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Paiyun Lodge Snow Updates

Announcement Date:2019-12-04 ~2020-03-31 Released By:Yushan National Park Headquarters

There is around 25 cm of snow at Paiyun Lodge. The snow line is at 2610 m in Tataka area. For the safety of visitors, Yushan National Park has started the snow season service.


It started to snow at Paiyun Lodge on 28 January 2020 (Photos provided by Paiyun Mountaineering Center.)

There is around 25 cm of snow at Paiyun Lodge. The snow line is at 2610 m in Tataka area. With the snow, it will be much harder to go further than Paiyun Lodge. There are risks of slipping/falling on snow, getting lost in the snow, high altitude illness and hypothermia, etc. For the safety of visitors, Yushan National Park has started the snow season service. All groups need to download, sign, and upload the “Declaration & Checklist.” It is important to check the group leader as well as the members’ experience of hiking in the snow and prepare all necessary gears (especially helmets, ice axes, and crampons). Pay close attention to the snow, trail condition and members’ condition and examine all risks carefully. If it’s difficult or dangerous, please do not attempt to pass.

Groups entering during this period (January to March, when it is more likely to snow) are suggested to check the latest forecast of the Central Weather Bureau and be prepared and flexible for all kinds of situations. If it does snow, please bring the equipment for hiking in the snow (particularly, helmets, crampons, and ice axes). Please note that if you don’t have the experience hiking in the snow, don’t have sufficient equipment, or don’t really know how to use the equipment, it is strongly discouraged to go to the summit when there’s snow/ice. The staff at Paiyun Mountaineering Center might give the visitors instructions at the trailhead and at Paiyun Lodge, depending on the actual weather.


  1. Yushan Trail is usually an intermediate trail, yet it will become much more difficult and dangerous to trek when there’s snow/ice. It is absolutely not suitable for purely sightseeing/road trips without adequate hiking experience in the snow since there might be risks to fall off the cliff, get lost in the snowy fog, or get hypothermia.
  2. Visitors need to prepare the equipment for hiking in the snow, especially helmets, ice axes, and crampons. It is not suggested to use simple anti/slip crampons when there is heavy snow. Since it’s about your safety during the hike, please do not leave out essential gear for convenience, reducing the backpack weight, or cutting down on the expense.
  3. For your safety, it is suggested to have solid competence in using snow/ice climbing gear. It is not sufficient to buy or rent the equipment. Without proper training and practising, visitors still have the risk of accidents relating to wrong or unfamiliar equipment usage.
  4. Be well-prepared and evaluate all the risks of climbing in the snow: Snow Control Application Instructions & Declaration & Checklist

Please note that it is hikers’ responsibility to hike safely!
(Visitors going to other areas above 3000 m in the park are also kindly requested to check the trail/road condition and the weather.)

Yushan Route Conditions: Paiyun Mountaineering Center +886 49 2702228 (06:30-16:30)
Trails at Tataka Recreational Area (Mt. Lulin, Mt. Linzhi, Mt. Dongpu): Tataka Visitor Center +886 49 2702200 (09:00-16:30)
Road Conditions to Tataka in Winter: New Cross-Island Highway Station +886 49 2791510 or +886 49 2702033
Other questions concerning park permit application or lodging fee refund: Mailbox

Weather of Yushan Peaks Trails: Central Weather Bureau (Paiyun Lodge)

5-6 Dec. 2019: forecasts for Paiyun Lodge: snow (it didn’t snow)
7-19 Dec.: no forecast of snow
20-22 Dec.: it started to and stopped snowing on 20 December on the main peak, the north peak and the east peak of Mt. Jade. Beware of the icy and slippery trail further from Paiyun Lodge.
23-26 Dec.: no forecast of snow
27-31 Dec.: forecasts for Paiyun Lodge: snow (it didn’t snow)
1-10 Jan. 2020: no forecast of snow
11-13 Jan.: forecasts for Paiyun Lodge: snow (it didn’t snow)
14-24 Jan.: no forecast of snow
25-26 Jan.: forecasts for Paiyun Lodge: snow (it didn’t snow)
27-28 Jan.: Launch of snow season service
29 Jan – 17 Feb.: it is still expected to have snow in Jade mountains

Check this page for updates (non-daily. Updated on 30 January)