GENERAL HIKING INFORMATION FOR YANGMINGSHAN
Yangmingshan is the closest national park to Taipei and it just takes 30 minutes or so to get there by car. There’s a huge variety of hikes to do and sights to see. You’ll find everything from flat paved paths to remote waterfalls and long dormant volcanic craters. The volcanic nature of Yangmingshan also means there are a number of wild hot springs as well lots of hot spring hotels to soak weary legs after a hard hike.
The highest peak in the park is Qixingshan and as there are very few trees on the peak, it has exceptionally good views. To the west of Qixingshan is Qingtiangang, an easy hike with great views and the odd wild water buffalo. For those after a hike that is more off the beaten path there’s the Alibang Waterfall that is located in a more remote corner of the YMS National Park.
There’s no typical itinerary for Yangmingshan. Just let us know what you’re into and how difficult you’d like it to be and we’ll put together a trip.
GRADING AND FITNESS
Difficulty – 1 to 3 (out of 5) Duration – Half day to full day (full day is best)
The hikes in this area can involves anything from around 2-8 hours of hiking. A low to moderate level of fitness is required depending upon which trails you’d like to do.
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.
LEADERS AND SAFETY
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.