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10/05-08 - Jiaming Lake Trek

Product Number: PBTWON008-1005

☀️☀️☀️ Trail Rating: Hard ☀️☀️☀️

Parkbus Taiwan's Jiaming Lake Tour is a safe, convenient, and affordable way to visit one of Taiwan’s most renowned mountain lakes. Situated around 3,300m above sea level on the southeastern side of Sancha Mountain (三叉山), is a mountain lake that holds great natural allure. Often referred to as the "Angels Teardrop", due to its brilliant blue color shape, it stands as the second largest mountain lake in Taiwan and is a bucket list experience for many hikers in Taiwan.

On radiant, sunlit days, Jiaming Lake gleams like a precious sapphire nestled amidst the stunning Yushan Cane grassland of the surrounding highlands. For our guests that eventually reach the lake after a demanding journey, all weariness dissolves into awe. 

As one could expect, being the second-highest mountain lake in Taiwan, the trail up to Jiaming Lake can be a challenging hike. This is primarily due to the length of the hike and altitude. This tour is suitable for those with a moderate level of fitness and determination. Jiaming Lake can be climbed in a number of ways, however, on this Parkbus Taiwan experience our guests will hike the traditional route from Xiangyang National Scenic Area (向陽國家風景區). The image below shows the trail from mountain cabin to Jiaming Lake, with Mt. Xiangyang in the background.

As you can see from the image below, our tour will take guests from approximately 2,500m at the trailhead to 3.500m at the peak of Mt. Xiangyang. 

Parkbus Taiwan's Jiaming Lake Tour has been designed to allow international visitors to Taiwan a safe, convenient, and affordable way to experience this wonderful trail and natural wonder. The total hiking distance for this tour is approximately 28 kilometers (round trip). This tour is completed over three days and two nights and provides return transportation to/from Guanshan Train Station. 

While listed as a four-day experience, guests joining this tour will actually experience 3-days of guided service. Day one of this tour requires guests to arrange their own transportation to the town of Guanshan (關山) in Taitung County.

Except for a few meals, Parkbus Taiwan takes care of all the details including; mountain guide, accommodation reservations, arranging private transportation (from/to Guanshan), insurance booking, sleeping bag rentals, mountain lodge meal bookings (some meals are to be prepared by guests), to the complicated Forestry Bureau Permit application process. 

Parkbus Taiwan removes the barriers and takes care of all the planning. We also offer one of Taiwan's most experienced English-speaking mountain guides for this tour.

⚠️ ADVANCED APPLICATIONS: The advanced application method we are applying for limits the number of Taiwanese team members to one. This will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis. in the event that we receive a booking for a Taiwanese Citizen and another Taiwanese Citizen registers, we will provide that individual a full refund or transfer this booking to a future trip. Thank you for understanding. If you are Taiwanese and interested in joining this or any future Jiaming Lake Tour perhaps consider contacting us directly so we can inform you of availability. 

Daniel Rios - Jiaming Lake Tour Guide

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I first arrived in Taiwan in 2015 and immediately fell in love with the country’s stunningly beautiful outdoors. After climbing Jade Mountain, I quickly became addicted to collecting Bai Yue, and after less than four years, I was able to finish all 100 Peaks of Taiwan, faster than any foreigner in history. I've appeared in both written and television media in Taiwan for my hiking achievements, and enjoy sharing my knowledge and experiences with others.

A highly seasoned outdoor adventure guide who has Wilderness Advanced First Aid training, I have been to most mountains in Taiwan numerous times. I am very familiar with all the major peaks and hiking routes in Taiwan and have an in-depth knowledge of route planning and trail conditions, GPS and map reading, emergency first aid, survival tactics and skills, local flora and fauna, and aboriginal cultures. When I am not working, I enjoy outdoor rock climbing, bouldering, river tracing, and hiking on non-traditional, exploratory trails.

I'm currently in the process of collecting all the 3,000m peaks in Taiwan, a feat which has only been done by a handful of people, and never by a foreigner. I take hiking in Taiwan and safety extremely seriously and aim to provide all my clients with a fun, safe, educational, and memorable experience that will last them a lifetime.

Daily Itinerary
DAY 1
Day One - Overview

The schedule for day 1 will be for the team to independently arrive at the homestay/hostel in Guanshan (池上), where we will be staying. Hikers are free to arrive as their schedule permits, but it’s advised to arrive sometime in the late afternoon or early evening if possible. Once checked in, we will discuss the route, itinerary, and equipment requirements, and your guide will answer any other questions you may have.

Please note, accommodation on Day 1 is included in the tour package, however, your transportation to Guanshan is not included. Guests must find their own way to Guanshan. Here is a link to Taiwan Rail Association’s website. Please plan ahead and provide yourself enough time prior to the departure to book and secure your transportation. Please book a return ticket to ensure your seat on the return trip.

>>>> Trains from Taipei take approximately 3 hours and depart 13 times/day between 06:10 and 22:00. 

>>>> Trains from Kaohsiung take approximately 3 hours and depart 5 times/day between 07:45 and 18:30. 

Please plan ahead and contact highmountains.parkbus.taiwan@gmail.com if you have any questions or need support in scheduling transportation.

Our accommodation for Day 1 is a local homestay located approximately 5 minutes walking from the Guanshan Train Station. There are convenience stores and restaurants located near the Guanshan Station Train. This small local hostel offers shared sleeping facilities for up to 6 guests per room. Private washroom facilities and showers are available on-site. 

No meals will be provided for guests on Day 1. Please prepare your own dinner, drinks, and any personal items you will need.

Breakfast: no / Lunch: no / Dinner: no
DAY 2
Day Two - Overview

It will be an early morning with a 05:00 wake-up. Please be respectful of others as we will be using a shared room. We will wake up and purchase breakfast at a local restaurant or convenience store, check our equipment, and have a short briefing of the day’s schedule before jumping into our private shuttle to take us up to Xiangyang National Scenic Area (向陽國家風景區).

After about an hour and a half drive, we will arrive at Xiangyang National Scenic Area (向陽國家風景區). Here we will have our permits checked and make final preparations before departing. Bathrooms will be available here.

After a short break, we will depart and begin our journey up to the second-largest mountain lake in Taiwan. The first part of the day has us walking on a winding paved road up a series of switchbacks. Along the way, we will have the opportunity to stop at a small wooden viewing platform. If the weather is clear, we should have a gorgeous view of the South First Section (南一段) of the Central Mountain range.

After about an hour and a half, we will reach the end of the road, which is where we will leave the paved road, and begin hiking up the trail. After another 1.6km of relatively gentle hiking, we will have ascended up approximately 200m to the famous Xiangyang Mountain House (向陽山屋). This is one of the most popular mountain cabins in Taiwan and a common place for hikers to stay when going to Jiaming Lake. Here we will rest for about 15 minutes and re-fill our water.

At around noon, we should arrive at a large black-water pond. From this point on it will be a pretty steep ascent. We stop here for lunch to make sure we all have enough calories and energy for the rest of the day. After lunch. From here we will need to ascend roughly 300 more meters, mostly via stairs.

After about an hour of hiking, we will arrive at the Xiangyang Famous Tree (向陽名樹). The high winds at this altitude caused this tree's interesting shape and made it one of the most iconic trees in Taiwan. After another hour of hiking, we will arrive at a small fork on the trail. Mt. Xiangyang is about 30 minutes up to the left. If the team has energy (and the weather is good), we can summit it on the first day, otherwise, we will save it for the last day. Regardless of the day we summit, this is approximately a 1-hour round trip. Heavy backpacks will be left here for the summit).

Around 3:00pm we will arrive at the famous Jiaming Lake Refuge House (嘉明湖避難山屋), one of the most popular cabins in Taiwan. We will check in and pick up our sleeping bags and settle into our assigned bunk spaces. We will have free time until dinner (at 5:00pm) to rest, relax, take pictures, and socialize.

Our dinner for the evening will be prepared for us by the local aboriginal staff,  who maintain this cabin. The food will be served buffet style and is a mixture of traditional Chinese dishes. The rest of the evening until bedtime can be spent relaxing, socializing, reading, organizing equipment, and preparing for the next day’s adventure. We ask guests to please be respectful and try not to be too loud. It's common for hikers in Taiwan to go to bed as early as 7:00 pm.

Day Two Total Hiking Distance: 8km
Trail Conditions: Well-marked and maintained trail with moderate & steady inclines, compact soil, and some man-made structures.
Estimated Time on Trail: 7 hours at a moderate hiking pace

Day Two Schedule

  • 05:00 - Wake up
  • 05:30 - Eat Breakfast (responsibility of the guest)
  • 06:00 - Depart from the hostel in Guanshan (關山).
  • 07:30 - Arrive at Xiangyang National Scenic Area (向陽國家風景區)
  • 08:00 - Begin our hike 
  • 10:45 - Arrive at Xiangyang Mountain House (向陽山屋) to rest/refill water
  • 12:00 - Trailside lunch (responsibility of the guest)
  • 13:30 - Arrive at Xiangyang Famous Tree (向陽名樹)
  • 15:00 - Arrive at Jiaming Lake Refuge House (嘉明湖避難山屋)
  • 17:00 - Dinner is served (provided at the mountain house and included in tour price)
  • 18:00 - 20:00 - Socialize, read, relax and pack
  • 20:00 - Bedtime

*Note these times are based purely on average hiking times. These times may vary and depend on the pace kept by the group. This is a guided, group tour, so guests and guide will stay and hike together.

Breakfast: No / Lunch: No / Dinner: Yes
DAY 3
Day Three - Overview

It will be an early morning with a pre-dawn wake-up at about 4:30am.

We will want to wait until sunrise to depart so we don’t need to bring our headlamps. Most of our equipment will be left at the cabin as we will be returning to the cabin in the late afternoon. We will just need to bring snacks, lunch, warm layers, rain gear, and sufficient water.

After about an hour of hiking, we will arrive at Mt. Xiangyang North Peak (向陽北峰). While not a top-100 peak of Taiwan, it’s worth getting a photo here simply for the unique rock at the peak. After departing, we will spend the morning traversing one of the most famous and beautiful wide-sweeping grasslands in all of Taiwan. Truly an experience of a lifetime.

From here, on a clear day, we will be able to see Mt. Sancha in the background, which is 5 minutes from Jiaming Lake. The trail for the day should be clearly visible.

We will arrive at the intersection located at the base of Mt. Sancha (三叉山). From here it’s roughly 30 minutes to get up and down to the peak. We will leave our backpacks here and hike to the summit, before heading to the lake. The summit Mt. Sancha (三叉山), will be our first Bai Yue of the trip. Jade Mountain can be seen from these areas on clear days.

Once we arrive back at the intersection, we will head down to Jiaming Lake. We will allow for 2 hours at the lake (weather permitting) for photos, eating lunch, exploring, and relaxing. If the weather starts to get bad, we will leave earlier.

At around 11:00am, we will depart and begin heading back down to Jiaming Lake Refuge House (嘉明湖避難山屋), which will take approximately 3 hours. Arriving back at the cabin, we will have a few hours to rest, relax, socialize, and prepare our belongings for the next day’s descent down to the trailhead. Dinner will be served at 5:00pm and we’ll have an early night. 

Day Three Total Hiking Distance: 10km
Trail Conditions: Moderate & steady inclines, compact soil, and some man-made structures.
Estimated Time on Trail: 8 hours at a moderate hiking pace

Day Three Schedule

  • 04:30 - Wake up
  • 05:30 - Eat Breakfast (included in tour price)
  • 06:00 - Depart from Jiaming Lake Refuge House (嘉明湖避難山屋)
  • 07:00 - Arrive at peak of Mt. Xiangyang North Peak (向陽北峰).
  • 08:30 - Arrive at peak of Mt. Sancha (三叉山)
  • 09:00 - Arrive at Jiaming Lake
  • 11:00 - Depart from Jiaming Lake 
  • 14:00 - Arrive back at Jiaming Lake Refuge House (嘉明湖避難山屋)
  • 17:00 - Dinner is served (provided at the mountain house and included in tour price)
  • 18:00 - 20:00 - Socialize, read, relax and pack
  • 20:00 - Bedtime

*Note these times are based purely on average hiking times. These times may vary and depend on the pace kept by the group. This is a guided, group tour, so guests and guide will stay and hike together.

Breakfast: Yes / Lunch: No / Dinner: Yes
DAY 4
Day Four - Overview

On the fourth and final day of this tour, our team will wake up early, eat breakfast and begin our final day of hiking pre-dawn and with our headlamps. We want to get to our second (and last) Bai Yue of the trip for a sunrise photo, which means we need to be on the trail well before sunrise.

After about 45 minutes of hiking, we will arrive back at a fork in the trail. From here, we will drop our main backpacks and make our way up to Mt. Xiangyang Peak for sunrise. This will be our second, and final top-100 peak of the trip.

From the peak, we will have about a 4.5-hour hike back down to the trailhead and  Xiangyang Scenic Area. We will jump on the private shuttle that will take us back to Guanshan, where we will have a celebratory lunch, and hot showers (included in the tour price), before heading to the Guanshan Train Station where our tour will conclude. We aim to arrive back at Guanshan Train Station no later than 5:30 pm. Return train tickets are not included in our tour prices, please remember to purchase your return train ticket in advance. 

Note: Return tickets from Guanshan Train Station will be not included in our tour prices. 

Once we arrive at the forest road trailhead, we will jump on board our private transportation and begin our drive back to Guanshan. A much-deserved celebratory (late) lunch will be arranged on our return trip.

Trail Conditions: 8km of moderate & steady declines
Estimated Time on Trail: 6 hours at a moderate hiking pace

Day Three Schedule

  • 04:00 - Wake up & Eat Breakfast
  • 05:00 - Depart from Jiaming Lake Refuge House (嘉明湖避難山屋)
  • 06:15 - Arrive at Mt. Xiangyang (向陽山) for sunrise
  • 09:00 - Arrive at Xiangyang Mountain House (向陽山屋)
  • 10:00 - Arrive back at the forest road 
  • 11:00 - Arrive back at trailhead and Xiangyang Scenic Area
  • 11:30 - Depart from Xiangyang Scenic Area
  • 14:30 - Arrive back in Guanshan, have a celebratory lunch, hot shower, and get back on train.
  • 16:30 - An estimated departure from Guanshan Train Station
Breakfast: Yes / Lunch: Yes / Dinner: No
Cost Description
Price Includes

✅ Private round-trip shuttle service from Guanshan
✅ Native English-speaking guiding services 
✅ One (1) night accommodation at a hostel in Guanshan
✅ Two (2) nights of accommodation at Jiaming Lake Refuge House 
5 Meals included - Day Two: Dinner | Day Two: Breakfast, Dinner | Day Three: Breakfast, Lunch
✅ Mountain Permits
✅ Sleeping Bag Rental at Jiaming Lake Refuge House 

✅ Passenger insurance on the van 
✅ Hiking/Mountain Insurance
✅ Travel agency liability insurance 
✅ An experience of a lifetime hiking two of Taiwan's Top 100 Mountains and visiting the second largest mountain lake in Taiwan! 

Price Excludes

❌ Meals not included - Day One: BreakfastLunch, Dinner | Day Two: Lunch | Day Three: Lunch | Day Four: Dinner
❌ Transportation to/from Guanshan
❌ Any additional snacks, food, or drinks 
❌ Additional stops at other attractions or souvenir shops
❌ Additional Personal travel insurance

Notice

⚠️ PICK-UP LOCATION: Our pick-up location for this tour will be our hostel in Guanshan, Taitung County. There will be no transportation services provided from other locations. Guests are required to arrange their own transportation and schedule to arrive in Guanshan on Day 1 by late afternoon or early evening. If you require support in coordinating your travel arrangements to Guanshan, please contact us directly at parkbus.taiwan@gmail.com. 

⚠️ DROP-OFF LOCATIONOur drop-off location for this tour will be Guanshan Train Station. Guests are required to arrange their own transportation and schedule from Guanshan back to their home location on Day 4.

⚠️GUIDE: In addition to providing an amazing outdoor experience, our guides have the responsibility for guest safety and well-being. Our guides will monitor the group's fitness levels and health throughout the tour. In the event of poor weather or if any guests are struggling from poor fitness or adverse conditions, they reserve the right to alter the tour itinerary and/or cancel the ascent. We thank you for your understanding as we believe guests' safety is of the utmost importance. 

⚠️ MEALS: Day One Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner are not included in the tour price. Day Two Breakfast, and Lunch is not included in the tour price. Day Three Lunch is not included in the tour price. Day Four Dinner is not included in the tour price. Guests are responsible for preparing and bringing their own meals on these days. Guests are also responsible to be sure they have enough water for the duration of the tour (we suggest a minimum of 3 liters). There is a water source on this trail at both Xiangyang and Jiaming Lake Refuge House 4. 

⚠️ GROUP SIZE: This small group hiking trip is limited to 7 guests. If we are unable to secure 7 guests, we reserve the right to cancel this trip with advanced notice and full refunds provided to any guests who have already paid. Thank you for understanding. If demand is high, we may run this tour with two tour guides and up to 15 guests.

⚠️ PERMITS: For hikers looking to join this Parkbus Taiwan tour, they must understand the following details:

  • Hiking to Jiaming Lake is considered a bucket-list experience and is one of, if not the most famous high mountain hikes in Taiwan. As such, it's also very popular. Permits are required to hike this trail and can be very competitive to get. That said, with enough advanced notice (~4 months), we feel confident we can secure these permits for our guests. 
  • Permits must be applied between 4 months and 35 days prior to the tour date (the earlier the better)
  • Parkbus will apply for group permits on behalf of our registered and paid guests. This means if you are interested in joining this tour please ensure you register and pay as soon as possible - the earlier we get confirmation and payment, the better odds we can have getting permits. 
  • Despite when we apply, our group application is not guaranteed.
  • If our application is not successful, guests will be provided a full refund.
  • Guests permits are not transferable, so if you book, pay, and are unable to attend on that day, we will provide refunds based on the domestic tourism laws, less a $500 administration fee.

⚠️ PACKING LIST AND TOUR QUESTIONS: When a guest registers for Parkbus Taiwan's Jiaming Lake Tour, they will receive a complete packing list and trip FAQ digital package through email. Parkbus Taiwan staff will be available to provide additional support to guests between registration and tour dates. 

⚠️ HEALTH WAIVER: When a guest registers for Parkbus Taiwan's Jiaming Lake Tour, they will receive a digital package with a complete packing list and a detailed trip FAQ through email. Parkbus Taiwan staff will be available to provide additional support to guests between registration and tour dates. 

Do you have any other questions? Please send us an email to highmountain.parkbus.taiwan@gmail.com.

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