Steep cliffs, rope-climbs, small footholds? Bring it on.
Knowing I’m in Taiwan for the climbing, there’s a question that I get very often — “How’s the hiking in Taiwan? Is it really THAT fun?”. Rather than tell you YES a hundred times, let me share with you an exhilarating trek I did last week at 平溪（新北市）。
I joined a random meetup group for an impromptu hike and over 6 hours, we covered 5 mountains on the Dongshige trail (東勢格越嶺步道) — 臭頭山，中央尖，慈母峰，普陀山，孝子山。Some of these mountains had been on my radar for a while cos of their high adrenaline factor, so I was super excited, and thankfully I wasn’t disappointed.
Rather than keep yakking, I’ll let the pictures do the talking —
After 6 hours of climbing, spotting 7–11 and grabbing some food was absolute heaven. Thanks to the great planning of our team leader Dory, we waited barely 5 mins for the shuttle back to Taipei city (some of us even got seats this time). Unbelievable you can get such awesome treks just an hour away from the city!
All in all it wasn’t exactly a tough climb — tedious but not technical or extremely strenuous. In fact the adrenaline-pumping rope/ladder/ridge sections energised me and I just wanted to keep going.
Which is kinda how I’d describe most treks in Taiwan — very do-able and very rewarding. Great way to spend a Thursday!
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