Dabajianshan

Difficulty4 (out of 5)       Duration -3 days and 3 nights

Dabajianshan is one of the more unusual looking mountains in Taiwan.  It’s a huge, towering block of rock that thrusts out into the sky and is a fantastic three day hike.  The mountain itself is some 3490 metres above sea level and in addition to Daba, there are another three of Taiwan’s top one hundred mountains nearby that can be climbed.  Unfortunately, due to the loss of the ladders, the actually peak of Daba is no longer accessible but that doesn’t stop this from being an excellent hike.

TYPICAL ITINERARY

Day 0

We drive to Qingquan, an aboriginal village in the foothills of the Sheipa National Park and spend the night there.

Day 1

After a good night’s sleep, we drive up to the Guanwu entrance of the Sheipa National Park and begin hiking along the Dalu Forestry Road.  This road was once accessible by vehicles but not must be walked.  It’s a very pleasant, beautiful and gentle 18km walk to get to the trailhead.

From there we climb up through the forest to the 99 cabins where we stay for the night.  It typically takes a whole day to make it to the cabins.

Day 2

This day can be as easy or as tough as you like.  There are four peaks for us to visit but it’s not necessary to do all of them.   Each of the peaks offers something different so it is worth doing them all if your legs feel up to it!  After hitting the peaks, we will spend the night at 99 cabin again.  A short 5 minute walk to the west of the cabins takes you to a great place to watch the sunset.

Day 3

On the finally day we hike back down to the Dalu Forestry Road and then make our way back to the start..

GRADING AND FITNESS

Dabajianshan is a fairly tough hike.  Each day we will walk for around 8 hours with large packs on days 1 and 3.  There is some exposure to heights and high altitude..  A good level of fitness is required.

TRANSPORT

Typically pick up and drop off is from Taipei, but other locations can be arranged, including Taoyuan International Airport. We will travel by car or small van depending upon numbers.  All of our vehicles are insured and all drivers have local licenses.

FOOD

All meals are provided for.  If you have any special dietary requests, allergies or needs, let us know and we’ll be happy to accommodate you. 

ACCOMMODATION

The first night’s accommodation is at Qingquan.  We stay at the catholic hostel there.

Once on the mountain, we stay in cabins maintained by the national park.  The cabins are very basic.  We need to carry sleeping bags, cooking gear and food in.

GUIDES AND SAFETY

All of our guides are wilderness first responder certified and carry first aid kits.  They have all spent a lot of time hiking in Taiwan and are very experienced in the high mountains.  All of our guides are native speakers of English, but also speak Mandarin and are very knowledgeable about the local mountains, flora/fauna, and culture.

INSURANCE

Taiwan Adventures will provide you with $2 million NTD accident insurance.  However, you must have your own travel and medical insurance.  Our partners at World Nomads Insurance can provide you with travel insurance that covers you for high mountain hiking.  

PRICES

Prices for a 3 day hike to Dabajianshan start from $49,000NT for groups of up to 3 people.  This includes guiding, transport, pick up and drop off from Taipei (other locations can be arranged), all meals, accommodation, accident insurance and permits.  All of our trips can be customised.  If you have any additional requests, please let us know.

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