Are the hikes difficult?

Each hike is different, but generally speaking, Taiwan’s mountains are much steeper and more difficult than other famous ones throughout Asia.  We’ve given them difficulty ratings to help you decide which one is best for you.  If you’re still not sure, get in contact with us and we can help you to find the trip that best suits your needs.

What kinds of hikes do you do?

We essentially run two kinds of hikes.

Private Hikes – Our company focuses on privately commissioned, fully customizable hikes.  From a couple to very large groups, we take pride in working with you and your group to give you the best experience possible.

Group Hikes – A few times a month, we offer public, group hikes.  This is where most single travelers will want to look.  You can sign up by yourself and join a group of no more than 14 others.  The dates are fixed for this kind of trip.  Check here for our upcoming events.

How do I secure place on a group hike?

To secure your place, you’ll need to fill in the registration form and send us full payment in advance.  The registration form can be found in the event’s description.  The leader will then contact you and give you payment information.

Will you carry my equipment?

Not unless something happens so that you are unable to carry it yourself.  Everyone will be expected to carry their own gear and sometimes a portion of the group’s gear. We don’t usually arrange portered hikes unless it is specifically asked for.

What equipment do I need?

This depends on each specific hike.  Your guide will give you a list of essential and recommended equipment when you sign up for the hike.  If you’re short of equipment, let us know.  We have equipment that can be rented.

What happens if you, Taiwan Adventures, cancel a trip?

This usually only happens if a trail gets closed at the last minute or if a typhoon is going to make landfall. If that does happen, we’ll offer a full refund, a different trip or rearrange the trip for another date if possible.

Please note we won’t cancel a trip for the weather unless we deem it unsafe.  If the forecast is for rain, the trip still goes ahead.

Can you arrange pickup?

Private group prices include pick up and drop off to any one location in Taipei.  Group hikes require everyone to meet at an MRT station at a specific time.

What’s the weather in Taiwan like?

The weather varies significantly from place to place.  For lower elevations the winters are cool/warm and the summers are hot.  In the high mountains it is cold/cool all year round and very cold in winter.  We’ll let you know what equipment you’ll need for the weather in advance of your hike.

How many people will be on a hike?

This will depend on the hike, but in general, for group hikes, we have a maximum of 7 clients per guide.

Will we encounter dangerous wildlife?

It’s unlikely. There are black bears in the high mountains but they are rarely seen and are very shy of people.  Taiwan does some dangerous snakes and wasps.  Your guide will explain these dangers and how to avoid them during you prehike safety meeting.

Do I need insurance?

We’ll arrange accident insurance to the value of $2 million NT for the duration of your time with us.  However, it’s important that you also get your own travel/medical insurance too and make sure that you are covered for the activities you are going to participate in with us.  Our partners at World Nomads are able to provide insurance for hiking activities.

I’m vegetarian/vegan - is that a problem?

Not at all.  Just let us know and we’ll make sure the food is suitable to your needs.

How far in advance do I need to book?

For prearranged trips, we’ll set a date that you need to register with us before.  Once that date has passed, we can’t add any more people to that trip.

If you wish to hike in any of the national parks, the sooner you get in contact with us, the more likely it is that we can secure permits.  We can’t apply for permits less than a week before the trip.

If you intend to hike Snow Mountain or Jade Mountain especially on a weekend, you’ll need to contact us at least one month in advance otherwise there is very little chance of us getting a permit.

What kind of accommodation can I expect?

It depends on the trip.  Overnight hikes usually involve basic cabins or rough camping.  For trips to Neiwan, Taroko Gorge, Smangus and Guguan we can arrange camping at a campsite with facilities or hostels/hotels depending upon your requirements.

Event Rules (group hikes)

When coming on a hike with us, make sure you know who the leaders are.  The leaders are Stu, Phil, Neil and Ross.
Any decision by the group leaders is final.  It we deem it too dangerous to carry on, you must listen and turn back with the group.
It’s your responsibility to read about the event and know what you’re getting into.  We will provide you with a required equipment list of items that you need to wear/bring for each event.  If you don’t follow these requirements, we may refuse to take you.  This is especially true of proper footwear and rain gear.
On the Event Day
Please don’t be late to the meeting point.  If you’re going to be late, call us and we’ll try to wait, but not at the expense of the participants that arrived on time.  Sometimes, we need to catch a train or a bus and waiting is impossible.
While hiking, we’ll always try to keep the group together.  If you’re feeling tired and want a rest, don’t be afraid to say so.  If you’re not tired, be patient for those who are.  It’s much safer for everyone if we can stick together.
We always carry first aid kits with us.  If you think you’re getting a blister, feeling unwell or have any problems at all, let us know right away.
Taiwan Adventures requires payment in full at least one month before the start of the trip.  If you wish to cancel, Taiwan Adventures can refund 50% up to one month before the trip, 30% up to two weeks before the hike and 0% if cancelled less than two weeks before the hike.  If for any reason Taiwan Adventures unexpectedly cancels the trip, we will refund 100% or offer you a different trip.
We will not transfer payments to future events after we have applied for a permit (usually 4 weeks in advance) or within two weeks of the start date if there is no permit.
For day trips where we don’t charge any money, we don’t provide insurance.  It’s important that you have national health insurance or your own travel insurance.
For overnight trips we will get everyone accident insurance to the value of 2 million NT.  This covers you for injuries but it is important that you still have national health insurance or your own travel insurance as well.
Itinerary Changes
Occasionally, the weather, park closures, and other factors might force us to change the itinerary of certain trips.  No refund or postponements will be given if Taiwan Adventures deems the trip to be safe to conduct.  Additionally, no refund or postponements will be given if Taiwan Adventures needs to make changes to the schedule and itinerary.  If any cost savings are made as a result of the new schedule, they will be passed to the participants.


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