The best time to visit Éméi Shān is between May and October. Visiting in winter will present some trekking problems – iron soles with spikes can be hired to deal with encrusted ice and snow on the trails. Snowfall generally starts around November on the upper slopes. Try to avoid visiting during national holidays when the number of visitors to the mountain reaches epic proportions.
Temperate zones start at 1000m. Cloud cover and mist are prevalent all year round at Éméi Shān and generally interfere with views of the sunrise. If you’re very lucky, you’ll be able to see Gònggā Shān (Gongga Mountain) to the west; if you’re not so lucky, you’ll have to settle for the less appealing Telecom tower and the meteorological station. Or, perhaps not even your hand in front of your face.