The Central Mountain Range, often dubbed the rooftop of Taiwan, runs from northeast Su’ao Wuyanjiao in Yilan to the southeast Pingtung Eluanbi Lighthouse, stretching 340 km in full length. The route along the central range includes 69 of Taiwan’s 100 peaks. Among the countless mountains, the highest peak of the journey is Xiuguluan Mountain which has an elevation of 3,825 m.
In a recent Facebook post, mountaineer Wu-Hsiang Hsu wrote that he set off on Sept. 4 with his friend Dylan and walked more than 11 hours on average to complete 19 km per day. It is noteworthy that they tried to keep their loaded hiking packs weight at 6 kg and obtained their supplies four times during their journey. Hsu had a dramatic weight loss from 76 kg to 66.9 kg after he completed the whole route.
The northern head of the central range trail starts from the hiking gate of Nanhu Mountain and ends at Tengjhih National Forest Recreation Area in southern Kaohsiung. The trail features the Mt. Jhongyangjian dead crest and many cliffs, marking itself one of the most challenging trails in Taiwan.
As for the previous record established by hikers Guo and Chen, the route took them 23 days to complete the same trail. Also, they became the first team who finished the trail during the winter.
By Shelly Yang