KOM Cycling Challange

The official King of Mountain route starts from the Qixingtan beach and continues 25 km towards the entrance of Taroko National Park. After passing through the entrance, the route starts ascending slowly. In the pictures below you can check the ascent rate profile.

It is recommended to stay overnight at the top. You can choose from several youth hostels or stay in a cozy mountain lodge on the top of the mountain where you will find unbelievable beautiful views.

ROUTE MAP

CLIMB DETAILS

LAST 10 KM

ACCOMMODATION

Tian Hsiang Church Hostel 天祥天主堂

No. 33, Tianxiang, Xiulin Township Hualien County, Taiwan 972

Tel. 03 869 1122

Simple and basic, bed in a dorm room costs from NTD 300.

Kuan Yun Youth Hostel 觀雲山莊

No.22, Guanyuan, Fushi Village, Xiulin Township, Hualien County 97245, Taiwan

Tel. 04 2599 1173

Clean and nice environment, bed in a dorm room costs 500 NTD, breakfast included.

http://kwan.cyh.org.tw/?lang=en

Tienhsiang Youth Activity Center 救國團天祥青年活動中心

No. 33, Tianxiang, Xiulin Township Hualien County, Taiwan 972

Tel. 03 869 1111

Clean and nice environment, bed in a dorm room costs 800 NTD.

http://tienhsiang.cyh.org.tw

Song Syue Lodge 松雪樓 / Ski 滑雪山莊

No.33, Guanyuan, Fushi Village, Xiulin Township, Hualien County, Taiwan 972

Tel. 04 9280 2980

Bed in a dorm room costs 1100 NTD, dinner and breakfast included.

Hotel/Hostel located near Hehuanshan East Peak. Very popular, highly recommend to make a reservation as early as possible, preferably 30 days in advance.

http://tsfs.forest.gov.tw/cht/

IMPORTANT NOTICE:

Bring enough water and food with you as you would need a lot of energy for completing this ride, and there will not be any access to supplies after you pass Tianxiang.

⦁ The altitude is as high as 3,275m on the top of the mountain. Remember that the altitude makes it harder to cycle as the air contains less oxygen than at sea level. Prepare yourself.
Be careful.

⦁ If you’re not confident in your fitness level or it’s too challenging to descend, hire a supporting van or find someone with a car to accompany you, so you can stop cycling whenever you want.

Beware of the traffic and big tourist buses before Tianxiang or after Dayuling.

⦁ During the typhoon season from July to September, the Central Cross-Island Highway is often closed because of falling rocks. Check the Daily Road Conditions on the Taroko National Park website before leaving.

WHAT TO BRING?

  • Helmet
  • Sunglasses
  • Cycling trousers
  • Quick dry, tight fit clothes
  • Rain coat
  • Windbreaker jacket
  • Warm clothes for mountains
  • Sunscreen
  • Toiletries
  • Flip flops
  • Road bike with enough gears to climb
  • Bike repair kit, including spare Inner tube
  • Panniers
  • Water bottle
  • Led light for bike

TIP:

If you have time and you’re not too tired the following days, you can do some of the Hehuan Mountain hiking routes. Check more information on our page!

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