Hehuanshan (合歡山) also known as Joy Mountain is one of the most accessible sections of the Central Mountain Range. The surrounding peaks of Hehuan Main Peak, East Peak, North Peak, West Peak and Shimen are all above 3,000m high. At a mean annual temperature of only 6ºC, Hehuanshan has cool summers and cold winters and has good visitor’s infrastructure – an ideal place to enjoy some great hikes with the comfort of amenities nearby.
TAIPEI – DAYULING
Leave Taipei City (metro station or hotel) for homestay in Dayuling (~5 hrs. drive) in the late afternoon (5pm). Check-in to the homestay and turn in early for the next day‘s trek.
Overnight: Homestay in Dayuling
DAYULING – NORTH PEAK – WEST PEAK
After your homestay breakfast, you will be transferred to the trailhead to begin your hiking adventure. The total hiking distance for today is 13.4 km and will take about 9-10 hours to complete. The relatively easy 1.5 hours trek to the North Peak (合歡北峰; 3422m) acts as a prelude to the more challenging trek to the West Peak (合歡西峰; 3,145m). The trail to the West Peak is well-known for its humps; 5 ups and downs altogether with some scrambling towards the top. The scenic trail meanders through different terrains from bamboo forest, pine forest to meadow with blooming mountain flowers. After a well-deserved break at the summit, you will descend to the trailhead where you will be transferred back to your homestay.
Overnight: Homestay in Dayuling
MOUNT SHIMEN – SONG XUE LOU – EAST PEAK – MAIN PEAK – WU LING – TAIPEI
Wake up early in the morning for breakfast and then don your headlamp for the 1 hour sunrise trek to the summit of Mount Shimen (石門山; 3,237m) – probably the easiest of Taiwan’s “Hundred Peak” to climb. Observe how the surrounding peaks and ridges develop firmer edges and take shape as the rising sun’s warmth disperses away the enveloping clouds and mist. After sunrise, you will trek down for an hour towards Song Syue Lodge (松雪楼; 3,150m) – highest mountain lodge in Taiwan – where the East Peak trailhead is located. Proceed for a 2 hours return trek to the East Peak (合歡東峰; 3,421m) follow by another 1.5 hours return trek to the Main Peak (合歡主峰; 3,416m). You will end the trek at Wuling (武嶺) a saddle between the Main Peak and the East Peak. At 3,275m high, it is the highest automobile pass in Taiwan. Thereafter you will be transferred back to Taipei.
Honorable mention to the guide, whom was the driver too. Her energy and dedication throughout the trek makes the trip very worthwhile, even though the view at the summit was spoiled by the poor foggy weather. Our team would gladly scale another mountain in taiwan with her as the guide again, if we had the chance.
– Jonathan (Group of 5 on a 2D2N Yushan trip in Mar 2018)
The whole organisation was prepared smoothly prior to the trip. The ample of times attending to the enquiries and the notes given had definitely been useful. For transport, guide (and driver), food, activities, accommodation - they were pleasant. The van provided was spacious especially the legroom, and even had enough room to store our bag packs. The guide and driver were very accommodative, for an instance, stopping the van to allow us take some photos before proceeding to the trail head. Additionally, both tried their best to attempt to make conversations in English. As per food and activities, it was great. The food complimented the next activity well, an example, we were provided rice instead of noodles on the day before our summit push and back to the trail head. It was essential since we had to have plenty carbohydrates for the long trek ahead.
– SR (Group of 5 on a 2D2N Xueshan trip in Oct 2017)
Thanks Ying! You've been very helpful and professional! We truly enjoyed ourselves 😊
– Johan (Group of 9 on a 2D2N Xueshan trip in Jan 2017)
Thanks so much for Organising the Taiwan trip. The 2 mountains were amazing and the guides were great! Everyone enjoyed the trip and were able to make it down from both mountains safely!
– Shaun from NUS Mountaineering Club (Group of 10 on a 5D4N Xueshan -Yushan Climb in Dec 2016)
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