Hiking in Taiwan Travel Guide

Discover some of the best hiking trails and climbing peaks on the island!

hiking in taiwan

This Hiking in Taiwan Travel Guide will show you that Taiwan isn't just cities and factories. The island is home to Northeast Asia's tallest summit and to more than 240 peaks over 3000m! One day, Taiwan will inevitably become a world class hiking destination like Japan. It's just a matter of time...

See all these trails on a MAP at the bottom of this page.

BTW, do reserve your hotel rooms in advance in Taiwan as they tend to be fully booked on weekends and holidays.

hiking in taiwan central mountain rangeTaiwan is a hiking paradise that has yet to be discovered by backpackers

Taiwan - a true hidden hiking paradise!

I have hiked in more than 15 countries and I can guarantee you won't be disappointed if you come here for a mountain escape. Wether you want to go for a multi-day expedition in the remote Central Mountain Range, or wander through historic trails at lower altitude, you'll be blown away by what you'll discover.

hiking in jiufen, near Taipei city, taiwanHiking in the mountains around Taipei with Ruby

Taiwan has it all... bamboo forests, subtropical and tropical jungles, deep gorges and valleys, coastal bluffs, alpine meadows, high peaks, rushing rivers, waterfalls, wildlife... It doesn't get more diverse than that. There are many reasons why it used to be called "Formosa" the Beautiful!

In this Hiking in Taiwan Travel Guide I will list some of my own personal favorite hiking / trekking areas. I hope it will help you prepare your mountain adventures! Safe travels!

Hiking Keelung Mountain in JiufenHiking Keelung Mountain in Jiufen, on the Northeast Coast of Taiwan

Hiking in Northern Taiwan

Yangmingshan National Park 
Yangmingshan is Chinese for something like "Bright Sun Mountain", and it's deserving of the name; catching a sunset here is breathtaking. It's the closest hiking destination near Taipei City, in Northern Taiwan, and it's also the island's most popular hot spring destinations. The Yangmingshan National Park is Taiwan's busiest national park due to it's close proximity to Taipei.

Mt. Keelung in Jiufen
The northeastern coast of Taiwan is home to dozens of beautiful green peaks which have well-maintained hiking trails. On clear days, you can enjoy unparalelled vistas over the Pacific Ocean. Keelung Mountain is one of the top 5 easy peaks in the Jiufen area du to its easy access and low level of commitment.

Keelung Mountain, Jiufen  九份基隆山Keelung Mountain, a 588m-high inactive volcano near Jiufen and Jinguashi

Hiking in Central Taiwan

Yushan (Jade Mountain): Taiwan's tallest peak doesn't need too much introduction. With a summit that reaches 3952m in altitude, Mt. Jade will deliver adventure-wise if that's what you're looking for! Find information about accommodation, transportation, mountain permits, and guided hikes on Yushan.

Mt. Cilai (Qilai Shan): Sharp, steep, craggy peaks, overnight expedition, high altitude, close to Hehuan Mountain, alpine scenery, nasty weather, wildlife, huge mountain hut...

Qilai, Cilai Mountain in TaiwanCilai Mountain Ridge between the main peak and the north summit

Hehuanshan Forest Recreation Area: Introduction to Mt. Hehuan. Short and easy high altitude walks, comfortable mountain cottage, camping, Taroko Gorge's backdoor...

Hehuan West Peak, 3145m: A long high altitude hike. No technical difficulties, easy access, alpine scenery, ridge walk...

hehuan west peak in taiwan, hiking and climbingThe mountain ridge to Hehuanshan West peak, at more than 3000m

Sun Moon Lake: Wander around tea plantations on Mt. Maolan or trudge up Mt. Shuishe and get splendid views of the lake.

Mt. Bagua: Quiet country road just outside Taichung. Bamboo trees, old Chinese houses, giant buddha, temples, pagodas.

Dakeng: Right outside Taichung City, 10 easy, man-made trails, wild monkeys, campground, hot springs, touristy but still beautiful.

Hiking in Dakeng taichung TaiwanDakeng in Taichung has 10 hiking trails

Eagle Mountain: Steep, exposed, day-climb in Dasyueshan Forest Recreational Area. One of my favorite hikes in Taiwan! Close to Taichung.

Alishan: The Alishan area is popular with Taiwanese hikers who come here to see the sunrise over a sea of clouds. Alishan is one of the top 10 Taiwan travel destinations.


Hiking in Southern Taiwan

Mt. Guanshan, 3668m: Moderate climb. My favorite hike on the island! Dramatic views, great camping spot along the trail...

Hiking Mt. Guanshan South TaiwanMt. Guanshan in Southern Taiwan

Maolin Recreation Area: Hike to three of the island's most beautiful waterfalls and meet the Rukai aboriginal tribe.

Maolin, TaiwanMaolin, Taiwan

Hiking along the East Coast

Taroko Gorge: Hike through geological wonders, marble canyons, ancient hunting trails. It's Taiwan's top scenic attraction, so expect huge crowds on weekends and holidays.

Map of Hiking in Taiwan

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