Spend several days enjoying the world famous Taroko Gorge and all its natural awe-inspiring beauty
Another gorgeous view from high in the Taiwanese mountains
See beautiful river vistas along the route through the mountains of Taiwan
Some time to reflect out on the road, with unspoiled wilderness to see
One of the spectacular hikes available on the rest day in Taroko National Park

Taiwan Traverse by Road Bike

Duration
11 days
Site savings
$110
From
$3,540 USD

On this hilly, and in places steep, ride you will be challenged as you head up and over the Central Mountain Range twice, culminating at 3,275 m (10,745 ft) on the Hehuanshan Road. You will ride just under 927 kilometers (576 miles) in 9 days of riding on smooth tarmac roads. The trip is fully supported and your guide’s expert knowledge of the area and terrain means that you always know what is coming up in terms of distance and difficulty. This makes a tremendous difference, as does the constant supply of cold drinks, ice and fresh fruit.

  • Category
    Adventurous
  • Type
    Fully Guided
  • Duration
    11 days
  • Culture Level
    Out There
  • Skill Level
    4 - Advanced
  • Activity Level
    4 - Challenging
  • Elevation
    4 - Challenging
  • Terrain
    Hilly
  • Distance
    582.2 miles
  • Avg. Daily Distance
    64 miles
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  • How long is the tour? How many days of riding?

    This tour is 11 days long, with 9 riding days.

  • How many riders will be in the group?

    Groups can be from 4 to 12 riders. For groups of 9 or more, a second guide joins the tour.

  • Is there a minimum age for this tour?

    Yes. Riders must be 18 years old by the time the tour starts.

  • What's the tour like?

    On this mountainous, and in some places steep, ride, you and your legs will be put to the test as you head up and over the challenging passes of Taiwan's mountain ranges. You will ride just under 915 km (569mi) in 9 days of riding on smooth tarmac roads.

    The trip is fully supported, and your guide’s expert knowledge of the area and terrain means that you always know what is coming up in terms of distance and difficulty. This makes a tremendous difference, as does the constant supply of cold drinks, ice, and fresh fruit.


    Suitability: This is a tour for cyclists possessing a high level of physical fitness. Riders should be capable of making sustained climbs, and riding over 100 kilometers per day through mountainous terrain. Fitness will be a huge asset on those long days, steep climbs, and undulating hills, as will cycling skill to handle long descents. The tour is fully supported, and the bus is always close at hand for those that find the riding too difficult.


    Biking Conditions: This is a climber's dream tour. A total of over 10,000 m (32,808 ft) climbing in 10 cycling days, the true test is within the first four days of the route, which are the most climbing intensive days and total over 8,000 meters (26,246 ft) elevation gained in less than 400 km (249 mi). Despite the climbs, the route is on good quality tarmac roads through the mountains and along the coast.

  • Am I safe?

    The tour leader is trained in first aid and emergency rescue. But to a large degree, riders must be responsible for their own safety during the tour. It is therefore compulsory that you take out travel insurance that will cover you for a cycling tour.

  • Where does the tour start and finish?

    The tour starts with the operator picking you up in the morning from your hotel in Taipei. The closest airport to the city is Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport (TPE).

    The tour ends in Kaohsiung where you can take a high-speed train to Taipei. The closest airport to Kaohsiung is Kaohsiung International Airport (KHH).

  • Do I have to pay if travelling alone?

    You are not required to pay a surcharge for travelling alone. The tour operator will arrange for you to share accommodation with another traveller of the same gender. If you cannot be matched, they will provide a single room at no extra charge. If you prefer not to share, a single supplement is payable to guarantee your own room.

  • Are helmets included when hiring a bike?

    Yes, if you're hiring a bike from the operator, a complimentary helmet is provided, although you are welcome to bring your own if you wish.

Overall Rating:
5.0/5
Roderick Samuel Elder
(Review obtained from Tour Operator)

Taiwan is an excellent cycling destination which may be unfamiliar to many. The tour operator team provided fantastic organisation leaving us free to enjoy the beautiful mountains, friendly people, and great food. The climb over the Wuling pass and down the Gorge is among the top cycling experience.

Knowledgeable guides
Keith Thomas Byrne
(Review obtained from Tour Operator)

The guides know exactly what makes the perfect cycling trip for cyclists.

Great guides
Steve Hills
(Review obtained from Tour Operator)

Nothing was too much trouble for guides. They went above and beyond in their efforts to make sure we were well looked after.

Loved the hot springs after a hard day riding.