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Solo hike up to Yushan (that turned out to be a wonderful experience with the locals)

Pardon my long review. I will try to be as detailed as possible to also include the transportation... read more

Reviewed 22 May 2018
Cheng Y
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A beautiful national park with 2000 year old trees

Well worth visiting as the Park is well laid out though with lots of steps but its the magnificent... read more

Reviewed 8 March 2018
soosoo888
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Reviewed 8 March 2018

Well worth visiting as the Park is well laid out though with lots of steps but its the magnificent 2000 year old trees; the beautiful lake; two Buddhist temples within

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Reviewed 9 October 2017

Hiking Yushan was an incredible experience. We signed up for a three day, two night trip, and our guide arranged the permits for us. The cabins have very basic accommodations. Overall, the trial felt safe. It was a very diverse trail that passes through various forests and past numerous rock faces. We hiked up to the summit in the dark and arrived just in time for sunrise. I strongly recommend hiking Taiwan's tallest mountain.

2  Thank Katie B
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Reviewed 2 May 2017

We hired a driver to take us on a day trip from Sun Moon Lake to Yu Shan National Park’s Tataka Visitor Center at the end of the twisting and winding Provincial Highway 21. Permits and preparation are required if you are serious about scaling the various peaks of Yu Shan (Jade Mountain). However, the trek from the Visitor Center to the trail head is a pleasant walk, passing the iconic giant hemlock fir tree. The views from the trail head at 2,600 m provide a vista of the surrounding peaks. Hikers come fully equipped if they proceed to walk the steep and harsh trails, with some sections having collapsed or crumbled.

6  Thank Billy L
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Reviewed 3 February 2017

Many groups tours for sun rise but we avoid the crowd by driving through the mountains ourselves around mid day, although it was raining and foggy, amazing experience.

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Reviewed 9 January 2017

Upon hearing of the highest mountain in Taïwan (3952m), we wanted to go up Yushan/Jade Mtn. The view from up there is breath-taking and very much worth the hassle. The uphill is somewhat but the path is well indicated and easy, and getting to the summit and back took us 7 hours with light equipment (and running shoes for the downhill). Experienced runners/hikers should plan 7 to 10 hours for 26k and 2000m D+ with a light bag, sufficient water and an early start.

To get to the summit, you first need a permit, and then need to reach Tataka via Alishan. Once in Tataka, you have to validate said permit and sleep in the accommodation there, before going for the summit in the morning.

The process of getting a permit to climb the summit can be somewhat complicated, but if you're stuck you can ask for help in a tourist office or in your accommodation if you know someone helpful. Be careful that you should ask for said permit approx. one week in advance to get it, and be sure to check your spam folder. Trust me.

Getting to the base camp in Tataka starts with a nice but long-ish drive by a first bus to Alishan. Getting to Tataka requires a bit of care as there are only a few bus per day that go to Tataka. We weren't careful enough and ended up hitching a hike from a Taiwanese constructor that droves us in silence all the way to Tataka.

Once in Tataka, you have to validate your permit first at Tataka Squad in Shangdongpu, (not at the Tataka Visitor Center!) and then at the police station next to it.

The standard way of reaching the summit is a first hike to a lodge close to the summit, and a second hike the next morning to see the sunrise. The lodge is often fully booked for two-days trips and is rather expensive. Depending on your walking speed and the season, an ascent start very early in the morning (2-4 a.m.) can be sufficient to see the sunrise on a one-day trip.

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