At a glance
One of the classic intermediate high mountain treks, the Nanhu 4 day route takes hikers along old forest roads, over dramatic ridge lines, through idyllic alpine meadows, culminating in the ascent of Taiwan's 8th highest peak at 3740m. With cabin access every night, easy water accessibility, and good public transportation options, this 50km hike is a great first foray into multi-day trekking in Taiwan.
- Total distance
- Days required
- Top 100 peaks
- Public transport
National Park and Police
Shengguang trailhead to Yunleng cabin
The trail begins on a bend in the number 7甲 highway near Shengguang (勝光). Ascend the farm road until you see ribbons marking a trail entering the forest near a concrete reservoir. After a steep ascent through forest the trail meets an abandoned road with Taroko National Park kilometer markers. Follow the road until the 6.8k marker where you'll find a large ancient cypress tree and basic toilets. From here the trail ascends steeply to the left up switchbacks until reaching a ridge line and making a right turn. Continuing you'll cross over Mt. Duojiatun (多加屯) before a brief descent to the Yunleng Cabin (雲稜山莊).
Yunleng cabin to Nanhu cabin
Departing the Yunleng Cabin the trail descends into a ravine before beginning a steady 1000m ascent through forest and alpine meadows. After about 2 hours you'll reach the intersection to Mt. Shenmazhen (審馬陣山), the first top 100 peak of the trail. The peak marker is about a 5 minute detour from the main trail with less-than-impressive views. After another 90 minutes you'll reach the top of the ridge line and intersection to the Nanhu North Mountain (南湖北山), another 5 minute detour. From here the next kilometer of trail crosses a dramatic ridge with fixed ropes and sheer drops before reaching the Mt. Nanhu North Peak (南湖北峰), the second top 100 peak of the hike. Carefully descend the scree slope into the valley and you'll arrive at the Nanhu Cabin (南湖山莊).
Summit and return to Yunleng cabin
An early start is required if you'd like to see sunrise from the summit. From the cabin follow valley along the left side of Mt. Nanhu. After a steady climb the you'll reach a saddle where the trail splits between the main and south peaks. Follow the signs to the main peak. After a short scramble you'll reach the Mt. Nanhu main peak summit at 3742m (南湖主峰). If you're not summiting the east peak you can return to the Nanhu Cabin following the same route, otherwise return to the saddle and follow the signs toward Nanhu East Peak (南湖東峰). The east peak climb is a scramble up a steep scree slope and it may be difficult locate a trail. Eventually you'll reach the east peak at 3632m. Return to the saddle and follow signs back to the Nanhu Cabin. From here it's a steep, slow climb over scree back to the north peak. Return along your original route to the Yunleng Cabin.
Yunleng cabbin to Shengguang
From the Yunleng Cabin return along the original route over Mt. Duojiatun, descending to the forest road 6.8k trailhead. If returning to Shengguang be careful not to miss the junction into the forest around the 4.8k marker.
Cabins and Campgrounds
Modern A-frame with solar power and basic toilets located in the Nanhu lower cirque. Water is readily available from a nearby stream. Reservations are made via the national park permit system when you apply for park entry permits. Bookings are first come, first serve.
|40 beds||3380 m||24.36968°N