Huangzuishan – Yangmingshan

Difficulty4 (out of 5)       Duration – Full day

The Yangmingshan mountains to the north of Taipei are volcanic in nature, and though now dormant, clues to their violent creation can still be seen today.  The Huangzui Mountain is one of several volcanic craters left behind and makes for an excellent day trip from Taipei.

As the mountain is located in one of only two ecological protection areas in Yangmingshan, it feels wonderfully remote and free of people.  Often water buffalo can be seen grazing by small ponds at the bottom of the cauldron.

A permit must be applied for and so if you’re interested in this hike, be sure to contact us at least 2 weeks in advance, one month is better yet.


We have an early morning pick-up, and then we head up to Yangmingshan National Park.  The hike begins near the plains of Qingtiangang and we walk an hour or so before entering the eco-protection area.  From there the hike heads up and down before the last big ascent through hike arrow bamboo to the crater where we’ll stop for lunch.  We finally return via the same route.

Additional activities such as hot springs (wild and not so wild) can be added.


The hike involves around 6-8 hours of hiking.    There is some exposure to heights.  A good level of fitness is required.


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. 


Lunch is provided.  If you have any special dietary requests, allergies or needs, let us know and we’ll be happy to accommodate you.


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 day hikes start at and $12,000NT for groups of up to three people. Additional people are charged at $2000 each. Prices include transport, accident insurance, permits, lunch, guiding and any permit and entry fees.

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