Shuiyang Lake

Difficulty3-4 (out of 5)       Duration – 2 days and 2 nights

 This is great two day hiking and camping trip in the foothills of Jade Mountain and the Alishan area.  The lake is one of the most beautiful and unique place in Taiwan, and is sometimes called “Earthquake Lake”.

There are two options to make this hike easier or more challenging.  The most common and easiest is to follow the old forestry road out to the Shuiyang Forest and Lake.  The lake was created during the 921 Earthquake when the valley tilted back and filled with water.  It’s a very beautiful spot with lakeside camping.

There’s also an option of skipping the forestry road and instead tackling Luchu Mountain.  The peak has awesome views Jade Mountain (Taiwan’s tallest) and is well off the beaten path.  One time we were fortunate enough to spot 5 eagles circling over the valley below!

If you are interested in this hike, let us know your ability level. Getting to the peak and then to the lake in a day is a lot of work, and only suitable for the very fit.  Otherwise, we can do it the usual way, and have more time to enjoy the lake.


We leave Taipei in the afternoon on the first day to drive down to Shanlinxi in Nantou County.  We will stay in a B&B near the trail head so we can get an early start the next day.

The second day is spent on the trail with a good day’s hiking to get to the lake by late afternoon.  The night is spent lakeside chatting and enjoying the stars.

The third day is more relaxed as we head back to the trail head along the forestry road and then the long drive home.


Shuiyang Lake is a fairly tough hike.  It typically take 5-6 hours to each way.  You’ll be hiking with a heavy pack including a tent.  There are a few small sections that involve fixed ropes and so a good head for heights is also 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 licenses. 


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 spend the first night in a B&B near the Sea-Link-Sea Park and the second night is spent in a tent by the lake.


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.

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