Jade Mountain (Yushan) is Taiwan’s tallest mountain at 3,952m (12,966 ft). It’s located within the Yushan National Park just next to the famous Alishan National Scenic Area in the central mountains of Taiwan. If measured from the nearby ocean floor, the Jade Mountain Main Peak rises an impressive 8,000m in only 100 km.
Jade Mountain is the most famous, and therefore most popular hike in Taiwan. Everyone with an interest in adventure, hiking, and the outdoors in Taiwan wants to be able to say that they’ve climbed it once. Permits are very difficult to get, but if given 4 months advance notice, we can usually secure them. We cannot and will not apply for weekend permits.
In all honesty, despite being the most popular hike in Taiwan, 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.
GRADING AND FITNESS
Single Day Ascent
Difficulty – 5 (out 5)Duration – 1 day and 1 night
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. 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.
2 Day Ascent
Difficulty – 3 (out of 5)Duration – 2 days and 2 nights (more can be arranged)
The first day involves a 6 hour walk. The second day is usually around 10 hours. There is some exposure to heights and high altitude. A good level of fitness is required. Hikers are expected to carry around 8-10kg to Paiyun Cabin.
Private transportation is provided from anywhere in Taipei or the Taipei/Taoyuan Airport to the mountain. Pickups in other locations can be arranged, sometimes for a small extra fee. Vehicles are insured; Drivers are licensed; and traffic rules are obeyed.
All the main meals are provided for the hike. Clients only need to bring their own snacks. If you have any special dietary requests, allergies, or needs, let us know and we’ll be happy to accommodate you.
LEADERS AND SAFETY
All of our leaders are Wilderness First Responder certified and carry first aid kits. They have all spent a lot of time hiking in Taiwan and are very experienced in the high mountains. All of our leaders are native speakers of English, but also speak Mandarin and are very knowledgeable about the local mountains, flora/fauna, and culture.