Xueshan (雪山) Climbing Notes
Please submit any useful information about climbing Xueshan (雪山) that may be useful to other climbers. Consider things such as access and accommodation at the base of Xueshan (雪山), as well as the logistics of climbing to the summit.
January 27, 2013
Ray from Taiwan
Snow Mountain is Taiwan's 2nd highest peak and a beautiful not-too-difficult climb for healthy persons.
Permits are required to enter Shei Pa National Park. Huts and campsites in the park are free, but must reserved on a 1st-come/1st served basis between 7 ~ 30 days before your trek. The on-line reservation site has an English option.
Also, reservations can only be made between 7am ~ 11pm. Popular sites (such as the 369 cabin near the main peak) fill up within hours 30 days before weekends. (within 1 minute - by 7:01am - up to 40 or more beds can be reserved!) The online site is at https://apply.spnp.gov.tw/en/en_location.php
After obtaining a park permit (which includes camp & hut reservations), a police mountain permit must be obtained. Usually this is just a formality, but ambitious treks crossing several jurisdictions in one day might not be approved. The police web-site is only in Chinese (no proof of ID needed); otherwise the police permit can be applied for in person in Taipei or near the mountain (but you must show all trip members' ID's)