Taiwan Traverse by Road Bike

Day 1 Taipei - Fusing

We pick you up from your Taipei hotel in the morning and drive outside the busy city to start our ride to Fusing. We will just have a short ride, but it will start at sea level and end at about 450 m. It will be a gentle start through undulating hills to get the legs warmed up before we start the serious climbing. You'll be riding through thick forest, and the thick moss and huge ferns that line the narrow road give the whole place a Jurassic aura.

Da Kung Hotel
Lunch, Dinner
Ride 50km

Day 2 Fusing - Wuling Farm

The second day, and first big climbing day begins from the hotel. 35 undulating kilometers warm up to one of the first steep sections and the first peak of the day at 60 kilometers. You’ll make a sharp descent down to the base of the plateau before the long climb begins to the top of Wuling Pass, nearly 2,000 meters above sea level. Admire the dense forest, changing from cedar to bamboo along the way, and breathe in the fresh air- you’re going to need it!

Wuling Farm
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Ride 100km

Day 3 Wuling Farm - Lu Shan Hot Spring

We start the day by continuing up the north cross island highway to Lu Shan, a town famous for its mountain fruit. After 25 km, the long climb begins as we make our way to the day’s peak, at over 3,000 meters in one of the most remote areas of the island. Following our climb, we have a long descent through the remote farms in the high mountains.

Honey Moon Hotel
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Ride 90km

Day 4 Lu Shan - Taroko Gorge

One of the highlights of the trip, the climb starts immediately, and you’ll make an early start to ride the 32 kilometers and 2,175 meters up to Hehuanshan Pass, the highest road in East Asia at 3,275 m. A car transport and options to start at different points along the way on the way up are available. Once at the top, the rewards come one after the other: cold drinks and snacks, fabulous scenery for memorable photos, and an exhilarating ride down into Taroko National Park and the world-famous Taroko Gorge. This will be one ride you will never forget as we drop some 3,270 m, riding through endless tunnels and a multitude of eco zones. The last 20 km of Taroko Gorge is a mind-blowing ride through marbled walled passageways that twist and turn as the gorge rises some 500-1,100 m above!

Crossing the Rainbow Bridge Guest House/Taroko Delight Villa
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Ride 125km

Day 5 Taroko National Park Rest Day

We take a break from the bikes and spend the day hiking in Taroko Gorge. We will visit Siangde Temple that has a giant statue of Guanyin and a pagoda that provides views of the valley from the top and walk the Tunnel of Nine Turns trail, which is on the original road through the narrowest part of the gorge. There are many other hikes to choose from, and we'll decide which ones are best to do based on the group's interests.

Crossing the Rainbow Bridge Guest House / Taroko Delight Villa
Breakfast, Dinner

Day 6 Taroko Gorge - Yu Li Hot Spring

From Taroko Gorge, we ride out onto the east coast and into the superb East Rift Valley. We cycle on an undulating route that hugs the foothills and takes us through numerous aboriginal villages. After cycling through this fer-tile valley, we overnight at yet another wonderful hot spring resort!

An-Tong Hot Spring Hotel
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Ride 135km

Day 7 Yu Li - Jhihben Hot Springs

We ride from our hotel south and then up into the Badlands area and enjoy splendid views from our deserted mountain road. We eventually connect with the Luye backroads and enjoy a wonderful ride through the outskirts of the port town of Taitung and down to the lush Jhihben River Valley, where the hot springs are between 75-96 degrees Celsius.

Hoya Resort and Spa
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Ride 110km

Day 8 Jhihben Hot Springs - Kenting National Park

Today's ride takes us over the top of Capricorn Pass and down to the white sand beaches of Kenting. Starting with a 50-km ride down the south-east coast, we make our first crossing of the island from east to west. This is the route taken by most riders travelling around the island. As we ride over the southern mountains, we descend down to the west coast and around the Kenting peninsula. We stop for a photo op at the southernmost point of Taiwan.

White Hotel
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Ride 120km

Day 9 Kenting - Wutai Aborigine Village

Starting early in the morning from our guest house, we explore the southern part of Taiwan, which has the most dramatic coast line. We'll be hugging the coast and seeing the island’s best beaches. After lunch, we start climbing into the mountains to the village of Wu Tai, famous for its stone house architecture. On the road up to the village, we cross the highest bridge in Taiwan, approximately 100 m above the river. It's a 20-km climbing road, but the ascent is gradual up to Wu Tai, an aboriginal village. A short walking tour around the village in the afternoon finishes the day.

Shenshan Hotel
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Ride 105km

Day 10 Wutai Aborigine Village - Kaohsiung

On the last ride of the tour, we leave behind our mountain village and head towards the vibrant southern city of Kaohsiung. We’ll lose elevation, cruising downward out of the peaks that have defined our journey through Taiwan. Fertile farmland lines the mountainous slopes along our ride, and we’ll stop for lunch in on one of the many indigenous villages for some traditional aborigine food. Only a few small climbs remain, until we reach the Kaoping River on the very outer limits of Kaohsiung city. The day doesn’t end here however, we have one more surprise in store, the fantastic Fo Guang Shan Monastery. Multi-level pagodas and endless gilded Buddha statues line the pathways of this incredible Buddhist establishment. Following a wide-eyed wander through the monastery, we’ll transfer to our hotel in the city for the evening, with plenty of time to disassemble bikes, pack, and rest up for the next day of onward travel.

Kindness Hotel
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Ride 80km

Day 11 Departure

We'll have one group transfer to Kaohsiung where you can catch a flight or the high-speed train (highly recommended!) to Taipei or to your Kaoshiung hotel if you wish to spend the night in this port city.