Xue Shan Summit, Catatan Perjalanan

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XueShan ( 雪山 / Silvia Mountain / Snow Mountain )

Dengan ketinggian 3886 mdpl merupakan gunung tertinggi ke 2 di Taiwan, juga merupakan gunung tertinggi ke 2 di kawasan Asia Timur. Gunung ini terletak di kawasan XueBa / Sheipa National park. Memiliki 4 jalur pendakian dari 4 penjuru, tentunya dengan durasi dan tingkat kesulitan yang berbeda. Pada oktober kemarin, bertepatan dengan libur nasional Taiwan, ane menyempatkan untuk mendaki gunung tersebut dengan temen kuliah.

Itinerary Plan
Berhubung perijinan untuk mendaki di Taiwan lumayan ketat, dan harus dilakukan jauh-jauh hari (7-30 hari sebelum pendakian), pada bulan agustus sudah ane umumkan ke teman-teman tentang rencana tersebut. Setelah survei biaya, perlengkapan dan sebagainya, akhirnya ada seorang temen yang mau ikut, itupun 2 minggu sebelum keberangkatan.
Ane buat rancangan itinerary dan segera kirimkan ke Sheipa National Park HQ, dengan rancangan sebagai berikut :

October 9th -> Wuling Recreation Area -> Trailhead of Xue Mountain -> Qika Hut -> East Peak of Xue Mountain -> Sanliujiu Hut (369 Hut)
October 10th Sanliujiu Hut (369 Hut) -> Black forest -> Bottom of Syueshan Glacial Cirques -> Main Peak of Xue Mountain -> Back to Sanliujiu Hut (369 Hut)
October 11st Sanliujiu Hut (369 Hut) -> East Peak of Xue Mountain -> Qika Hut -> Trailhead of Xue Mountain -> Return trip by car

3 hari 2 malam treking melalui jalur timur, yang merupakan jalur paling populer, dan paling mudah dilalui, di jalur ini terdapat dua buah shelter, Qika dan 369 HUT yang merupakan tempat menginap, serta dilarang mendirikan tenda di jalur tersebut. Berhubung ane baru request ke HQ 2 minggu sebelum keberangkatan, semalam setelah mengirim email, ane dapat balasan bahwa HUT 369 di itinerary ane sudah penuh, artinya ane harus ganti hari atau ganti rute. Ganti rute pun menjadi pilihan, dan di antara jalur yang ditawarkan, Zhijiayang (志佳陽山) Trail pun menjadi pilihan.

October 9 Huanshan Tribe -> Songbo Farm -> Trailhead ->Sailiangjiou Campground -> Piaodan Hut / Campground
October 10 Piaodan Hut -> Jhihjiayang Mountain 200min -> former site of Syueshan Cabin -> Main Peak of Xue Mountain 140min -> Sanliujiu Hut (369 Hut) -> Qika Campground
October 11 -> Qika Campground -> Wuling Recreation Park

Itinerary tersebut ane buat dengan asumsi, seperti yang disebutkan di website Sheipa national park, durasi yang dibutuhkan masih memungkinkan untuk dilibas sesuai jadwal (ane ngitungnya per jam, bukan per km). Sehari setelah mengiirimkan email, ane dapat balasan bahwa request diterima, ditambah saran untuk menambah hari, karena jarak dari Gunung ZhijiaYang ke XueShan yang cukup jauh. Setelah mengecek peta dan google Earth, jaraknya ‘hanya’ 5km dari Piaodan Campground ke puncak XueShan, ane pun keukeuh dengan rencana tersebut. Sehari kemudian, surat ijin pun keluar sesuai request, dengan catatan bahwa rute yang ane lalui tidak memiliki sumber air maupun shelter, jadinya harus bawa tenda dan bekal yang mumpuni. Challenge Accepted!.

Day 0.
Memulai perjalanan dari Zhongli jam 19.30, janjian ketemu temen di bus. jam 20 sudah mulai berangkat ke Taipei City Hall Station, dari sana ganti bus menuju Yilan. Sampai di Yilan sekitar 22.30, hujan gerimis, setelah ketemu station bus yang berangkat ke Wuling, ane cari bangku buat istirahat (edisi gelandangan :P). Lumayan juga tidur pas hujan, terminal cukup sepi, kadang-kadang ada anjing menggonggong, cuek bebek tetep lanjutkan tidur.

Day 1
Setelah sarapan di 7-Eleven terdekat, ditambah dengan membawa bekal extra nasi pientang (bungkus) vegetarian dan beberapa buah pisang, masih dengan gerimis yang belum kelar dari tadi malam, ane segera naik bus menuju Wuling Farm (dari Yilan ada 2 bus, jam 7.00 dan 7.30 berangkat).
Jam 10.15 sampai di Wuling Farm. Sampai di sini kita masih harus ijin ke Wuling Police Guard, kalau di peta sih cuma beberapa milimeter dari Wuling Bus Stop, tapi kenyataannya jaraknya hampir 2 kilo, bersyukur karena matahari sudah mulai terlihat, dan cuaca hanya berawan tanpa hujan.

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Wuling Visitor Center
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Wuling Police Guard

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XueShan Summit 3886 masl Journal

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XueShan or Silvia mountain also known as Snow mountain is the second highest mountain in Taiwan, also in East Asia range, became my first target to hike in Taiwan. About the end of August, I started to look for hiking partner and finally got one about two weeks before my intended plan. To attain permit, I just need to book hut or shelter before other climbers do at Sheipa National Park Website.

Itinerary conflict

As mentioned above, I had to book the hut for main track to summit, which is Eastern Ridge trail. The trail itself is very popular, the closest and easiest path to summit XueShan. after preparing some document, I sent it to the official two weeks before the departure night, and got a reply in the morning (pretty quick though). The reply said that the hut that I was looking was full, and they suggested me to change the day, or change the trail. Since I didn’t have another day to climb, changed the trail is the only option.
There are 6 different trails offered by Sheipa national park website, most of them must be done in several days. After compared them with original plan (East Trail) I decided to take Zhijiayang Trail. I modified the itinerary plan, sent it once again to the official, and got a reply in the afternoon. The reply says that they accepted my itinerary plan and gave me suggestion to add more day in my itinerary since the distance that I have to cover, and no hut nor water in Zhijiayang Trail, it means 4 days 3 nights in their suggestion. Considering the time we had, and looking at the time necessary to finish my trail, I was thinking that 3 days 2 nights should be enough for us. Even though I never had any experience climbing with that much duration, I felt confidence with my ability and had prepared physical activity before it. Hence my itinerary :

Day 0 -> Zhongli (20.00) -> Yilan (23.00) stay a night(07.00) -> Wuling bus stop (10.15) -> Police Station (get a permit) -> Wuling bus stop (11.15) -> Huanshan Tribe (12.00)
Day 1 -> Huanshan Tribe 50min -> Songbo Farm 70min -> Trailhead 150min -> Sailiangjiou Campground 100min -> Piaodan Hut (establish tent, at 18.00)
Day 2 -> Piaodan Hut (04.30) 60min -> Jhihjiayang Mountain 200min -> former site of Syueshan Cabin 210min -> Main Peak of Xue Mountain 140min -> 369 Hut 195min -> Qika Hut
Day 3 -> Qika Hut 50min -> Trailhead of Xue Mountain -> Wuling Farm (14.00) -> Yilan (17.00) -> Zhongli (20.00)

Those time estimations came from sheipa Official website.

Day 0
departure from Zhongli, took King Bus to Taipei City hall, changed to Capital Star bus to Yilan, arrived there at 23.00 as planned. Sleeping and waiting bus’s departure to Wuling farm in the next morning.

Day 1
7.30 Departure from Yilan to Wuling Farm. 10.15 arrived, immediately went to the Wuling Police station. after a walk for about 1 kilometer i had a bad feeling about this trip. the map they provided to us was way underestimated. Wuling bus stop to police station was a few millimeter distance and yet I had to walk for more than 1 km and took almost 20 minutes. It means there’s no chance to catch another bus to Huanshan. The Police processed my paper a little longer than my expectation, he also questioned my itinerary to summit XueShan from Zhijiayang Trail nevertheless I convinced him and told him I had enough supply for this trip. Got the paper, went back to the bus top, arrived there at 11.10, and no bus to Huanshan until 14.10. So we decided to walk and try to find a ride to Huanshan. After several tries, there was a car stopped by, I asked him whether he headed to Yilan or Lishan, he didn’t answer my question and asked me back where we want to go. I answered Huanshan, a village located on the way to Lishan, and he let us enter his car. Twenty minutes later we arrived at Huanshan, after thanked him many times, we found out that he headed back Yilan. Ah, what a guy!

Wuling Visitor Center
Wuling Visitor Center

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