Jade Mountain (Yushan)

Attraction Yushan, 東埔村, Taiwan Published on: 13-11-2015

9 hours
07:00 AM
05:00 PM
Second-time visit
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Mountain
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Jade Mountain (Yushan) is Taiwan’s tallest mountains at 3,952m. It’s located within the Yushan National Park in the central mountains of Taiwan.

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Why Jade Mountain (Yushan) is special ?

Yushan, literally: "Jade Mountain", also Mount Yu is the highest mountain in Taiwan and the fourth highest mountain on an island. The name of Mount Morrison is thought to have been named in honor of the 19th century missionary Robert Morrison. Today, the mountain is referred to as Yushan or Jade Mountain.


Jade Mountain consists of 11 peaks, including Jade Peak, South Peak, North Peak, and East Peak. Jade Peak is the main peak of the whole mountain. With an elevation of nearly 4000 meters (about 13,000 feet), it is not only the highest peak in Taiwan, but also the highest one in eastern China. In winters, the peak is often capped with thick snow which makes the entire peak shine like stainless jade, hence its name. At the top of the peak, one can overlook the Taiwan Strait and the Pacific Ocean. Owing to its height and steepness, Jade Peak is recognized as the most prominent of Taiwan's 'Ten Peaks'.


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What to explore at Jade Mountain (Yushan)?

Jade Mountain is the most famous, and therefore most popular hike in Taiwan. With panoramic views, overlapping mountains, and deep, plunging valleys, Yushan National Park is well known for its scenery, sunrises, sunsets, geological features, and views of the clouds from above. Everyone with an interest in adventure, hiking, and the outdoors in Taiwan wants to be able to say that they’ve climbed it. These factors make getting a weekend permit nearly impossible. Despite being the most popular, it’s rarely considered one of the best amongst avid hikers. If you only have a weekend to hike and want a great hiking experience, consider one of the many other excellent high mountain hikes that Taiwan has to offer.

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How to get to Jade Mountain (Yushan)?

Getting in and out of Yushan is a bit of a challenge but determined explorers won't have a problem. Shuttles in the early morning take you from Alishan to the beginning of the Yushan main peak trail. On the other hand, you could rent a scooter and ride from Chiayi, through Alishan and to the Tataka Recreation Area. Keep in mind that there are no buses or trains back from the Alishan train, so you'll need to continue to Dongpu to get out.

How to get from Taipei to Yushan

If you want to travel from Taipei to Yushan, the easiest way is to first take the normal train (TRA), fast train (HSR), or bus to Chiayi. Then from Chiayi, you can make your way to Alishan, which is quite close to Yushan.

It's pretty much the same process if you want to travel to Yushan from the following cities in Taiwan: Taichung, Kaohsiung, Hsinchu, Taoyuan, Hualien, and Taitung.

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Selling points

  • A symbol of national pride in Taiwan
  • Possibly the most popular hike in Taiwan
  • Serious hiking, serious views and serious snow
  • The only spots to get a glimpse of the white stuff
  • A hiker's paradise for its ruggedness
2 Day 1 Night Trip in Alishan - Chiayi

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Duration
2.0 days
Estimated
224.80 USD
Total travel distance
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Number of places
8 places

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Yushan, 東埔村, Taiwan

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Tips for you

  • One of the criteria for getting a permit to do the single day ascent is that hikers must provide photographic evidence of themselves on top of a recognized 3000m+ peak.
    What need to do
  • Do not leave food containers (boxes, cans, bags) on the trail. Pack everything back with you.
    What need to do
  • Whichever route is taken, the goal of all groups is the main summit of Yushan, but it's worth asking at the time of booking whether any of the mountain's other eight peaks are to be included.
    Things to do
  • You have to load up on trail-appropriate foods and lots of water before embarking on any long journeys.
    What to bring
  • If you decide to bring your tent and do some camping, remember that the weather on Yushan can be very cold, even in summer, so a three-season tent is advised.
    What to bring
  • Your life will be easier if you apply and get a hiking permit for the Yushan trails. If not, you will be turned back if you get caught by the people who work at the cabin.
    Rule
  • There is one other especially magical time to trek the mountain, especially the longer, tougher route from the east in late spring (May to early June), when the mountain flowers are in full bloom.
    Timming
  • Getting from the beginning of the main peak trail at Tatajia Anbu to Paiyun Lodge is around 8.5km, so make sure your legs are up to the challenge.
    Health
  • Don't expect to be able to buy snickers at the Paiyun Lodge - hiking in the Central Mountain Range of Taiwan ain't like in Nepal where you can buy food at every little hut.
    Experience
  • Applying for the Yushan National Park permit is a pretty easy process if you have a Taiwanese person who can do it for you. It can be done online, via the electronic registration website found here: http://mountain.ysnp.gov.tw/english/index.aspx.
    What to know
  • One day, one peak, the official trail that provides a tour of the Main, North, South, East and West Peaks takes five days to do and is the choice for the comprehensive and thorough hiker.
    What to know
  • You'll be staying at the aforementioned Paiyun Lodge and Yuanfeng Camp Ground as your two bases of operation.
    What to know
  • The single day ascent involves a tough 10-12 hours of hiking. In getting to the peak, hikers gain 1700m. There is some exposure to heights and high altitude. A high level of fitness is required.
    What to know
  • There's a choice of two main routes to the main summit. The first starts at the hot-spring village of Dongpu. The second route, shorter and more popular but equally beautiful, starts at Tatajia on the New Central Cross-Island Highway.
    What to know

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