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Batongguan Cross Island Trail, Yushan National Park (7 Days)
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Batongguan Cross Island Trail, Yushan National Park (7 Days)

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 7 - 8 day(s)
Group Size: 4 - 20 people
Destination(s): Taiwan  
Specialty Categories: Hiking & Trekking  
Season: January - December
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: No
Minimum Per Person Price: 1750 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 2030 US Dollar (USD)

The Batongguan Cross-island Ancient Trail has been described by one fan of Taiwan's mountains as Taiwan's mini-Annapurna trail. Appropriate or not this Japanese-era trail is a classic remote mountain route. Highlights include the sections carved into steep hillside, Batongguan alpine meadow, the "rear" view of Yushan, and the Dafen bear reserve. It stretches west-east from Dongpu Hot-spring resort, Nantou County to Yuli Township in Hualien County.

Construction of the Batongguan Trail began in 1875, as the Qing government moved to build up Taiwan as a defense point against the military threat of the Japanese. The trail passes today's Lugu and Hsinyi Townships, then climbs over Batongguan and the Hsiuguluan Mountains in eastern Taiwan. "Batong" in Chinese means "being able to pass unhindered", and "guan" means "mountain pass" even though there was actually no mountain pass involved in the trail, but had sounded like commanding officer's name.

The Japanese colonial government, in order to have access to forest resources, the east coast, and better divide and rule the native aborigines, revamped some sections, completely changing the route in others. We follow the Japanese route as some of the Ching-era track has fallen into ruin despite being now classified an historical site.

Tour Itinerary:

Day 1: Dongpu hot spring resort - Guanggao shelter.

Day 2 (optional): If arranged/agreed to in advance, an extra day can be added for a hard one-day ascent of Yushan main peak.

Day 2: Guanggao - Batongguan (alpine meadow, former Japanese garrison) - Banaiyike shelter - Goldmine shelter - Rhodendron Shelter.

Day 3: Rhodendron shelter - South camp - Dashweiku shelter - Tomass shelter.

Day 4: Tomass shelter - Dafen shelter.

Day 5: Dafen - Dwomeili - Baoai shelter.

Day 6: Baoai - Walami shelter.

Day 7: Walami Nanan visitor center.

Notes:
Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Prices:
- Weekdays - approximately 210 USD
- Weekend day - approximately 290 USD.

Notes:
- Application for permits, accommodation and insurance can not be started until we have received the deposit and your ARC/passport details (note deadlines)
- If the trip is canceled due to not winning the permit lottery, typhoons, etc. we will refund the deposit minus costs (approximately USD 500) beyond our control, but offer this as credit for future activities
- If the trip is canceled by the customer the deposit not refunded
- We have discounts for groups
- USD 2000 deposit in advance is necessary, rest - at end of trip.

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