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09/07- Daxueshan National Forest Trip

Product Number: PBTW010-0907
From Taichung

☀️☀️☀️ Trail Rating: Moderate ☀️☀️☀️ Join Parkbus Taiwan for one of our favorite hikes in Taiwan. This is a small group hiking tour to Daxueshan National Forest along the famous and isolated Xiaoxueshan National Trail. The remoteness and high elevation of this protected area provide great opportunities to see endemic wildlife such as Pheasants, Deer, and rare reptiles.

Trip Overview

For guests joining this small group hiking tour, return transportation will occur from Taichung High-Speed Station to reduce overall time on the bus. At around 2 hours west of Taichung, this park is not accessible by public transit which makes it a perfect Parkbus Taiwan destination. Due to the timing of the departures for this event, passengers in Northern Taiwan (Taipei, New Taipei, Hsinchu, and Taoyuan) and Southern Taiwan (Tainan, Chiayi, and Kaohsiung) can also participate in this event by taking the High-Speed ​​​​​​Train service and arriving at Taichung High-Speed ​​​​​​Station before 8 am. 

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Guests participating in this guided, small-group tour have the opportunity to hike a beautiful thru-hike that is very difficult to complete without a designated driver or two cars. Note: Guests joining this tour will be joining this specific trail hike with our guide only.

The Xiaoxueshan National Trail Trail (小雪山國家步道)and connecting trail down to the Daxueshan Visitor Center can take between 4-6 hours and total about 16km. This is suitable for more intermediate to experienced hikers. After disembarking at the park ticket booth, guests will proceed to hike up to the Daxueshan Visitor Center, where the bus will be waiting for them. The trail is well-maintained and signed, yet covers a long distance and is at a high elevation of 2000m+. It can be tiring for those without a strong enough fitness level.

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The final 3km features a steep ascent of about 400m over 1.5km, followed by a 1.5km descent down to the Daxueshan visitor center which can be slippery and requires caution. For those joining this experience, the trail takes you through the heart of the protected area and into a stunning section of the forest. It's quiet and scenic. It's one of our favorite trails in the country. This trail passes by several ancient trees and is a place where guests frequently spot wildlife and birds.  

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Like several of the other National Forest Recreation Areas in Taiwan, Daxueshan also boasts a unique history of timber extraction. Now, this site is a wonderful protected area that transcends several climates making it a truly remarkable destination and perfect for hiking, wildlife viewing, and forest bathing. Moving from warm temperate to frigid forests, the flora in the park is diverse and ranges from broadleaf deciduous to coniferous.

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Daily Itinerary
DAY 1
Event Schedule / 當日行程
  • 08:00 – Taichung High Speed Train Station(在台中高鐵站集合並搭上 Parkbus)
  • 10:20 – Arrive: Daxueshan National Forest(抵達大雪山國家森林遊樂區)
  • 10:30 – Drop-off: 5-6hr hike along Xiaoxueshan National Trail to Visitor Centre – 大雪山徒步至遊客中心) (5-6小時) –> Suitable experienced hikers only – 僅適合有經驗的遠足者
  • 16:00 – Bus Departure(集合並搭上 Parkbus 返回台北市)
  • 18:20 – Estimated Return: Taichung High Speed Train Station(預計抵達台中高鐵站)
Cost Description
Price Includes

✅ Reservable ticket(可保留的座位)
✅ Return bus service(來回交通服務)
✅ Passenger insurance on bus(交通強制險)
✅ Travel agency liability insurance(旅遊責任險)
✅ Bilingual guiding services(導覽服務)

Price Excludes

❌ Admission fee(入園費)
❌ Food or drinks(午餐)
❌ Additional stops(園區外之停靠點)
❌ Personal travel insurance(個人旅遊平安險)

Notice

⚠️ This small group hiking trip is limited to 15 guests. If we are unable to secure 10 guests, we reserve the right to cancel this trip with advanced notice and full refunds provided to any guests who have already paid. Thank you for understanding.

⚠️ For those guests wishing to participate in the 16km Xiaoxueshan National Trail thru-hike, please consider your own fitness level before joining this portion of the trip. While the trail is well-maintained and offers no real technical sections, it is long and at a high elevation. The final 4km requires elevation gains of around 500m and the final descent into Daxueshan Visitor Center requires some caution. There are steep, wooden stairs that can get slippery and there are a few sections that have a rope for added support. All of this occurs after hiking for 14 km or so. We just ask that you monitor time and be prepared. If you have any questions about this trail, please don't hesitate to contact us at parkbus.taiwan@gmail.com.

⚠️ This tour is a guided, small-group hike. This means that the group will hike together with the guide. We know that some people enjoy hiking and being in nature alone, so this may mean that the group will meet at predefined checkpoints along the route to ensure the group stays together. Thank you for your understanding.