Hualien Coastal Cycling
Zhuilu Old Trail
When is the trip?
The trip is from 17th to 23rd July 2016 (7D6N). We will be meeting at Changi Airport on 17th July at 6:30am, our flight leaves at 8:45am. We leave Taipei at 2:25pm on 23rd July and return to Singapore that day at around 7:20pm.
Where will we be visiting?
We’ll warm up with an easy walk up Elephant Mountain on the fringes of downtown Taipei, as sunset transforms the city into a myriad of lights. We then begin the trip proper with a fun, hands-on hike up the picturesque Teapot Mountain. We then move south into adventure capital, Hualien where we’ll spend a few days tracing the crystal blue Shakadang River, hiking the spectacular Zhuilu Old Trail and then explore the tranquil countryside on a bicycle.
What is the difficulty rating of this trek?
Some rock-scrambling is needed to get up Teapot Mountain, and confidence in water, at heights and on a bike is needed to fully enjoy the trip so this makes it a 4 out of 5 stars.
How much does this trip cost? What does the cost include?
The estimated cost of the trip is $850 (dependent on accommodation price).
Costs include return airfare, accommodation in Taipei and Hualien, local transport and guide fees and some meals. Members of NUS Rovers are eligible for a $5 discount.You will be advised to bring along some extra money for personal expenses.
How many participants will there be on this trek?
There will be 14 participants, accompanied by 4 committee members.
What is the brief itinerary?
Day 1 (17 July): 8:45am flight from Singapore to Taipei. Drop off bags, get some snacks and up Elephan Mountain we go. Back down and night market?!
Day 2 (18 July): Wake up early to get to Jiufen where we’ll hike up Teapot Mountain. Catch dinner, get lost in the old streets of Jiufen before catching a train to Hualien.
Day 3 (19 July): We’ll slow down the pace with a relaxed day of cycling around Hualien and playing in streams. At night we’ll have the option of prawn catching (from a real river!) then a BBQ.
Day 4 (20 July): We then kick up a gear with a full day tracing the Shakadang river (think swimming in slot canyons and jumping off waterfalls!).
Day 5 (21 July): We end our adventure on a high by hiking the breath-taking Zhuilu Old Trail, offering the best views of Taroko Gorge (you’ll earn it) .
Day 6 (22 July): We’ll bade Hualien farewell and head back to Taipei, taking the coastal train back. It’s then free and easy as we unwind (more night markets?!).
Day 7 (23 July) We’ll grab a hearty breakfast in Taipei before leaving for the airport and then back home Singapore in the evening.
Will there be a local guide?
Yes there will be guides from Eye Travel Taiwan with us in Hualien.
Where will we be spending our nights?
The first and last nights will be in Taipei, and 4 nights in between in Hualien.
How and where will we be having our meals?
Most meals will be at own expense (usually a heavy breakfast and then packed lunch). Participants will be informed during the pre-trek briefing (so as to plan how much money to bring along).
Will there be shower facilities?
Yes showers will be available every day.
How is this trek different from the others?
This trip will be more technical than the rest, due to the scrambling, river tracing and cycling activities. There will also be night markets!
What will the weather be like?
Average low and high temperatures are 26 °C and 28 °C, but temperature often hits 33 °C during the day. Late afternoon rains and the occasional typhoon (usually rare in July). Good weather for hikes and water activities!
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