! I also visited Qingyin Pavilion trail which was beautiful! I did not get to see the monkeys though.