Mount Huashan Travel Tips

If you want to climb Mount Huashan, famous for its steep and dangerous features and high altitude, it is best to prepare before hand. Here are some suggestions:

Food and Water

Grocery on the Mountain
Grocery on the Mountain

Hiking the mountain requires time and energy. It is important to take enough food and water. Two to three bottles of water are enough. Remember not to drink too much at a time. It is best to just sip it to keep your mouth wet. Take some high-calorie food, but not dry food that might make your thirsty. If anyone forgets to take the food and water, you can buy them at the many stalls along the climbing route, but it is more expensive. Not surprisingly, the higher you climb, the more the food and water cost. The reference food price on the mountain is as follows: a bottle of water, CNY 10; a bowl of instant noodles, CNY 25; a small bowl of porridge, CNY 10. 

Clothing and Shoes

It is usually windy on the mountain, so even in summer it is important to take some warm clothes, especially for those who climb at night. It will be very cold at the peak, so if you want to see the sunrise, be sure to have sufficient warm clothing. There are also stalls on the mountain where you can rent a long wool overcoat for about CNY 30-50. In summer, it may rain, so take a simple rain gear along. Sport shoes with soft and flat soles are best for climbing.

Climbing the Steep Mountain
Climbing the Steep Mountain
Narrow Stairs
Narrow Stairs

Safety Sunrise Watching

The mountain has many dangerous passes, including the Thousand-Foot Precipice, Qingke Terrace and Hundred-Foot Crevice, Sparrow Flipping Over and Plank Road, the last two of which are the most challenging. Be very careful on the passes. It is a good idea to take along a pair of nylon gloves to grasp the iron chains. A walking stick and a flashlight are also helpful. When there are too many visitors, the accidents are more apt to happen. So climbing during major Chinese holidays is not recommended.

Sunrise Watching

The East Peak is considered the best place to watch the sunrise, so it is also called Facing Sun Peak. Here is the approximate time for sunrise:
Spring: 05:00 – 06:00
Summer: 04:30 – 05:20
Autumn: 05:00 – 05:20
Winter: 05:30 – 06:00

Sunrise on the Mountain
Sunrise on the Mountain
Clouds Sea
Clouds Sea

Best Visiting Time

You will see different beautiful scenery in different seasons. In spring, the mountain is cloudy; in summer, it is often rainy; in autumn, it is foogy and in winter, it will be snowcapped. The best time for climbing is from April to October. On March 15th according to the Chinese lunar calendar, is Mount Huashan Praying Day when grand temple fairs and other celebration activities are held. 

The best time to climb the mountain is at night so that you can watch the sunrise from the peak.

See more Best Trails for Climbing at Night     Guide for Mt. Huashan Hiking at Night


Hotel on Mt. Hua
Hotel on Mt. Hua

There are some decent hotels on the mountain. So you can check in and have a good rest if you feel tired.
1. Golden Sky Mountain Villa (Jintian Shanzhuang)
Located at the Golden Lock Pass, the villa provides good dining, comfortable rooms and other necessity. The villa is near the Fairy Palm Rock, Jade Maiden Cave, Plank Road and some other scenic spots.
2. Five-Cloud Peak Hotel
The hotel, located at about 400 m under the Golden Lock Pass, is the must pass for climbing. Also, it is only about 20 min walking distance from the East Peak, which is considered the best place to view the sunrise. 
3. Yuntai Mountain Villa
The hotel is located at the junction of “a traditional way to Mount Huashan since the ancient time” and the way near the cable car station. You can enjoy the Ear-Touching Cliff and Laojun Furrow from the hotel. 

Other Reminders

1. It is best to climb the mountain in a group. In that way, you have someone to keep an eye on your luggage when you are in toilet or to take pictures of you.
2. There are so many scenic spots along the journey. A map of Mount Huashan can make your climbing more enjoyable.
3. Be sure to check the Huashan weather forecast, so you will not get trapped by the bad weather.
4. Don’t forget your camera to take pictures of the magnificent mountain. In addition, if you plan to climb at night, be sure you have enough battery power for the many beautiful attractions waiting for you in the daytime.
5. Do not go where there is a “No Climbing or Passing” mark. Those places can be very dangerous!
6. Bring your regular medicine in case something unexpected happens.
7. There are many toilets along the way and they are all well marked.
8. In case you have forgotten something, all the necessary supplies can be bought at the foot of the mountain.
9. If necessary, check the Huashan maps in advance to plan your climbing route.

- Last modified on Apr. 12, 2021 -
Questions & Answers on Mount Huashan Travel Tips
Asked by EMENINA SURBAKTI from INDIA | Oct. 17, 2020 20:44Reply
Is Foreigner can go to visit Huanshan Mountain?
Answers (1)
Answered by Emery | Oct. 26, 2020 00:00

As I know, Huashan Mountain accept foreigners as long as you have the green health code.
Asked by PG from SINGAPORE | Dec. 17, 2019 20:47Reply
Hi, I am planning to hike Huashan during the winter period.
Can I check whether sports shoes or winter boots are suitable for hiking since it will be cold and icy.
Answers (1)
Answered by Mona from THAILAND | Dec. 22, 2019 17:39

Yes, you can wear sports shoes or sneakers.
Asked by Jose Zavala from USA | Oct. 04, 2018 21:52Reply
Am I allowed to hike up Huashan Mountain with a 70liter backpack? can I camp?
I'm backpacking through china and will be stopping here. If allowed, I'd like to hike up with my 70liter backpack (carrying all my essentials) and camp in my single person tent if allowed to. Any input? (hoping to spend 2 full days here)
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Answered by Rena from USA | Oct. 11, 2018 00:21

Yes, you can hike up with 70 liter backpack and camp on the mountain. Here are two best camp places: one is Middle Peak; the other is East peak, under the sun view platform.
Asked by Suma from INDIA | Sep. 25, 2018 03:29Reply
Is there any hotel on the Huashan west peak? Trekking with a kid!

We have two senior people and a 4 year old kid in our group. We wanted to know the most convenient way for the senior people and kid to make the climb. others are ready for the challenge. So wondering if there is a hotel at the west peak, where they can take the cable car straight and rest in the hotel.

We others will take the north peak cable car, if they too want to join from North peak, then how tough is the walk for them from north peak to east peak (in which case we will book a hotel on east peak)

How tough is the walk from east peak to plank road and west peak to plank road?
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Answered by Madge from USA | Sep. 25, 2018 23:25

Yes, there is a hotel with good service: West Peak Hotel, aka Cuiyun Palace, about 5-minutes walk from the West Line Cableway. There are also East Peak Hotel and Capsule Hotel on the East Peak.

From the east peak to plank road, it is about one-hour walk. It is an ascent so it may be tiring and a little tough. If you want to experience the plank road, it may need about 40 - 60 minutes to queue up. If you have fear of height, it must be very stimulating.

From the west peak to plank road, this is a downhill journey, requiring about within one hour; it is a little relaxing relatively speaking.
Answered by Suma from INDIA | Sep. 27, 2018 05:02

How to book West Peak Hotel, aka Cuiyun Palace online?
Answered by Madge | Sep. 27, 2018 18:46

Well, as I know, the online booking page only has Chinese version. If you have Chinese friends, you can ask help for them.
Asked by Rebecca from SINGAPORE | Jul. 31, 2018 08:58Reply
Difficulty of the walk to tour around Huashan Mountain
I am 54 years old - love to go see the view but dont think I am brave enough to walk the plank.
i plan to take the tour with Cable car in West and walk to Middle point and to North point and cable car down
is this walk path very steep and dangerous like the plank walk ?
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Answered by Victor from FRANCE | Jul. 31, 2018 20:14

Yes, it is a little steep but far safer than the plant walk.
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