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No.551 Heping Rd. Hualien City, Taiwan
Hualien City, Taiwan, R.O.C 970
Zhuilu Old Trail Hike - Entry Permits, 2-way transfer & Lunch Included.



Zhuilu Old Trail (Group Tour)

Arguably the most iconic day hike in Taiwan, Zhuilu Old Trail allows you to experience the magnificence of Taroko National Park through bird's-eye views of Taroko Gorge. Ascend through the sub-tropical forests of Taroko, and be rewarded with stunning views of the marble canyon as you thread on a narrow path along the cliff’s edge.

Location: Taroko National Park, Hualien City

Duration: 8 hour

From NTD3,000

  • Tour Overview
  • Important Info
  • Itinerary
  • Gallery


Zhuilu Old Trail was originally carved out by aboriginals as part of mountain path to cross between the eastern and western settlement of Taiwan. With the building of the  cross-island highway, Zhuilu Old Trail has since been announced as a conservation area and requires special permits for entry.

The first kilometre of the hike consists of a continuous ascent up a rocky path in a forested area before arriving at the Badagong outpost (1.0k), a small settlement that has since been abandoned. The 1.0k – 2.5k stretch continues as a upward climb with another scenic rest stop at a bridge suspended over the Liwu river. Upon reaching the 2.5k mark, be rewarded with the stunning views of Taroko Gorge as you thread along the narrow path carved out of a cliff overlooking Taroko Gorge. The path then ends with a rest area at the 3.0k mark, before turning around to make a descent via the same trail.

Fitness Level

  • This hike involves a 550m elevation gain (about 110 storeys) over a 2 – 3km distance.
  • The first 2.5km of the hike mostly involves a upward climb.
  • The hike back to the entrance goes through the same trail; 550m descent over a 2 – 3 km distance.
  • If you do not exercise on a regular basis and/or walk on flat roads in your daily life, this will be a challenge.
  • This Zhuilu Group Hike takes an average of 6 hours to complete.
  • If you are concerned about the pace of this group hike being too fast/slow, please refer to our Zhuilu Old Trail + Taroko Highlight (Private) tour instead. Our guide will match his pace according to your groups’ speed. 


  • Entry permit
  • Fuel surcharge
  • Tolls surcharge
  • Lunch
  • National park & trail entrance fee
  • Certified mountain guide and driver
  • Hualien City pick-up & drop off
  • Safety helmet and hiking stick


  • Souvenirs and personal expense
  • Accommodation
  • Gratuity(optional)

Additional Info

  • A minimum of 3 participants are required before this tour is confirmed.
  • Each group tour has a maximum of 8 participants. If you would like to make a booking for larger groups, please contact us directly.
  • Bookings are subject to availability of our guides. Kindly note that submission of a booking request does not automatically confirm your booking.  
  • Pick up time is approximate and varies according to your hotel/B&B location and traffic conditions.
  • As this is a group tour that includes other travelers, kindly note that we will not wait past the arranged pick-up time. No refund will be provided if you are not able to join the tour when you are late.
  • Transport will be via an air-conditioned mini van.
  • There is an additional fee of NTD $400 for pick up/drop off at「Silk Place Hotel」or homestays in (鹽寮) Yanliao area.
  • To process travel insurance for each participant, passport name and number for all participants are required at the point of booking.
  • This group tour involves a shared guide and transport. For a private tour, please refer to Zhuilu Old Trail + Taroko Highlight (Private)

Deposit & Refund Policy

  • A deposit of 10% of the total price is required before your booking is confirmed.
  • Deposit is non-refundable and non-transferable.
  • If the tour is unable to proceed due to extreme weathers conditions (e.g. typhoon, earthquake), the deposit will be refunded.
  • Obtaining entry permits to Zhuilu Old Trail can be difficult due to a daily maximum capacity, and permits can only be applied up to 30 days in advance. If we are unable to obtain the entry permit, your deposit will be refunded.
  • 1
    07:00 Pick up

    Pick up from your hotel/b&b/train station in Hualien City.

  • 2
    08:00 Swallow Grotto

    Entrance of Zhuilu Old Trail [0K].

  • 3
    09:00 Badagong Outpost

    Zhuilu Old Trail [1.0k]

  • 4
    11:30 Cliff Outpost/Lunch

    Zhuilu Old Trail [3.0k]

  • 5
    14:00 Trail End

    End of Zhuilu Old Trail hike

  • 6
    15:00 Drop off

    Drop off at your hotel/b&b in Hualien City.

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