Towering at a height of 3852m, Yushan (玉山) , which literally translates into Jade Mountain in English, is the tallest and one of the most beautiful mountain in Taiwan. In winter, its summit is often snow capped with such thick snow that its entire peak shines like a piece of stainless jade. Together with Mount Kinabalu and Mount Fuji, they form the Asia Trilogy (tallest mountains in the Far East minus Kamchatka and Australasia) of peak climbing. Yushan, located within the vast, pristine and rugged environ of Yushan National Park (玉山國家公園) has a well laid out system of trails, maps, markers, lodging and even eco-toilets; making it one of the most hiker- friendly and accessible over- 3000m peak in Asia to climb. The climb to the summit takes 2 days 1 night, and does not involve any technical climbing skills. The trail passes through a great variety of ecosystems ranging from the subtropical rainforests, fir forests, bamboo groves, alpine vegetation to the overlooking canyons,
TAIPEI – DONGPU LODGE
Leave Taipei City (metro station or hotel) for Dongpu Lodge (東埔山莊) in Nantou (~ 5 hrs drive) in the late afternoon (500pm). If required, there can be a stop for dinner en route to Dongpu Lodge.
Overnight: Dormitory at Dongpu Lodge
DONGPU LODGE – PAIYUN LODGE
Wake up at 630am for breakfast. Pack-up, check-out from lodge and then proceed to Tataka Visitor Centre (塔塔加遊客中心) for the climb registration. The visitor center has an excellent exhibition hall showcasing the geology, flora and fauna, history and culture of the Yushan area. Transfer by shutter bus to Tataka Anbu – trailhead to Yushan summit . It is a gradual uphill hike of 8.5km (~6 hrs) from the trailhead to your accomodation in Paiyun Lodge (排雲山莊). Along the trail, you will pass through a great variety of ecosystems from subtropical rainforest, fir forests to bamboo grove with scenic lookout points of the surrounding canyons and valleys. After dinner at the Paiyun Lodge, you can hike up the small hill next to the lodge to enjoy beautiful sunset. Interact and share hiking experiences with fellow trekkers over a cup of tea before turning in early for next day sunrise summit hike.
Overnight: Dormitory at Paiyun Lodge
PAIYUN LODGE – SUMMIT
You will be given a wakeup call at 2am for the summit trek. Pre-dawn porridge breakfast will be served by the lodge. Don on your cold wear and gears and get ready to hike with headlamps under star-studded sky. The 2.4km climb to the summit along scree fields and steep slopes takes about 3hrs to complete. After the workout, you will be rewarded with magnificent sunrise over sea of clouds from which craggy peaks rises like islands. If the visibility is good, you can even see the Pacific Ocean to the east and the Taiwan Strait to the west. After sunrise, you will descend back to Paiyun Lodge for early lunch and check-out. Descend back to Dongpu Lodge where your transport will be waiting to fetch you back to Taipei.
- All land transport from Taipei City to Yushan National Park and back
- One night accommodation in Dongpu Lodge
- One night accommodation in Paiyun Lodge
- Park entrance fee and climbing permit
- Local trekking guide
- 2 x breakfast, 1 x lunch and 1 x dinner
- Return international air tickets*
- Travel insurance*
- Additional transport for different pickup/drop off locations and timings (e.g. Taoyuan Airport pickup/return will incur extra cost)
- All meals not indicated above (lunch is not provided on day 02, please bring along own trail food)
- Porters to carry personal belonging
- All expenses of a personal nature
*International fights and AIG Travel Guard Insurance can be arranged on your behalf.
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