Guide for Mt. Huashan Hiking at Night
Is it safe to climb Mount Huashan at night?
Jade Spring Temple at the foot of the mountain is the starting point. From there, continue your Mt. Huashan hiking via North Peak and finally arrive at the East Peak before dawn. It generally takes 5-6 hours to reach the East Peak, so you need to start at 22:00-23:00 the night before. After arriving and watching the sunrise, you can follow different trails to descend the mountain based on your energy level.
The classic Mt. Huashan hiking trail for tourists with low physical strength:
The recommended route for tourists with good physical strength:
Best Time for Mt. Huashan Hiking at Night
What to Pack for Mt. Huashan Hiking at Night
1. Get a backpack of the right size and a pair of anti-skid shoes, as well as 2 pairs of slip-resistant gloves for gripping the iron chains. Disposable raincoats would be useful sometimes because of the changeable Huashan weather in the mountains.
2. From June to September, wear short sleeves or thin long sleeves, and carry a light down-filled coat. You can also rent a greatcoat on the mountain. In other months you need to wear relatively thick clothes; it can be very cold on the mountain, especially before dawn.
3. Cameras and watches are important items. PS: It’s not recommended you read your cell phone while climbing at night.
4. Bring some light, high calorie foods, such as chocolate and dried beef. Prepare no more than 2 L of mineral water to prevent the backpack from being too heavy. You can buy bottled water along the way, although it is expensive.