Cross-island trail - 7 days, Yushan Nat Park.
Batongguan Cross-island Ancient Trail has been described
by one fan of Taiwan's mountains as Taiwan's mini-Annapurna
trail. Appropriate or not this Japanese-era trail is a
classic remote mountain route. Highlights include the
sections carved into steep hillside , Batongguan alpine
meadow, the 'rear' view of Yushan, and the Dafen bear
reserve. It stretches west-east from Dongpu Hot-spring
resort, Nantou County to Yuli Township in Hualien County.
Construction of the Batongguan Trail began in
1875, as the Qing government moved to build up Taiwan
as a defense point against the military threat of the
Japanese. The trail passes today's Lugu and Hsinyi Townships,
then climbs over Batongguan and the Hsiuguluan Mountains
in eastern Taiwan. "Batong" in Chinese means
"being able to pass unhindered", and "guan"
means "mountain pass" even though there was
actually no mountain pass involved in the trail, but had
sounded like commanding officer's name...
colonial government, in order to have access to forest
resources, the east coast, and better divide and rule
the native aborigines, revamped some sections, completely
changing the route in others. We follow the Japanese route
as some of the Ching-era track has fallen into ruin despite
being now classified an historical site.
1: Dongpu hot spring resort - Guanggao shelter.
Day 2+: If arranged/agreed to in advance,
an extra day can be added for a hard one-day ascent of
Yushan main peak.
Day 2: Guanggao - Batongguan (alpine
meadow, former Japanese garrison) - Banaiyike shelter
- Goldmine shelter - Rhodendron Shelter.
Day 3: Rhodendron shelter - South camp
- Dashweiku shelter - Tomass shelter.
Day 4: Tomass shelter - Dafen shelter.
Day 5: Dafen - Dwomeili - Baoai shelter.
Day 6: Baoai - Walami shelter
Day 7: Walami Nanan visitor center.