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Syue Shan ( Snow Mountain ) Trek

The Shei-Pa National Park contains some of the most well-known and spectacular peaks in Taiwan, amongst which is Syue Shan ( XueShan, HsuehShan, Snow Mountain 雪山 ) which ranks second highest in Taiwan at 3886 meters.

The ascent of Snow Mountain generally begins at Wuling Farm ( 武陵農場 ), a farm project originally set up by the Taiwanese government in 1963 for retired servicemen. The farm grows fruit and vegetables, and is in the valley below the East Peak ( 雪山東峰 ).

From the trailhead at Wuling Farm, one will hike past Chika Hostel (七卡山莊, 2,440m / 8,003 ft) to a viewing platform with great panoramic views (weather permitting) and on to the East Peak where there are even better views of the surrounding peaks. From there, it's a walk along a ridge and down into a valley to 369 Hostel ( 三六九山莊 ) to stay the night.  It's a 7.1km hike of between 6-8 hours depending on hikers' individual fitness level & walking pace.

The ascent to the Main Summit starts from 369 Hostel with a walk through a forest of pine and deciduous trees known as the 'Black Forest'. Past the pine forest is an 'ice funnel', created by the pressure of winter ice carving out a funnel-like hollow in the rocky landscape. Next there is a ridge of shale, which is the beginning of the climb to the main peak. The whole ascent from 369 Hostel to the main peak takes about 3 hours. The summit offers a great 360 degree panorama of the entire mountain ranges near and far, including Dapajian Shan, and Yushan which can be seen in the far far horizon.

Return is by retracing the route back to 369 & Chika Hostels back to the trailhead with transfer back to Taipei.

Private Group Package - 4 Day Program
These are guaranteed to depart based on your own preferred travel & trek dates subject to successful mountain permit application
Group Size : Price
2 persons $1000
3 persons $920
4 - 5 persons $850
6 - 7 persons $780
8 or more persons $730
Inclusions & Exclusions as listed on this page.

Inclusions:

  • Airport transfers (pickup and send-off)
  • Return land transfers between Taipei and Shei-Pa National Park in private transport.
  • 3 nights accommodation: 2N common sharing in mountain hostels and 1N at tourist class hotel in Taipei.
  • Meals as indicated
  • Full mountain trekking arrangement ( including mountain climbing permit, experienced local mountain guide, local mountaineering accident & medical insurance, park entry fees, meal & accommodation for guide & driver, sleeping bag)
  • Pre-trip briefing and informative AQ trip guide

Exclusions:

  • International flights & all airport taxes & surcharges
  • Visa if required
  • Personal travel insurance and medical immunizations
  • All personal travel / trekking gear
  • Lunch during trek; this will be self-prepared
  • Personal eating utensils

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Syueshan 369 Cabin

Duration: 4 days (Private Group)
                3 days (Local Group)

Maximum Altitude
3,886-m high Syue Shan main summit

Grading:

Local Group Package - 3 Day Program
Those who like to take up a budget trek package can consider joining our 'Local Group Package' which are scheduled to depart daily on week days and Saturdays. Please note that departure is only confirmed with minimum group size of at least 11 persons and confirmation is usually available only about 1 weeks before trek depart date. Hence these scheduled trips are NOT guaranteed to depart.
Price SGD 460
Departures Daily Mon-Sat
Meet Place Taipei Main Station
Meet Time 7pm (week day), 3pm (Sat)
Group Size Minimum 11 persons

Exclusions:

  • International airfares & taxes
  • Accommodation in Taipei
  • Airport transfers (pick-up & send-off)
  • Entry visa, personal trek gear
  • Lunch during trek; this will be self-prepared
  • Personal eating utensils
Scheduled Dates:
   
Application for mountain permits need to be submitted 30 days in advance of the intended trekking dates so we need to receive your request at least 5-6 weeks ahead of your trek. Please send us your particulars online here.

 

    


Day 1
Transfer from Taipei - Wuling Farm (D)
Day 2 Wuling Farm - Chika Hut - East Peak - 369 Hut (B/D)
Day 3 369 Hut - Syue Shan main summit - Wuling - Taipei (B/D)
Day 4 Transfer to Taipei airport. (B)

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The most suitable times for climbing Snow Mountain are from October to December and March to April. From January to February snow often blocks the trails completely and technical climbing gear such as ice-axe and crampons are necessary; hence climbing during this period is opened only to experienced winter climbers. May is the plum rain season with occasional light showers so one should be prepared for rainy days on the mountain.  From June to September is the typhoon season which contributes to occasional landslides and slippery trails and there may be road detour or blockage.

The average yearly temperature at altitudes above 3,500 meters ( 11,483 feet ) is 5 degrees Celsius; above 2,500 meters ( 8,202 feet ) it is 10 degrees C.  Temperatures at the summit in winter can hit -10 degrees Celsius.

Wildlife present in the vicinity of the mountain includes Taiwan black bear, deer, squirrels, white-faced flying squirrels, newts, and frogs. There are also a number of rare shrubs, such as the Taiwan sassafrass, and 61 types of flowering plants, including the impatiens flower and ground-covering fragrant grasses, orchids, and many types of alpine flowers. The area is famous for a rare and nearly extinct species of fish called the landlocked salmon (also called brook masu salmon) which used to range in rivers all across the area of the current national park but is now restricted to one small stretch of unpolluted water in the Chichiawan Creek.

Self-sufficiency and good personal outdoor gear is required and essential for an enjoyable outing. With temperatures expected to be -5 deg Celsius ( or lower in late autumn & winter ) with strong wind and possible rainfall, hikers need to be well-equipped with layers of good waterproofs ( both top and bottom ), quality insulation clothing ( down jacket, fleece jackets and/or pants, gloves and warm hat ), and synthetic thermal wear ( ie. polyester fabrics ). Hiking boots with good ankle-support, synthetic-wool blend socks and knee guards are essential for those with weak knees. Sleeping bags are provided so need not be carried up. To carry all these, a backpack with good load transfer system is essential as it’ll make the difference between comfortable carrying or a miserable & painful time on the trail as long trekking hours are to be expected.

Trekkers need to carry their own personal gear on the trek. For those who’re unable to or unwilling carry a heavy backpack, portage service are available but very costly at about NT4500 ( S$200 ) per day. So best to tune up your fitness levels by training hike with a moderately heavy backpack ( 8-10kg ) before your trip for a few hours each week.

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