Yushan (Mount Jade) Day Hike is a 13 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near 同富村, Nantou, Taiwan that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.
Peak bag the highest mountain (3,952 m / 12,966 ft.) in Taiwan, also one of the "Asian Triology", in one day. Yushan (3,952 m), located in central Taiwan, is the highest mountain in Taiwan and the fourth highest mountain on an island. Yushan is not only popular among Taiwaness hikers. Many international peak baggers also summit it together with Mt. Kinabalu in Malaysia and Mt. Fuji in Japan to collect the special "Asian Trilogy" experience. To summit Yushan, you will need to attain the permit from Yushan National Park first. The application can be done online which is also the preferreable way to do it. The entry to the Yushan trailhead is located near the Upper DongPu parking lot by Expressway 21. It is recommended that you stay one night at DongPu Lodge, just below the Upper DongPu parking lot by expressway 21, for acclimatization before the climb. Park your car at the parking lot and it's a 2.8 km hike to get to the trailhead from there. Fortunately there is a paid shuttle service from the parking lot to the trailhead to save you the trouble during the daytime. When you pass the police station at the gate, have your permit checked by the officer or drop it in the deposit box if no one is on duty. The trailhead is located at the Tataka saddle. From the trailhead, it is a 11 km long one-way hike to the main peak of Yushan and gains almost 1,400 meters in elevation change along the way. Most of the trail is narrow and could be dangerous so please use caution while hiking. You will need to hold the cable to go up during the final push for the summit. After summitting, take the same way back to the trailhead. Please allow at least 12 hours to complete this very strenuous day hike. Hikers normally depart at 3:30AM from the Upper DongPu parking lot and return back before the night.