Taiwan – Snow Mountain / Xueshan

22 Apr 18

Taiwan – Snow Mountain / Xueshan


Xueshan (Snow Mountain) is the second highest mountain in Taiwan. It is 66m lower than the more popular Yushan (Jade Mountain). Same as Yushan (Jade Mountain), it is also one of the “Hundred Peaks” (百岳) identified by Taiwanese as great mountains of Taiwan. The main peak (3886m), located on the boundary of Miaoli and Taichung, offers fantastic views of the Shei-Pa National Park and the nearby mountains on clear days. As an icon in Shei-Pa National Park, Xueshan attracts many trekkers. It is said that Xueshan is tougher to climb than Yushan but more scenic.

About The Climb

The Xueshan trail starts in Wuling Farm in Yilan. There are two of the “Hundred Peaks” - Xueshan East Peak (3201m) and Xueshan Main Peak (3886m) - and two cabins on the trail. The first cabin, Qika Cabin, is located at 2km and the second, 369 Cabin, is at 7.1km from the trailhead. Xueshan East Peak is between Qika Cabin and 369 Cabin. Trekkers can trek to the East Peak summit if time permit, before trekking another 2km to 369 Cabin to spend the night. At pre-dawn, trekkers climb another 4km to the Main Peak from 369 Cabin. On the return journey from the Main Peak to 369 Cabin in daylight, trekkers will go through and experience the “Black Forest” (黑森林) area. This ancient forest of tall arrow-like firs is stunningly beautiful, especially in winter when snow often covers the forest floor.

Trekking Season

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)

Experience Required

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. At times, when there is a dry spell and water is not available in the mountain huts, you will be expected to carry drinking water for the 2/3 days trek, which can increase the backpack load to 8-10kg. Though hiring of porters is possible, the cost is high (about S$200/day). Therefore, it is more realistic to train and be prepared to carry your own load. 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 369 Cabin. 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.

Available Dates Price Qty*
22-26 Apr 2018 (5D) $620.00 (SGD)  / person   Expired
2-5 May 2018 (4D) $550.00 (SGD)  / person   Expired
29 May - 2 Jun 2018 (5D) $620.00 (SGD)  / person   Expired
18-22 Jun 2018 (5D) $620.00 (SGD)  / person   Expired
30 Oct - 3 Nov 2018 (5D) $620.00 (SGD)  / person   Expired
17-21 Apr 2019 $620.00 (SGD)  / person   Expired
15-19 May 2019 $620.00 (SGD)  / person   Expired
16-20 Oct 2019 $620.00 (SGD)  / person   Expired
16-20 Nov 2019 $620.00 (SGD)  / person   Expired
11-15 Apr 2020 $640.00 (SGD)  / person  
02-06 May 2020 $640.00 (SGD)  / person  
17-21 Oct 2020 $640.00 (SGD)  / person  
14-18 Nov 2020 $640.00 (SGD)  / person  

* You can register up to 12 participants in one go.

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Group size: 6-16 people

Permits need to be applied 4 months in advance.  Register by the following dates:

Immediately (16-20 Nov 2019)

02 Dec 2019 (11-15 Apr 2020)

23 Dec 2019 (02-06 May 2020)

08 Jun 2020 (17-21 Oct 2020)

05 Jul 2020 (14-18 Nov 2020)

4D and 5D trek package prices:

Number of Days2 people3 people4 people 5 people 6-16 people
4 Days $1130 per person$820 per person$690 per person$600 per person$550 per person
5 Days$1250 per person$$920 per person$770 per person$670 per person$620 per person

You can also form a private group for this trek. For enquiry, send an email to us at contact@aceadventure.com.sg

NOTE: For 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.

We have also scheduled Yushan (Jade Mountain) to go back-to-back with the above scheduled treks so that you can climb both mountains at one go.

This 5D itinerary is recommended by us. It is not overly demanding for trekkers who are not used to long hours of trekking, especially on the summit day. After the summit, you will stay 1 more night at 369 Hut to allow for a better recovery for the next day descent.

DayDescriptionMealsAltitude at Rest Point
Day 1Arrive in Taipei. Flight arrival before 1pm. Transfer to Yilan.-/-/D1740m
Day 2Transfer to trailhead -Trek to 369 CabinB/L/D3100m
Day 3Summit Trek – Xueshan Main Peak (3886m). Return to 369 HutB/L/D3100m
Day 4Descend to trailhead – transfer to TaipeiB/L/-346m
Day 5Depart Taipei B/-/-


This 4D itinerary is a more compact itinerary from the 5D's. It is suitable for those with a high level of fitness and experienced trekkers. Trekkers who opt for this itinerary not only have a longer summit day but also a more stringent turn around time for the summit attempt at 8am. After summit, you will descend to the trailhead after a quick lunch at 369 Hut. Trekkers must be prepared to walk for more than 12 hours on summit day.

DayDescriptionMealsAltitude at Rest Point
Day 1Arrive in Taipei. Flight arrival before 1pm. Transfer to Yilan.-/-/D1740m
Day 2Transfer to trailhead -Trek to 369 CabinB/L/D3100m
Day 3Summit Trek – Xueshan Main Peak (3886m). Descend to trailhead – transfer to TaipeiS/B/L346m
Day 4Depart Taipei B/-/-


  • Return airport transfers in Taipei (non-deductible if not utilised)
  • All land transfers as in itinerary (non-deductible if not utilised)
  • 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
  • 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.

Grading: 2B

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:

  1. Climbing conditioning – stairs and load training.
  2. Cardio training - Jogging/running and interval training like CrossFit or HIIT.
  3. Strength training for the lower body, shoulder, back and core
  4. 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.