At a glance
This beginner hike follows the western section of the historic cross-island Nenggao trail before ascending through alpine meadows toward two of Taiwan's top 100 peaks. With a night at arguably Taiwan's nicest cabin, the Tianchi lodge, this two day trek is one of the most accessible on the island for new hikers.
- Total distance
- Days required
- Top 100 peaks
Hualien // Nantou // Taroko NP
- Public transport
National Park and Police
Tunyuan Trailhead to Tianchi
The trail begins at the Tunyuan trailhead (屯原登山口) at the end of highway 14. It's a little more than 13km along well-marked trail climbing from 1900m to 2800m. At around 4.5km you'll reach the Yunhai line station, used for maintaining the old cross-island power lines that run through the area. Continue along the trail past the 13km marker and you'll reach the Tianchi lodge. If time allows, 2.5km more further along the trail is the "spread light across the land" memorial, a memorial for the completion of cross-island electricity lines.
Qilai South, Nanhua, and return
Follow the signs from Tianchi Lodge toward Qilai South and Nanhua peaks. After about 1km you'll reach the junction between the two peaks. You can tackle these in any order. For Qilai South it's about 4km / 2hrs roundtrip back to the junction, and for Nanhua about 3km / 1hr roundtrip. After finishing both peaks head back down the hill to Tianchi Lodge and return to the Tunyuan trailhead along your original route.
Cabins and Campgrounds
Tianchi LodgeBook Here
One of Taiwan's most impressive cabins, featuring solar power, running water, and toilets, as well as optional meal service and sleeping bag rental. A small fee is required per stay for each person. Separate applications for cabin space are required in addition to permits, and early priority reservations are available for foreign visitors between Sunday and Thursday. Regular applications are via lottery draw 30 days in advance.