Sandiaoling Waterfalls

Sandiaoling is a tiny village located near the beginning of the Pingxi Branch Rail Line.  This easy to moderate hike is our most popular day hike for good reason. It passes by four waterfalls, each one more impressive than the next.  One of the waterfalls, Motian Waterfall, even has a small cove cut into the back of it where hikers can crawl through to gain an interesting view from behind the curtain of water.


Full Day

After a morning pickup from your hotel, we’ll drive to the village of Shifen and take a short train ride to Sandiaoling Village and the trailhead. The trail is relatively flat, but can be muddy and slippery. We’ll pass the first three waterfalls in the morning, have lunch on the trail then continue on to Shifen waterfall and village by trail and road.

Half Day

The half day hike starts in Sandiaoling Village and heads straight for the first three waterfalls. We can have lunch on the trail or return to the village for a simple restaurant. This itinerary can be combined with our Coastal Hikes and Views for a fantastic full day of exploring the awesome beauty of Taiwan’s Northeast Coast.


Difficulty – 1-2 (out of 5)       Duration – Half day or full day

This is one of Taiwan’s easiest day hikes. It’s relatively flat and can be hiked by anyone with reasonable ability.


Private trips start at $12,800TWD for groups of 1 to 3 people. Each additional person is $2,625TWD.


Private transportation is provided from anywhere in Taipei or the Taipei/Taoyuan Airport to the mountain.  Pickups in other locations can be arranged, sometimes for a small extra fee.  Vehicles are insured; Drivers are licensed; and traffic rules are obeyed.


All the main meals are provided for the hike.  Clients only need to bring their own snacks.  If you have any special dietary requests, allergies, or needs, let us know and we’ll be happy to accommodate you.


All of our leaders 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 leaders are native speakers of English, but also speak Mandarin and are very knowledgeable about the local mountains, flora/fauna, and culture.

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