Taiwan Traverse by Road Bike

Price from
US$ 3,500
Duration
11 Days / 10 Nights
Distance
915 km
Tour Code
TWN-WRB
Next departure
11-Nov-2018
Number of Cycling Days9
Average Distance Per Day: 102
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150 Km
Average Climbing Per Day: 1304
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2,250 m
Total Cycling Distance915 kilometres
AccommodationIncluded
Bike HireStandard Road Bike: GBP 284
Single SupplementGBP 473

All About this Tour

Spectacular winding roads that provide tough-but-rewarding climbs and exciting descents are the hallmarks of riding in Taiwan. The roads are surprisingly quiet on the less populated East Coast and are very well maintained.

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Itinerary

Day 1

From the hotel, we drive to Fusing to start our ride. At 350 m in pine country, we climb gently and top off at 1,240 m, but it won't be strenuous.

Day 2

We ride from the hotel to our ascent of the Central Cross Island Link, taking us to just under 2000 m and the high-altitude Wuling Plateau. The scenery is spectacular up here, and the air fresh.

Day 3

We continue up to Li Shan, and after 25 km, we are at the highest point, just above 2,000 m. We then descend into one of the most remote parts of the island, a highlight of the trip!

Day 4

We tackle the highest road in East Asia at 3,275 m. Start with a 32 km climb up 2,175 m, then there's an exhilarating ride down some 3270 m into Taroko National Park and the world famous Taroko Gorge.

Day 5

Take a break off the bikes by hiking in Taroko Gorge. We visit Siangde Temple and a pagoda with valley views from the top and walk the Tunnel of Nine Turns trail.

Day 6

Ride out of Taroko Gorge to the east coast and into the East Rift Valley. The undulating route hugs the foothills and takes us through numerous aboriginal villages to a hot spring.

Day 7

We head south and then up into the Badlands. We take backroads to the lush Jhihben River Valley, where the hot springs are between 75-96 degrees Celsius.

Day 8

We ride over Capricorn Pass and down to the white sand beaches of Kenting, then to the southern-most point of Taiwan for a photo op.

Day 9

We explore the southern part of Taiwan, which has a dramatic coast line and the best beaches on the island.

Day 10

Our last ride of the tour to our last hot spring of the tour. The ride starts off along the coast, then turns inland as we cycle along the banks of the Lao Nong River for a soak in the hot springs.

Day 11

Transfer to Kaohsiung where you can catch a flight or the high-speed train to Taipei or to your Kaoshiung hotel.

Elevation Profiles

Day 1 - Taipei - Fusing Ride 50km. +514m / -185m.
Day 1 - Taipei - Fusing Ride 50km. +514m / -185m.

Reviews

Taiwan is an excellent cycling destination which may be unfamiliar to many. The SpiceRoads team provided fantastic organisation leaving us free to enjoy the beautiful mountains, friendly people, and great food. The climb over the Wuling pass and down the Gorge is among the top cycling experience.

Roderick Samuel ElderOctober 2016

The guides know exactly what makes the perfect cycling trip for cyclists.

Keith Thomas ByrneOctober 2016

Nothing was too much trouble for guides. They went above and beyond in their efforts to make sure we were well looked after.

Loved the hot springs after a hard day riding.

Steve HillsNovember 2014

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