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Zhuilu Old Trail From Hualien: The Best One Day Hike in Taiwan

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Hualien County, Taiwan
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icon8 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English and 1 more
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Overview

The Zhuiliu Old Trail is one of Taiwan’s most spectacular hikes, but hikers need a permit to discover the ancient route. This small-group hiking adventure from Hualien City takes care of all the details, so you can focus on admiring the dramatic Zhuliu cliffs and marble-walled canyons of the Taroko Gorge. Upgrade to a private tour for just you and your party.
  • Full-day Taroko Gorge Hike: Zhuiliu Old Trail from Hualien City
  • Hike the ancient Zhuliu trail through the Taroko National Park
  • Enjoy magnificent views of the Taroko Gorge and Zhuliu marble cliffs
  • Ensure a hassle-free experience with hiking permits organized by your guide
  • Moderate hike suitable for participants of reasonable fitness
  • Hotel pickup and round-trip transfers are included
  • Small-group tour limited to eight people ensures a personalized experience
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Permit issued by Taroko National Park
2~8 people small group or upgrade to a private tour
Pickup and drop-off in Hualien City
Safety helmet for the cliff part (carry on your own)
Admission fee of Zhuilu Old Trail: TWD 200/person
Lunch & Meal & Drink
Train or flight ticket between Taipei and Hualien
Accommodation
Gratuities

Departure Point

Hualien Station, No. 100, Guolian 1st Road, Hualien City, Hualien County, Taiwan 970

Traveler pickup is offered
We will pick you up at your hotel in Hualien City. Places, like Hualien Train Station, Qixintan, Hualien Airport are also available for pickup. We DON'T offer the pickup & drop-off service at Taipei, Tianxiang, Silks Place Taroko, Yanliao, Shoufeng but you can meet us at the trailhead or Hualien train station at designated time. This small group tour usually starts at 8:00~8:30 am and ends at 4:00~5:30 pm.

Airports

  • Hualien Airport, Xincheng Taiwan


Departure Time

Suppliers and travelers coordinate start times within the given time periods.
2~8 People Small Group Tour
9/1/2020 - 10/31/2020
Monday - Sunday:07:30 AM - 08:30 AM
9/1/2020 - 10/31/2020
Monday - Sunday:07:30 AM - 08:30 AM
11/1/2020 - 12/31/2020
Monday - Sunday:07:30 AM - 08:30 AM
11/1/2020 - 12/31/2020
Monday - Sunday:07:30 AM - 08:30 AM
1/1/2021 - 10/21/2021
Monday - Sunday:07:30 AM - 08:30 AM
1/1/2021 - 10/21/2021
Monday - Sunday:07:30 AM - 08:30 AM
Upgrade to a Private Tour
2/21/2020 - 10/21/2021
Monday - Sunday:07:30 AM - 08:30 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • It’s better to confirm and book this tour ASAP because only 96 pax are allowed to hike a day and secure permit in advance is required. Most travelers fail to make this trip because of hesitation.
  • General Pickup Time: 8:20~8:30 am at Hualien Train Station, 8:30~8:40 am at Hualien Airport, 9:10~9:20 am at Xincheng Train Station, 7:30~8:30 am at the hotels in Hualien City. The local operator will send the exact pickup timetable 24~36 hrs before the tour.
  • The local operator will apply for the permit on your behalf and Name on the passport/ Nationality/ Gender/ Passport No./ Date of Birth are required for permit application.
  • Customers with acrophobia, heart attack, hypertension, pregnant or special personal illness that may affect your ability to participate please consult your physician.
  • This tour is not suitable for people aged 70-years and above or aged 12-years and below.
  • Signing a waiver form before the hike is required for each participant.
  • In rain or typhoon seasons, your driver guide always reserves the right to cancel the trip for safety reasons and no refund will be issued if the tour has started.
  • This group tour doesn't offer the pickup & drop-off service at Taipei City, Silks Place Taroko, Yanliao, Shoufeng. If you stay at Taipei City, Silks Place Taroko, Yanliao, Shoufeng, please take taxi or take train to meet the group at the Hualien Train Station at 8:00am or at Trailhead at 9:10 (if staying in Taroko Gorge)
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Not recommended for travellers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travellers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Bad weather condition such as typhoon, earthquake, flood, landslide, etc. will influence the location where the tour will be operated, we may cancel the tour according to the government announcement. You will be offered an alternative or full refund if the tour hasn't started yet.
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travellers
  • OPERATED BY Eye Travel Taiwan

All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Zhuilu Old Trail From Hualien: The Best One Day Hike in Taiwan?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers.

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Traveller Tips


  • "If you don't have a fear of heights and you're in a good enough shape to climb lots of stairs to a height of almost 300 meters (80 floors building), then this is a MUST tour!" See review
  • "This hike is no joke, a lot of steep climbing up stairs but it was all worth it at the end once you reach the cliff." See review

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Fantastic trip
zainhhakim
, Feb 2020
Absolutely loved our you'd guide Jeff. He's friendly, easy going, knowledgeable, and ready for anything. Thank you again!
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Most beautiful hike of Taroko
jennifer_ashley_x
, Jul 2019
We had a great day with the best tour guide named Jeff ! The hike was challenging but worth it and you'll be rewarded with an unbelievable views at the highest point. Luckily Jeff also is a very good photographer so we got to capture it all. Afterwards we went swimming in a beautiful lake, it was awesome!
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AMAZING !!!
along980
, May 2019
If you don't have a fear of heights and you're in a good enough shape to climb lots of stairs to a height of almost 300 meters (80 floors building), then this is a MUST tour! The view and the adrenaline definitely worth it! Also, our tour guide Jeff was really cool, interesting and really funny. I honestly couldn't expect this hike to be any cooler. Definitely recommended!
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Perfect Day
Safari741423
, Apr 2019
Even though the weather was not perfect, it was a perfect day. We were lucky to be only two participants and to have Chester as our guide. Everything was easy and super well organized, on time and relaxed. We were picked up on time and before actually going to Taroko gorge Chester took us to visit a former Shintoism shrine which had later been turned into a Catholic Church. Very interesting a start. Arriving at Taroko gorge all was prepared and we hiked up the trail. Chester found the rights speed for us and he is a very knowledgeable person. On the way he will be able to answer every question you have, be it Taiwanese history, culture, nature or anything else. He will show you the characteristic plants and tell you about how they got their names, whether they are edible or poisonous, or whether you can use them for any certain purpose. The same applies to animals of all sorts. And Chester will not only tell you, he will have materials and pictures of the animals with him to show to you. Really superb! And if you are lucky, Chester might even sing a Taiwanese song to you while having lunch ;). The trail itself does not need a lot of description here, you can google yourselves... So to keep it to minimum here, it is moderately demanding, going up about 700 meters in height. Again, the way Chester did it with us was very moderate and considerate. Up there you need to be able to cope with the height, but it is always secured at the exposed spots. So, a perfect and breath taking day, never to be forgotten. Thank you, Chester!
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Tough hike but worth it
Companion17624697816
, Dec 2018
We were a group of 7, with varying levels of fitness. Jeff did a wonderful job ensuring our safety while keeping us on pace. This hike is no joke....a lot of steep climbing up stairs but it was all worth it at the end once you reach the cliff. Amazing views and while I'm terrified of heights, I would definitely do this hike again!
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This tour was amazing everything we...
Doug L
, May 2017
This tour was amazing everything we had hoped for and more. We got to see Taroko Gorge up close and very personal, at times staring down a 600m cliff. While we were the 'weakest link' in the group, our guide, William, managed to help everyone progress at their own speed and ability and enjoy it all the way. William had great insights into the history of Taroko Guide and our trail, and saw to our every need. In fact, I was impressed that at the midpoint, where we rested and had lunch before our return, William quietly prepared a hot beverage tea, coffee, or even hot chocolate for everyone. Couldn't have had a better tour guide on this or any other tour.
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Zhuilu Old Trail was a memorable...
Charitha M
, Apr 2017
Zhuilu Old Trail was a memorable hike with fantastic views. Our guide, William, was friendly, informative and lead the group well. Highly recommended.
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Taroko Gorge is amazing. William Ho...
Jiayong Y
, Aug 2016
Taroko Gorge is amazing. William Ho was a great tour guide. He is very knowledgeable and entertaining to provide us the best experience in Hualien. I highly recommend to this hiking trail you will not be disappointed!!
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Highly recommended. This trail...
Fernando C
, Aug 2016
Highly recommended. This trail admits up to ~150 persons a day max and the views and experience are stunning. The guide was also very friendly, explained many things about the trail and even took us for some local street food specialties.
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Great tour and even better guide...
Dion K
, Apr 2016
Great tour and even better guide! Well organized tour, the Zhuilu trail is the main event but there is plenty of flexibity to fill in the remainder of the day, we managed to squeeze in the Eternal Spring trail, a brief stop at the beach and 2 local eateries in Hualien. Very well paced tour, fantastic views and a pretty cool hike alltogether. Highly recommended!
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