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). It is also one of the “Hundred Peaks” (百岳) identified by Taiwanese as great mountains of Taiwan. The main peak stands at 3886m, and it offers fantastic views of the Shei-Pa National Park and the nearby mountains on clear days. As an icon in Shei-Pa National Park and rather friendly to hikers, Xueshan has attracted many trekkers from all over the world. The peak is located on the boundary of Miaoli and Taichung; it will be easier to reach if from Yilan. It is said that Xueshan is tougher to climb than Yushan.
About The Climb
The trailhead of Xueshan trail is in Wuling Farm, Yilan. You will have a chance to meet two of the “Hundred Peaks”, namely Xueshan East Peak (3201m), and Xueshan Main Peak (3886m). There are two cabins on the trail. The first, Qika Cabin, is located at the 2km mark and the second, 369 Cabin, is at the 7.1km mark. Before arriving at the 369 Cabin, you can trek to the summit of Xueshan East Peak, then trek another 2km to 369 Cabin. From 369 Cabin, it is another 4km to the Main Peak. On the return journey from the Main peak, you will have a chance to experience the “Black Forest” (黑森林) in daylight. 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, though preparation for ice/snow should be taken in winter (January/February) in the northern region and on higher mountains.
The popular trekking seasons are:
- Spring (March-May)
- Autumn (October-November) and
- Winter (December)
Previous trekking experience is not essential, but good to have. During the month of January and February, Xueshan is likely to be filled with snow, this increase the level of difficulty. It is best to have previous snow & ice trekking experience for a trek in January and February, sometimes even in the month of March. Trekking at an elevation above 3000m requires good fitness; and trekkers are expected to carry 8kg-10kg personal backpack load to 369 Cabin, and potentially up to 10hrs. Though hiring of porters is possible, the cost is high (about S$200/day); therefore it is more realistic to train and prepare to carry your own load.
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. For the month of January to March, ice may form up near the summit trail, ice cleats or ice walker may be necessary.
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 - 20 people
2 people: $950 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:
11 - 14 Jun 2017: By 8 May 2017
15 - 18 Oct 2017: By 8 Sep 2017
19 - 22 Nov 2017: By 8 Oct 2017
You can also form a private group for this trek. For enquiry, send an email to us at email@example.com
|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 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.