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.
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. 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 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.
Group size: 6 - 16 people
2 people: $980 per person
3 people: $780 per person
4 people: $680 per person
5 people: $590 per person
Permits can be applied 30 days in advance (balloting system). Register by the following dates:
5 Sep 2017 (15-18 Oct 2017)
5 Oct 2017 (19-22 Nov 2017)
5 Mar 2018 (18-21 Apr 2018)
15 Mar 2018 (1-4 May 2018)
15 Apr 2018 (26-29 May 2018)
5 May 2018 (13-16 Jun 2018)
15 Sep 2018 (3-6 Nov 2018)
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 Nanshan Village.||-/-/D||1740m|
|Day 2||Transfer to trailhead -Trek to 369 Cabin||B/L/D||3100m|
|Day 3||Summit Trek – Xueshan Main Peak (3886m). Descend to trailhead – 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 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.