Paiyun Lodge Snow Updates
Jan. 12: Graupel falls on the path above Paiyun Lodge. Beware of icy paths.
Photos of Mt. Jade Main Peak and West Peak taken on Jan. 11. Beware of icy paths.
- The temperature observed at Paiyun Lodge at 6:45 am was -5.5oC. There was approximately 3 cm of graupel with around 20 m of visibility in the heavy mist. There are ice and rime on the path above Paiyun Lodge. Be cautious while passing through. Do not attempt to pass the icy path if it’s too difficult for you.
- The snow season of Yushan peaks area has officially started (till March next year). All groups are required to fill out and upload a Snow Season Checklist if there’s more than 5 cm of snow at Paiyun Lodge or if there’s snow at White Wood Forest. During the snow season, Paiyun Lodge staff will set up an instruction sign, check the latest trail conditions, and upload it to our website and Facebook page, as well as assisting the visitor with gear checking and providing safety advice. Your cooperation with the instructions and suggestions is much appreciated. Once again, we would like to remind you to check the forecast before the hike. If the weather is bad, please reconsider your plans. For your safety, do not attempt to get onto a snowy/icy path without adequate skills and gear.
- Yushan Trail is usually an intermediate trail, yet it is 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 are risks of falling off the cliff, getting lost in the snowy fog, or getting hypothermia.
- Visitors are required to prepare and check the equipment for hiking in the snow, including helmets, ice axes, and crampons. It is not recommended to use simple anti-slip crampons when hiking on snow with ice and rocks mixed together. Since it’s about your own safety, please do not leave out essential gear for convenience, reducing backpack weight, or cutting down on the expense.
- For your safety, you need to have solid competence in using snow/ice climbing gear. Buying or renting the equipment doesn't mean you know how to use it. Without proper training and practice, accidents can still occur due to incorrect or unfamiliar equipment usage.
- Be well-prepared and evaluate all the risks of climbing in the snow before the hike: Snow Season Application Instructions & Checklist
Remember, it is the hikers' responsibility to hike safely!
(Visitors travelling to other areas above 3000 m in the park are also kindly requested to check the trail/road conditions 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)(Mt. Jade Main Peak)
7-8 Dec. 2020: no forecast for snow
9 Dec.: CWB forecasts for Yushan/Paiyun Lodge: cloudy with a brief rain or snowfall
10-19 Dec.: no forecast for snow
20 Dec.: CWB forecasts for Yushan/Paiyun Lodge: cloudy with a brief rain or snowfall
21 Dec.: it snowed on Mt. Jade Main Peak and North Peak
22-24 Dec.: CWB forecasts for Yushan/Paiyun Lodge: cloudy with a brief rain or snowfall
25-29 Dec.: there was still be snow/ice on the path above Paiyun Lodge
30 Dec.-5 Jan. 2021: no forecast for snow
6-8 Jan.: CWB forecasts for Yushan/Paiyun Lodge: cloudy with a brief rain or snowfall (no snow)
9-12 Jan.: graupel fell above Paoyun Lodge. There are rime and ice on the path.
13-18: no forecast for snow
We will update this page from time to time. Latest update on 12 January.