The greatest views come after the toughest climbs❣️ I knew nothing about this mountain until I started planning my family Asia trip three months ago and of course the first thing I looked up was hikes... no trip is complete without a hike and although this was a physically and very mentally challenging trail for me... the reward was definitely worth it😬
Jade Mountain Main Peak is the tallest summit in Northeast Asia, located in Yushan National Park in Taiwan (the worlds 4th tallest island) sitting at 12996 ft🏔 It’s also Taiwan’s least accessible national park as the road up the mountain is 1.5-2 hours alone and the trail is not for the faint-hearted.
The last 2.4km (1.49mi) has an elevation gain of 550 m (1800 ft) and once you get above the tree line, the trail climbs up the side of the mountains and the chains are definitely needed - one wrong step and off you go🙈
I’ve never been much of an island girl, but the emerald mountain ridges and gatorade-blue water calls my name. Not currently in Hawaii... but a different island!
Finally starting my road trip around Taiwan today. I was supposed to leave two days ago but with all the rain and other unforeseen circumstances, I had to delay a couple days. There’s a lot more rain in the forecast for the next week but if all goes as planned🤞🏼, I’ll be spending the next week touring Taiwan on both coasts, exploring all the way from the tallest peak 🏔 to the bluest ocean water🌊... if the weather gets too bad though, then I’ll make my attempt up Jade mtn and head back to Taipei😬
If you could spend one week on the road going anywhere in the world, where would you go and who would go with?
📸 @hikingwithheels .
Taroko Gorge is one of Taiwan’s most beautiful sights😍 It’s a subtropical, marble canyon on the East Coast that is said to resemble Zion National Park. Even though the landscape is vastly different than the dry desert and sandstone, the high canyon walls and river that runs through it makes these parks comparable. & the best part... you can go from the beautiful blue coast to the subalpine forest in the same day!
Of all the times I’ve been to Utah, I’ve never cared to visit Capitol Reef and finish off the Mighty Five, but last month I found myself frolicking around Utah with no itinerary in mind and decided to check it out. I only spent the day here but I can’t believe I waited so long to visit this park. Although the southwest starts to look somewhat similar after awhile, each park still offers its own form of beauty🧡
If you aren’t familiar, the Mighty 5 is Utah’s five national parks which consists of: Zion, Bryce, Arches, Canyonlands and Capitol Reef.
Have you been to all? Which park was your favorite?
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On a clear day, you can see Mt. Fugi from the Chureito Pagoda in Japan. It took us 2.5 hrs one way by train to get here from Tokyo and it rained all morning before the clouds fully set in low. Needless to say, we didn’t get that view of Mt. Fugi... but one day I’m going to come back and hike it! Have you been?🗻 Bright side - I woke up to a view of it from my hotel bed the next morning🙈