- There are two campgrounds in Taroko National Park:
1. Heliu Campground:
Heliu Campground is about 16.5 km(25 minutes by car) away from the east entrance of the park, at 172 km marker of Provincial Highway No. 8 (Central Cross-Island Highway). There are twelve wooden platforms for tents, all open to the public on a first-come first-serve basis. Campers do not need to make an advanced reservation, except for during public holidays of 4 or more days in a row. In this case, six platforms will be available for reservation and the other six platforms are on a first-come first-serve basis.
The fee per wooden platform space per day is NT$300. Its operation is outsourced by the park. Please keep the campground clean and pick up all garbage. Please contact 03-869-1359 for any other questions.
2. Lüshui Campground:
Lushui Campgroud is located 500 m west of Heliu campground and 1.6 km from Tianxiang, and is open 24 hours a day. The floor of the campground is earth and grass, and there is running water, lighting, and BBQ frames. There are no tent platforms or showers. Toilets at the Lüshui Exhibition Hall across the road can be used. No booking is required and use is free of charge.
No tents for rental, please bring your own tents. Please contact 03-869-1162 for any other questions.
Option 1: Heliu Campground
The fee for each big tent area is NT$300. (for using the camping area's fee)
Heliu Campground is about 16.5km/25 minutes by car from the east entrance of Taroko Gorge. The campground is situated opposite the Lüshui east trailhead. The campground composes 12 wooden tent platforms, toilets (including cold showers) and washstands, and is equipped with running water and lighting. The daily fee per wooden platform is NT$300. No booking is required. Its operation is outsourced by the park. Telephone number: 03-8691359.
Location: Heliu campground (16.5 km away from the east entrance of the Park headquarters/half an hour by bus or by car.) Taking the stairways down to campground by the Central Cross-Island Highway (Provincial Highway 8).
Heliu campground is between Cimu Bridge and Lushui Geological Exhibition. It’s only about 300 meters further up (westwards) from Cimu bridge and about 400 meters down (eastwards) from Lushui Geological Exhibition Hall.
Campground capacity : 12 big tents (big tent =10 persons' tent.)
Reservations: No need to reserve, first comes first served.
Parking lots: Capacity for only a few cars(6 or 7 cars only)
If there is any lights broken or facilities damage at campground, please call 03-8691162
Option 2: Lushui Campground
Lüshui Campground: It is about 17km/26 minutes by car from the east entrance of Taroko Gorge. It is 500m west of Heliu campground and about 1.6 km east of Tianxiang, opens 24 hours a day. The floor of the campground is earth and grass, it has water and lighting and BBQ frames. It has no tent platforms or showers. The toilets of Lüshui Service Station can be used(next to the Provincial Highway 8). No booking is required and use is free of charge.
Transportation: scooter, car, bus (Depart from Hualien train station, Hualien 1133A Bus-- bound for Tianxiang. Or depart from Xincheng train station, Taroko 302 Bus- bound for Tianxiang. )
- 1.Nanhu Mountain Area
(1)Mountain Entrance: Public toilets; A water source with steady and sufficient water is 5 minutes away .
(2)Mt. Duojiatun: A solar-powered radio relay station. Lodging is not available.
(3)Yuleng Cabin: Accommodates about 40 people; water is available
(4)Shenmazhen Cabin: Accommodates 12 people; has poor quality water from Heishuitang.
(5)Nanhu Cabin: Established in late 2001; accommodates 40 people; good quality running water available
(6)Zhongyangjian River Cabin: Accommodates 20 people; good quality water is available
(7)Nanhu River Cabin: Accommodates about 20 people; good quality water is available
2.Qilai Mountain Area
(1)Heishuitang Cabin: About 15 people; has poor quality water from Heishuitang.
(2)Chenggong Cabin: Built in late 2001; accomodates about 40 people; water is clear and sufficient.
(3)Chenggong No. 1 Cabin Hut: Accommodates about 15 people; no water provided.
(4)Qilai Cabin: Accommodates about 20 people; 30 minutes away from a water source; water source is clear and regular.
(5)Kasi & Kadong Hut: Originally built by the Forestry Bureau but now in ruins; no water.
(6)Li Hut: Originally built by Xiulin Township but now in ruins;; 40 minutes away from a water source; water source is clear but irregular.
(7)Tianchi (Tian Pond) Cabin: Originally established by the Forestry Bureau but now in ruins; accommodates 15 people; water source (Tian Pond)
3.Inquiries Service: (03)8621048
- The Dali Datong Trail is located in the General Protection Area(Exiting Use Area) of the Taroko National Park. Originally a trail used by the indigenous inhabitants of the region for its contacts with the outside world, it was also an obligatory passage for persons wishing to travel to Mt. Qingshui. The village of Dali Datong is in a mountainous setting at an altitude of 1,000 meters. Three trails access the site: the Dekalun Trail from the Taroko Terrace, ( Taroko National Park Headquarters- staircases behind flag poles in front of Taroko Visitor Center), the Shakadang Trail from Sanjianwu (3D Cabin)(part of route is closed after Sanjianwu, please do not enter this route), and the small flagged path from the Liwu Hydro-electric Power Plant on the Su-hua highway. The trail leading to Dali and Datong is very steep and involves about two hours of steady climbing. Please be sure you have prepared properly before setting out.
1. Taroko National Park Headquarters to Dali: about 2.5 kilometers on a steeply-sloping path; Dali to Datong: about 9 kilometers on an even path. In view of the distance, the walk requires about 12 hours, a night stay at Datong and a 2-day trip is recommended.
2. Please be aware of your personal physical condition, and be sure you have ample time to hike out and return. No water supply and food stands alongside this trail so make sure you bring plenty of water and food along with you.
For the B&B Booking, please contact Tongli Village Natural Ecotourism Society on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/alang.saho/
- The classification system of hiking trails in Taroko National Park:
Classification Type of Trail Suitable Hikers Equipment Required
Scenic Trail: Open trails/General public, no age limits/Good trail conditions with mild elevation, complete safety measures, and explanatory signs. Scenic trails are all within a half day’s hike. Hike light.
Scenic Trails are:
HIghway No. 9:
Chongde Tunnel North Opening Trail, and Huide Trail
Highway No. 8:
Taroko Terrace Trail, Xiaozhuilu Trail, Shakadang Trail, Buluowan Upper Terrace Trail, Buluowan Lower Terrace Meander Core Trail, Swallow Grotto Trail, Tunnel of Nine Turns Trail, Lushui Trail, Baiyang Trail
Hiking Trail: Open trails/ Fit hikers/Good trail conditions with sharp elevation. Mostly located in high mountains with quickly changing weather. The trails are all within a half day’s hike. Hike light with some food and water.
Hiking Trails are:
Dekalun Trail, Dali-Datong Trail, Eternal Spring Shrine Trail
Mountaineering Trail: Within the restricted mountain areas or Eco-protection areas (application required 7 days or a month before entering) Fit and experienced hikers with map-reading and wildness survival knowledge. Prepare complete mountaineering equipment. (Food, water, map, warm clothes, and lighting, tent.)
Mountaineering Trails are:
1. No need for any permits:
Lushui-Wenshan Trail, Mt. Xiaoqilai, Mt. Hehuan Main Peak, Hehuan East Peak, Mt. Shimen,
, Mt. Pingfeng
2. Park Entry Permit required:
Zhuilu Old Road, Mt. Qingshui, Mt. Yangtou,
3. Mountain Entry Permit required:
Hehuan North Peak, Mt. Hehuan West Peak,
4. Both Park and Mountain Entry Permit required:
Mt. Bilu Trail, Bilu to Mt. Yangtou Trail, Mt. Shuan Trail, Mt. Qilai series, Mt. Nanhu Trail, North Section 1 (The Nanhu Peaks or Nanhu to Zhongyangjian route), North Section 2 (Mt. Shuan to Mt. Lingming to Ganshu Peak route), Mt. Qilai North/ Main Peaks, Qilai East Ridge, Qilai South Peak.
Within the restricted mountain areas, Eco-protection areas, or remote mountain areas (application required before entering) Fit and experienced hikers with map-reading and wildness survival knowledge. Most trails are in the wilderness without artificial construction. Some parts of the trails may have disappeared from natural collapse or destruction. Prepare complete mountaineering equipment. (Food, water, map, warm clothes and lighting.)
Note: Trails are often destroyed during earthquakes and heavy rains. Please call for updated trail conditions. Please consult our website for details of highway and trail opening conditions: https://www.taroko.gov.tw/en/Event/HighwayCondition
For further information, please contact:
(Tel): +886-3-862-1576(Park entry permit application contact phone)
For the latest trail and highway opening conditions, please get on our website “news” for more details before your visit.
- Entry to Mt. Nanhu and Mt. Qilai Areas Ecological Protection Areas in Taroko requires a permit.
1.Nanhu Mountain Area
Nanhu－Mt. Zhongyangjian Tour Suggestion
Day 1: Siyuan Akou－Miaopu－Mountain Entrance－Mt. Duojiatun－Mugan Hill－Yuleng Cabin
Day 2: Yuleng Cabin － Mt. Shenmazhen－Nanhu N. Peak － Wuyen Peak－ Nanhu Cirque
Day 3: Nanhu Cirque －Mt. Nanhu－Nanhu E. Peak－Tousai Peak－Nanhu Hut
Day 4: Nanhu Hut－Nanhu S. Peak－Zhongyangjian River Cabin
Day 5: Jhongyangjian River Hut－Mt. Jhongyangjian－Jhongyangjian River Cabin
Day 6: Jhongyangjian River Cabin－Nanhu River Cabin－Mugan Saddle－Mt. Duojiatun
2. Qilai Mountain Area
Qilai Mountains Suggested Itinerary
Day 1: Songxue Lodge－Heishuitang hut (2710m Hill)－Chenggong Cabin
Day 2: Chenggong Cabin－Chenggong No. 1 Hut－Chenggong Cabin－Mt. Qilai N. Peak－Chenggong Cabin
Day 3: Qilai Cabin－Mt. Qilai－Mt. Kaluolou－Mt. Qilaili Eastern Campground
Day 4: Mt. Qilaili Eastern Campground－Mt. Qilaili－Mt. Qilai S. Peak forked road－Qilai S. Peak－Fork Road－Tianchi (Tian Pond)－Mt. Nanhua－Tianchi (Tian Pond)－Tianchi (Tian Pond) Hut
Day 5: Tianchi (Tian Pond) Hut－Yunhai－Tunyuan－Lushan
3. Hehuan Mountain Area
It is recommended that you use Songxue Lodge as your base for hiking in neighboring mountains since most areas (except some high mountains) can be reached by car.
Day 1: Dayuling－Mt. Shimen－Mt. Hehuanjian －Hehuan E. Peak－Songxue Lodge
Day 2: Songxue Lodge－Hehuan N. Peak － Hehuan W. Peak－Songxue Lodge
5.Note: Since the Hehuan Mountain Area is not part of the Ecological Protection Area in the Taroko National Park, you aren't required to apply for an entrance permit. Hehuan West Peak and Hehuan North Peak require a mountain access permit.
6.You can refer to this page for detailed information.
- Generally speaking, you do not need a permit to visit Taroko National Park if you stay on or near the main highways that run through the park (Provincial Highways 8 and 9).
Permits not required: The most commonly-visited landmarks and trails are usually located in the Special Scenic Area for which no permits and no fees (except Zhuilu Old Road) are needed, and visitors can come and go as they please (pending special traffic restrictions). These areas include: Dekalun Trail, Xiaozhuilu Trail, Shakadang Trail, Buluowan Upper Terrace Trail, Buluowan Lower Terrace Meander Core Trail, Lushui Trails, Baiyang Trail, , Changchun(Eternal Spring) Shrine, Swallow Grotto, Tunnel of Nine Turns, Huoran Pavilion, Tianxiang, Dali and Datong Trails, Lianhua Pond Trail. Additionally, the Mt. Hehuan Main and East Peaks, as well as Mt. Shimen do not require any permits.
Permits required: If you travel more than 50 metres away from Provincial Highways 8 or 9, or are in a restricted area, you will need to apply for a Park Access Permit ahead of your planned visit. Additionally, if you plan on conducting research or plan on entering an archaelogical site, you will need to apply for appropriate permits beforehand. Most high-mountain trails, as well as Zhuilu Old Road, fall within this category.
Check Zhuilu Old Road entry fee details, please consult our website: https://www.taroko.gov.tw/en/Announcements/Fees
- Approved Mountain Access Permits allows the authorized persons to access mountainous areas that are within the restricted zone. Mountain Access Permits are managed by the National Police Agency. Sometimes, these areas overlap with the Ecological Protection Area of some of Taiwan’s National Parks. A second Park Access Permit is needed to access overlapped areas. The Park Access Permits are jointly managed by the high-mountain National Parks of Taiwan (Sheipa, Taroko, Yushan): https://npm.cpami.gov.tw/en/index.aspx
- Only trails listed under “Mountaineering Trails” may require one or more permits. Trails listed under “Scenic Trails” or “Hiking Trails”, in addition to all Scenic Spots require no permits whatsoever. Specifically (not exhaustive):
Both Park Permit and Mountain Permits required:
• Mt. Nanhu
• Mt. Nanhu – Mt. Zhongyangjian (North Section 1)
• North Section 2
• Mt. Shuan – Mt. Lingming
• Mt. Shuan (single day ascent)
• North Section 1 to 2
• Mt. Bilu – Mt. Yangtou
• Mt. Bilu (single day ascent)
• Mt. Qilai Main/North Peak
• Mt. Qilai Range
• Mt. Qilai South Peak
• Qilai East Ridge
• Other (non-traditional) routes
Park Access Permit only:
• Mt. Yangtou
• Mt. Qingshui
• Zhuilu Old Road
Mountain Access Permit only:
• Mt. Hehuan North Peak
• Mt. Hehuan West Peak
• Mt. Nanhua (outside Park premises)
• Mt. Xiaoqilai
No permits needed:
• Mt. Hehuan Main Peak
• Mt. Hehuan East Peak
• Mt. Hehuanjian
• Mt. Shimen (Main and North Peaks)
• Mt. Pingfeng
• Dali-Datong Trail
• Lushui-Wenshan Trail
Alternatively, please visit our website for a list of which trails need which permits: https://www.taroko.gov.tw/en/Announcements/MountainPermits
- Both Park Access Permits and Mountain Access Permits and their registrations are free of charge. All other areas of the park (scenic spots, scenic trails, hiking trails, mountaineering trails) are similarly free of charge. However, a ticket (NT$200) is required to enter Zhuilu Old Road. Please consult our Fees website for more details: https://www.taroko.gov.tw/en/Announcements/Fees