The Four Beasts

Difficulty1 to 3 (out of 5)       Duration – Half day to full day

The Four Beast Mountains are made up of four mountains that are said to resemble an Elephant, Tiger, Leopard and Lion.  There are actually two more mountains on the trail system called Nangang Shan and Jiuwu Peak that rise behind the beasts.  They’re all located to the southeast of Taipei 101 and for anyone in Taipei, they are a must-do hike.

Being so close to the city, the mountains afford hikers superb views of the Taipei skyline, especially at night.  Tiger and Elephant Mountains are the most famous, with the most complete trails, but there are some hidden gems around Lion and Leopard Mountains, too.


There really isn’t a typical itinerary for these trails.  There are dozens of trailheads that mostly start on Xinyi Road or just off of Songren Road.  The trails can be completed in loops so you come back around to your starting area or come out on the other side of the mountains.  One could spend just a few minutes going to the Stone Garden to take photos of Taipei 101 and the Taipei City skyline, or spend the whole day exploring the dozens of temples and side trails that crisscross the mountains.   The main trails are also lit at night, making this a 24hour place of adventure!


The hike involves around 4-6 hours of hiking.    There can be some exposure to heights and fixed ropes.  A moderate to good level of fitness is required depending on which trails you wish to follow.


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.

Contact Us for More Information