The Main Peak of Qilai Mountain (along with its sister peak, Qilai North) is located along the famous “Black Qilai” ridge.
This ridge (and its peaks) have a reputation (even among non-hikers) as being the most dangerous and deadly mountains in Taiwan.
The name “Black Qilai”, while referring to the shadowy color, is more often associated with a series of mysterious deaths and disappearances, as well as ghost sightings, and many Taiwanese fear the mountain.
Main Peak itself is at the southern terminus of the ridge, and its point peak requires ascending up a series of ropes and chains to reach. In recent years, curious sambar (deer) have been known to hang out frequently at the main peak, hoping for a snack from hikers.
The peak is relatively easy and safe to get to, although it should be noted that the ridge it’s located on is famous for fogging over. Still though, in great weather, the views across this ridge, and out into the Hehuanshan area across the valley, cannot be beaten.
Resources for hiking Mt. Qilai Main Peak 奇萊主峰:
- Check the Qilai North-Main Ridge (奇萊主北), please click here. (Coming Soon)