Dabajianshan (大霸尖山; 3492m) with its barrel-shaped peak is one of the most iconic peaks of Taiwan. Its awesome summit with near vertical walls has fascinated visitors for centuries. The Taiwanese called it Century’s Unique Peaks while the Atayal and the Saisiyat aborigines believe that this mountain is their holy mountain. It is also officially featured on the back of the 500NT note.
TAIPEI – GUANWU RECREATION AREA
Leave Taipei City (metro station or hotel) for homestay around Guanwu Recreation Area (~5 hrs. drive) in the late afternoon (5pm). Check-in to the homestay and turn in early for the next day‘s trek.
Overnight: Homestay around Guanwu
GUANWU RECREATION AREA – MADARA CREEK TRAILHEAD – JIUJIU HUT
After breakfast, you will be transferred to Guanwu Visitor Center where you will start the 19km trek (~ 6 hrs.) along a flat forest trail (大鹿林道) to the Madara Creek Trailhead (馬達拉溪登山口). A bridge will bring you to the opposite side of the creek. From here the trail becomes narrower and steeper as it winds its way up the mountain for another 4 km to Jiujiu Hut (2,700m; ~ 3 hrs.).
Overnight: Jiujiu Hut
JIUJIU HUT – DABAIJIAN – XIAOBAOJIAN – JIUJIU HUT
The initial part of the trail is a steep 2.5km uphill trek to 3,050 Upland (高地, 3,100m) follow by a 2.3km trek over relatively flat terrain to a forked junction and another 600m uphill trek to Jhongba Cabin (中霸山莊; 3,280m). This section will take about 2-3 hours to complete. As you trek along, you will see the peaks of Dabajian and Xiaobajian getting closer and closer. A further 1.4 km trek (~ 1 hr.) up and down a mound will bring you to the base of Dabajian (大霸霸基). For safety reason, access to the top of Dabajian (大霸尖山; 3,490m) is prohibited. A short but exciting clamber (~ 20 mins) around the base of Dabajian will bring you to the forked junction (小霸尖山叉路) that leads to Xiaobajian (小霸尖山; 3,418m). The top of Xiaobajian can be reached via a 45 min scramble and rope work over its steep rocky cliff face. From the top, you can see the whole trail that leads all the way back to Jiujiu Hut. On the way back to Jiujiu Hut, you will make some slight detours to take in two more Top Hundred Peaks (百岳): Mount Yize (伊澤山, 3,297) and Mount Jiali (加利山, 3,112m).
Overnight: Jiujiu Hut
JIUJIU HUT – MADARA CREEK TRAILHEAD – GUANWU RECREATION AREA – TAIPEI
After breakfast, you will retrace your route back to Guanwu Visitor Center where you will be transferred back to Taipei.
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
TESTIMONIALSThe 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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