Hi, I would like to ask if it is necessary to wear water proof shoes & crampon to hike Huashan during winter?
The path is a bit narrow (1 meter to 2 meters), but it is smooth and with steps. I wear the common sneaker to climb the Mt.Huashan.
2. If it rains, wear water proof shoes. Otherwise, sneakers are OK.
Thank U, as I know it will be very cold during winter but does the floor get icy? Like my previous trip to Iceland, the temperature is higher than China but the floor become icy & crampon is a must.
Not necessary ,Because If has snow ,the cleaner will clean it very quickly ,If someday ,catch heavy snow and ice ,the Mountain will be closed .
Thanks for the clear information. 👍
Hey mate, the tracks at Huashan are very well maintained and you can do it in normal attire, I would still recommend waterproof hiking boots though.
When in the winter are you going? December should be fine but it can get quite snowy in late January etc.
I wrote a post about my recent trip to Huashan during mid December. There was little to no ice on the tracks - you can check out the pictures if you like
Hi Nikhil, thank u & your post for the Huashan is providing very useful information. And very clear photos too. But I would want to ask, u said u not able to find the bus from Huashan North station to the Mountain entrance? Any idea what happen & others seems manage to find them just in front of the station? I will need them too.
U paid the Chinese lady rmb15 for the ride? Is it dangerous & how long is the drive?
Btw, I shall be reaching there on the 27th Jan. I decide to wear my water proof shoe & also my crampon since they are easy to carry anyway. Just incase. Haha
I am sure there are green shuttle buses, I just gave up looking for them OR I got to the station too early. Maybe they only run from 0800 onwards or something.
You make a valid point about taking a random car haha. That lady just cornered me but if you were particular you should always use a taxi. There are just a lot of drivers in china who will approach you and try and sell you a ride to popular tourist locations.
As for crampons - the mountain is extremely well maintained. I daresay.... that if you needed to use crampons for a section, that that section would just be closed off. I don't think the authorities on the mountain would allow people to wear crampons / traverse areas that needed crampons.
When I went, there were a couple of sections closed off because of the ice but the vast majority of the mountain was open. This is more of an alpine resort than a traditional mountain. Everything is paved, well lit and gated.Edited: 19 December 2017, 18:27