This is great two day hiking and camping trip in the foothills of Jade Mountain and the Alishan area. The lake is one of the most beautiful and unique place in Taiwan, and is sometimes called “Earthquake Lake”.
There are options to make this hike easier or more challenging. The most common and easiest is to follow the old forestry road out to the Shuiyang Forest and lake. The lake was created during the 921 Earthquake when the valley tilted back and filled with water. It’s a very beautiful spot with lakeside camping.
There’s also an option of skipping the forestry road and instead tackling Luchu Mountain. The peak has awesome views Jade Mountain (Taiwan’s tallest) and is well off the beaten path. One time we were fortunate enough to spot 5 eagles circling over the valley below!
If you are interested in this hike, let us know your ability level. Getting to the peak and then to the lake in a day is a lot of work, and only suitable for the very fit. Otherwise, it can be done the usual way, with more time to enjoy the lake.
GRADING AND FITNESS
Difficulty – 3-4 (out of 5) Duration – 2 days and 2 nights
Shuiyang Lake is a fairly tough hike. It typically takes 5-6 hours each way. You’ll be hiking with a heavy pack including a tent. There are a few small sections that involve fixed ropes and so a good head for heights is also required.
Private trips start at $46,800TWD for groups of 1 to 3 people. Each additional person is $14,800TWD. Discounts are available for groups of 6 or more. All taxes and fees included.
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.