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Yushan ( Jade Mountain ) Traverse Trek

Yushan (玉山 ) is situated in the Yushan National Park (玉 山 國家公園) and soars 3952 meters (12,962 feet) above sea level. It has 11 peaks, of which the highest are the Main Peak and the North Peak, 3858 meters (12,654 feet).

The usual approach to Jade Mountain begins at Tatachia where there is a Visitors' Center (塔 塔 加 遊客中心). The walk from Tatachia to Paiyun Hostel (排雲山 莊) where trekkers spend the 1st night is 8.5km long and takes about five hours. On the way here, visitors will pass through the "white forest," a grove of trees weathered white. In order to see sunrise, climbers generally get up at about 3 a.m. and, with flashlights, start the final climb to the summit. The slopes become much steeper than those on the walk up from Tatachia, and this climb will take 2 hours. Because winds are particularly strong at a certain spot near the peak ( it is aptly named 'Wind Mouth' ), a chain fence here keeps climbers from being blown off the mountain which has actually happened in the past.

After viewing the magnificent sunrise, while most people retrace the route down to Paiyun Hostel and Tatachia trail, but if you are fit and a good climber there is no reason why you shouldn't take the alternative route on to the forest recreation and hot springs town of Tungpu or Dongpu (東埔).

This is the route we'll take for this trek. On the trail leading all the way down to Tungpu ( which adds an extra day to the trek ), climbers will discover many spectacular scenes including several waterfalls. The walk is long and more strenuous than the Tatajia route. Be prepared to spend at least one full day hiking down. It is a four-hour climb down to the lush, green alpine meadow at 3,000 meters altitude, known as Patungkuan (八通 關). From there, it is another six hours' walk, or more, to Tungpu.

Inclusions:
*  Return land transfers between Taichung and the trailhead
*  Accommodation during trek
*  Meals as in itinerary
*  Full mountain trekking arrangement ( including Class A mountain climbing permit, experienced local mountain guide, and park entry fees )
*  Pre-trip briefing and informative AQ trip guide

Exclusions:
* International flights & all airport taxes
* Visa if required
* Airport transfers
* Local land transfers between Taipei and Taichung
* All meals & beverages during trip, except for meals which are included in the trek package arrangement
* Travel insurance, medical immunizations, personal travel / trekking gear

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Best Season : Oct - Dec; Mar - Apr

Maximum Altitude
Yushan Main Summit - 3,952-m high

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Day 1
Arrive Taipei, transfer to Upper Dongpu Hostel, Tatajia.
Day 2
Transfer to the Yushan Mountain trailhead at Tatajia and start your trek, arriving at Paiyun Hostel at 3400m ( taking about 5 hours ) for the night
Day 3-4

Early pre-dawn trek to summit in time for the sunrise. From the peak descend to Paiyun Hostel for overnight stay (5-6 hours). The next day, ccontiune to the east face of the mountain to Chupei Saddle and hike the Patungkuan Trail to Tungpu (5-6 hours). From Tungpu, transfer back to Taichung

Day 5
Taichung - Taipei - Singapore

 

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Part 2 ( day 2 ) of this Jade Mountain trek - the summit phase - is steep and rocky, and rockfalls and crumbling cliff faces are often encountered by climbers. Layers of rock that are visible in places attest to the collision of tectonic plates that created the Central Mountain Range. The wide open expanse of rock face allows strong winds to arise suddenly. Climbers on Jade Mountain are aided in dealing with the high winds and steep slopes by some 100 meters ( 328 feet ) of chains.

The most suitable times for climbing Taiwan's mountains are from October to December and March to April. From January to February snow often blocks the trails completely; May is the plum rain season with occasional light showers; and from June to September is the typhoon season which contributes to occasional landslides and slippery trails. 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.

Self-sufficiency and good personal outdoor gear is required and essential for an enjoyable outing. With temperatures expected to be -7deg Celsius ( or lower ) with strong wind and possible rainfall, hikers need to be well-equipped with layers of good waterproofs ( both top and bottom ), quality insulation clothing ( fleece jackets, pants, gloves and warm hat ), and synthetic thermal wear ( either polyester or polypropylene fabrics ). Hiking boots with good ankle-support, synthetic socks and knee guards are essential for those with weak knees. Sleeping bags are not provided and these need to be brought along. To carry all these, a good backpack 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 also 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 NT4000 ( S$200 ) per day. So best to tune up your fitness levels by training hike with a moderately heavy backpack ( 8-12kg ) before your trip for a few hours each week.

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