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“Recommended - spectacular scenery ”
Review of Walami Trail

Walami Trail
Reviewed 6 April 2018 via mobile

We decided to visit on the day, so had not arrange any permits and set off walking the trail at about 11.30 a.m.

We had spectacular views across the gorge, very quiet with few other walkers. The big wobbly suspension bridge was fun to walk across. We stopped off to see the waterfall and pressed on until eventually the trail became a lot steeper and narrower (diverted before a landslide) and we decided to call it a day after 2 hours steady uphill walking on a mostly wide and clear path.

One of the highlights of the walk was seeing a long bright-green snake, believed to be poisonous, sitting on the walkway of one of the bridges. We managed to walk past after encouraging it to slither onto the side of the bridge.

A short and easy, beautiful walk with excellent views through lush forest.

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Reviewed 10 February 2018

So we only did the first part of this trail, as we missed the chance to get the permit (Taiwan's permit system is annoying, but understandable when you hear about all the landslides).

It's a really nice walk, that has some lovely views, but it isn't too difficult. When we did the walk it was very quiet, but I can imagine during the peak season it gets quite busy!

Not a highlight on the East Coast, but certainly worth a walk if you have the time!

Thank cjhorn85
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Reviewed 18 August 2017

Walami Trail is 13.5 Km long and is fairly flat and easy. Without permit you can go first at Shanfeng Waterfall (1,7 Km) then 4.5 km up the trail, to Jiaxin camp ground. There are pavilions, lavatory and shower facilities free for use. For continuing the hike, permission to enter the mountains must be applied for. You then can finish the next 13.5 Km to Walami Cabin. You need two permits: the first one at the nanan visitor center the second at the nearby police office, the permits are free of charge.

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Reviewed 23 April 2017

It is a bit painful having to deal with the whole bureaucracy in order to get the permits to hike in Taiwan. Nevertheless is a wonderful experience. We did the 2 days hike. Day 1 from the trail head to the cabin (around 4:30h) and then we slept there. The cabin is very basic but it has running water. Bring you own sleeping bag.
Next day we did the hike back to the entrance. We arrange everything with our homestay (Golden Flower): the charged us 600 TWD for the transfer and pickup.

Thank Guillermo M
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Reviewed 22 November 2016

- We have walked this trail on the 20th of November -

The trail has opened again, after it recently closed due to a landslide caused by the September typhoon.

It is for sure possible to hike to the Walami cabin and back in one day (total 27.2 kilometer roundtrip and 650 meter elevation). However, when the days get shorter (like end of November) you need to be prepared to start early and keep a steady pace!

With the help of Julien (our AirBNB host) we were able to secure a scooter for 400 NT the day before we set off. At 07:30 we went to the Nan'an visitor centre to get our one day permit. You will need to bring your ID.

After getting the paperwork done, you will need to get a few more stamps at the police office. It will cost you about an hour to get things arranged.

We started a bit before nine and encountered monkeys (the endemic formosa macaque), a land crab, a snake, orange and yellow birds, a giant pheasant with a white tail (of which we were told later that we were lucky to spot) and a giant yellowish toad.

It started to rain just before we arrived at the cabin and it did not stop raining until we ended the trail. That apparently slowed us down on the way back, as it can become quite slippery. Especially the new deviation due to the landslide can become quite muddy.

On our way back we had to drop the permit at the police station, where we met the super friendly officer on charge who offered us tea and snacks and with whom we discussed wildlife encountered. And not encountered..... Like black bears.

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