Taiwan’s highest peak, Yushan (Jade Mountain). Currently only open to those with above-average hiking ability.
only (sort-of) sensible options for getting to Yushan’s summit at the
moment is either a single-day ascent from Tatajia (Tataka), or camping
at the high up Yuan-fong campsite/small cabin. In my opinion the
single-day is preferable. If wanting a simple, fun, hiking experience
consider other mountains, NOT Yushan.
applying (paper/snail-mail option only) for permits, hikers must prove
experience hiking high mountains. Proof - in the form of photos of you
on a serious summit (or in snow...) seems to do the trick. Most hikers
must start hiking at 2 or 3am from Tatajia (the highway, not the
trailhead proper - handy van shuttle not possible) and return very tired
between 2pm and 7pm. The National Park has the sensible, and enforced,
rule that hikers must make it to Paiyun Lodge before 10am - or not be allowed further up the mountain.
is all due to Paiyun Lodge still being unfinished. My prediction (based
on discussions with numerous relevant people, and dependant on
typhoons/snow/acts of humans) is that the cabin will not be effectively
operating until spring 2012
summer 2012. While a very beautiful mountain, it gets - in my opinion -
a bit too much attention to the detriment of other great peaks in