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Yushan ( Jade Mountain ) - Tatajia 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).

Just 3 hours' drive from Taichung city, 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. Along the way, visitors will pass through the "white forest," a scenic grove of trees weathered white by the elements. 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 about 2 hours. Because winds are particularly strong at a certain spot near the peak ( which 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, retrace the route down to Paiyun Hostel and back to Tatachia trailhead for 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
For guaranteed mountain permit, application need to be submitted 4 months in advance.
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 below

Inclusions:

  • Airport transfers (pickup and send-off)
  • Return land transfers between Taipei and Yushan National Park in private transport.
  • 3 nights accommodation: 2N common sharing in mountain hostels and 1N 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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Yushan SummitDuration: 4 days (Private Group)
                3 days (Local Group)

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

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 490
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 to Yushan National Park.   Overnight at Upper Dongpu Lodge at the base of the mountain. (D)
Day 2 Transfer to the Yushan trailhead at Tatajia and trek to Paiyun Hut for the night. (B/D)
Day 3 Early pre-dawn trek to summit in time for the sunrise. Optional hike to the North Peak (extra 2.5 hr round trip).  Descend back to Paiyun Hut and then down to Tatajia trailhead.  Dinner before transfer back to Taipei for overnight. (B/D)
Day 4
Transfer to Taipei airport. (B)

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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 Yushan (Jade Mountain) are from October to December and March to April. From mid 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.  One can expect temperatures at Paiyun Cabin to be in the range of 0 to 5 degrees Celsius between dusk and dawn while the temperatures at the summit will be around -5 degrees Celsius range.

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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