In Xueshan, Snow Mountain, Trekking Day 2, although we’ll face a series of challenges after stepping onto the trail today, the picture-postcard scenery all the way is certainly of great worth. 369 Cabin at the altitude of 3150 meters is our destination today.
<Further readings> Snow Mountain (Xueshan) Taiwan Trekking – Day3: Summit Day & Return Home
<Further readings> Snow Mountain (Xueshan) Taiwan Trekking – Day1: Hike Prep Day
We woke up early and left the hotel after breakfast, and it took the 20min drive to the trailhead. Driving on the winding road saved us much energy and the thought popped up on my mind suddenly, “It would be great if we drove to 369 Cabin” Hehe!
The ranger would check ID/passport and permit of each participant at the trailhead, and it’s not allowed to trek without ID/passport and permit. There is a restroom near the trailhead. We were ready to start a 2-day trekking without shower facility and confirmable restroom in the wilds. Don’t worry and we’ll be in Xueshan Main Peak marked “11k” tomorrow. Relax and have fun with Eye Travel Taiwan.
We felt comfortable walking in the pine forest in the beginning and won’t consume much energy on the slight uphill. The tour guide reminded us to drink water and refill some food to keep the best condition.
Qika Cabin in Xueshan Trek
It took around 70min on uphill road to Qika Cabin. If you choose Qika Cabin as the 1st-night accommodation, you will save 70 min uphill hiking today since it has been done yesterday.
Lunch at observation platform of Crying Slop
It was the most challenging road from Qika Cabin to Xueshan East Peak because it was all the way up! up! up! “Crying Slope” was the major task during ascending 700 meters today. We stop by the observation platform for a lunch before challenging ” Crying Slope”. Please be noted that lunch is not included in the trekking tour, therefore, we have to prepare 2-day lunch for Day 2 & Day 3 and Eye Travel Taiwan will prepare breakfast and dinner for each participant. Please click here for more details about food plans.
Crying Slope is called so because it’s very easy to get frustrated and crying when people stand in front of it. In fact, that’s not as difficult as we thought and only took 25 min to reach mountain ridge at an ease. Because the trailhead was unable to be accessible by a car before, people have to trek a longer distance compared with now. People must wanna cry for seeing the continuous uphill when they are completely exhausted.
Passing by no cry “Crying Slope”, scenic views got better. Looked back! Crying Slope, stunning ridges, and even Wuling Farm are in the vision.
Xueshan East Peak
We got to mountain ridges after passing by Crying Slope and Xueshan East Peak (3150 m) was 1 km away. A cool breeze accompanied the endless scenery and it took 1 hour to reach the summit of Xueshan East Peak at ease. We can view the second highest mountain in Taiwan, Xueshan Main Peak (3886 m), and Xueshan North Corner (3880 m) on the top of Xueshan East Peak clearly.
369 Cabin in Xueshan Trek
369 Cabin is located in the mountain grassland and you also can see the sunrise here because it is towards the East. The tour guide reminded each participant to put the warm gears on right away when reaching 369 Cabin since it got cold very quickly if you didn’t keep moving or exercise.
Later, the tour guide arranged the dormitory beds and we can take a short rest on our sleeping place. Meanwhile, everyone was waiting for dinner ready.
<Further Reading> How is the stay like in 369 Cabin?
Dinner got cold very quickly due to high altitude, therefore, you have to catch time to enjoy the warm foods.
The dinner is not super-tasty but I think it’s good enough in this remote area. But the view is so nice to see the cloud sea right in front of our outdoor dining table.
Watching stars is one of few activities in the high mountains and the fascinating starring sky completely amazed us.