Paiyun Lodge Snow Updates
It is still possible to snow in the high mountains of Yushan National Park. Please check the latest forecast of Central Weather Bureau before departure and be prepared for sudden changes in weather.
There is still snow or ice on part of the trail in the park. Please pay attention to the trail condition and be cautious. If it’s difficult or dangerous to pass certain path, please do not attempt to do it. Groups entering in winter (January to March, when it is likely to snow) are suggested to check the latest forecast of Central Weather Bureau and be prepared and flexible for all kinds of situations. In case of sudden change in weather or snow, 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 gear, 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
7-19 Dec.: no 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!
28 Jan-27 Feb.: it is still expected to snow in Jade mountains
28-29 Feb.: no forecast of snow
1 Mar.: forecasts for Paiyun Lodge: snow (it didn’t snow)
2-3 Mar.: no forecast of snow
4-6 Mar.: CWB forecasts for Yushan: it will be cloudy and might rain or snow
7-9 Mar.: no forecast of snow
10-14 Mar.: forecasts for Paiyun Lodge: snow (it didn’t snow)
15-16 Mar.: no forecast of snow
17-20 Mar.: CWB forecasts for Yushan: it will be cloudy and might rain or snow
21-22 Mar.: no forecast of snow
Check this page for updates (non-daily. Last update on 16 March)