Smangus

Difficulty1 – 3 (out of 5)       Duration – 2 days and 1 night

Smangus is said to be Taiwan’s most remote village.  The area was only connected to the electricity grid in 1979 and construction of the last section of road leading to the village was only finished in 1995.  Prior to that villages had to hike for 3 hours to get anything they needed from Xinguang on the opposite side of the valley.  Smangus is famous for its grove of giant Cypress trees.  The trees are some of the oldest and largest in Taiwan.  The biggest is some 2,700 years old.  The area is also well known for its peaches which are harvest in the summer months.

TYPICAL ITINERARY

 Smangus is usually done as a two day trip with one or two nights in hotels or hostels.  There are a numbers of trails to do as well as hot springs in nearby Neiwan.  Just let us know what you’d be interested in and how much walking you’d like to do and we’ll come up with a customised itinerary for you.

GRADING AND FITNESS

Hikes in this area range from flat walks along roads to steep climbs with some exposure to heights.  The trip can be customised for people with a minimal amount of fitness.

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

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.

ACCOMMODATION

We’ll typically stay at a small local guesthouse.

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.

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