Nenggao Historic Trail
The Nenggao Historic trail (能高越嶺古道) is a beautiful trek into the high mountains of Taiwan. While you explore Nenggao, you will be able to take in its rich history. The history between the Japanese and Aboriginal tribes is evident as you cross from Wushe to Tianchi, and up to Qilai South Peak. See the area once used as hunting grounds for the local tribes. During the Japanese occupation era the trail was used to subdue the tribes. As you hike to Qilai South Peak under the stars the famous “Sea of Clouds” will emerge. You can take this incredible hiking trail to the many mountain peaks above, or all the way to Hualien!
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Vacation Style Holiday Type
Activity Level Moderate
Group Size Small Group
The Nenggao Historic trail (能高越嶺古道) is a beautiful trek into the high mountains of Taiwan. The history between the Japanese and Aboriginal tribes is evident as we cross from Wushe to Tianchi, and up to Qilai South Peak. The area was once hunting grounds for the local tribes, but during the Japanese occupation era the trail was used to subdue these tribes. The Japanese then began building power lines to provide electricity to the remote east coast, which was later finished by Taipower company. Finally, it has been converted to an excellent hiking trail leading either to Hualien or to many mountain peaks above.
- Return transportation from Taipei
- Camping equipment: tent, sleeping bag, pad
- Breakfast (1), Lunch (2), Dinner (1)
- A TAO adventure guide
- Trekking pack and clothing
We will make our way to Nantou County from Taipei, arriving in the evening to sleep in a small B&B. If accommodation is full (weekends can be busy), we will set up camp near the trailhead for an early start.
Wake up early for breakfast and coffee. We will begin our 13 kilometer hike to Tianchi hostel at 8 am. On our way to camp, we will pass landmarks that tell stories of the Wushe Incident, when chief of Mahaibu Village Mona Rudao, rallied rival headhunting tribes together to rebel against the Japanese army.
The hike spans across three suspension bridges and a few landslides, one roughly 1000 meters long!
While hiking keep an eye out for the wildlife such as the Golden Weasel, Formosan Macaque and Mikado Pheasant.
Once at Tianchi Hostel, we will set up our tents and relax before sunset. After dinner we have an early nights rest to prepare for our ascent.
Wake up at 2am for a two hour hike to Qilai South Peak (3,381m)! Trekking under the stars and through the yushan cane will take us to the top, where we can view stunning mountain groups such as the Hehuanshan mountain peaks and Qilai mountain peaks.
After taking in the sunrise we will descend to Tianchi Hostel, eat breakfast, pack up our camp and depart for Taipei.