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Taiwan Traverse by Road Bike
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.
- TypeFully Guided
- Duration11 days
- Culture LevelOut There
- Skill Level4 - Advanced
- Activity Level4 - Challenging
- Elevation4 - Challenging
- Distance582.2 miles
- Avg. Daily Distance64 miles
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 traveling alone?
You are not required to pay a surcharge for traveling alone. The tour operator will arrange for you to share accommodation with another traveler 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.
Please see a message from the tour operator about policies relating to COVID-19
The Tour Operator is committed to ensuring all trips are safe and that they travel responsibly with the safety of riders, staff and local communities paramount, always.
Their health and safety policies follow recommendations from the World Health Organization and the World Travel & Tourism Council’s (WTTC) Safe Travel protocols for tour operators and they have worked with all their suppliers to undergo a comprehensive risk assessment and safety audit for every trip. As every country is different with varying and fast-changing requirements for entry, they require for every trip tocommit to the following basic requirements:
- All participants must be double vaccinated by a recognized vaccine and will need to show evidence upon booking and on arrival.
- All Tour Operator tour leaders and support staff will have completed a COVID-19 health and safety training course and will all have been double vaccinated prior to a tour starting. For 2021 departures onwards, they are planning to have our leaders tested within 72 hours of meeting the group.
- The Tour Operator follows the World Travel and Tourism Council’s Safe Travels protocol and has received the stamp of approval, which provides travelers with an assurance that they have adopted the health and hygiene global standardised protocols.
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.