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Day hikers climbing Taiwan's highest mountain must heed ‘10 a.m. rule’

People planning day hikes must apply between 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. five days to two months in advance

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(Yushan National Park Headquarters photo)

(Yushan National Park Headquarters photo)

Taipei (Taiwan News) — People wishing to climb Jade Mountain (Yushan), the highest peak in Taiwan, in one day must heed the “10 a.m. rule” or their adventurous dreams could evaporate by the time they reach Paiyun Lodge.

Jade Mountain usually requires multiple days to hike. However, due to mid-mountain Paiyun Lodge’s ability to accommodate only 116 guests who are selected via lottery, many people attempt to blitzkrieg the trail in one day.

While a permit for a day hike also involves a drawing, the odds are better than getting a reservation at the lodge.

According to the Yushan National Park Headquarters (YNPH), Taiwan nationals planning day hikes must apply between 7 a.m. and 11 p.m. five days to two months in advance. A drawing for permits is held daily, and 60 are chosen. The activity of day hikes is suspended during the snow season from January to March every year.

YNPH Deputy Director Lu Shu-huei (盧淑妃) reminded day hikers that they must reach Paiyun Lodge by 10 a.m., or they will be considered slow hikers and be asked to turn back. The trail only gets steeper after the lodge, she said.

The entire hike is 21.8 km from the Tataka trailhead, which is located 2,600 meters above sea level. The summit of Jade Mountain sits at 3,952 meters.

For application, please visit this site.

Day hikers climbing Taiwan's highest mountain must heed ‘10 a.m. rule’
Jade Mountain (Yushan National Park Headquarters photo)