DIY Hiking Snow Mountain in Taiwan ! Update Sep 2018
It’s not very difficult to go Hiking Snow Mountain but you have to wake up very early to grab a parking space at the trailhead !
From Taipei, it takes more than 3 hours by car to join Wuling Farm then 20 min to arrive at the trailhead.
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Once reached Wuling Farm, the entrance fees are 160 NT/ person + 50 NT / car. We heard that some people avoided the fees during night but at midnight or at 6 am there was still a clerk to check-in…
You can stop at the NEWLY renovated 2017 Visitor Center to get very nice information. It’s worth a visit !
The Wuling Farm Visitor Center is closed on Mondays and opens from 9 am to 5 pm.
Next to it you can find food and drinks, it’s a kind of a traditional convenient store (not 7-11).
How to get FOOD and SLEEPING BAG at Xueshan Qika Hut and 369 Hut (Open in a new tab)
Permits for Snow Mountain in Taiwan
Then you go to the Police Station 1km away to process your Mountain Entry Permits, you show the policeman your ID or Passport + your Sheipa National Park Entry Permit (that you applied online up to one month before) then he will print permits for you. He will also stamp them.
If you applied Police permit online and printed it twice (more than 5 days before) then you can save time and skip the Police station! Yeahh !!!
About How to DIY apply Hiking permits for Snow Mountain Taiwan click here (Open link in a new tab).
Then you go to the Trailhead of Snow Mountain Xueshan 雪山登山口 : it takes 7 km from Wuling Farm Visitor Center to the Trailhead : 4 km on flat road + 3 km on steep road.
If you took the bus to come to Wuling Farm then there is no official shuttle bus 🙁 so You have to walk the 7 km in about 2 hours. You can think of hitchhiking, but wish you good luck because there are very few cars going to the trailhead, moreover they do not stop when they see your big backpack… Also Beware of aggressive Monkeys too ! They want your food, absolutely do not give them! Take a stick to chase them!
Trailhead of Hiking Snow Mountain Xueshan :
At the trailhead Control Station, you show the 2 permits printed 2 times each to the cabin’s volunteer staff. (They are doing their military service and they don’t know about the condition of the trail, water level…) but now (since Nov 2017) there is a panel outside with WATER INFORMATION in English !
They will stamp your 2 permits and record your info on their computer.
1 set of permits is for them.
1 set of permits is for you to always keep on you to show in any control in the mountains. Beware ! Jade Mountain, Snow Mountain and Qilai Mountain are the most controlled mountains in Taiwan.
High risk to be caught at the trailhead, at the mountain cabins and even at the exit ! Trust us, we tried to exit without checking-out to save time but 4 times out of 5, one clerk is going out to catch us…
This 2nd set of permits is to give them when you leave the mountains area (Rare situation : you leave it in the mailbox at the exit of the trail if nobody is inside) just to let the National Park know that you are safely out.
In case you did not see the WARNING, they are repeatedly posted …
Then you are Ready to go Hiking Snow Mountain !
Your Big Trip is starting !
Now Let’s go hiking Snow Mountain (Xueshan 雪山) in Taiwan !
Hiking guide for Snow Mountain?
If you have experience hiking high mountain then you do not need a guide.
But last year, too many accidents happened and we can NOT recommend anymore to do it SOLO. The trail is easy for us but there are still people who get lost, who hurt themselves, who do not respect the rules of the high mountains.
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