Explore Taiwan’s Top 100 Mountains!
Taiwan’s Top 100 Mountains are locally known as the Taiwan’s Baiyue (臺灣百岳). They were selected by a group of distinguished Taiwanese hikers from mountain peaks known at the time to be over 3,000 meters in height. The selection criteria used by this group were not simply height and difficulty. In fact, the criteria included more qualitative characteristics such as uniqueness, beauty and prominence. So when referring to Taiwan’s Top 100 Mountains, the word “Top” does not refer strictly to the highest peaks by elevation, but rather peaks most worthy of hiking.
It is believed that Taiwan has one of the highest densities of tall mountains in the world. To promote mountain hiking, the Taiwan Alpine Association began developing a list of top 100 peaks in Taiwan. In collaboration with other prominent hikers of the day, Wen-An Lin set about drawing up the list. Upon completion of the list, hiking the Baiyue immediately became one of the primary goals of avid hikers in Taiwan. Finishing the Baiyue is no easy task, however. It is estimated that there are in fact over 260 mountain peaks that reach over 3,000 meters in Taiwan. While there has been some criticism in the past over the inclusion of some peaks and the exclusion of others, there is no doubt that this list features some of the best hiking and mountaineering in Asia.
Are you an adrenalin junkie looking for your next adventure? If that’s you Taiwan’s Top 100 Mountains should be on your adventure travel bucket list.
List of Taiwan’s Top 100 Mountains (Bai Yue / 百岳)
|Bai Yue Rank |
|Mountain Name English||Mountain Name Chinese||Elevation (m) |
|Route English||Route |
|National Park English||National Park Chinese|
|1||Mt. Jade (Yushan)||玉山||3952||Jade Mountain Peaks Route||玉山群峰||Yushan National Park||玉山國家公園|
|2||Mt. Xue (Snow Mountain)||雪山||3886||Snow Mountain Peaks Route||雪山群峰||Shei-Pa National Park||雪霸國家公園|
|3||Mt. Jade East Peak||玉山東峰||3874||Jade Mountain Peaks Route||玉山群峰||Yushan National Park||玉山國家公園|
|4||Mt. Jade North Peak||玉山北峰||3858||Jade Mountain Peaks Route||玉山群峰||Yushan National Park||玉山國家公園|
|5||Mt. Jade South Peak||玉山南峰||3852||Jade Mountain Peaks Route||玉山群峰||Yushan National Park||玉山國家公園|
|6||Mt. Xiougulan||秀姑巒山||3829||Mabolasi Traverse||馬博橫斷||Yushan National Park||玉山國家公園|
|7||Mt. Mabolasi||馬博拉斯山||3776||Mabolasi Traverse||馬博橫斷||Yushan National Park||玉山國家公園|
|8||Mt. Nanhuda||南湖大山||3741||North First Section||北一段||Taroko National Park||太魯閣國家公園|
|9||Mt. Dongxiaonan||東小南山||3709||Jade Mountain Peaks Route||玉山群峰||Yushan National Park||玉山國家公園|
|10||Mt. Xue North Peak||雪山北峰||3703||Snow Mountain Peaks Route||雪山群峰||Shei-Pa National Park||雪霸國家公園|
|11||Mt. Zhongyangjian||中央尖山||3698||North First Section||北一段||Taroko National Park||太魯閣國家公園|
|12||Mt. Guan||關山||3668||South First Section||南一段||Yushan National Park||玉山國家公園|
|13||Mt. Dashuiku||大水窟山||3643||South Second Section||南二段||Yushan National Park||玉山國家公園|
|14||Mt. Nanhuda East Peak||南湖大山東峰||3639||North First Section||北一段||Yushan National Park||玉山國家公園|
|15||Mt. Dongjunda||東郡大山||3617||South Third Section||南三段||N/A||N/A|
|16||Mt. Qilai North Peak||奇萊山北峰||3606||North Third Section||北三段||Taroko National Park||太魯閣國家公園|
|17||Mt. Xiangyang||向陽山||3603||South Second Section||南二段||Yushan National Park||玉山國家公園|
|18||Mt. Dajian||大劍山||3593||Daxiaojian Peaks Route||大小劍線||Shei-Pa National Park||雪霸國家公園|
|19||Yunfeng||雲峰||3562||South Second Section||南二段||Yushan National Park||玉山國家公園|
|20||Mt. Qilai Main Peak||奇萊主山||3562||North Third Section||北三段||Taroko National Park||太魯閣國家公園|
|21||Mt. Malijianan||馬利加南山||3561||Mabolasi Traverse||馬博橫斷||Yushan National Park||玉山國家公園|
|22||Mt. Nanhubei||南湖北山||3534||North First Section||北一段||Taroko National Park||太魯閣國家公園|
|23||Mt. Daxue||大雪山||3530||Snow Mountain West Ridge||雪山西稜||Shei-Pa National Park||雪霸國家公園|
|24||Mt. Pintian||品田山||3528||Wuling Sixiu Peaks Route||武陵四秀線||Shei-Pa National Park||雪霸國家公園|
|25||Mt. Jade West Peak||玉山西峰||3512||Jade Mountain Peaks Route||玉山群峰||Yushan National Park||玉山國家公園|
|26||Mt. Touying||頭鷹山||3509||Snow Mountain West Ridge||雪山西稜||Shei-Pa National Park||雪霸國家公園|
|27||Mt. Nanhuda South Peak||南湖大山南峰||3505||North First Section||北一段||Taroko National Park||太魯閣國家公園|
|28||Mt. Sancha||三叉山||3496||South Second Section||南二段||Yushan National Park||玉山國家公園|
|29||Mt. Dabajian||大霸尖山||3490||Mt. Daba Peaks Route||大霸群峰||Shei-Pa National Park||雪霸國家公園|
|30||Mt. Dongluanda||東巒大山||3479||South Third Section||南三段||N/A||N/A|
|31||Mt. Wuming||無明山||3449||North Second Section||北二段||Taroko National Park||太魯閣國家公園|
|32||Mt. Baba||巴巴山||3448||North First Section||北一段||Taroko National Park||太魯閣國家公園|
|33||Mt. Maxi||馬西山||3443||Mabolasi Traverse||馬博橫斷||Yushan National Park||玉山國家公園|
|34||Mt. Hehuan North Peak||合歡山北峰||3422||Hehuan Peaks Route||合歡群峰||Taroko National Park||太魯閣國家公園|
|35||Mt. Xiaobajian||小霸尖山||3419||Mt. Daba Peaks Route||大霸群峰||Shei-Pa National Park||雪霸國家公園|
|36||Mt. Hehuan East Peak||合歡山東峰||3419||Hehuan Peaks Route||合歡群峰||Taroko National Park||太魯閣國家公園|
|37||Mt. Hehuan Main Peak||合歡山主峰||3417||Hehuan Peaks Route||合歡群峰||Taroko National Park||太魯閣國家公園|
|38||Mt. Nanyu||南玉山||3379||Jade Mountain Peaks Route||玉山群峰||Yushan National Park||玉山國家公園|
|39||Mt. Bilu||畢祿山||3370||North Second Section||北二段||Taroko National Park||太魯閣國家公園|
|40||Mt. Zhuosheda||卓社大山||3368||Ganzhouwan Traverse||干卓萬橫斷||N/A||N/A|
|41||Mt. Nanshuangtou||南雙頭山||3359||South Second Section||南二段||Yushan National Park||玉山國家公園|
|42||Mt. Qilai South Peak||奇萊山南峰||3357||North Third Section||北三段||Taroko National Park||太魯閣國家公園|
|43||Mt. Nenggao South Peak||能高山南峰||3348||North Third Section||北三段||N/A||N/A|
|44||Mt. Baiguda||白姑大山||3341||Baiguda Peaks Route||白姑群峰||N/A||N/A|
|45||Mt. Xinkang||新康山||3338||Xinkang Traverse||新康橫斷||Yushan National Park||玉山國家公園|
|46||Mt. Battongguan||八通關山||3331||Mabolasi Traverse||馬博橫斷||Yushan National Park||玉山國家公園|
|47||Mt. Danda||丹大山||3329||South Third Section||南三段||N/A||N/A|
|48||Mt. Tao||桃山||3323||Wuling Sixiu Peaks Route||武陵四秀線||Shei-Pa National Park||雪霸國家公園|
|49||Mt. Jiayang||佳陽山||3314||Daxiaojian Peaks Route||大小劍線||Shei-Pa National Park||雪霸國家公園|
|50||Mt. Huoshi||火石山||3309||Snow Mountain West Ridge||雪山西稜||Shei-Pa National Park||雪霸國家公園|
|51||Mt. Chiyou||池有山||3300||Wuling Sixiu Peaks Route||武陵四秀線||Shei-Pa National Park||雪霸國家公園|
|52||Mt. Yize||伊澤山||3296||Mt. Daba Peaks Route||大霸群峰||Shei-Pa National Park||雪霸國家公園|
|53||Mt. Beinan Main Peak||卑南主山||3292||South First Section||南一段||N/A||N/A|
|54||Mt. Zhijiayang Base Point Peak||志佳陽大山基點峰||3285||Zhijiayang Peaks Route||志佳陽線||Shei-Pa National Park||雪霸國家公園|
|55||Mt. Ganzuowan||干卓萬山||3284||Ganzhouwan Traverse||干卓萬橫斷||N/A||N/A|
|56||Mt. Tailugeda||太魯閣大山||3282||Qilai East Ridge||奇萊東稜||Taroko National Park||太魯閣國家公園|
|57||Mt. Junda||郡大山||3278||Junda/Xiluanda Peaks Route||郡大西巒||N/A||N/A|
|58||Mt. Kaxipanan||喀西帕南山||3278||Mabolasi Traverse||馬博橫斷||Yushan National Park||玉山國家公園|
|59||Mt. Lulu||轆轆山||3278||South Second Section||南二段||Yushan National Park||玉山國家公園|
|60||Mt. Neilinger||內嶺爾山||3275||South Third Section||南三段||N/A||N/A|
|61||Mt. Lingming||鈴鳴山||3272||North Second Section||北二段||Taroko National Park||太魯閣國家公園|
|62||Mt. Nenggao||能高山||3261||North Third Section||北三段||N/A||N/A|
|63||Mt. Huo||火山||3257||Ganzhouwan Traverse||干卓萬橫斷||N/A||N/A|
|64||Mt. Xiaojian||小劍山||3256||Daxiaojian Peaks Route||大小劍線||Shei-Pa National Park||雪霸國家公園|
|65||Mt. Yixiqingmazhi||義西請馬至山||3252||South Third Section||南三段||N/A||N/A|
|66||Mt. Xiaoguan||小關山||3249||South First Section||南一段||N/A||N/A|
|67||Mt. Pingfeng||屏風山||3248||North Third Section||北三段||Taroko National Park||太魯閣國家公園|
|68||Mt. Wushuang Base Peak||無雙山基點峰||3243||South Third Section||南三段||N/A||N/A|
|69||Mt. Mu||牧山||3241||Ganzhouwan Traverse||干卓萬橫斷||N/A||N/A|
|70||Mt. Shimen||石門山||3236||Hehuan Peaks Route||合歡群峰||Taroko National Park||太魯閣國家公園|
|71||Mt. Jade Front Peak||玉山前峰||3233||Jade Mountain Peaks Route||玉山群峰||Yushan National Park||玉山國家公園|
|72||Mt. Taguan||塔關山||3222||South First Section||南一段||Yushan National Park||玉山國家公園|
|73||Mt. Mabi||馬比杉山||3211||North First Section||北一段||Taroko National Park||太魯閣國家公園|
|74||Mt. Tafenjian||塔芬尖山||3206||South Second Section||南二段||Yushan National Park||玉山國家公園|
|75||Mt. Xue East Peak||雪山東峰||3199||Snow Mountain Peaks Route||雪山群峰||Taroko National Park||太魯閣國家公園|
|76||Mt. Nanhua||南華山||3182||North Third Section||北三段||N/A||N/A|
|77||Mt. Guanshangling||關山嶺山||3176||South First Section||南一段||Yushan National Park||玉山國家公園|
|78||Mt. Hainuonan||海諾南山||3173||South First Section||南一段||N/A||N/A|
|79||Mt. Zhongxue||中雪山||3172||Snow Mountain West Ridge||雪山西稜||Shei-Pa National Park||雪霸國家公園|
|80||Mt. Shuan||閂山||3168||North Second Section||北二段||Taroko National Park||太魯閣國家公園|
|81||Ganshu Peak||甘薯峰||3157||North Second Section||北二段||Taroko National Park||太魯閣國家公園|
|82||Mt. Hehuan West Peak||合歡山西峰||3144||Hehuan Peaks Route||合歡群峰||Taroko National Park||太魯閣國家公園|
|83||Mt. Shenmazhen||審馬陣山||3140||North First Section||北一段||Taroko National Park||太魯閣國家公園|
|84||Mt. Kalaye||喀拉業山||3132||Wuling Sixiu Peaks Route||武陵四秀線||Shei-Pa National Park||雪霸國家公園|
|85||Mt. Kuhuanuoxin||庫哈諾辛山||3114||South First Section||南一段||Yushan National Park||玉山國家公園|
|86||Mt. Jiali||加利山||3112||Mt. Daba Peaks Route||大霸群峰||Shei-Pa National Park||雪霸國家公園|
|87||Mt. Baishi||白石山||3106||North Third Section||北三段||N/A||N/A|
|88||Mt. Panshi||磐石山||3105||Qilai East Ridge||奇萊東稜||Taroko National Park||太魯閣國家公園|
|89||Mt. Patuolu||帕托魯山||3102||Qilai East Ridge||奇萊東稜||Taroko National Park||太魯閣國家公園|
|90||Mt. Beidawu||北大武山||3091||South First Section||南一段||N/A||N/A|
|91||Mt. Xiluanda||西巒大山||3085||Junda/Xiluanda Peaks Route||郡大西巒||N/A||N/A|
|92||Mt. Liwuzhu||立霧主山||3071||Qilai East Ridge||奇萊東稜||Taroko National Park||太魯閣國家公園|
|93||Mt. Tafen||塔芬山||3070||South Second Section||南二段||Yushan National Park||玉山國家公園|
|94||Mt. Andongjun||安東軍山||3066||North Third Section||北三段||N/A||N/A|
|95||Mt. Guangtou||光頭山||3060||North Third Section||北三段||N/A|
|96||Mt. Yangtou||羊頭山||3033||North Second Section||北二段||Taroko National Park||太魯閣國家公園|
|97||Mt. Penju||盆駒山||3030||Mabolasi Traverse||馬博橫斷||Yushan National Park||玉山國家公園|
|98||Mt. Bulakesang||布拉克桑山||3021||Xinkang Traverse||新康橫斷||N/A||N/A|
|99||Mt. Liushun||六順山||3009||South Third Section||南三段||N/A||N/A|
|100||Mt. Lu||鹿山||2981||Jade Mountain Peaks Route||玉山群峰||Yushan National Park||玉山國家公園|
Rating System – Taiwan’s Top 100 Mountains (Bai Yue / 百岳 )
|A (Level 6)||Public Hiking||Well developed, signposted and marked||1 ~ 3 days|
|A (Level 5)||Mountain Hiking||Continuous route and passage marking.||1 ~ 3 days|
|A+ (Level 4)||Challenging Mountain Hiking||A footpath is usually available. Exposed places mostly secured with ropes or chains.||1 ~ 3 days|
|B (Level 3)||Professional Mountaineering (Easy)||Path not necessarily available. Sometimes need to use hands to keep going.||4~5 days or 1 ~ 3 days but includes dangers of falling.|
|C (Level 2)||Professional Mountaineering (Medium)||Often without a path. Individual, simple climbing sections.||Above 5 days|
|C+ (Level 1)||Professional Mountaineering (Difficult)||Mostly without a path and unmarked. Climbing sections up to II.||Above 5 days. Requires rappel and rock climbing.|
Taiwan’s Routes of the Bai Yue
|Jade Mountain National Park|
|Sheipa National Park |
|Taroko National Park |
|Jade Mountain Main Peak|
|Snow Mountain Main-East Peaks Route |
|Qilai North-Main Ridge |
|Jade Mountain Front Peaks |
|Daba Peaks Route |
|Bilu-Yangtou Ridge |
|Jade Mountain Rear Peaks |
|Wuling Quadruple/Wuling Sixiu Route|
|Nanhuda Peaks Route |
|BaDaXiu Route |
|DaXiaoJian Route |
|Qilai East Ridge |
|Xinkang Traverse |
|Mt. Zhijiayang |
|Jiaming Lake Route |
|Snow Mountain West Ridge |
|Mabolasi Traverse |
|The Holy Ridge |
|Central Mountain Range Sections |
|Central Mountain Range Sections |
|North First Section |
|Qilai-Nanhua Route |
|North Second Section Route |
|Hehuan Peaks |
|North Third Section/Nenggao Andongjun Route |
|Mt. Baiguda |
|South Third Section |
|Mt. Pingfeng |
|South Second Section |
|Mt. Liushun |
|South First Section |
|South Cross 3 Stars |
|N/A||Mt. Junda-Mt. Xiluanda Peaks |
Taiwan’s Top 100 Mountains (The Bai Yue)
Standing tall at 3,952m, Jade Mountain (玉山), (aka Yushan) is not only the tallest mountain in Taiwan but also in East Asia. This is the crown jewel of Taiwan’s Top 100 Mountains.
Despite being the 2nd tallest mountain in Taiwan at 3,886m, there is no reason not to rank it as 1 of the best peaks in the country.
Located past the main peak of Jade Mountain, East Peak (玉山東峰) is considered a thrilling subsidiary peak of Jade Mountain.
Take the less-traveled road to hike Yushan North Peak (玉山北峰 – 3,858m) roughly 200m below the final summit of Jade Mountain’s Main Peak.
At 3,852m, Yushan South Peak 玉山南峰, is one of the 9 peaks of Jade Mountain. Hiking to the 4 “rear” peaks is considerably harder, but allows for a visit to Taiwan’s highest mountain house.
Ranked at the C level (2nd highest difficulty level), the fifth of the ‘must-do’ mountains, Mt. Xiugulan (秀姑巒山) is on another level. Standing at 3,895m, it’s the highest mountain on the Central Mountain Range of Taiwan.
Mention Mt. Mabolasi (馬博拉斯山) in the hiking community and the reaction is one of awe. Found along the Mabolasi Traverse (馬博橫斷), this is one of the longest, most isolated, and most difficult in Taiwan.
Mt. Nanhuda (南湖大山) is widely regarded as one of the most beautiful peaks in Taiwan and is immortalized in Taiwan’s 2,000NT currency bill.
Mt. Dongxiaonan 東小南山 is one of the 4 “Rear” peaks of Jade Mountain, and is usually bagged with Yushan South Peak 玉山南峰 & Lushan 鹿山 on the 4-day rear peaks route.
Snow Mountain N. Peak (雪山北峰) lies on the north ridge of Snow Mountain’s Main Peak and rises up to 3,703m in height.
At 3,698m, Mt. Zhongyangjian (中央尖山) is considered one of the most dangerous & difficult mountains to climb. It’s also one of our favorites.
At 3,668m, Mt. Guan (關山) is the highest peak in Southern Taiwan and is located on the South First Section (南一段) of the Central Mountain Range.
At 3,668m, Mt. Dashuiku 大水窟山 is located near the northern end of the South Second Section (南二段) and roughly translates as “Big Reservoir Mountain”.
At 3,639m, the East Peak of Mt. Nanhuda (南湖大山東峰) is surrounded by rocky gravel and scree, and is devoid of plant life.
Mt. Dongjunda 東郡大山 is 3,617m high and is located along one of the four hardest routes in Taiwan, The South Third Section (南三段) Route.
The ridge containing Mt. Qilai N. Peak (奇萊北峰), along with its sister peak, Mt. Qilai Main Peak (奇萊主峰), is arguably the most infamous ridge in Taiwan.
Stretching 3,603m high, the easiest and most common way for hikers to reach Mt. Xiangyang (向陽山) is via the famous Jiaming Lake Route (嘉明湖).
Normally hiked over 3 days, Mt. Dajian (大劍山) is 3,593m & translates to “Big Sword Mountain”. It is the highest peak on the DaXiaoJian Peaks Route (大小劍山).
Located on the South Second Section of the Central Mountain Range, “Cloud Peak” (Yun Feng (雲峰) is 3,562m tall.
The Main Peak of Qilai Mountain (奇萊主峰) is located along the famous “Black Qilai” ridge, considered the most dangerous & deadly in Taiwan.
The rocky peak of Mt. Malijiannan (馬利加南山) reaches 3,561m & is located halfway across the difficult Mabolasi Traverse (馬博橫斷).
Located in front of Five Rock Peak Cliffs, at 3,534m Mt. Nanhubei (南湖北山) is located on the North First Section of Taiwan’s Central Mountain Range (北一段).
Located on the Snow Mountain West Ridge Route (雪山西稜), Mt. Daxue (大雪山), or “Big Snow Mountain” is both the highest and most beautiful peak on the route.
Located on the northwest corner of the Wuling Quadruple/Wuling Sixiu (武陵四秀), Mt. Pintian (品田山) is the highest, most thrilling peak on the route.
Commonly combined with the Main Peak, Yushan West Peak (玉山西峰) is a popular add-on peak for those wishing to explore the area around Jade Mountain.
Literally translated as “Eagle Head” Mountain, Mt. Touying (頭鷹山) is the 2nd Bai Yue hikers reach on the famous Snow Mountain West Ridge Route (雪山西稜).
The South Peak of Mt. Nanhuda (南湖大山南峰) is 3,505m and is completed towards the end of the fourth day on the 7-day loop of the North First Section (北一段).
Mt. Sancha (三叉山) & Jiaming Lake can be hiked via different traditional Bai Yue routes, but the most common is the 3-day up-and-down route to the lake itself.
With its distinctive barrel shape and its significant aboriginal importance, without a doubt, Mt. Dabajian (大霸尖山) is one of the most beautiful peaks in Taiwan.
The highest peak on The South Third Section (南三段), at 3,479m Mt. Dongluanda 東巒大山 is the highlight of the trip for many hikers.
At 3,449m Mt. Wuming (無明山), aka “No-Name” mountain, is on the North Second Section Route (北二段) and requires climbing up near vertical cliffs to reach it.
At 3,448m, Mt. Baba (巴巴山) is typically hiked on a 6 or 7-day loop of the North First Section of Taiwan’s Central Mountain Range (北一段).
Mt. Maxi (馬西山) reaches 3,443m high & is sandwiched between 2 of the most beautiful & isolated mountain valleys in Taiwan.
At 4,422m, Mt. Hehuan North Peak is insanely beautiful and an easy hike that is quite possibly the most popular Bai Yue in Taiwan.
At 3,419m, hikers will walk over the famous ILOVEYOU platform, where local Taiwanese often spell out cute messages.
One of the shortest of the Hehuan Peaks, this is a simple trail and at 3,419m is one of the most famous peaks for viewing alpine flowers in Taiwan.
At 3,417m, This is one of the easiest of the peaks in the Hehuan Area, the trail is great peak for those making their first Bai Yue ascent.
One of the 4 Bai Yue on the rear section of Jade Mountain, Mt. Nanyu (南玉山) is 3,379m and is the only isolated peak that requires a dedicated day to climb.
Known locally as 1 of the 4 “spicy” peaks, Mt. Bilu (畢祿山) is known as a challenging yet enjoyable entry-level Bai Yue. Mt. Bilu is located not far from the Mt. Hehuan area.
Located on the notoriously difficult Ganzhouwan Traverse (干卓萬斷), Mt. Zhuosheda (3,369m) is the last of four peaks on one of the four hardest routes in Taiwan.
Mt. Nanshuangtou (南雙頭山) is a wide open, grassy peak with breathtaking views of Yushan National Park. A great high-mountain hiking peak in Taiwan.
Unlike North & Main Peaks of Qilai, the South Peak of Mt. Qilai (奇萊南峰) is widely regarded as one of the easiest Bai Yue in Taiwan.
Mt. Nenggao South Peak (能高南峰) is located on North 3rd Section of Central Mountain Range (北三段), aka the Nenggao Andongjun Route (能高安東軍).
Located in the heart of Taiwan, Mt. Baiguda (白姑大山) is a relatively easy Bai Yue peak and suitable for most beginners.
At 3,338m tall, Mt. Xinkang (新康山) is located at the east end of the route and is typically climbed on towards the end of the hike.
Without a doubt, the Batongguan Ancient Road (八通關古道) is the longest and most famous ancient Japanese trail in Taiwan.
Located along the Central Mountain Range, Mt. Danda (丹大山) is the 1st Bai Yue hiked (as a side trip) on the notoriously difficult South Third Section (南三段).
On the north side of Sheipa National Park (雪霸國家公園), Mt. Tao (桃山) lies along Wuling Sixiu (武陵四秀), one of the most popular hiking routes in Taiwan.
Located on the tough DaXiaoJian Route (大小劍山), at 3,314m high, Mt. Jiayang (佳陽山) is the first of two Bai Yue hiked as a side peak on the second day, with a light pack.
Located on the West Ridge of Snow Mountain (雪山西稜), Mt. Huoshi’s (火石山) name translates to “Flint Mountain” due to the dark, gravely shale appearance.
Located in Sheipa National Park (雪霸國家公園), Mt. Chiyou (池有山) is a short side trip off the main ridge-line of the famous Wuling Sixiu (武陵四秀) route.
The 2nd peak on the Daba Peaks Route (大霸群峰), Mt. Yize (伊澤山) is a short side trip off the main trail, located not far from Zhongba Cabin (中霸山屋).
Located at the southern end of the South First Section (南一段), Mt. Beinan (卑南主山) is the second most southerly of Taiwan’s Top 100 Mountains.
Located on the south side of Snow Mountain, hikers wishing to hike Mt. Zhijiayang (志佳陽大山) start from the aboriginal village of Huanshan (環山部落).
Reaching 3,284m, Mt. Ganzhouwan (干卓萬山 is a prairie peak with sparse bamboo that requires a grueling ascent and harrowing cliff section traverse just to reach.
While you may have heard of Taroko National Park and Taroko Gorge, very few are aware that there is also a mountain peak, Mt. Taroko (太魯閣大山).
Isolated from any other major Bai Yue peaks, Mt. Junda (郡大山) is climbed in 1-day & generally requires hiring 4x4s to reach the trailhead.
Mt. Kaxipanan (喀西帕南山) is the final and easternmost peak on the Mabolasi Traverse (馬博橫斷), and despite being on such a difficult route, is surprisingly easy to reach.
Mt. Lulu (轆轆山) and its corresponding East Peak, together form a pair of majestic and photogenic side-by-side peaks. For photographers, this will be a highlight.
Described by one of the Bai Yue founding fathers as gentle & graceful, Mt. Neilinger (內嶺爾山) has been heralded as one of the most majestic grass peaks in Taiwan.
Described by the founder of the Bai Yue as a “beautiful, feminine mountain”, the grassland leading up to the peak of Mt. Lingming (鈴鳴山) confirms the reputation.
Mt. Nenggao (能高主山) is 3261m and is located on the North Third Section of the Central Mountain Range (北三段), aka the Nenggao Andongjun Route (能高安東軍).
Surrounded by rivers and aboriginal communities, the name of Mt. Huo (火山) translates as “Fire Mountain” or “Volcano” due to the gravel located at the peak.
Literally translated as “Small Sword Mountain”, Mt. Xiaojian (小剑山) sits at 3,256m and is the partner peak of “Big Sword Mountain”, Mt. Dajian (大劍山).
Located in the heart of Taiwan’s high mountains, Mt. Yiqixingmazhi (義西請馬至山) is at the crossroads of the Central Mountain Range. A peak you won’t forget.
The baby brother of Guanshan (關山), Mt. Xiaoguan (小關山) is 3,249m and is famous in its own right, most notably for its eponymous forest road.
Located at the west end of the famous Taroko Gorge, Mt. Pingfeng (屏風山) is a relatively isolated Bai Yue that doesn’t share its main trail with any other peaks.
Requiring an eight-day trek from the east or a brutal 900m drop followed by a 1300m climb from the west, Mt. Wushuang (無雙山) might be the hardest of Taiwan’s Top 100 Mountains.
Mt. Mu (牧山) is 3,241m high and is located along the famous Ganzhouwan Traverse (干卓萬斷), and is famous for the large pond located just below the base of the peak.
Despite being 3,236m tall, without a doubt, Mt. Shimen (石門山) is the easiest Bai Yue in Taiwan and is reachable by just about anyone in 30 minutes or less.
Reaching the rocky Jade Mt. Front Peak (玉山前山) at 3,233m requires climbing up a boulder field off the main trail heading up to Jade Mountain’s Main peak.
Located on the South Cross Highway, Mt. Taguan (塔關山) is 3,222m tall and was off-limits to hikers for 13 years due to a major landslide.
Although Mt. Mabishan (馬比杉山) is technically a part of the 7-day loop around the North First Section, it isn’t technically on the route itself.
The southern-most of Taiwan’s “Three Pointy Mountains, it is said that the peak of Mt. Tafenjian (達芬尖山), at 3,206m, resembles a slanted carving knife.
Located on the Eastern Ridge of Snow Mountain, Snow Mountain East Peak (雪山東峰) is on the main, and most popular trail to Snow Mountain’s Main Peak.
Much like its sister peak, Mt. Qilai S. Peak (奇萊南峰), Mt. Nanhua (南華山) is located on the Nenggao Ancient Trail (能高越嶺古道), a gem among Taiwan’s Top 100 Mountains.
Located only 700m from the trail with a 200m ascent, Mt. Guanshangling (關山嶺山) is the easiest and most accessible of the “3 Star” peaks along the south cross highway.
Positioned on the South First Section (南一段), it is common to see flying clouds flowing from the sea between Mt. Hainuonan (海諾南山 and Guanshan.
Mt. Zhongxue (中雪山), or “Middle Snow Mountain”, is the last Bai Yue Hikers will climb on the Snow Mountain West Ridge Route (雪山西稜).
Located on the North Second Section Route (北二段), Mt. Shuan (閂山) is often the first Bai Yue climbed by hikers and is the easiest peak on the route.
Despite being on the tail-end of the notorious “Death Ridge”, Mt. Ganshu (甘薯峰), or “Sweet Potato Peak” is surprisingly inconspicuous.
Located several kilometers past the North Peak of Mt. Hehuan, Mt. Hehuan West Peak (合歡山西峰) is often the first challenging Bai Yue a hiker will experience.
Mt. Shenmazhen (審馬陣山) is located on the North First Section of Taiwan’s Central Mountain Range (北一段), which runs in a giant loop over typically six or seven days
Located just north of the southern end of the Wuling Sixiu (武陵四秀) route, Mt. Kalaye (喀拉業山) is hiked from Mt. Tao Cabin (桃山山屋).
The northernmost peak on the South First Section Route (南一段), hikers will need to climb a seemingly endless series of stairs to get to this peak.
Located on the famous Daba Peaks Route (大霸群峰), Mt. Jiali reaches 3,112m high and will often be the first Bai Yue hikers to climb on their adventure.
Mt. Baishi (白石山) is located on the North Third Section of Taiwan’s Central Mountain Range (北三段), also known as the Nenggao Andongjun Route (能高安東軍).
The wide, grassy prairies surrounding Mt. Panshi (磐石山) serve as a dividing line for the famously difficult Qilai East Ridge (奇萊東稜).
Located deep in one of the thickest and most difficult bamboo forests in Taiwan, Mt. Patulou (帕托魯山) is the final peak on the Qilai East Ridge (奇萊東稜).
Make no mistake, the low elevation and southerly location of this “top 5” mountain belie the true difficulty of Mt. Beidawu (北大武山).
With its dilapidated weather station and observation deck, the peak of Mt. Xiluanda (西巒大山) offers some of the best views in Southern Taiwan.
Mt. Liwuzhu (立霧主山) at 3,701m and on the Qilai East Route, is notable for the marble campsite located just below the peak.
With its pyramidical, cone-shaped peak and eponymous pond, Mt. Tafen (塔芬山) is one of the most famous peaks on the South Second Section (南二段).
Mt. Andongjun (安東軍山) is located on the North Third Section of Taiwan’s Central Mountain Range (北三段), aka the Nenggao Andongjun Route (能高安東軍).
Mt. Guangtou (光頭山) is located on the North Third Section of Taiwan’s Central Mountain Range (北三段), aka the Nenggao Andongjun Route (能高安東軍).
Located on a saw-blade-shaped ridge deep in the Taroko Gorge, Mt. Yangtou (羊頭山), this “sheep’s head” shaped mountain is the birthplace of Taiwan’s Top 100 Mountains, the Bai Yue.
A side trip from the mighty Mt. Mabolasi, Mt. Penju (盆駒山) is surrounded by lush grass prairies and deer ponds.
Located not far past Jiaming lake, the side trip to Mt. Bulakesang (布拉克桑山) can best be described as mellow and peaceful.
Not located on any traditional hiking route in Taiwan, and previously graded at under 3,000m, Mt. Liushun (六順山) was the last mountain to be selected for Taiwan’s Top 100 Mountains.
Despite being listed last of Taiwan’s Top 100 Mountains, Lushan is still an epic climb. This is the only Bai Yue under 3,000m, Lushan (鹿山), or “Deer Mountain” is often lamented by hikers as a peak that needs to only be done once.
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