Peak Climbing Challenge
To promote mountain climbing and to encourage people to challenge themselves physically and mentally, we have initiated and introduced a few annual peak climbing events into our calendar. Twin Peaks Challenge is one such events:
Twin Peaks Challenge
It is possible to scale 2 peaks or multi-peaks at one go in some destinations given adequate time and preparation. The Twin Peaks Challenge put together scaling 2 peaks in one itinerary. These twin peaks are picked where the ground logistic can be easily arranged and the duration of the entire trip does not stretch too long.
About Yushan (Mt Jade) & Xueshan (Mt Snow)
The island of Taiwan has more than 100 mountains exceeding 3000m with the highest being Yushan(3952m) and 2nd highest being Xueshan(3886m). Both peaks are part of the famous "Top 100 Peaks of Taiwan" (台灣百岳). Yushan is also known to be the fourth highest mountain on an island and highest point on the Tropic of Cancer. Yushan is sometimes climbed together with Mt. Kinabalu in Malaysia and Mt. Fuji in Japan by trekkers to collect the special "Asian Trilogy" experience. As with almost all the mountain ranges in Taiwan, both mountains are located in central Taiwan with Yushan in The Yushan National Park in Xinyi, Nantou Country and Xueshan in Sheipa National Park in Dahu Township, Miaoli County
Yushan has 5 peaks, namely North, South, East, West and Main, and can be accessed from Tatajia or Dongpu. Most trekkers head for the shorter and quick 2-day trek from Tatajia to the Main Peak and back to Tatajia, skipping the rest of the peaks and Dongpu. For the super fit and fast, it is possible to attempt a 1-day ascend. From the start point at Tatajia Saddle (2610m) to the Main Peak (3952m), it covers a distance of 10.2km. Trekkers spend one night at Paiyun Hut (3460m/8.5km), at pre-dawn climb another 2.6km from the hut to the Main Peak to catch the sunrise view the next morning. This last 2.4km to the Main Peak can be a bit of a scramble on rocks with strong wind, especially at the last stretch, famously known as the wind tunnel. After catching the sunrise and descend to Paiyun for a quick brunch, trekkers will retrace the route back to the start point of the trek at Tatajia Saddle.
Xueshan is a little lower than Yushan but considered a tougher peak to climb. There are two cabins on the trail. The first, Qika Cabin, is located at the 2.0km mark and the second, 369 Cabin, is at the 7.2km mark. Both cabins are more basic and bare than the newly renovated Paiyun in Yushan. There’s only one trailhead (2140m) where your permits are inspected. Other than the two cabins, Xueshan is known for three prominent spots – the “Crying Hill” at the 4km mark with steep ascent to the ridge; the “Black Forest” where tall alpine trees provide a shield against sun light to the forest; and finally the cirque valley above the treeline that opens to an alpine environment. In May and June, the alpine slopes are covered with red and white flowers. Snow can be seen in the winter months between December and February making the climb harder.
We combined both the Yushan and Xueshan treks into 1 trip since both Yushan and Xueshan are relatively short trek that can be done within 2 to 3 days each. We will first climb Yushan then followed by Xueshan. Our journey will take us from Taipei Taoyuan airport to FenChiHu before the start of 2D/1N Yushan trek. After a 1 day rest, we will travel to Wuling farm to start our 3D/2N Xueshan trek.
Duration : 8 days
Group Size : Between 8 and 15 people
Trek fee : S$1290 per person
Porter Fee (optional) : S$180 per porter/day (maximum load: 30kg per porter)
Grading : 2B+
Itinerary (8 days)
Day 1: Singapore - Taipei (Taoyuan Int’l Airport). Transfer to Fenchihu (1405m) / 6 hours journey . Guesthouse / L,D
Day 2: Transfer to Tatajia Visitors’ Center (2610m) to start trek. Tatajia Saddle (2610m) → Paiyun Lodge (3460m/8.5km). Mountain hut / B,L,D
Day 3: Paiyun Lodge (3460m) → Yushan Peak (3952m/2.4km) → Paiyun (3460m) →Tatajia Saddle (2610m). Transfer to Dongpu. Guesthouse / B,L,D
Day 4: Transfer from Dongpu to Wuling Farm (Rest day) / 4 hours journey. Guesthouse / B,L,D
Day 5: Wuling Farm (1740m) → Chika hut (2460m/2km) → East Peak (3201m/5km) → 369 Hut (3100m/7.1km). Mountain hut / B,L,D
Day 6: 369 Hut (3100m/3.8km) → Xueshan summit (3886m) – 10.9km / Summit → 369 Hut (3100m). Mountain hut / B,L,D
Day 7: 369 Hut (3100m/7.1km) → Chika hut (2460m/2km) →Wuling Farm (1740m). Transfer to Taipei / 4-5 hours journey. Hotel / B,L,D
Day 8: Taipei – Singapore. B
* Itinerary is dependent on the trekking permit approval. We may make adjustment to the itinerary e.g. trek to Xueshan first then followed by Yushan
Trek Fee Includes:
1. Return airport transfers in Taipei
2. All land transfers as in itinerary
3. All meals during trek; except those not included in itinerary
4. Twin/Trip sharing accommodation in Fenchihu, Wuling and Taipei
5. Mountain lodge during trek (dormitory)
6. Sleeping bag
7. Fit-in-Crampon (if trail is icy)
8. Boiled water during trek
9. Conservation, National Park fees, permit, summit certificates
10. 1 x local guide / 1 x assistant guide
11. 1 x Ace Adventure Expedition Trip Leader
Trek Fee Excludes:
1. Return airfare Singapore-Taipei-Singapore & airline taxes & fuel surcharge
2. Meals outside the trek and those not included in the itinerary
3. All drinks, except boiled water during trek
5. All tipping
6. Personal trekking gear – warm clothing, shoes, backpacks, trekking poles etc
7. Personal travel insurance / expenses / shopping
8. Transportation and accommodation not within the itinerary
9. Extra cost incurred due to departure from or changes to trek itinerary
Participants must be of an above average level of fitness, physically and mentally fit, with the ability to trek with a 6kg to 8kg backpack load. Experience in multiple day treks is an advantage.Trekkers who are below 21 years of age (as of date of birth) must be accompanied by parent(s) or a guardian who is above 21 years old
Support from Ace Adventure Expeditions
We provide pre-trip support to prepare you for the trek:
Trip briefing / Equipment preparation & gear discount from local outdoor outfitters / Physical training preparation & advice / Trip information kit
We carefully select and establish strong working relationship with our local operator to ensure safe participation by everyone. Each group is assisted by trained and experienced local guides. These local guides not only have intimate knowledge of the local surroundings, conditions and culture of the trek but are also trained in first aid, rescue and safety management.
Trip Leader - Jack Chan
We carefully select our trip leaders. Each trip leader has the relevant trekking/climbing skills, knowledge of care and safety at high altitude and with the right temperament to lead groups. All of our trip leaders are familiar with what we expect from them and how we like them to lead trips on our behalf. Their skills, knowledge and experience complement that of the local climbing/trekking guides. Their main aim will be to ensure that you derive optimum benefit and to maximize your chances of reaching the summit on climbs/treks. They will operate with safety as the prime consideration.
This trip will be led by Jack Chen; he led the Taiwan Twin Peaks trek in 2014. He has also successfully climbed Stok Kangri (6153m) in 2013, and in 2015 his team met with foul weather and could not move beyond the base camp. Jack has scaled other peaks like Mera Peak (6427m), Island Peak (6119m), and also has extensive experience leading groups to trek in Malaysia and Indonesia.
How to sign up
Interested participants can fill up your details in the Registration & Medical Declaration Forms.
A deposit fee is required to confirm your slot in the team.
Please read our General T&Cs before signing up.
Up till 1 July 2016: Confirm your participation by filling in the Registration & Medical Declaration form; agree to our T&Cs; make deposit payment of S$500, which forms part of the trek fee
July 2016: Permit application / Team training starts / Secure air tickets (upon approval of permit)
August - October 2016: Expedition Briefing & Gear check / Full payment to be made
November 2016: Final preparation for the expedition
You can make payment via cheque or Internet /ATM bank transfer.
Ace Adventure Expeditions Pte Ltd
OCBC Bank Code - 7339
OCBC Branch Code - 647
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