a four-peak mountain located at over 3,000 meters of altitude.
Hehuan Mountain is the highest point on the highest road in East Asia and one of the places that you can cross the central mountain range by car. It only takes a three-hour drive from downtown Hualien to reach Wuling, a mountain located at an altitude of 3,275 meters. The view from the highest point will be worth your drive there.
Hehuanshan is located on the western edge of Taroko National Park and lies on the boundaries of Hualien and Nantou counties. The area is characterized by rocky peaks and green hills that sometimes disappear in a sea of clouds. Hehuanshan’s chilly weather provides a good break from the heat along the coastline
From May to September, it’s the perfect time to spot alpine flowers blooming. As for the temperatures, Autumn and Spring are the best times for hiking at Hehuanshan. In winter, it is also the best place to enjoy snow in Taiwan. Crowds of visitors come to see this winter paradise every year.
Hehuanshan consists of four hikable peaks, of which East Peak and Main Peak are the easiest. The North Peak is a little more difficult, but it’s still hikable in a day. The West Peak, by contrast, might be more of a challenge. The West Peak hike shares the trail with the North Peak but then continues about five kilometers further. It’s possible as a day-hike but only for avid hikers.
Whether it’s during sunrise or sunset, a hike on Hehuanshan offers vistas of sunbeams caressing lush green valleys and high rocky peaks bathed in a golden sea of clouds.
2-5 km, except West Peak 13.4 km
Catching the amazing sunrise or sunset over the clouds.
No permit required for Main and East peaks, but a Mountain Entry Permit required for North and West peaks. It is advised to get the permit in advance online or at the police station near Guanyuan (Hualien County Police Bureau 花蓮縣政府警察局新城分局合歡派出所 / tel. 04 2599 1114 / No. 20-1 Guanyuan, Xiulin Township, Hualien County, 972 ) before you get there though most of the time there won’t be people around to check on the permits.