Taiwan – Mt Hehuan / Hehuanshan
Hehuanshan, 合歡山, Mt Hehuan (also called Joy Mountain) is a 3416metre high mountain in Central Taiwan. The peak lies on the boundaries of Nantou and Hualien counties and is within the Taroko Gorge National Park. Mt Hehuan is a popular destination for the locals; it is also one the most accessible high altitude hiking trails in Taiwan. The East Peak (3421m) and North Peak 3422m of Mt Hehuan are actually higher than the main peak. Mt Hehuan is part of the Central Mountain Range (中央山脈) that makes up the backbone of Taiwan. In the past, a military training area was built in the proximity of Mt Hehuan. The mountain range also features the remains of a ski lift, reportedly used by Taiwan's elite during the martial law period and inaccessible to most people. The unreliability of snowfall has meant that the ski lift was abandoned years ago.
About The Climb
We organise two day treks for this itinerary. At the end of each day trek, we will return to the hostel or hotel to stay overnight, there is no camping and there is no need to stay in a mountain hut. On day one of the trek, we will trek to Mt Hehuan Main Peak (3417m), Mt Shimen (3237m), then to East Peak (3421m) and descend to trailhead to end the day’s trek. On day 2, we trek to Mt Hehuan North Peak (3422m) then descend to trailhead and end our two-day trek itinerary. This trek is suitable for families too.
The peaks are among the “Hundred Peaks” (百岳) identified by Taiwanese as great mountains of Taiwan. While Jade Mountain (玉山) and Snow Mountain (雪山) are rank #1 and #2 respectively, Mt Hehuan Main Peak is rank #37, East Peak is rank #35, North Peak is rank #34, and Mt Shimen is rank #66. Mt Shimen is also the easiest and shortest hike among the 100 peaks.
It is possible to trek in Taiwan all year round, though preparation for ice/snow should be taken in winter (January/February) in the northern region and on higher mountains.
The popular trekking seasons are:
- Spring (March-May)
- Autumn (October-November) and
- Winter (December)
This trek is suitable for those without any trekking experience. Anyone with an average level of fitness can complete this trek. The trek will bring you to an elevation of slightly above 3000m. Participants must have the ability to trek with a 3-5kg backpack load and able to walk for 6-8 hours a day.
Equipment and Gear
You will need the usual hiking gear like hiking shoes, trek poles, day pack (20-30L). Between October and March, the climate is cooler in the mountain, trekking attire you will need are thermal base layer, fleece jacket, outershell jacket, and down jacket maybe required too. It is warmer from April to September, down jacket will not be essential. In the month of January and February (sometimes even in March), snow may form up on the road nearer to trail head making the trail undesirable to hike.
A packing list will be provided for all our participants. Please refer to our Resource Centre page to read more about the layering system to better prepare you for your climbing & attire needs as well as for choosing the right equipment for your climb.
The Mt Hehuan trip is part of our Start Trekking initiative. Through Start Trekking, we hope to encourage more people to take up trekking as a way to keep fit and embrace the great outdoors.
The Start Trekking package fee include a trip leader from Singapore and is based on a group size of 10 - 20 people
You can also form a private group for this trek. For enquiry, send an email to us at email@example.com
|Day||Description||Meals||Altitude at Rest Point|
|Day 1||Arrive in Taipei. Transfer to Lushan.||-/-/D||1200m|
|Day 2||Transfer to trail head -Trek to Mt. Hehuan Main Peak (3417m) - Mt. Shimen (3237m) - Mt Hehuan East Peak (3421m) - back to trail head. Transfer to Hualien.||B/L/D||3150m|
|Day 3||Transfer to trail head -Trek to Mt. Hehuan North Peak (3422m) - back to trail head. Transfer to Taipei.||B/L/D||10m|
|Day 4||Depart Taipei (Programme ends here. Next day arrival on flight, if any, not reflected in itinerary )||B/-/-|
- Return airport transfers in Taipei
- All land transfers as in itinerary
- Meals as indicated in itinerary
- Twin/Triple sharing accommodation in city
- Day 2 of the trek - dormitory beds
- Trek support: Trekking guide
- Permits & Fees: Conservation, National Park fees and permit
- International air tickets, airline taxes and fuel surcharge
- Visa Fee (if any).
- Single Supplement
- Meals not indicated in itinerary
- All tipping
- Personal porters
- Personal travel insurance (mandatory to cover travel agent insolvency and trekking up to 4000m)
- Personal expenses like shopping, laundry etc
- Personal travel & trekking gear – warm clothing, shoes, backpacks etc
- Emergency evacuation and medical expenses
- Compensation for damaged or lost of personal items (eg: climbing/trekking gear and equipment, cameras and any valuable items etc)
- Any expenses including accommodation, meals & transfer outside the stipulated trek/climb itinerary – i.e. any person leaving the group for personal travel, illness/injury or any form of extension of stay
Support from Ace Adventure Expeditions
We provide pre-trip support to prepare you for the climb:
1. Trip briefing and information kit
2. Gear list and gear discount from selected Singapore outdoor outfitters
3. Training guideline kit
4. Rope skill workshop (For climbs that require rope up and/or fixed rope skill)
For Start Trekking : Training and Gear/Trekking Health Knowledge Sessions
To help you prepare for your first trekking adventure, we have included a training session and a gear/healthcare knowledge session prior to your trip.
The training session will cover all the basic trekking techniques on footwork, pacing, how to use the trekking poles etc.
The trekking gear/ healthcare knowledge session will cover the layering system, footwear, hydration and high altitude health concerns such as Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) etc.
Our Local Operator
We carefully select and establish strong working relationship with our local trek operator to ensure safe participation by everyone. Our local climbing guides have extensive experience in guiding treks in Taiwan, possess intimate knowledge of the local surroundings, conditions and culture and are trained in wilderness 1st aid and emergency rescue.
Good basic fitness is necessary. Have the ability to carry personal backpack load of between 3-5kg to hike for 6-8hrs daily.
Training: Regardless of your level of fitness and physical conditions, it is advisable to train prior to embarking on a climb or trek. A training recommendation specific to the climb or trek will be given upon signing up. A good four to five months of training would be a good preparation for the trek. Refer to our Grading chart for an overview on the technical difficulty and fitness required for this trip.