Five Days on the Batongguan Trail

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Re: Five Days on the Batongguan Trail

Postby kau826 » 02 Feb 2012, 22:06

Thanks for the share and your trip really reminds me of the old day when I used to hike or climb very often. I walked there before, and the splendid view of Batongguan grassland is still vivid in my mind. But we went in a different direction.

We started from Tatajia saddle (ta3 ta3 jia1 an1 bu4), the entrance to Mt. jade, midway through the peak of Mt. jade, the north peak of Mt. jade, Batongguan, Guangao highland and back to Dongpu. I still remembered the thrilling experience to traverse the landslides of the mountain paths. My heavy backpacks and the gravity almost pulled me down to the valley. But the scenery, the serenity and the tranquility is rewarding. And it's also nice to circle around a campfire, to see into the sky and have a relaxed chat absolutely unrelated to the civilization. The stars were so numerous and bright that we could clearly see the bands of the galaxy, not to mention the hot tea and the pleasant desserts that blended so well with the atmosphere.

Hope there's a chance to hike again with friends and family, especially after I impetuously bought a "luxurious" backpack Osprey Aura 50. :pray:
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Re: Five Days on the Batongguan Trail

Postby Nuit » 06 Apr 2012, 19:56

Of the full Batonguan traverse (so from Dongpu across to Walami & Shanfong), can someone say which sections are the ones that are currently closed?
Was this Morakot damage, and is there any estimation on when they'll reopen?
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Re: Five Days on the Batongguan Trail

Postby kau826 » 13 Apr 2012, 19:59

Nuit wrote:Of the full Batonguan traverse (so from Dongpu across to Walami & Shanfong), can someone say which sections are the ones that are currently closed?
Was this Morakot damage, and is there any estimation on when they'll reopen?

As I know, the Father-and-Son cliff in Dongpu has been closed temporarily because of landslides and falling stone. It has been repairing currently but it's still unknown when it will be reopened.
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Re: Five Days on the Batongguan Trail

Postby Abacus » 14 Apr 2012, 00:23

That sucks about the landslide on the Batongguan Trail. that is near the beginning and the waterfalls are blocked now. Here is the waterfall guide that I've started - http://taiwanswaterfalls.com/waterfall- ... %E5%B8%83/

Here are my photos from Chinese New Year. I dayhiked up to Yunlong Waterfall (4kms) and Yinu Waterfall (6kms). Yunlong Waterfall is one of the more impressive waterfalls that I've seen in Taiwan with 3 large tiers and probably a few others that are hidden.

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Yunlong Waterfall, Dongbu, Taiwan by abacus07, on Flickr

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Batongon Trail, Dongbu, Taiwan by abacus07, on Flickr

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Batongun Trail, Dongbu, Taiwan by abacus07, on Flickr
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Re: Five Days on the Batongguan Trail

Postby Nuit » 14 Apr 2012, 07:59

Ah, the old Father & Son Precipice with the problem, thanks.
So is there any other way of bypassing this and hooking up with the remainder of the Batongguan? Don't have any maps of that area to check out.

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Re: Five Days on the Batongguan Trail

Postby Jah Lynnie » 14 Apr 2012, 08:16

Go up and over Jade mountain. There is a route going down to Batongguan from the peak.
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Re: Five Days on the Batongguan Trail

Postby Nuit » 14 Apr 2012, 08:21

Thanks - so bypass it by an ascent of the highest mountain in East Asia.
I was hoping for something a little easier :D.
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Re: Five Days on the Batongguan Trail

Postby Mucha Man » 14 Apr 2012, 10:31

Nuit wrote:Thanks - so bypass it by an ascent of the highest mountain in East Asia.
I was hoping for something a little easier :D.


Actually you don't quite ascend as you get to cut off the last 100m or so.

But honestly the back side of Yushan heading toward batonguan meadows is one of the most sublime landscapes on the island. It's a deep rocky chasm with thick hemlock trees literally growing out the steep slopes like a Chinese landscape painting.
“Everywhere else in the world is also really old” said Prof. Liu, a renowned historian at Beijing University. “We always learn that China has 5000 years of cultural heritage, and that therefore we are very special. It appears that other places also have some of this heritage stuff. And are also old. Like, really old.”

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Re: Five Days on the Batongguan Trail

Postby kau826 » 14 Apr 2012, 11:23

Nuit wrote:Thanks - so bypass it by an ascent of the highest mountain in East Asia.
I was hoping for something a little easier :D.

Hmmm, it normally takes about 3 days for a round trip from Dongpu to Batongguan, if Mt. Jade is not your destination, yet Batongguan is your must. The website said that even though the landslide at Father-and-Son cliff prevented hikers from getting through, you can go uphill and bypass the damaged trail. But if you aren't very familiar with the route, you'd better have a tour guide to help you through.

It seems that you need to apply for a park entry permit to go to Bagongguan. This information is adopted from the website: http://mountain.ysnp.gov.tw/english/Cli ... =2&n=21007
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Re: Five Days on the Batongguan Trail

Postby grandfeller » 30 Apr 2012, 22:43

I didn't read yet your entire post because I'm at work and should be working. But fabulous pictures! Makes me want to get back into backpacking. Thanks for sharing.
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