Dali-Datong Villages

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

Three day visit ( inc. Qingshui Mountain) Difficulty – 5 (out 5) Duration – 3 days and 2 nights

The villages of Dali and Datong are situated high in the mountains above the mouth of the Liwu River which runs through Taroko Gorge.  Both villages are cut off from roads and the electricity grid and the aboriginal people who live up there grow their own food and hike supplies in.  There are several small B&Bs with campsites making it a great place to stay overnight.


Day 1

The hiking starts near the Taroko Gorge National Park headquarters.  It’s a very steep climb that begins with stairs and turns into a rocky trail.  After a few hours hikers are rewarded by the incredible views of Dali Village nestled in the mountains above the Shakadang River.

From there it’s a about a two hour walk along an old abandoned forestry road to get to Datong Village where we spend the night.

Day 2

From Datong there are several peaks to hike to.  The easiest is Liwu Mountain which is a short detour from the forestry road.  There’s also Qianliyan Mountain which takes around 3 hours return trip.  For hikers looking for a serious challenge there’s Qingshui Mountain (2450m).  It takes 12-14 hours to reach the peak and return to Datong Village.  The peak has magnificent views of the Pacific Ocean in good weather.  Hiking to Qingshui Mountain means staying an extra night at Datong Village.


Two Day Trip

Each day involves around 5-6 hours of walking.  You’ll gain some 1000m in elevation on the first day.  A good level of fitness is needed.

Three Day Trip (Qingshui Mountain)

The first day takes around 5-6 hours to reach Datong Village.  The second day involves hiking for 12-14 hours with an elevation gain of around 1700m.  On the third day it takes around 4 hours to hike back down.  Hiking Qingshui Mountain is very difficult and a very high level of fitness is needed.  There are several sections with 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 stay in the village of Datong.  Both camping and rooms in one of the B&Bs can be arranged.


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.  


Prices for a 2 day hike to Datong start from $45,000NTD for groups of up to 3 people, then each additional person is an additional $10,900NTD.  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 customized.  If you have any additional requests, please let us know.

Prices for Qingshui Mountain start from $55,000NTD for groups of up to 3 people, then each additional person is an additional $11,900NTD.

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