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Yushan – Jade Mountain

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 2 - 3 day(s)
Group Size: 10 - 20 people
Destination(s): Taiwan  
Specialty Categories: Hiking & Trekking  
Season: January - December
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: No
Minimum Per Person Price: 210 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 500 US Dollar (USD)

Unfortunately (or rather fortunately) the number of people issued permits – yes, essential nowadays, to ascend it are limited. Permits for popular times, especially weekends/holidays, are decided by lottery. In order to improve our chances we try to organize hikes on weekdays and apply well in advance.

* Option 1 - Permit Only:
We can help you apply for permits and then let you sort out the rest. Cost - USD 900 for the first person, USD 400 for additional people (this includes accommodation at Paiyun, if available, and other required fees). Again apply early, and for weekdays if at all possible.

* Option 2 – Barebones "supported":
We get you permits, transport you to the trail head, shelter/feed/amuse you the first night, and then let you do the actual ascent yourself with whatever you require – info/gear (rental possible). We will make arrangements/advise on transport options for your return to Alishan/other cities. Cost - USD 2000 first person, USD 500 per additional person.

* Option 3 – Fully-Guided "all-in":
Depend on Barking Deer all the way to the top (and back) – to have coffee brewing at 2:30 a.m., and to tell you the difference between a Gem-faced Civet and a Yellow-throated Marten.

Tour Itinerary:

Meet 8:30 p.m. downtown Tainan (or other agreed on location), travel by van stopping on way for food, arriving midnight at Tataka (2600 m) - 20 km beyond Alishan. Camp, enjoy the cool air, acclimatize, and sleep.

Day 1: 7:00 a.m. awaken to the smell of a hearty breakfast and coffee. 7:30 ready packs, clear national park police checkpoint, catch minibus shuttle to trail head. 8:00 a.m. start hiking – at a modest pace no doubt, as you feel your lungs wheeze, heart pump, and you curse the abundance of gravity/shortage of oxygen. Don’t worry no one gets left behind and we stop often to admire the view. Trudge trudge. 11:30 a.m. stop for lunch 3:00-4:00 p.m. arrive with great joy at Paiyun lodge (3402 m). Swap stories with other hikers, mellow out. If time/energy allows, a side trip to Yushan west peak is possible. 5:00-6:00 p.m. have dinner, get cosy in your (very basic) dorm bed and to sleep early.

Day 2: Arise with everyone else around 3:00 a.m. (no, that is not a typo! We can as a group decide the previous evening to stay in our sleeping bags and head of later, but the sunrise is worth it). Anyone not feeling capable of making the summit may stay horizontal. Quick breakfast, and of up the trail, headlamps lighting the path. After an hour or so slog we are above the tree line, within another few minutes (of hairy, grip-onto-the-chains adventure) you arrive at the summit feeling GOOD! Wait for the sunrise, munching on snacks carried up by your cheery guide, pose for photos, be amazed the world can be such a wonderful place - a religious experience for many. Descend to Paiyun lodge, gather up gear, and start down the trail stopping if desired for side treks. Arrive back at vehicle late afternoon/evening. Return to Tainan late evening. Start boasting.

Notes:
Airfare is not included in the tour price.

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