Taiwan – Jade Mountain / Yushan
Taiwan has more than 100 mountains exceeding 3000m with the highest being Yushan Main Peak (Jade Mountain) standing at 3952m above sea level. Yushan Range and the surrounding mountains are part of Yushan National Park. The national park is Taiwan’s largest, highest and least accessible national park; it is just next to the famous Alishan National Scenic Area in the central mountains of Taiwan. It contains the largest tract of wilderness remaining in Taiwan and is also valued for its pristine forests and faunal diversity, including many endemic species. Yushan Range has 5 peaks, namely North Peak, South Peak, East Peak, West Peak, and Main Peak. Yushan is the most famous mountain in Taiwan; hence it is the most popular trek making it difficult to get a weekend permit to trek.
About The Climb
Yushan Range has five peaks with the Main Peak being the most popular:
- Yushan Main Peak (玉山主峰), 3,952m
- Yushan Eastern Peak (玉山東峰), 3,869m – 1.2km from Main Peak
- Yushan Northern Peak (玉山北峰), 3,858m – 2.2km from Wind Tunnel(風口)
- Yushan Southern Peak (玉山南峰), 3,844m – 3.1km from Paiyun Lodge(排雲山莊)
- Yushan Western Peak (玉山西峰), 3,467m – 4km from Paiyun Lodge(排雲山莊)
There are 2 main access points on Yushan – Dongpu and Tatajia.
Dongpu (East face approach)
Dongpu trail starts from the hot-spring village of Dongpu and follows an old aboriginal trading route called Batongguan. The trail passes a series of tall and very impressive waterfalls, then to an alpine meadow where camps are set up for 2 nights of the trip. The last stretch is a long slog to the summit of Main peak via the scree at Feng-Kuo (wind-mouth known as wind tunnel).
Tatajia (West face approach)
Tatajia route is shorter, more popular and as beautiful. From the start point at Tatajia Saddle (2610m) to the Main Peak (3952m), it covers a distance of 10.9km. Trekkers spend one night at Paiyun Lodge (3460m/8.5km), at pre-dawn climb another 2.4km from the lodge to the Main Peak to catch the sunrise view. This last 2.4km to the Main Peak can be a bit of a scramble on rocks with strong wind, especially at the last stretch, famously known as the wind tunnel. After catching the sunrise and descend to Paiyun Lodge for a quick brunch, trekkers will retrace the route back to the start point of the trek at Tatajia Saddle.
It is possible to trek in Taiwan all year round, though preparation for ice/snow should be taken in winter (January/February) in the northern region and on higher mountains. The Yushan National Park is typically closed during and after a typhoon.
The popular trekking seasons are:
- Spring (March-May)
- Autumn (October-November) and
- Winter (December)
Participants must be of an above average level of fitness, physically and mentally fit, with the ability to trek with a 6-10kg backpack load for long hours (i.e. 8 – 13hrs). No previous experience of climbing is required but previous experience with trekking is desirable. The trek will be using established hiking routes that may include moderate to steep slopes, with the approach to the summit on steep narrow sections of rock scrambles or scree with snow expected during the winter months till early spring
Equipment and Gear
Between October and March, the climate is cooler in the mountain, trekking attire you will need are thermal base layer, fleece jacket, outershell jacket and down jacket. It is warmer from April to September, down jacket will not be essential.
A packing list will be provided for all our participants. Please refer to our Resource Centre page to read more about the layering system to better prepare you for your climbing & attire needs as well as for choosing the right equipment for your climb.
Group size: 6 - 16 people
2 people: $950 per person
3 people: $780 per person
4 people: $680 per person
5 people: $590 per person
Permits need to be applied 4 months in advance. Register by the following dates:
18 - 21 Oct 2017: By 5 Jun 2017
19 - 22 Nov 2017: By 5 Jul 2017
You can also form a private group for this trek. For enquiry, send an email to us at firstname.lastname@example.org
|Day||Description||Meals||Altitude At Rest Point|
|Day 1||Arrive in Taipei. Transfer to Dongpu.||-/-/D||1200m|
|Day 2||Transfer to Tatajia Visitors’ Center (2610m). Start trek to Paiyun Cabin.||B/L/D||3460m|
|Day 3||Summit trek (Yushan Main Peak, 3952m). Descend to Tatajia Visitors’ Center (2610m). transfer to Taipei||B/L/D||10m|
|Day 4||Depart Taipei. (Programme ends here. Next day arrival on flight, if any, not reflected in itinerary )||B/-/-|
- Return airport transfers in Taipei
- All land transfers as in itinerary
- Meals as indicated in itinerary
- Twin/Triple sharing accommodation in city
- Mountain hut - dormitory beds
- Camping equipment: Sleeping bag; snow-cleats (if needed)
- Trek support: Trekking guide
- Permits & Fees: Conservation, National Park fees and permit
- International air tickets, airline taxes and fuel surcharge
- Visa Fee (if any).
- Single Supplement
- Meals not indicated in itinerary
- All tipping
- Personal porters
- Personal travel insurance (mandatory to cover trekking up to 4000m)
- Personal expenses like shopping, laundry etc
- Personal travel & trekking gear – warm clothing, shoes, backpacks etc
- Extension of stay after the trek
- Emergency evacuation and medical expenses
- Any expenses including accommodation, meals & transfer outside the stipulated trek/climb itinerary – i.e. any person leaving the group for personal travel, illness/injury or any form of extension of stay
Support from Ace Adventure Expeditions
We provide pre-trip support to prepare you for the climb:
1. Trip briefing
2. Equipment preparation & gear discount from selected Singapore outdoor outfitters
3. Physical training preparation
4. Trip information kit
We carefully select and establish strong working relationship with our local trek operator to ensure safe participation by everyone. Our local climbing guides have extensive experience in guiding treks in Taiwan, possess intimate knowledge of the local surroundings, conditions and culture and are trained in wilderness 1st aid and emergency rescue.
Good basic fitness is necessary. Have the ability to carry personal backpack load of between 8kg and 10kg to hike for 8hrs; and up to 14hrs or more on summit day.
Training: Regardless of your level of fitness and physical conditions, it is advisable to train prior to embarking on a climb or trek. A training recommendation specific to the climb or trek will be given upon signing up. A good four to five months of training would be a good preparation for the trek. Refer to our Grading chart for an overview on the technical difficulty and fitness required for this trip.