Contrary to the widely held assumption that Taiwan is only full of industrialized cities, most of the island is rugged wilderness that offers some of Asia’s most amazing hiking. Taiwan has the second highest mountain range in East Asia, and many of its trails are easily accessible over a weekend. Below are some options available to hikers.
WHERE TO GO:
Taroko Gorge is a must-see in Taiwan. A stunning gorge lined with marble rock, Taroko offers beautiful hiking for every fitness level. From aggressive ridge hikes with names like ‘The Vertigo’ to more moderate hikes that will take you to serene waterfalls, abandoned aboriginal villages, and wild hot springs, Taroko’s got it all. More extreme adventurers can also traverse the gorge’s 500 meter cliff faces and engage in close encounters with indigenous wildlife. Taroko National Park is nothing short of gorgeous, but don’t take our word for it.
Come see it for yourself.
Toroko National Park
YuShan National Park
⦁ There is a complicated permit system here in Taiwan. Read carefully about what kind of permit you will need to get to the hikes before applying for one.
⦁ Because the weather in the mountains can change rapidly, Always bring a rain coat with you no matter how sunny it is outside.
⦁ Avoid hiking alone.
The national park doesn’t charge for trails inside Toroko except for the famous “Zhuilu Old Trail”.
⦁ Check if your desired hiking route requires a Park Entry Permit. If so, apply for it online 30 days in advance if possible.
⦁ Check if your desired hiking route requires a Mountain Entry Permit. If so, apply for it online or complete it at local police station).
Read our blog post about how to apply for the permits on-line!
⦁ Choose the right trail for your fitness level.
⦁ Familiarize yourself with the trail.
⦁ Always check the weather, and be prepared for rapid climate changes when in the mountains.
⦁ Tell someone where you will be.
⦁ Pack the 10 essentials:
- Navigation (GPS, map & compass)
- Sun protection (sunglasses & sunscreen)
- Insulation (extra clothing)
- Illumination (headlamp/flashlight)
- First-aid supplies
- Fire (waterproof matches/lighter/candle)
- Repair kit and tools
- Nutrition (extra food)
- Hydration (extra water)
- Emergency shelter (tent/tarp)
⦁ Wear appropriate clothing
⦁ Pace yourself.
⦁ Do not litter. Leave only footprints.