Before you enter wilderness areas away from the main trail, please notify the park
headquarters of your duration of stay, route and destination. To apply an entry
permit for hiking in Dali and Datong in the park, go to the local police station
behind the park headquarters. (Park Police) If you plan to travel in ecological
protection area, you are required to contact the Recreation and Services Section of Taroko
National Park. (Mon-Fri. Office hours 886-3-8621100 ext 604 or 886-3-8621576)
Visitors should beware of falling rocks on the road and trails, especially after
heavy rains, typhoons and earthquakes.
Be aware of giant hornets and poisonous snakes while using the trails. The climate
is sub-tropical, with mild winters and hot, wet summers. (only low altitude areas.)
Light weight clothing is suggested for hot temperatures. Long sleeves, pants, sturdy
shoes, and bug repellent will make hiking more pleasant.
The Central Cross-Island Highway ascends from lower elevation to high elevation
areas with accompanying drastic climatic changes. Visitors who are heading for the
mid- and high-elevation areas must prepare warm clothing. In addition, the stretch
of road from Xinbaiyang to Guanyuan tends to be foggy. Drivers must be very careful.
The perimeters of the Central Cross-Island Highway and the trails next to the road
may experience ground instability such as land slides or rock falls within one week
after of torrential rains or earthquakes. Visitors should avoid these places or
exercise extra caution.
Small rock falls may often be a portent of big rock falls. Thus, when you observe
such occurrence, you must be vigilant, depart the area quickly, and alert others
in the area. When a rock fall occurs or when you hear the sound of rock fall and
are unable to leave quickly, then you should crouch down close to the mountain face
and hold your arms above your head for protection.
At elevations above 700 meters, because the oxygen gradually thins and atmospheric
pressure drops, this may induce in certain persons the syndromes of rapid breathing,
faster heart beats, or asthma, fatigue, vomiting etc. These are typical of mountain
sickness. When this happens, please proceed to a lower elevation places right away.
When you encounter wildlife, please keep your distance for safety sake. Do not harass
or feed the animals.
During the summer and autumn seasons, poisonous snakes and potentially dangerous
giant hornets can be encountered. Please be careful.
A mere spark could raze a whole plain. Please take care of all sources of fire.
If you want to enter high-mountainous areas, you must prepare all necessary mountaineering
equipment, acquire an access permit for entering an ecological protection area and
a mountain access permit. A qualified high-mountain guide is advised. (No need for
a guide now, the requirement for a qualified high-mountain guide has been cancelled
since Jan. 2003, but it depends on your team members’ need.) To apply for the relevant
permit, please contact the Recreation and Service Section of the park HQ directly. TEL: 886-3-8621100 ext 604 or 886-3-8621576) Ecological Protection Areas Permits and including the Archeological Protection Area-Zhuilu Old Trail.
The most scenic spot could also be the most dangerous spot. Please always take care
of your personal and teammates’ safety. Also, please maintain the cleanliness of
the environment. We further request visitors to obey the regulations stipulated
in the National Parks Act and refrain from the prohibited activities proclaimed