Jialuo Lake

Difficulty – 4 (out of 5)   Duration – 2 days and 1 night (more can be arranged)

Jialuo Lake is actually a group of about 20 lakes, the largest of which is located some 2000m above sea-level and is surrounded by gorgeous pine forests. It’s a great place to escape the heat of the summer and can easily be done in a weekend.


We will leave Taipei early on the first day and drive over to the mountains of Yilan where the hike begins.  The trail starts following an old forestry road until it reaches a thousand year-old ancient tree.

From there the ascent gets much steeper as we walk through the pine forest up to the ridgeline.  Once we reach the top, then it is a gentle walk through the silvergrass to the main lake.

After setting up camp by the lake, there should still be time to explore some of the other lakes in the area.  Then we spend an evening under the stars before waking early the next day to continue exploring before heading home.

Day 1 – Leave Taipei in the early morning and drive to the trailhead. Hike through the pine forest up to the lake where we set up camp.

Day 2 – Enjoy sunrise and then hike back out. Return to Taipei in the late afternoon.


Hiking to Jialuo Lake involves a tough 6-7 hours of hiking with an elevation gain of around 1200m. There is some exposure to heights.


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 licences.


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.


We’ll spend the night camping next to the lake.  Tents will be provided.


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.


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.  

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