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DIY How to go hiking Snow Mountain Xueshan 雪山 in Taiwan 2018?

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DIY Hiking Snow Mountain in Taiwan ! Update Dec 2017

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.

One of the Best private driver in Taiwan is Paul ! Look for him in Google with keywords Paul driver Taiwan

Once reached Wuling Farm, the entrance fees are 160 NT/ person + 50 NT / car.

You can stop at the NEWLY renovated 2017 Visitor Center to get very nice information. It’s worth a visit !

Wuling Farm Visitor center Hiking Snow Mountain Taiwan Xueshan
Wuling Farm Visitor center when Hiking Snow Mountain Taiwan = Xueshan

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)

 

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.

Police Permit Hiking Snow Mountain Taiwan Xueshan
Police station for police Permit only for Hiking Snow Mountain Taiwan Xueshan

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!

Monkey Snow Mountain Xueshan Trailhead
Monkey at Snow Mountain Xueshan Trailhead

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 (Nov 2017) there is a panel outside with WATER INFORMATION in English !

 

Water situation at Control Permit station at Trailhead of Snow Mountain Taiwan Xueshan
Water situation at Control Permit station at Trailhead of Snow Mountain Taiwan Xueshan

 

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 !

Control Permit station at Trailhead of Snow Mountain Taiwan Xueshan
Serious controler at Control Permit station at Trailhead of Snow Mountain Taiwan Xueshan

This 2nd set of permits is to give them when you leave the mountains area (you can leave it in the mailbox at the exit of the trail) just to let the National Park know that you are safely out.

 

Trailhead Control Permit for Hiking Snow Mountain Taiwan Xueshan
Trailhead Control Permit for Hiking Snow Mountain Taiwan Xueshan

In case you did not see the WARNING, they are repeatedly posted …

Trailhead Control Permit for Hiking Snow Mountain Taiwan Xueshan
Trailhead Control Permit for Hiking Snow Mountain Taiwan Xueshan

Then you are Ready to go Hiking Snow Mountain !

Your Big Trip is starting !

Forbidden to enter without 2 permits at Trailhead of Snow Mountain Taiwan Xueshan
Forbidden to enter without 2 permits at Trailhead of Snow Mountain Taiwan Xueshan

Now Let’s go hiking Snow Mountain (Xueshan 雪山) in Taiwan !

Control Permit station at Trailhead of Snow Mountain Taiwan Xueshan
Control Permit station at Trailhead of Snow Mountain Taiwan Xueshan

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2 comments

  1. Hong Siew Moi says:

    If I have big backpack that do not want to carry with me to the mountain, where can I store them before the Xueshan trailhead?

    • Hiking-Taiwan-Club says:

      Hello Hong Siew Moi, you can leave it at Wuling visitor center but take care of opening times (closed on Mondays) else at Taipei Main Station in a locker. We also left bags at Qika hut just after the trailhead and nobody stole them.

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