Pingxi Hikes

Difficulty1 to 4 (out of 5)       Duration – Half day to full day

Pingxi is a small village about 20km to the east of Taipei.  It’s nestled in a particularly beautiful valley between two craggy mountain ridges.  The town itself is worth a few minutes of exploring, and is the site of a very beautiful lantern festival every February, but the main attraction to us are the dozens of trails that crisscross those craggy mountains.

This is one of our favorite places to hike around.   The area could also be combined into an overnight trip by staying in nearby Jiufen and then heading to the beach, or anywhere else on the Northeast Coast for more hiking or coastal exploration.

TYPICAL ITINERARY

Honestly, there are so many trails in this area that there almost isn’t a “Typical Itinerary”.   Trails begin close to the main village and range in difficulty and length.

One mountain called Xiaozishan actually radiates several trails from a center point.  The day can be spent hiking up a trail, back down to the same point, then up an adjacent trail again.  Several of those trails lead to higher points along the southern ridge and can easily be turned into a full, or half-day hike.

All around this area you can find needle-like peaks, dense areas of forest, exposed razor-like ridges and crystal clear streams to cool off in.  The mountains also harbor some interesting cultural attractions including abandoned mines and temples, Japanese era bridges and check points and even some caves with Taoist places of worship inside.

GRADING AND FITNESS

All of the trails are moderate, but become difficult if wet.  They may also include the navigation of ropes, rope ladders and/or exposed cliffs.  Few of the trails are paved, but most are well taken care of and are in good condition.

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 licences. 

FOOD

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

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 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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