Taiwan – Jade Mountain / Yushan
Taiwan has more than 100 mountains exceeding 3000m with the highest being Yushan Main Peak (Jade Mountain) standing at 3952m. Yushan Range and the surrounding mountains are part of Yushan National Park. The national park is Taiwan’s largest, highest and most accessible. It is located 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. Being the most famous and popular mountain in Taiwan, the trekking permit is rather difficult to secure especially for the weekend.
About The Climb
Yushan Range has five peaks with the Main Peak being the most popular:
- Yushan Main Peak (玉山主峰), 3952m
- Yushan Eastern Peak (玉山東峰), 3869m – 1.2km from Main Peak
- Yushan Northern Peak (玉山北峰), 3858m – 2.2km from Wind Tunnel(風口)
- Yushan Southern Peak (玉山南峰), 3844m – 3.1km from Paiyun Lodge(排雲山莊)
- Yushan Western Peak (玉山西峰), 3467m – 2.2km 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 and more popular. The total distance from the start point at Tatajia Saddle (2610m) to the Main Peak (3952m) is 10.9km. Trekkers spend one night at Paiyun Lodge (3460m/8.5km). At pre-dawn, trekkers climb another 2.4km from the lodge to the Main Peak to catch the sunrise view. This last 2.4km to the Main Peak is a bit of a scramble on narrow and steep rocky terrain. Strong wind is a common occurrence on the summit trail, especially at the last stretch, famously known as the wind tunnel. After catching the sunrise, descend to Paiyun Lodge for a quick brunch and retrace the route back to the start point of the trek at Tatajia Saddle.
Our Yushan trek is from the Tatajia route.
It is possible to trek in Taiwan all year round, except the typhoon season from July to September. The Yushan National Park is typically closed during and after a typhoon. In winter to early spring from late December to March, there is usually ice and snow near the summit, making the climb more challenging. Crampons or snow cleats may be required when there is ice and snow.
The popular trekking seasons are:
- Spring (March-May)
- Autumn (October-November)
- Winter (December)
Good to have below 3000m trekking experience. You will be trekking for two days from the trail head to the summit with a 5-6kg backpack load. The last section of the summit trail is on steep and narrow rocky terrain. Ice and snow can be expected during the winter months till early spring from December to March.
Equipment and Gear
You can wear a long trekking pants with a quick dry t-shirt or trekking shirt (in spring or autumn) and a light weight thermal top (in winter) for the trek to Paiyun Lodge. In the evening and for the summit trek, a thermal set, an insulating layer (such as a fleece jacket and/or a light weight down jacket) and an outer shell jacket are needed. Bring rain gear and waterproof your backpack. A down sleeping bag is also needed and provided.
A recommended packing list will be provided to all our participants. Please refer to our Resource Centre page to learn about the layering system and choose the right gear/equipment for your trek.
Group size: 6 - 16 people (Prices are valid for 2018; prices for 2019 to be updated)
2 people: $1020 per person
3 people: $810 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:
7 Dec 2018 (17-22 Apr 2019)
9 Jan 2019 (19-22 May 2019)
28 Jan 2019 (5-8 Jun 2019)
19 Jun 2019 (30 Oct - 2 Nov 2019)
You can also form a private group for this trek. For enquiry, send an email to us at email@example.com
For private groups with scheduled trek dates that start on a Saturday, there is an additional fee of $20 per person. This additional fee is due to the higher weekend hotel rate. The permit is also harder to secure
|Day||Description||Meals||Altitude At Rest Point|
|Day 1||Arrive in Taipei. Flight arrival before 1pm. Transfer to Dongpu.||-/-/D||1200m|
|Day 2||Transfer to Tatajia Visitors’ Center. Start trek to Paiyun Cabin.||B/L/D||3460m|
|Day 3||Summit trek (Yushan Main Peak, 3952m). Descend to Tatajia Visitors’ Center. Transfer to Taipei||S/B/L||10m|
|Day 4||Depart Taipei.||B/-/-|
- Return airport transfers in Taipei
- All land transfers as in itinerary
- Meals as indicated in itinerary
- Twin/Triple sharing accommodation in Taipei and Dongpu
- Mountain hut - dormitory beds
- Camping equipment: Sleeping bag; snow-cleats (if needed)
- Trek support: Trekking guide
- Permits & Fees: Conservation, National Park fees and permit
- Taiwan insurance on rescue fee by land transfer. Helicopter evacuation is handled by the states.
- International air tickets, airline taxes and fuel surcharge
- Visa Fee (if any)
- Single Supplement
- Meals not indicated in itinerary
- All tipping
- Climbing certificate
- Personal porters
- Personal travel insurance (mandatory to cover travel agent insolvency and trekking up to 4000m)
- Personal expenses like shopping, laundry etc
- Personal travel & trekking gear – warm clothing, shoes, backpacks etc
- Compensation for damaged or lost of personal items (eg: climbing/trekking gear and equipment, cameras and any valuable items etc)
- 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 and information kit
2. Gear list and gear discount from selected Singapore outdoor outfitters
3. Training guideline kit
4. Rope skill workshop (For climbs that require rope up and/or fixed rope skill)
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.
Training: Regardless of your level of fitness and physical conditions, it is advisable to train prior to embarking on a trekking or mountain climbing trip.
Pure cardiovascular fitness is NOT enough.
Focus your training effort in the following areas, assuming that you are in good health and injury-free:
- Climbing conditioning – stairs and load training.
- Cardio training - Jogging/running and interval training like CrossFit or HIIT.
- Strength training for the lower body, shoulder, back and core
- Flexibility training - eg: Yoga and stretching exercises
A good three months of training would be a good preparation for this trek.
A recommended training guide specific to the trek or climb will be given to you upon signing up.
Refer to our Grading chart for an overview on the technical difficulty and fitness required for this trek.
Refer to our Training Guide for tips on trekking and mountain climbing training.