Hualien
Starting Location
Moderate/Strenuous
Physicality
9/10
Adventure Factor
8 Hours
Duration

Zhuilu Old Trail Tour with Qingshui Cliffs

Come join us for one of the most spectacular experiences in Taiwan. 

 

Overview

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 cliffs 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, we’ll take care of all the required park trail permits, police permits and transportation so you can avoid a good deal of hassle.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Though anyone in reasonable physical shape can handle the trail, the steep ascent and descent are not recommended for those with serious knee or leg problems. That being said, Island Life provides trekking poles for those who desire them. As always, we’ve got you covered!

 

 

Trip Highlights

Zhuilu Old Trail Tour

 

  • Begin your hike crossing the massive Zhuilu Suspension Bridge over the incredible Swallow Grotto slot canyon
  • Wind your way up through the forest, keeping your eye out for monkeys!
  • Walk on the 90cm wide Zhuilu Cliff, 700 meters above the canyon floor
  • Explore the narrowest part of the gorge at Swallows Grotto
  • Visit the spellbinding Qingshui Cliffs where the mountains meet the sea

 

 

With Great Guides, Entry Fees Included and Other Extras, Why Wait!

 

Photos from the Trail!

 

Details

DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION Pick up at Hualien hostel or hotel
DEPARTURE TIME 7:30AM. We know our tour leaves earlier than the rest, but trust us, we do it to stay ahead of the afternoon cloud cover. Very much worth it.
RETURN TIME Approximately 3:30 PM.
WEAR/BRING Your passport, a camera, a full water bottle, snacks, comfortable walking clothing, hat, sunscreen and money for additional snacks, drinks and/or souvenirs.
INCLUDED
Transport & Guide Permits
Trekking Pole Lots of fun
NOT INCLUDED
Replacement mind after yours has been blown.
Lunch
Guide gratuity
REFUND/CANCELLATION At Island Life, we offer a 100% Money Back Guarantee on tours cancelled by bad weather! If you decide to cancel your tour for other reasons, we ask that you let us know at least 48 hours ahead of your scheduled tour for a full refund. Within 48 hours you will assess a 50% termination fee. There are no refunds for cancellations within 24 hours of your tour, or if you decide not to show up.

 New Taroko ATV Add On Now Available! 

Taroko ATV Add On

With this add on to our Taroko Gorge Tour or our Zhuilu Old Trail Tour, you can add a fun filled hour of ATV’ing on the beach out to the mesmerizing Qingshui Cliffs! 

An Island Life Taiwan Exclusive!

Have a Question? Ready to Book Your Zhuilu Old Trail Experience?

We’d Love to Help! Contact Us Anytime.

 

This tour pairs perfectly with our standard Taroko Gorge Tour to show you the very best of Taroko Gorge National Park over two days. Discounts available when booking together.

 

We Look Forward To You Joining Us!

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7:30AM: Hotel Pickup

Please be ready to go when we arrive.
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Zhuilu Old Trail hike and Qingshui Cliffs

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3:30pm Return to Hualien Hotels

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Tour Reviews

5.00 based on 17 reviews
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!

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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