Towering at a height of 3952m, 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 – NANTOU
Leave Taipei City (metro station or hotel) for Wang Xiang Minsu (望鄉民宿) in Nantou (~ 4 hrs drive) in the late afternoon (500pm). If required, there can be a stop for dinner en route to Nantou.
Overnight: Dormitory at Dongpu Lodge/Wang Xiang Minsu
NANTOU– PAIYUN LODGE
Wake up early for breakfast. Pack-up, check-out from Wang Xiang Minsu and then proceed to Tataka Visitor Centre (塔塔加遊客中心) for the climb registration. (~1.5 hrs drive) 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/Wang Xiang Minsu
- 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
**During the winter months from early Jan to late Feb due to heavy snow coverage which slow down hiking speed (and for safety consideration), the hiking program will be extended by one more day.
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List of mountain hikes we offer in Taiwan are as below. They can be combined to form a longer itinerary.
2D2N Yushan (Jade Mountain) Climb
2D2N Xue Shan (Snow Mountain) Climb
3D3N Xue Shan (Snow Mountain) & Cui Pond Climb
3D3N WuLing Sixiu
4D4N Nanhu Dashan
2D2N Qilai Nanfeng & Nanhuashan
The guide, Mr Lu, was very professional, kind and nice to us! Despite disruptions in our plans due to the rainy weather, he always had alternative options for us. His driving skills were superb, winding through sharp bends for hours where there was so little visibility and still maintaining a positive and optimistic outlook. All these on top of taking us through long hikes makes him one of the most resilient and nicest person I’ve known! Thank you!
- Xin Han (Group of 6 on a 5D4N Xueshan & Hehuanshan trip in May 2019)
Mountain guide is very friendly. He brings us around to try local delights and share with us local stories and facts.
- Wan Lin (Group of 6 on a 5D4N Xueshan & Hehuanshan trip in May 2019)
The guide was very experienced and friendly. He also plans the ascend and descend schedules very well and is able to walk at a comfortable pace for the team.
- Ruobing (Group of 6 on a 5D4N Xueshan & Hehuanshan trip in May 2019)
Why 5 stars? There key difference was the 雪山 summit climb. On the way up, we met at least two groups that turned back because the trail was completely snowed over. There were doubts and we thought this was going to be an anti-climax. However, when we reach the snow line, our guide hacked through the top layer of hard snow so that our clamp-on spikes could dig into the softer bottom layer. Without doing this, it was not possible for inexperienced climbers to summit. He could have simply said "Let's turn back, this is too dangerous". It was act of professionalism backed by long experience, sound judgment and supreme fitness.
– Chee Wai (Group of 10 on a 3D3N Xueshan trip in Mar 2019)
Honorable mention to the guide, whom was the driver too. Her energy and dedication throughout the trek makes the trip very worthwhile, even though the view at the summit was spoiled by the poor foggy weather. Our team would gladly scale another mountain in taiwan with her as the guide again, if we had the chance.
– Jonathan (Group of 5 on a 2D2N Yushan trip in Mar 2018)
The whole organisation was prepared smoothly prior to the trip. The ample of times attending to the enquiries and the notes given had definitely been useful. For transport, guide (and driver), food, activities, accommodation - they were pleasant. The van provided was spacious especially the legroom, and even had enough room to store our bag packs. The guide and driver were very accommodative, for an instance, stopping the van to allow us take some photos before proceeding to the trail head. Additionally, both tried their best to attempt to make conversations in English. As per food and activities, it was great. The food complimented the next activity well, an example, we were provided rice instead of noodles on the day before our summit push and back to the trail head. It was essential since we had to have plenty carbohydrates for the long trek ahead.
– SR (Group of 5 on a 2D2N Xueshan trip in Oct 2017)
Thanks Ying! You've been very helpful and professional! We truly enjoyed ourselves 😊
– Johan (Group of 9 on a 2D2N Xueshan trip in Jan 2017)
Thanks so much for Organising the Taiwan trip. The 2 mountains were amazing and the guides were great! Everyone enjoyed the trip and were able to make it down from both mountains safely!
– Shaun from NUS Mountaineering Club (Group of 10 on a 5D4N Xueshan -Yushan Climb in Dec 2016)
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