The rocky, barrel-shaped peak of Mt. Malijiannan (馬利加南山) is located roughly halfway across the difficult Mabolasi Traverse (馬博橫斷) and is one of the most prominent peaks on the route.
Getting to this peak requires hikers to leave the Mabolasi cabin on their 5th day of the route and traverse across the precipitous Wulameng Cliffs (烏拉孟斷崖), one of the most famous cliff sections in Taiwan.
Hiking to the summit of this peak requires a short ascent up a rocky scree slope, where at the top, hikers will have stunning 360-degree views of the northern edge of Yushan National Park.
Descending down the backside of this peak, hikers will spend their sixth night at the isolated cabin located at the base of Mt. Malijiannan’s East Peak.
*For those looking for a truly special route, hikers also have the option to go to “The Bay of Sighs” (嘆息灣).
This alluring sub-alpine valley might just be the most beautiful campsite in Taiwan, and is so rarely visited, that you would be hard-pressed to even find traces of human activity there.
Note though: This is not part of the traditional route and requires adding two days to the already long 8 day route. This additional add-on is highly recommended, for those teams who can afford to take a longer trip and are looking for a truly once-in-a-lifetime adventure.
Resources for hiking Mt. Malijiannan 馬利加南山:
- Check the Mabolasi Traverse (馬博橫斷), please click here.