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Zhuilu old trail tour in taroko gorge, jhuilu old trail

*This experience is temporarily unavailable due to the earthquake of April 2024. We highly recommend some of our other amazing Hualien tours such as our popular Hualien Rivers & Valleys Experience or our East Coast Explorer Tour. Both show you incredible nature and culture in the Hualien area!*


Walk on the cliff’s edge 700 meters up! The Adventure of a lifetime!

Winding up through the forest and high into the mountains above Taroko Gorge National Park, the incredible Zhuilu Old Trail takes you to near dizzying heights. At the top, the gravity defying path continues for 500 precarious meters cut right into the cliff’s face. 700 meters above the Liwu River and the canyon floor!

This is truly something to experience, and one of the most adventurous places imaginable. When booking with Island Life Taiwan, we’ll take care of all the required park trail permits, police permits and transportation so you can avoid a good deal of hassle. Our small groups are never larger than 8 people and we always include extras!

All Permits & Entrance Fees Included!
Zhuilu old trail tour in taroko gorge, jhuilu old trail
On the Trail to Zhuilu
Zhuilu old trail tour in taroko gorge, jhuilu old trail


  • Start your journey by crossing the famous Swallows Grotto Suspension Bridge!
  • Check out the ruins of an occupation era Japanese Outpost
  • Walk on the cliff’s edge on the spellbinding upper terrace of the Zhuilu Old Trail
  • Eat lunch at a clearing atop the Zhuilu Cliffs
  •  After Zhuilu, explore some other nearby spots in Taroko Gorge or enjoy a nearby river swim! (time permitting)
  •  Before heading home, take a breather at Qixingtan Beach to relax after a long day
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DEPARTURE LOCATION Hualien City Hotels, Hostels & B&B’s
TIME 7:30 AM – 4 PM
WEAR/BRING A camera, comfortable walking clothing, hat, bug spray, sunscreen and money for lunch, snacks, drinks and/or souvenirs.
Air Conditioned Transport English Speaking Guide Equipment Use
Park & Police Permits Zhuilu Entrance Fee Lots of fun!
Guide gratuity



We accept Cash, Credit Card and Paypal
100% refund on trips cancelled by bad weather



    7:30AM: Hotel Pickup

    Please be ready to go when we arrive.

    Zhuilu Old Trail hike and More!


    3:30pm Return to Hualien Hotels

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    Tour Reviews

    5.00 based on 29 reviews
    January 10, 2023

    LOVE LOVE LOVE. This is SO worth the massive hike. Phew it’s a big hike but just incredible. Our guide Laura was a gem and made it fun the whole way. She also took the time to take our photos at the best spots on the trail. Island Life is the best.

    January 7, 2023

    I”ve been wanting to do this for two years now, FINALLY I had the chance. Hualien and the Quingshui cliff hike are just the best. Island Life Taiwan made everything easy and enjoyable. It’s incredibly affordable too. Thanks!

    December 21, 2022

    Wow, what an adventure. The Zhuilu tour is not for those affraid of heights, but it is an epic experience if you’re up for the challenge. Our guide Jimmy was a joy.

    November 23, 2022

    Great trips with Manuel and Allen. We did the Zhuilu Old Trail Tour with Manuel, and the Better Taroko Tour (early start!) with Allen. Both tours were really enjoyable with the tour guides extremely knowledgeable about the national park and the wildlife. The tours were well organised and we particularly enjoyed the hike tour, as Manuel built a great rapport between the tour participants. Special shout out to Jamella as well who helps answer questions and emails; this was always done super quickly!

    January 10, 2020

    We did this tour in January 2020 and Manuel was our guide. Me and my friend from Norway – Anka did it with Island life. First hike, its beautiful and once in lifetime experience for sure. Hike is only for 3 hours but the thrill of 700 mtrs drop is exceptional. Second, Manuel is amazing and super helpful. He was on time in the morning for pick up, super knowledgeable and moreover his Chinese language skills are excellent which comes in handy. He took pictures for us throughout and a great company overall. He went out of the way to help us and arrange our train tickets afterwards the trip. Great bloke and great company 10/10.

    June 28, 2019

    Island Life did it again! This was our third tour with Island Life (having previously done the Better Taroko tour and the East Coast Explorer, both fantastic) and as always Island Life came through with efficient planning, friendly knowledgeable guides and just a well planned day. Zhuilu is a once in a lifetime experience, but the whole day was just wonderful. Thank you Island Life and all our great guides (The two Allens, Iris and Jay)

    June 28, 2019

    Wonderful day with Island Life Taiwan! Our group had excellent weather (though a bit hot) but the views from the top were fantastic. The Island Life Team handled our permits and pick up was smooth. At the end of the day, they even took us for a swim in a river on the way back! Great after a long hot hike. I would definitely recommend Island Life to anyone.

    May 9, 2019

    I recommend this hike to any outdoor enthusiast. Really incredible views and a challenging hike. It’s a good way to spend a day.
    Our guide Allen was cool and had a lot of interesting information about the area. Highly recommended.
    Thanks guys!

    January 10, 2019

    What a day! Not for those afraid of heights, Zhuilu Old Trail is definitely “epic” as you would say. Our experience with Island Life Taiwan was equally enjoyable. Easy communication via email, on time hotel pick up, our guide Ana was AWESOME, and all permits were taken care of. Highly recommended adventure in Taiwan!

    December 2, 2018

    Do It!!! We did the Zhuilu old trail hike and it was just as amazing ad we expected it to be. Maybe even more! Communication was great through email and we were picked up from our hostel in the morning and made our way to the park. I’m a big believer in experiences being made better by the people you’re doing with them and with Ana as our guide, this was totally the case – what a beautiful soul! Doing this trail was our favourite day in Taiwan 🙂

    November 18, 2018

    Thankfully I was able to get a permit over a holiday weekend through Island Life, this is not easy. The trail permits sell out fast so book as early as possible. If you are reading this now and want to go in the next month, stop reading and call Island Life to try to make a reservation asap. So, we left Hualien at 7:30 and were hiking on the trail by 8:30. The hike itself is steep but rather beautiful with some nice views. The cliff portion at the top is why you do this. Scary but just incredible. Our guide was friendly and helpfull and the whole group had an excellent time. Overall a near perfect experience.

    November 12, 2018

    Zhuilu Old Trail Rocks! We went with guide Simon and had incredible time! Rain, no problem. When we got to the ridgeline, the clouds were below us! Words can’t describe how cool it was. Thanks to Ana and Simon and everyone at Island Life!

    November 12, 2018

    Zhuilu Old Trail & ATV beach ride: one of our favorite days in Taiwan! We hiked up the Zhuilu Old Trail with Island Life Taiwan and chose for the ATV add on at the Qingshui Cliffs. We’d definitely choose for this organization again on a next trip! Ana was a great guide: fun to talk to and shared plenty of interesting info about the surroundings and Taiwan in general. The trail had amazing views and the hike was not too hard. Combined with the ATV beach ride, this was one of our favorite days in Taiwan. Thanks a lot!

    November 10, 2018

    We’ve been on two tours of Island Life Taiwan in October: the Zhuilu Old Trail tour and the Butterfly Valley tour. Zhuilu Trail is a must do when you go to Taroko and we had the pleasure of doing it with Ana and another tourist. Spectacular views, but also a big climb to get there so bring good walking shoes (that are not slippery!). Island Life Taiwan was one of our highlights of our 3 week trip around Taiwan. Contact through mail was very pleasant.

    November 7, 2018

    We took the Zhuilu Old Trail hike with Ana a couple weeks ago and had a wonderful time! The views and the information were equally amazing. Ten out of ten would recommend!

    November 2, 2018

    Great way to learn about Taiwan culture!
    We’ve been on two tours of Island Life Taiwan in October: the Zhuilu Old Trail tour and the Butterfly Valley tour. Zhuilu Trail is a must do when you go to Taroko and we had the pleasure of doing it with Anna and another tourist. Spectacular views, but also a big climb to get there so bring good walking shoes (that are not slippery!). Highly recommend Island Life!

    October 6, 2018

    Just an excellent day! Our group visit to Zhuilu Old Trail was one of the highlights of our trip to Taiwan. An incredible experience made easy by the great folks at Island Life. Thanks to Ana, Daniel and the whole team for making our Hualien visit a memorable one!

    August 25, 2018

    Zhuilu Old Trail
    Great tour company. Ana was great with the customer service for accommodating date changes on our part, for the tour. Simon was a great guide for the trail.

    The trail took about 4 hours, amazing views with step cliffs. Definitely recommended. We had a small group – 4 peole with the guide. After the trail, given the heat, we went to a local river/ waterfalls, which was refreshing given the crazy heat and lots of fun.

    I would definitely do another tour with them if in Hualien area again.

    April 5, 2018

    Anna is the BEST! She kept a good pace for the group and made sure everyone was safe and happy. Zhuilu itself is certainly not for the squeamish. Thankfully we had excellent weather so you could see for miles up there. Highly recommend this outfitter. One of our best times in Taiwan.

    April 1, 2018

    We did the Zhuilu hike with Anna last week and what an amazing time! The views from up on the mountain were unbelievable. Wish we had more time in Hualien to do more tours with IL!

    January 2, 2018

    Must do!! Fantastic organisation, incredible guide, stunning scenery. amazing day. Would recommend this company several times over!

    December 3, 2017

    Incredible adventure! I wasn’t exactly sure what I was getting my son and I into when I signed us up for this and had no idea how we would handle the challenge. I must state that EVERYTHING about the day exceeded my expectations by far. Our guide was an extremely professional, friendly, and personable young man who really made us feel very welcome and safe for the day ahead of us. He explained everything we needed to do in great detail and took his time with us as we got our courage up for the hike on the cliff. We highly recommend this tour and especially Island Life Taiwan.

    December 2, 2017

    We took the Zhuilu Old Trail tour with Island Life last week and it was truly extraordinary! Our guide Simon was hilarious and made the trek up to the top a real joy. He also took some great pictures of us on the cliff and sent them to us! I would highly recommend Island Life, the whole team goes above & beyond.

    November 29, 2017

    Awesome tour of Zhuilu trail in Taroko. Had a great day tackling the Zhuilu trail with Bruce! The hike itself was amazing and our time in Taroko was definitely enhanced by having a tour guide. For example, Bruce knew the best time to start the hike to avoid crowds, shared interesting tidbits about the Taroko/Hualien area, and went above and beyond by showing us additional attractions within the park/on the road back to the hotel.

    Island Life exceeded our expectations – easy to book online, smooth communication prior to the outing, all permits taken care of without issues, and Bruce even took awesome action shots of us during the excursion.

    Excited to book another tour with Island Life if we’re ever back along the east coast of Taiwan!

    November 19, 2017

    I took two tours, the highlights of the Taroko park and the Zhuilu trail. Both of them were really interesting and fun! My two guides (Daniel and Bruce) had an extensive knowledge of the park and know how to move around to avoid the crowd, They would also take picture, which I found very convenient. A great experience from all sides!

    p.s. ask Daniel to let you try the lemonade, he knows a very good shop where they sell an amazing one

    August 21, 2017

    Amazing scenery on Zhuilu Trail. Very lucky with the weather, blue sky all week. The scenery is spectacular, and I definitely rate this tour with the best. Not too hard but definitely need some fitness as some steep hill climbs, beautiful views all along. Recommend the hike and Island Life ..lots of fun and well organized.

    May 18, 2017

    My friend and I wanted to enjoy the best of Hualien and so we did some research and found that Island Life Taiwan seems to fit our criteria.
    Took up 2 tours: Zhuilu Trail and Mugua River with Swimming Holes and Waterfall.
    I must say both tours are epic and amazing for both of us!

    Very well planned tours as we were able to enjoy the true nature of Hualien while avoiding the crowd

    Zhuilu Trail:
    We took 4 hours to finish the trail(3 hours up, 1 hour down). View from the top is amazing. The toughest part of the hike is the first kilometer climbing up as the steps are quite steep.

    Mugua River:
    It is definitely the best and highly recommended tour if you love to swim by the waterfall. We hike about 30 mins through the jungle before we reach the first waterfall. We took a dip and enjoy the nature. The best part was that there wasn’t anyone there, truly exclusive!

    Kudos to Daniel and Bruce for their passion for nature, these tours had become one of our most memorable tours we had

    May 3, 2017

    What a view! Island Life and the Zhuilu trail rock! Thanks again gang.

    April 8, 2017

    Some friends and I took the Zhuilu Old Trail tour with Bruce and it was stunning – I’d recommend it to anyone with a love of nature and hiking!

    Having a well experienced guide was priceless. Our friendly guide, Bruce, gave us a unique insight into the history and the wildlife of the park, which we would have been oblivious to without his guidance and experience.

    One of our group was afraid of heights but with Bruce’s help he was happily crossing cliffs and bridges by the end of the day!

    My only wish is that we had more time in Hualien to enjoy more trips with the Island Life team.

    Very thankful that we found Island Life and I would definitely advise booking with them for an unforgettable experience

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