Jiaming Lake

Once thought to have been created by a meteor strike some 3000 years ago, Jiaming Lake, it turns out, is actually a lot older and was formed by glacial movement during the last ice age  some 6 – 7000 years ago.

Set in southern Taiwan’s high mountains, Jiaming is one of the largest alpine lakes on the whole island with the widest point being some 120m across.

This hike takes you to two of Taiwan’s top one hundred mountains as well as to the lake and the famous Xiangyang tree pictured in the slideshow above.

A hike to Jiaming Lake typically takes 4 days and 3 nights including travel time from Taipei.

GRADING AND FITNESS

Difficulty 4 (out of 5)       Duration – 3 days and 3 nights

The hike to Jiaming Lake is quite tough, but the itinerary allows for plenty of rest.   We typical walk for around 6-7 hours on the first day, 7-8 hours on the second day and 2-3 hours on the final day.  There is some exposure to heights and high altitude.  A good level of fitness is required.   There are no fixed rope sections.

ACCOMMODATION

The first night’s accommodation is at the campsite at the Xiangyang Forest Recreation Area.  The campsite has showers and bathrooms.

Once on the mountain, we stay in cabins that are provided by the forestry bureau park.  The cabins are very basic.  We will need to carry sleeping bags, cookware and food in.

TRANSPORTATION

Private transportation is provided from anywhere in Taipei or the Taipei/Taoyuan Airport to the mountain.  Pickups in other locations can be arranged, sometimes for a small extra fee.  Vehicles are insured; Drivers are licensed; and traffic rules are obeyed.

FOOD

All the main meals are provided for the hike.  Clients only need to bring their own snacks.  If you have any special dietary requests, allergies, or needs, let us know and we’ll be happy to accommodate you.

LEADERS AND SAFETY

All of our leaders 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 leaders are native speakers of English, but also speak Mandarin and are very knowledgeable about the local mountains, flora/fauna, and culture.

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