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Mount Hehuan Snow / Flower & Hotspring Tour

Mount Hehuan (合歡山) is a popular mountain resort area located in the Central Mountain Range at the westernmost section of the Taroko Gorge National Park (太魯 閣 國家公園). Usually carpeted with high mountain grasses, it becomes the sole ski resort area in Taiwan in the winter (if there's sufficient snow blanket).

When Winter time arrives, people talk about viewing the scenery of snow, they inevitably associate the activity with the Hehuan Mountain. The reason is that in the winter, the 3000-plus-meter high peaks of the Hehuan Mountain suddenly changes from autumn’s drab withering yellow-brown to a neat silvery costume, exhibiting an air of winter wonderland. This snowscape is highly appealing to the residents of Taiwan living in a subtropical island. Thus, every once when snow flurries fall, there are bunch upon bunches of people hastening up the mountains to catch a glimpse of northern snowy scenery which persists until March before melting slowing away in the spring warmth. There is an exhibition center - Hsiaofengko - which provides valuable insights of the high mountain ecosystem and natural resources of the area.

For outdoor lovers, beside the snow appreciation and the not-to-be-missed hotspring dips, there are also easy hikes on well-marked trails ranging from 30mins to 3 hours to the nearby 3000m high mountains which are the most accessible peaks in Taiwan. With such a beautiful scenic background, and things to do, the Mount Hehuan Forest Recreation Area is becoming the most famous, as well as the most favored location for viewing Taiwan’s snowscape. This tour would appeal to those who love snow scenery, hotspring dips, and easy hiking in a convenient package.

The Mount Hehuan area is richly green in the Summer, with all sorts of flowers vying with each other for attention, making this a perfect time for observing alpine plants and flowers. This is a good opportunity to see the Yushan rhododendron, high-mountain juniper, and Yushan rose, as well as such high-elevation birds as the Formosan laughing thrush and the wren. The best time for bird watching here is June and July.

Standard Inclusions:

  • Return land transfers between Taipei and Mt Hehuan Recreation Area in private transport.
  • 3 nights accommodation: common sharing in mountain hostels and 3.5 star hotel in Taipei.
  • Meals as indicated
  • Full mountain trekking arrangement ( including Class A mountain climbing permit, experienced local mountain guide, local mountaineering accident & medical insurance, park entry fees, tips for guide & driver )
  • Pre-trip briefing and informative AQ trip guide

Exclusions:

  • International flights & all airport taxes & surcharges
  • Visa if required
  • Personal travel insurance and medical immunizations
  • All personal travel / trekking gear

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Duration: 4 days

Maximum Altitude
3,275-m Mount Hehuan Main Summit or
3,416-m Mount Hehuan East Summit

Grading:

Group Size
Land Price
2 - 3 persons $930
4 - 5 persons $830
6 - 7 persons $780
8 - 10 persons $730
* Price above is land cost only and does not includes international return air fares


Day 1
Taipei - Mount Hehuan Recreational Area - Sunset & Overnight.
Day 2 See sunrise in morning. Day hike to nearby peaks in the Mt Hehuan area
Day 3 Mount Hehuan - Puli or Lushan Hot Springs.
Day 4 Back to Taipei

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February and March are the snow season on Mt. Hehuan, when the chill wind whistles over the whitened peaks and flying snowflakes fill the air. Rare periods of sunshine turn the frosty stands of arrow bamboo into a sea of sparkling crystals, and visitors who come to see the snow or even ski in it add a bit of bustle to this natural winter wonderland.

When you visit Mt. Hehuan you can also take the opportunity to add Wushe, and other nearby scenic spots to your itinerary. Wushe, at an elevation of 1,150 meters, is inhabited largely by members of the Atayal aborigine tribe. It has the reputation of a "cherry blossom capital," and the cherry blossoms that fill the area in January and February provide scenes of extraordinary beauty.

As in any high mountainous areas, there are often drastic climatic changes with persistent low temperatures and vast temperature gradients between daytime and night times. For mountain climbers in winter, it is best to equip oneself with mountain boots, warm and rainproof clothing, and gears for snowy terrains, such as snow sticks, crampons, and ice-axes, to make the trip safe and risk-free. One should also be prepared to walk on muddy paths for about 2 to 3 km and at certain places, the snowy slope can be quite slippery and wet as well.

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