The Holy Ridge is an absolutely stunning, 5-6 day traverse that takes you along the dragon’s spine, a ridge over 3000m above sea-level in the Sheipa National Park. It is an epic, expedition level hike and not for the faint-hearted. It is probably Taiwan’s most dangerous hike, with a number of cliffs to be negotiated and razor like ridges to be crossed.
The Holy Ridge connects Snow Mountain at its southern end to Buxiulan Mountain in the north. There are a number of ways to hike the ridge, including the circular O route which encompasses the Wuling Sixiu, the I-route which is a straight north to south hike that connects with Dabajianshan, and the Y-route which is almost a combination of the O- and I- routes.
Please note that this is a very tough hike and not suitable for everyone. We will only take people on this hike who have been on a high mountain hike with us before, or who can prove that they’ve done many high mountain/alpine hikes on their own and have the rock climbing skills needed to navigate the cliffs. Bear in mind we will spend at least 4 days above 3000m. There are a number of fixed ropes and cliff faces to negotiate. We offer other hikes in the Sheipa National Park that offer excellent views of the ridge without having to traverse the most dangerous sections, see Snow Mountain and The Sixiu for more details. These are also great mountains to get the experience needed for us to take you to the Holy Ridge at a later date.
GRADING AND FITNESS
Difficulty – 5+ (out of 5) Duration – 5 days and 5 nights (more can be arranged)
The Holy Ridge a very tough and dangerous hike. We will cross many exposed sections at high altitude. A high level of fitness and experience is required. There are a number of cliffs and fixed rope sections on the hike. Usually, we won’t take anyone on this hike that hasn’t been on another high mountain hike with us.
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.
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.