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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, most people retrace the route down to Paiyun Hostel and Tatachia.


  • 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-standard 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


  • 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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Duration: 5 days

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


Group Size : Land Price
2 persons $1080
3 persons $990
4 - 5 persons $930
6 - 7 persons $880
8 or more persons $830
Inclusions & Exclusions as listed on this page.


Day 1
Arrive Taipei and transfer to Yushan National Park.  Equipment check and safety briefing by mountain guide.  Overnight at 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. Visit also the North Peak.  Descend back Paiyun Hut for lunch and then down to Tatajia trailhead.  Transfer back to Taipei for dinner and overnight hotel. (B/D)
Day 4 Taipei free n easy (B)
Day 5
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 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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