The Wuling Sixiu

Difficulty5 (out of 5)       Duration – 3 days and 3 nights

The Wuling Sixiu is a group of 4 mountains.  The ‘si’ meaning four and the ‘xiu’ meaning excellence.  The mountains are, Kelayeshan, Taoshan, Chiyoushan and Pintianshan, and they can be hiked over 3 days in the Sheipa National Park.  They make up the northeastern part of the Holy Ridge O-route.

It is a pretty tough hike, with some very steep sections and the odd bit of scrambling.  However, the hike is a lot of fun and every bit as beautiful as some of Taiwan’s more famous mountains.

If you’re pressed for time, you can opt to do half of the Sixiu in 2 days and 2 nights.

TYPICAL ITINERARY

Day 0

We drive from Taipei (or wherever you’re pick up point is) to Wuling Farm where we spend the night.  Accommodation can be camping or a night in a hotel depending upon your requirements.

Day 1

The Wuling Sixiu hike starts at Wuling Farm.  From the farm we hike to the peak of Taoshan and stay at the cabin just over the top.  This day involves a long, steep climb with very rewarding views of the Yilan Plain.  If there’s time we can drop packs and head over to Kelayeshan.  Dinner is eaten at the cabin and if the weather’s good, we’ll hopefully get to see the sun set over the rest of the Sixiu Mountains.

Day 2

On this day we cross the ridge that connects Taoshan to Chiyoushan.  This is a gorgeous hike through a forest of Chinese Hemlock.  The views are stunning.  Once at the bottom of Chiyoushan, we climb up a huge scree slope before exiting the forest and arriving at the peak.   From there, we continue on towards the Xinda Cabin, passing by the famous Pintian Tree which can be seen in the Taiwan Adventures logo.   We spend the night at the Xinda Cabin.

Day 3

On the final day we’re up early, leaving our packs at the cabin.  We continue westward to the peak of Pintianshan stopping along the way to admire the sunrise behind Chiyoushan.  The last few hundred metres to the peak of Pintianshan involve a scramble down and then up. There are fixed ropes in places and plenty of footholds.  From the peak, we return to the cabin and then hike down back to Wuling Farm.

GRADING AND FITNESS

Hiking the Wuling Sixiu typically involves 8-10 hours of hiking per day with a heavy pack.  There is some exposure to heights and high altitude.  A very high level of fitness is required.  This is not a hike that is suitable for beginners.

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 Wuling Farm.  We can camp at the farm or stay in one of the many hotels depending upon your requirements.  Please note that during the cherry blossom season it can be very difficult to get accommodation in Wuling Farm and we may have to stay outside of the farm on the first night.

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 the Wuling Sixiu 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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