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Why Snow Mountain is special ?
Snow Mountain, or Xueshan or Hsuehshan in Chinese, is a mountain in Heping District, Taichung City, Taiwan. It is the second highest mountain in Taiwan and in East Asia, at 3,886 m (12,749 ft) above sea level. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, it was known to Westerners as Mt. Sylvia. In 1923, the mountain gained the name Tsugitakayama, literally the "Second Highest Mountain", because in the Japanese Empire at that time, only Yushan (also on Taiwan) was higher. They are both ahead of Mt. Fuji in terms of height. It was designated part of the Tsugitaka-Taroko National Park by the Governor-General of Taiwan on December 12, 1937.
What to explore at Snow Mountain?
Snow Mountain is the second highest mountain peak in Taiwan, which is 3886m above the sea level. As an icon in Xueba National Park and rather friendly to hikers, Snow Mountain has attracted thousands of hiking lovers from all over the world. Even if Snow Mountain peak itself is located right on the boundary of Miaoli and Taichung, it will be easier to reach it from Yilan. The trailhead of Snow Mountain Hiking trail is in the Wuling Farm, Yilan. Generally, it takes 3 days and 2 nights to complete the round trip hiking. You will have a chance to meet two of the Hundred Peaks, which are a hundred selected great mountains higher than 3000m above sea level by Taiwanese. They are Snow Mountain East Peak (3201m) and Snow Mountain Main Peak (3886m).
How to get to Snow Mountain?
You can drive to Wuling Farm from Taipei in under 4 hours. It's a simple route with the new tunnel, essentially being a ride down the 5 (the tunnel) and then the 7.
By Bus: there is a bus from Ilan to Wuling Farm. Call the 24-hour tourist hotline to get the latest schedule: 0800 011 765.
There is supposed to be a tourist bus within the farm area. Ask at the visitor centre when you get off the bus from Ilan. If there is no bus you will have to walk to the trailhead which will take an hour or two.
- Excellent view and a good trek to the summit
- The second highest peak in Taiwan 3886m
- The most scenic hiking trail on the island
- Exceptionally beautiful with the snow lying on the ground
- Possibly the most beautiful place in the whole of Taiwan
Mt Sylvia Heping District Taichung City Taiwan
Tips for you
I trekked to the top of this mountain from wiling farm. To complete the trek you need both a mountain permit and a police permit which can be applied for online prior to your arrival in Taiwan. The cabins are free and booked as part of the mountain permit application. Most people climb to the summit for sunrise to see the famous see of clouds. We followed the following schedule: Day 1 - trailhead to Cika cabin - 2500m (2 hours walking) Day 2 - Cika cabin to 369 cabin - 3100m (4 hours walking) Day 3 - 369 cabin to summit - 3886m (3 hours walking + 6 hours back to the trailhead)