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Yushan National Park/Paiyun Lodge Snow Updates

発行日:2024-01-10 発行先:玉山国立公園管理所

There’s still snow/ice on the trail above Paiyun Lodge. Visitors need to bring gear for hiking in snow and evaluate potential risks.

 

Photos: Snow/ice on the trail above Paiyun Lodge (photos taken on Feb. 18, 2024)

 

  1. Heavy snow falls in the Jade mountain area. Be well prepared. According to the Central Weather Administration, due to a strong continental cold air mass hitting on Feb. 8, it started to snow early this morning (5cm in depth) The temperature at Mt. Jade peaks is down to -1~-2°C. For the hikers visiting this area, please make sure to wrap up warm, bring gear for hiking in the snow, and go with a group leader who has adequate experience with ice climbing. The snow started to fall on North Peak at 7:30 am, and is still snowing now (8:30, -1.8°C). Sleet and then rain started to fall at Paiyun Lodge at 5:00 am. It is still raining now (1°C). The section from Paiyun Lodge to the summit of Mt. Jade Main Peak is steep; the section from the scree slope to the Main Peak can be icy, slippery, and extremely windy, making it much harder and dangerous to hike along the trail with ice and rocks. Thus, visitors heading to the Mt. Jade peaks must pay attention to the change in weather, bring gear for hiking on the ice/snow (helmets, ice axes, and crampons), and evaluate the risks of a winter hike. Safety first! Please note that if there’s more than 5cm of snow accumulated at Paiyun Lodge, there will be snow control. Please follow the instructions of the staff at Paiyun Mountaineering Center and Paiyun Lodge.

  2. There are risks of slipping/falling from a cliff, experiencing high altitude illnesses, getting lost in the snow, hypothermia, etc. to hike in the snow. Groups entering the park when there is snow need to prepare all necessary gear (especially helmets, ice axes, and crampons). It is essential to assess all the risks, have protection to keep you warm and have solid skills for dealing with a snowy, icy or slippery trail. We would like to remind you that safety comes first. For those who don’t have enough equipment or experience hiking in the snow, or don’t know how to properly use the equipment, it is strongly discouraged to go to the summit when there’s snow/ice. The staff will provide visitors with further information, instructions, and reminders at the trailhead and Paiyun Lodge.

     

    Reminders:

    (1) Yushan Trail is usually an intermediate trail (level 3-4), yet it is much more difficult and dangerous to trek when there’s snow/ice (level 6). 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. It is required to access all the possible risks, prepare protections for warmth and competence to deal with all situations for snowy/icy trail. If you don’t have experience hiking in the snow, don’t have all essential gear or don’t know how to use the gear, please do not go on a hike when it snows.

    (2)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.

    (3) 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.

    (4) If the snow depth at Paiyun Lodge reaches 5cm or if it snows at White Wood Forest, it is required to fill out the form “Snow Control Application Instructions & Declaration & Checklist“ and send it to us. Group leader needs to participate in snow training course or climb high mountains outside of Taiwan that requires techniques for hiking in snow. Members (1 leader can take up to 5 members) needs to have experience hiking in snow. Both group leader and members should have all essential gear and know how to use the gear properly.

    Remember, it is the hikers' responsibility to hike safely!
    (Visitors traveling to other areas above 3000 m in the park are also kindly requested to check the trail/road conditions and the weather.)

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    Yushan Route Conditions: Paiyun Mountaineering Center +886 49 2702228 (06:30-17:00)
    Trails at Tataka Recreational Area (Mt. Lulin, Mt. Linzhi, Mt. Dongpu): Tataka Visitor Center +886 49 2702200 (09:00-17:00)
    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
    Cancel Application

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    Weather of Yushan Peaks Trails: Central Weather Administration (
    Paiyun Lodge)(Mt. Jade Main Peak)

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    Dec. 4, Dec. 6, 2023: Central Weather Administration forecasts for Yushan/Paiyun Lodge: brief rain or snowfall (no snow)
    Dec. 16-17, 2023:
    Central Weather Administration forecasts for Yushan/Paiyun Lodge: brief rain or snowfall (no snow)
    Dec. 20-22, 2023:
    Central Weather Administration forecasts for Yushan/Paiyun Lodge: brief rain or snowfall (no snow)
    Dec. 23-26, 2023: there is ice on the path from main-north peak intersection to the summit of the main peak (arround 1.5-2cm)
    Dec. 27-28, 2023:
    Central Weather Administration forecasts for Yushan/Paiyun Lodge: brief rain or snowfall (no snow)
    Dec. 30, 2023-Jan. 1, 2024:
    Central Weather Administration forecasts for Yushan/Paiyun Lodge: brief rain or snowfall (no snow)
    Jan. 2-7, 2024: no forecast for snowfall
    Jan. 2-7, 2024:
    Central Weather Administration forecasts for Yushan/Paiyun Lodge: brief rain or snowfall (no snow)
    Jan. 23-Feb. 2, 2024: it snows at Paiyun Lodge and the area above, and there might still be snow on the trail
    Feb. 3-6, 2024: no forecast for snowfall
    Feb. 7, 2024: Central Weather Administration forecasts for Yushan/Paiyun Lodge: brief rain or snowfall (no snow)
    Feb.
    8-23, 2024: it snows at Paiyun Lodge and the area above, and there might still be snow on the trail
    Feb. 24-25: no forecast for snowfall

    Latest update on Feb. 19, 2024.