3D3N Xue Shan (Snow Mountain) & Cui Pond Trek

Standing at a towering height of 3,886m, Xue Shan (雪山), which literally means Snow Mountain in English, is the second highest mountain in Taiwan. It is also the highest point of the Syue Mountain Range, which stretches northeast to southeast across. In this extended 3D3N trek, you will also visit the hidden gem of Xueshan – Cui Pond (翠池). At 3520m high, it is the highest alpine lake in South East Asia. It is the perennial source of one of the major rivers of Sheipa National Park . Its water never runs dry at anytime of the year. Even in the dead of winter, it does not freeze completely

ITINERARY

Day 01

TAIPEI – NAN SHAN VILLAGE

Pick up from Taipei Main train Station East Gate 3 (臺北車站東三門) at 5pm for homestay in Nan Shan Village (南山村) (~5 hrs). There will be a dinner stop along the way. Turn in early for the next day‘s hike.

Overnight: Homestay in Nan Shan Village

Day 02

NAN SHAN VILLAGE – WU LING FARM – XUE SHAN EAST PEAK – 369 CABIN

Wake up at 530am to enjoy breakfast at the guesthouse. Check-out from the guesthouse and transfer via minibus to the trailhead (雪山登山口). You will drive pass Wu Ling Farm (武陵農場) with hundreds of cherry blossom trees (depending on season) lining the hillside. From the trailhead, it will be a 7km moderately steep trek (~ 6 hrs) to 369 Cabin (三六九山莊) where you will stay overnight before the next day‘s summit climb. The trail leads you through the beautiful lichen covered forests before opening up to the great views of the Nanhudashan and Hehuanshan mountain ranges. Along the way, you will pass by checkpoints such as the Qika Cabin (七卡山莊) and the infamous crying slope – a series of steep ascends but with amazing views of the mountain ranges from afar and the stone waterfall (a trail filled with large stones). Not to be missed, is a little side detour that will bring you to the East Peak of Xueshan which stands at 3,201m. After enjoying a communal dinner, you will turn in early for the next day‘s summit hike.

Overnight: Dormitory in 369 Cabin

Day 03

369 CABIN – SUMMIT – CUI POND – 369 CABIN

You will be given a wake up call at 2am for the summit trek, where you will enjoy a quick pre-dawn breakfast prepared by the lodge before starting on your night hike. Don on your cold wear and hiking gears with headlamp to begin your hike under the star-lit sky. After a short hike (~30min), you will enter the Black Forest (黑森林) – a dense forest of deciduous pine tress. From 369 Cabin, it will be a moderately steep trek of 3.9km (~ 4 hrs) to the summit. The initial trail is a relatively gentle uphill hike through the Black Forest (~ 1.5 hrs), a natural habitat of the Formosan black bear (not to worry as sightings of the bear is rare). After going through the black forest, you will emerge above the treeline onto an snowy alpine landscape, resembling the Swiss Alps. From there, it will be a relatively steep climb through windswept snow covered fields (on crampons) to the summit where you will be rewarded with amazing sunrise views over the xueshan range. After sunrise, you will follow the northeast trail for another 2-3 hours to the hidden jem of Xueshan – Cui Pond (翠池). At 3520m high, it is the highest alpine lake in South East Asia. It is the perennial source of one of the major rivers of Sheipa National Park . Its water never runs dry at anytime of the year. Even in the dead of winter, it does not freeze completely. Thereafter you will hike back to 369 cabin (~ 5 hrs).

Overnight: Dormitory in 369 Cabin 

Day 04

369 CABIN – WU LING FARM – TAIPEI

After breakfast, you will descend back to the trailhead where your transport will be waiting to fetch you back to Taipei City.

 Package includes:

  • All land transport from Taipei City to Xue Shan National Park and back
  • One night accommodation in homestay in Nan Shan Village
  • Two nights accommodation in 369 Cabin
  • Park entrance fee and climbing permit
  • Local trekking guide
  • 3 x breakfast, 3 x dinner

Package excludes:

  • 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, please bring along own trail food)
  • Porters to carry personal belonging
  • All expenses of a personal nature

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OPTIONAL PROGRAM

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TESTIMONIALS

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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