Can I enter Snow Mountain Park without permit?
UPDATED Jan 2020. For Snow Mountain Xueshan, you can enter from the South trail and nobody will check if you have permit or not but let’s check who can do it:
- some sections are very steep and rocky,
- the trail is not well maintained,
- you’ll meet very few people!
- you must bring your tent because the hut near Mt Zhijiayang is really poor…
- it’s much more strenuous physically!
- we saw local Taiwanese climbing there because it was too late to apply for the permits
Moreover, if you want to sleep in the cabin you can be controlled at the 369 hut (SanLiuJiu Cabin) and you are 90% sure to be checked at the Wuling exit (Normal entrance) unless you arrive there out of their working hours. You get a fine and you’ll be on the blacklist for one year. You may also be sued…
What if I get an accident?
Hiking SOLO in Snow Mountain is more adventurous but easily possible for a hiker with experience but not for a beginner.
Even in a group, it happened that one person was left behind, took a wrong trail then fell and was never found! The mountains are huge and the rescue team can not find you!
But the most dangerous part for you: if you have an accident (fall and break your leg, break your arm, lost…) then the insurance will not pay back because you entered illegally in the National Park. That makes sense?
How much does it cost for a rescue in the mountains?
To give you an idea of the risk: In June 2017 a hiker paid 1 500 000 NT for the rescue and a simple surgery costs a minimum 80 000 NT.
Google Translation :
Spend more than 1.5 million NT search and rescue climbers this sentence friends extremely angry.
2017/07/01 13:02 Huang Yu Ren comprehensive report / Taipei word grade word level in the small level.
Taipei City, 29-year-old man Lee Ming-han, recently climb alone “maybe high Harlem off” lost. he relied on their own for 35 days, and finally in the last 20 days by search and rescue personnel to find. search and rescue team more than 20 people spent 5 days.
Dispatched more than 10 aircraft helicopters, cost “more than 1.5 million yuan.” However, Li Minghan said in an interview on the 28th: ”I support paid search and rescue. but Taiwan’s search and rescue quality there is a lot of room for improvement. if the search and rescue dedicated, full-time, you are eligible to charge.”
Li Minghan said that if the search and rescue success rate is only 50 percent. to pay people will not be happy, because the success rate is only half. but if the success rate of search and rescue can reach 90,95,99? The higher the success rate, the higher the price you can receive.
He said that the overall view, the search and rescue capabilities to pursue progress, because Taiwan’s search and rescue with the neighboring days. South Korea can not compare, much worse. but also efforts to wait until after these, search and rescue charges will become very natural thing.
Search and Rescue system in Taiwan to improve
In the case of the article, he asked by the super search team, but looked back at the inadequacy of the general search and rescue system. This behavior was a blow to the search and rescue personnel, whether or not there was any Participate in the rescue.
Today’s system should be review, but it is not suitable for Li Minghan himself. “Peace to save you down the mountain but also by your review, WTF” This is the average person, the general rescue team to see such a report of the first reaction.
Li Minghan this passage, causing a lot of friends rebound: “the standard was cheaper to sell well”. “you pay the cost of relief after the re-criticism, this will be more convincing.” “waste of national resources, no gratitude. But also some people think: “to charge should also have a set of standards, to spend money should also know how to spend, or can not guarantee that day, there will be N civil rescue units to come out with. The family of the victims had a great lion.
I still have no time to apply for the 2 permits
If you really want to climb Snow Mountain without a permit then, in that case, bring your tent or a tarp. Do not sleep at 369 hut and go back to the same South trailhead. (You will just miss the landscape of the Wuling area.)
Why do I need 2 permits to go hiking?
The first permit is for the Snow Mountain Sheipa National Park:
- They maintain the trekking trails.
- They manage the cabins,
- and they limit the number of people.
The second permit is for the Police.
- They need to know your itinerary and schedule in case of an accident.
- In case that your guardian angel has no more news from you.
- In case that you’re not out of the park according to your schedule.
Getting the permits is a big hassle but it’s to protect you in fact.
In the past, many people unconsciously climbed.
They got an accident.
Or they disappeared forever…
It’s a problem for the hikers… and also for the government accused not to control/maintain the mountainous areas.
Families accused the government of letting people die.
So you decide now…
spend time to get the permit
or pay someone to do it for you.