Snow Mountain Trek Day1 mainly covers transport and trekking prep and therefore, it is the easiest during 3-day trekking trip. Most travel agents opt for Qika Cabin as the accommodation of first night, but Eye Travel Taiwan arranges the hotel in Wuling Farm in the first night and make sure each participant has good rest and sleep before trekking.
<Further readings> Snow Mountain (Xueshan) Taiwan Trekking – Day2: Head for 369 Cabin
Snow Mountain Trek: Meet in Taipei City or Taoyuan Airport
Eye Travel Taiwan checked if each participant brought all necessary gears in Taipei or Taoyuan. It was very dangerous and risky if you were not well prepared in high mountains. In order to make sure each participant bring the necessary gears and important stuff, Eye Travel Taiwan stop by the shops to purchase something necessary. After getting everything ready, Wuling Farm! Here we go!
The long and winding road
It took 3~4 hour drive to Wuling Farm from Taipei. More than half of drive is on the winding road and you can see the beautiful scenery on the way and our destination, Xueshan, as well.
The snow-capped Snow Mountain looks very peaceful and silence in the winter time.
Arrive at Wuling Farm
Finally, we reached Wuling Farm after a long drive and admission fee TWD 130~160 per person is required. We spent the rest of time doing a short scenic tour on Wuling Farm and you might feel cold here since it’s located in the valley and is at an altitude of 1700 meters.
Wow! Taiwanese salmon!
Taiwan belongs to the tropical climate zone, but there is the salmon in the valley of high mountains. Taiwanese salmon is one of the protected species and because it’s rare and valuable and is also called “National Treasure Fish”.
Taiwanese salmon could be found in TWD 2,000 paper money. “National Treasure Fish” is a must-eat! Just kidding! It is definitely a must-see in Wuling Farm.
Eye Travel Taiwan picked a short and simple trail for a warm-up, and then all of us stayed one night in Wuling Farm to acclimatize to the altitude.
Rest in the hotel
There are two options for the 1st-night accommodation, one is Qika Cabin and the other is Wuling Farm hotel. You can choose the suitable one according to your budget and preference. We opted for Wuling Farm hotel this time since we would like to have the comfortable stay and good rest in the hotel before hiking.
Pre-even meeting & pack up
The tour guide briefed each participant on the itinerary, weather, what to take care when a trek, how to pack up and which gear or stuff needs waterproofs and, some importance trekking and security concepts….etc. Everyone was well prepared and ready to fight Xueshan trek with full energy.