Events

Songluo Lake (camping) – OCT 20-21

Taiwan Adventures is leading another overnight hiking/camping trip! This hike is a great way to get out the city for the weekend and get into Taiwan’s great outdoors. Camping out (hopefully under the stars) by the lake is a real treat, and there are several trails to explore for those who still have energy after the tough hike up!

This OVERNIGHT camping trip will take place on Saturday October 20th to Sunday October 21st.

***ITINERARY***
We will meet at 7:00am on Saturday morning and take a van to the trailhead. From there we’ll hike the trail in to the lake, passing the water source before climbing and dropping down to the lake, where the trees open up and we have a large area to camp in.

No special technical abilities are required although the hike is fairly long (5-6 hours) and you’ll need to carry a backpack with food, sleeping bag and tent.

Dinner on Saturday evening, snacks and breakfast on Sunday will be provided. (Please bring your own lunch for Saturday)

***PRICE***
Cost: $6900. There’s a $500 discount if you’ve been on an overnight trip with us before or are a full time student.

*****WHAT WE WILL PROVIDE*****
-Transport to and from the trailhead
– Dinner on Sat, breakfast and lunch on Sunday
– Guiding
– Insurance
– All permits required for the hikes

*****WHAT YOU NEED TO BRING*****
– At least a 50L backpack (rentals are available)
– Sturdy hiking shoes or boots (Sneakers won’t cut it on this one)
– Tent (rentals are available)
– Sleeping bag (rentals are available)
– Warm clothes – It may be cold at night!
– Rain gear
– Food (Saturday lunch, snacks)
– The ability to carry 2L of water
– Headlamp (fresh batteries)
– Toiletries and personal items

We can rent some equipment
-Tent spaces $400
– Hiking poles $200 each
– Sleeping bags $400
– Headlamp $200

****IF YOU WISH TO ATTEND*****
If you wish to attend, complete the google form below;

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScWpqFzeIV4DBQyHpNyTIICEjiFNJgY1J2pjy7oD3Cs6TuAXA/viewform?usp=sf_link

If you have any problems, send an email to stu@taiwan-adventures.com

The payment is non-refundable and non-transferable unless we are unsuccessful in our permit application. Getting a permit can be difficult and we’ll do our best to secure one. However in the event that we are unsuccessful, we will refund deposits or rearrange the trip for another date.

Be sure to read the group’s rules here http://www.facebook.com/groups/TaiwanAdventures/doc/276107129116873/

Elephant and Tiger Mountain – Family Friendly Hike

Our second family friendly hike!

We’ll meet at Houshanpi MRT Station Exit 2 at 1430 on Sunday, March 25th. From there we’ll walk over to the beautiful Fengtian Temple where the hike starts.

The hike takes up some steep stairs to Tiger Mountain. From there we’ll follow the road to Elephant Mountain and hopefully we’ll arrive in time for sunset. Please bring a headlamp or torch. The path is lit at night, but it’s best have your own light in case we’re a little slow.

If there’s enough interest we can go for dinner after the hike.

The hike should take around 3-4 hours including rest stops. It’s relatively easy, but there are some steep sections of stairs, please make sure that you are OK with that.

Also please note that this is a family friendly hike. Anyone is welcome to come, but we’ll walk at a slow pace so everyone can enjoy the hike together.

***What to bring***
– Sunscreen
– Raincoat
– Warm layers – forecast is sunny but with cool temps
– Water 1-2L
– Lunch
– Backpack
– Appropriate footwear – we’ll be on paved paths for most of the walk
– Headlamp or torch

***Cost***
– Free!

***How to sign up***
– Fill in the google form below.

https://goo.gl/forms/clpGECrY47Xp7wL73

If for any reason you can’t make it, please let me know beforehand so the group doesn’t have to wait too long at the MRT station.

Family Friendly Hiking – Hemei Mountain, Xindian

This will be our first family friendly hiking trip!  Hemei Mountain in Xindain is a relatively easy with with some great views of Bitan. 

We’ll meet at Xindian MRT Station at 10am. (There’s a 7-11 there if you need any supplies.)

The hike will take us over the Bitan Suspension Bridge and up the stairs, past the remains of the old theme park to the peak of Hemei Mountain. There are nice views of the river from the top and it’s a good spot for a picnic. If everyone is up for it there’s a even better spot just a touch further down with some grass to run around on.

After lunch we’ll head down to the wooden walkway that leads to the Wantan Riverbank where we can catch a small boat back over to the Bitan side of the river. The boat is $20 for adults and $10 for kids.

The hike should take around 3-4 hours including rest stops and lunch. It’s relatively easy, but there are some steep sections of stairs, please make sure that you are OK with that. We’ll walk at a slow pace so everyone can enjoy the hike together.

***What to bring***
– Sunscreen
– Raincoat
– Warm layers – forecast is sunny but with cool temps
– Water 1-2L
– Lunch
– Backpack
– Appropriate footwear – we’ll be on paved paths for most of the walk

***Cost***
– Free!

***How to sign up***
– Fill in the google form below.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSduyocmpC4flgdUD2NObp_sDD2FvGJvbUpqZSGN9Qx8UJOsIw/viewform?usp=sf_link

If for any reason you can’t make it, please let me know beforehand so the group doesn’t have to wait too long at the MRT station.

Sign up for Dali-Datong Villages – Hiking in Taroko Gorge

This April we’ll be hiking to the villages of Dali and Datong in Taroko Gorge, Taiwan.  The villages both are situated high in the mountains above the mouth of the Liwu River which runs through Taroko Gorge. Both villages are cut off from roads and the electricity grid and the aboriginal people who live up there grow their own food and hike supplies in. There are several small B&Bs with campsites making it a great place to stay overnight.

http://taiwan-adventures.com/hikes-and-trips/overnight-hikes-and-trips/dali-datong-villages/

***Itinerary***
Friday 20th – Meet in Taipei and take the train to Xincheng where we’ll stay in a small B&B.

Saturday 21st – We’ll be up early to head to Taroko Gorge to apply for permits and begin the hike near the national park HQ. The hike begins with steep stairs with excellent views of the mouth of the Liwu River. After a few hours we’ll arrive at the Dali Village From there it’s a relatively easy flat walk along the old forestry road to Datong Village where we’ll stay the night in a basic B&B.

Sunday 22nd – Today’s itinerary will depend on the group. There are two peaks that we can do. Both have great views of the Pacific Ocean. We’ll do one of them depending on everyone’s fitness/energy before heading back down and returning to Taipei.

***What’s provided***
– Transport to and from Taipei
– Two night’s accommodation
– Accident insurance
– Sat – breakfast, lunch and dinner
– Sun – breakfast and lunch
– Permits
– A guide

***What to bring***

– At least a 30L backpack if you’re not bringing a sleeping bag
– At least a 40L backpack if you are bringing a sleeping bag
– Pack cover
– Sturdy hiking boots
– Fleece
– Raincoat
– Rain pants
– 2 pairs of socks
– Hat
– The ability to carry 2L of water
– Headlamp (very important)
– Toiletries and personal items
– Sunscreen
– Hiking Pole (if wanted)
– Trousers (not jeans)
– Blankets are provided but a sleeping bag is recommended

***Price***
If you’re a full time student or you’ve been on another overnight hike with us, the price is $8,400NTD. If this is your first hike with us, the price is $8,900NTD.

***Sign up***
Fill in the google form below and we’ll send you the payment details;

https://goo.gl/forms/faBH0eRQCA7yPkdb2

If you have any problems, send an email to stu@taiwan-adventures.com

The payment is non-refundable and non-transferable unless we are unsuccessful in our permit application. Getting a permit can be difficult and we’ll do our best to secure one. However in the event that we are unsuccessful, we will refund deposits or rearrange the trip for another date.

Be sure to read the group’s rules, especially our refund policy: http://www.facebook.com/groups/TaiwanAdventures/doc/276107129116873/

Nenggao Historic Trail JUNE 23-25

Please visit our MEETUP page for more info on this trip, thanks!

Smangus JUNE 3-4

For more info on this trip please visit our MEETUP page, thanks!

Taroko Gorge – Zhuilu Old Trail and Sightseeing APR 7-9

To sign up please fill in the google form below;

https://goo.gl/forms/ZYQtf2gUo9rEusQF2

Taroko Gorge is THE must-visit place for anyone spending any time in Taiwan. On this trip we’ll hike the excellent Zhuilu Trail on one day, then do some shorter trails and sightseeing the second.

***ITINERARY***
FRIDAY Apr 7th
1900 Meet at Taipei Bus Station and catch the 1925 bus to Luodong where we’ll transfer to train for the journey to Xincheng. Stay at a B&B for the night.

SATURDAY Apr 8th
Up early and head up the gorge to Swallow’s Grotto where we’ll hike the Zhuilu Historic Trail. This is THE best day hike you can do in Taiwan. The trail is cut into the cliff face and has stunning views of the gorge 500m below.

We’ll need to apply for permits for the Zhuilu Trail and if we’re unsuccessful, we’ll do the Dali hike which takes us to a remote village in the mountains above Taroko Gorge.

SUNDAY Apr 9th
We’ll head up higher in the gorge and do a series of short hikes and sightseeing that might include: The Lotus Pond trail, The Baiyang waterfall trail, the Xiangtian Nunnery, The Lushui-Heliu Trail, The Eternal Spring shrine, and or the Shakadang Trail.

In the evening we leave Xincheng at 1800 and arrive back in Taipei around 2130.

***Price***

$8900 for first time customers. $7900NT for students and returning customers.

***What we will provide***
Transport around Taroko Gorge
Train and bus tickets from Taipei to Xincheng and back
Accommodation for 2 nights
Breakfast, lunch and evening meals on Saturday and Sunday
Guiding
Accident insurance
All permits required for the hikes

If you have any questions, send an email to Stu at stu@taiwan-adventures.com.

Please note that we cannot transfer your payment to another trip should you decide to cancel.

Make sure that you have read the event rules
http://www.facebook.com/groups/TaiwanAdventures/doc/276107129116873/

Snow Mountain FEB 10-12 2017

To sign up please complete the form at the link below:

https://goo.gl/forms/l8LMKEksYqfxHJ4c2

***INTRO***

This hike takes place mid snow season, so there will be a fair amount of snow!!! Snow Mountain is undoubtedly at it’s most beautiful in the snow, however it does make the hike much tougher. Please consider your fitness before deciding to join.

Snow Mountain is Taiwan’s second highest mountain and one of the most beautiful. On the way to the peak, we’ll cross another one of Taiwan’s top 100 peaks, Snow Mountain East Peak, and pass through the beautiful Black Forest before climbing the alpine cirque to reach the main peak.

This is an OVERNIGHT trip leaving Taipei on Friday Feb 10th and returning to Taipei on Sunday Feb 12th. We’ll spend two nights sleeping in a rugged cabin on the mountain.

Although the hike doesn’t require any much technical climbing ability, it is in the high mountains and is a VERY TOUGH HIKE. You will be expected to help carry some of the group’s equipment as well as your own. Please consider your ability before signing up.

***PRICE***
If you’re a full time student or you’ve been on another overnight hike with us, the price is $8,500NTD. If this is your first hike with us, the price is $9,500NTD. Please note that this includes rental for 10 point crampons.

Deadline for payment is Jan 10th

****ITINERARY****
Friday (Feb 10th) – Meet at 7pm in Taipei at Wanlong MRT Station Exit 2, Please be on time! We’ll drive to Wuling Farm where we’ll hike up to the first cabin (around 1hr).

Saturday (Feb 11th) – Up around 8am, breakfast and then hike up to the 369 Cabin, passing by Snow Mountain’s East Peak. Sleep at the 369 Cabin.

Sunday (Feb 12th) – Up early (~2am) and head to the main peak for sunrise. Hike back down to Wuling Farm and then drive back to Taipei. We expect to be back around 8pm.

***** IMPORTANT! *******
This hike will be extremely cold. We expect nighttime temperatures to go below zero, and remain below zero as we make our summit on the Sunday. You will need cold weather clothes, and a good down feather sleeping bag (we have some available to rent, let us know if you need one).

*****WHAT WE WILL PROVIDE*****
– Transport from Taipei to the mountain
– Permits and accommodation
– Cooking equipment and all meals (except Saturday lunch)
– Maps and guide
– Insurance
– Crampons (10 pointers)

*****WHAT YOU NEED TO BRING*****
– At least a 40L backpack
– Pack cover
– Sturdy hiking boots that can accept a C1 crampon
– Fleece
– Raincoat
– Rain pants
– 3 pairs of socks
– Warm hat
– Gloves
– Sleeping bag (winter bag)
– The ability to carry 2L of water
– Headlamp (very important)
– Toiletries and personal items
– Sunscreen
– Hiking Pole (this is a requirement)
– Trousers (not jeans)

If you have trouble getting anything, let us know and we’ll see if we can help you out. Sleeping bags ($400 each) and hiking poles can be rented for a small additional fee. ($200 each).

***HOW TO SIGN UP***
Please complete the form at the link below:

https://goo.gl/forms/l8LMKEksYqfxHJ4c2

If you have any problems, send an email to stu@taiwan-adventures.com

The payment is non-refundable and non-transferable unless we are unsuccessful in our permit application. Getting a permit can be difficult and we’ll do our best to secure one. However in the event that we are unsuccessful, we will refund deposits or rearrange the trip for another date.

Be sure to read the group’s rules, especially our refund policy: http://www.facebook.com/groups/TaiwanAdventures/doc/276107129116873/

WFA Wilderness First Aid Course

Matt is flying over from the states again to lead the course, and this is a great chance to get a first-aid qualification from an extremely knowledgeable and experienced professional. The course can also serve as a refresher for WFR (Wilderness First Responder) if you took the WFR in the last 3 years.

This course will be slightly different to previous ones in that it will be a whole weekend rather than two seperate days. We will camp out on the Saturday night and do some classes in the evening.

WHO IS THE WFA FOR?
The WFA is the perfect course for the outdoor enthusiast or trip leader who wants a basic level short trips with family, friends, and outdoor groups. It also meets the ACA guidelines.

WHAT IS THE COST?
The cost is $7000NT and this includes two lunches and dinner on Saturday night, instruction, insurance, a camping spot and certification.

CPR certification can also be done over the weekend, and this is an extra $1000NT.

The course is limited to 20 persons. Please sign up via the Google Form below, and we’ll get in touch with you.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdAzoQtfx1sHdJ917ADvV3gKky_qwdkpRyy5b3z-z2kZooYOA/viewform?usp=send_form

***FULL*** Snow Mountain Jan 13-15th 2017

This hike takes place at the start of the snow season, so there is a pretty good chance of seeing some snow!!! Snow Mountain is undoubtedly at it’s most beautiful in the snow, however it does make the hike much tougher. Please consider your fitness before deciding to join.

Snow Mountain is Taiwan’s second highest mountain and one of the most beautiful. On the way to the peak, we’ll cross another one of Taiwan’s top 100 peaks, Snow Mountain East Peak, and pass through the beautiful Black Forest before climbing the alpine cirque to reach the main peak.

This is an OVERNIGHT trip leaving Taipei on Friday December 9th and returning to Taipei on Sunday December 11th. We’ll spend two nights sleeping in a rugged cabin on the mountain.

Although the hike doesn’t require any much technical climbing ability, it is in the high mountains and is a VERY TOUGH HIKE. You will be expected to help carry some of the group’s equipment as well as your own. Please consider your ability before signing up.

***PRICE***
If you’re a full time student or you’ve been on another overnight hike with us, the price is $8,500NTD. If this is your first hike with us, the price is $9,500NTD. Please note that this includes rental for 10 point crampons. If you already have those, let us know and we’ll give you a discount.

****ITINERARY****
Friday (Jan 13th) – Meet at 7pm in Taipei at Wanlong MRT Station Exit 2, Please be on time! We’ll drive to Wuling Farm where we’ll hike up to the first cabin (around 1hr).

Saturday (Jan 14th) – Up around 8am, breakfast and then hike up to the 369 Cabin, passing by Snow Mountain’s East Peak. Sleep at the 369 Cabin.

Sunday (Jan 15th) – Up early (~2am) and head to the main peak for sunrise. Hike back down to Wuling Farm and then drive back to Taipei. We expect to be back around 8pm.

***** IMPORTANT! *******
This hike will be extremely cold. We expect nighttime temperatures to go below zero, and remain below zero as we make our summit on the Sunday. You will need cold weather clothes, and a good down feather sleeping bag (we have some available to rent, let us know if you need one).

*****WHAT WE WILL PROVIDE*****
– Transport from Taipei to the mountain
– Permits and accommodation
– Cooking equipment and all meals (except Saturday lunch)
– Maps and guide
– Insurance
– Crampons (10 pointers)

*****WHAT YOU NEED TO BRING*****
– At least a 40L backpack
– Pack cover
– Sturdy hiking boots that can accept a C1 crampon
– Fleece
– Raincoat
– Rain pants
– 3 pairs of socks
– Warm hat
– Gloves
– Sleeping bag (winter bag)
– The ability to carry 2L of water
– Headlamp (very important)
– Toiletries and personal items
– Sunscreen
– Hiking Pole (this is a requirement)
– Trousers (not jeans)

If you have trouble getting anything, let us know and we’ll see if we can help you out. Sleeping bags ($400 each) and hiking poles can be rented for a small additional fee. ($200 each).

***HOW TO SIGN UP***
Please complete the form at the link below:

https://goo.gl/forms/88xaX21RzbIgYLc02

If you have any problems, send an email to stu@taiwan-adventures.com

The payment is non-refundable and non-transferable unless we are unsuccessful in our permit application. Getting a permit can be difficult and we’ll do our best to secure one. However in the event that we are unsuccessful, we will refund deposits or rearrange the trip for another date.

Be sure to read the group’s rules, especially our refund policy: http://www.facebook.com/groups/TaiwanAdventures/doc/276107129116873/