Huangdidian is a superb ridge traverse to the north of the sleepy town of Shiding. The hike begins with a difficult (tiring) climb up a lot of stairs, but don’t let that put you off. Once at the top, the real fun begins as we make our way across the ridge towards the west and east peaks of Huangdidian.
There are loads of fixed ropes, steep ladders and even the odd chain to help hikers up and down the numerous cliff faces. Occasionally, the ridge becomes exposed and offers fantastic views – making this a hike for those without a fear of heights!
We start this one in the morning (not too early though!) eating lunch up on the ridge. After descending there’s a pleasant 2km walk along the road to get back to Shiding where drinks and snacks can be bought at the old street.
This trip can also be combined with a visit to nearby Shenkeng, the stinky tofu capital of the world which also has an impressive and more vibrant old street.
The hike involves around 4-6 hours of hiking. There is some exposure to heights, ladders and fixed ropes. A good level of fitness is required.
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.