The Ultimate Taiwan Cycle Challenge!
Cycling enthusiasts will enjoy this bike tour from Taiwan's northern capital, Taipei, down the rugged east coast to the tropical southern beaches of Kenting, then back into the heart of the country to ride the central highlands. Your epic cycle tour completes its loop back in the capital, Taipei.
This bike tour runs from Taipei and returns.

Ultimate Taiwan bike tour route map

With daily distances of up to 130km, and some days presenting more than 2000m of ascent, this is our ultimate Taiwan ride, and is not to be taken lightly. As well as the cycling challenge this tour presents, the route also enables us to see a larger part of the island and to fully experience its diversity.

We start our cycling expedition in the capital city, Taipei, but quickly move away from the bright lights and out towards the east coast where the first of many hot springs await. From here begins one of the toughest legs of the ride, as we climb our way from sea level up to the mindblowing Central Mountain Range at 2200m. The payoff of this cycling challenge comes the following day with long descents and more magnificent vistas as we glide down into Taroko National Park, home of the world’s deepest marble gorge.

After a rest day to explore the gorge we cycle back to the coast and then into the lush East Rift Valley where more soothing hot springs await to soak those aching muscles. Day 7 we cross the Tropic of Cancer and zoom south into the tropics and along the spectacular coastline before bearing inland to Zhiben. The epic ride from Zhiben to Kenting is one of the highlights of the tour and is followed by a well-earned rest day.

From Kenting we switch gears to head north, skirting the foothills of the southern mountains, and then making one final incursion into the mountains to Baolai and Guanziling, with its famous Fire Water Pool and mud-infused hot springs. Your epic ride completes its loop back in the capital, Taipei, with a celebratory evening to mark the end of a rewarding challenge and great adventure.

Tour details

$3950 USD

14 days duration

890 km distance

Difficulty: Very challenging

Deposit payment: $1200 USD
Single room option: $1400 USD
Tour code: TSCG18

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BYO Road Bike Taiwan - Bicycle Tour Taroko Gorge

Road Bike

The longer distances and more challenging route on this ride are best tackled on a road bike and riders are free to bring their own bikes. We can also offer quality, well maintained Giant (and other brand) road bike rental in a variety of sizes. Please inquire with our team about the cost of bike rental for this tour’.

Comfortable Bed, Quality Hotel, Bike Tour

Comfy Beds

In the larger cities and established tourist centres we use stylish and comfortable hotels and resorts. In the smaller destinations we use simple hotels with air-conditioning and private bathroom, however in the truly off-the-beaten-track locations we will stay in guesthouses with shared facilities. We stay here because the ride is worth it! Find out more about the hotels we use on tour in Taiwan.

Group tour Specialist Guides

Expert Guide

Experienced English / Mandarin speaking leaders will host you on this trip - they are well spoken, very well informed, and always charming. Our leaders are often cited as being the main highlight of the tour. We use a mix of local & foreign leaders all who have a passion for the country and are always well informed on topics ranging from history, politics, cuisine and importantly local customs and cultures. Our leaders will take pride in introducing you to every aspect of Taiwan and will help you to connect with the villagers you meet along the way. 

Taiwan Bike tour Support van

Support Car

An air conditioned backup support vehicle is always available for anyone unable to ride, and to carry your luggage.

Local food banquet Taiwan

Great Meals

The island’s unique cultural and geographic diversity means that mealtimes are always a culinary adventure in Taiwan. The Pacifc’s rich bounty gives ample opportunity to sample super-fresh seafood, which the Japanese influence has nurtured into a love for sushi, whilst on terra firma the East Rift Valley is home to some of the island’s finest tropical fruit orchards producing dragonfruit, grapefruit, mangoes, oranges, papaya, pomelos and pineapples to name but a few. In the cities everything is available around the clock, but in remote areas meals typically consist of two or three meat and fish dishes, two or three vegetable dishes, plus staples of rice or noodles, with fruit to finish. Meat dishes are usually chicken or pork, but beef, lamb, boar and other more exotic choices are sometimes on offer. Beer is available almost everywhere, but good wine is more difficult to find. Included meals are listed in the day by day itinerary, and drinking water is always included with meals. Any soft or alcoholic drinks are not included and will be at your own expense.

Bike Tour Snacks tropical fruit


Energy bars and local snacks are provided to keep your energy levels up for the riding, and clean water and electrolyte drinks are always available to keep you well hydrated.

Taiwan bike tour jersey kids and adults

Bonus Kit

A beautiful souvenir Grasshopper cycling jersey is yours to wear and take home.

Small group boat and cycle tours

6 to 16

This tour is guaranteed for a minimum of 6 travellers. And we limit the group size to 16 travellers so that you get all the attention you want in an intimate group.

single bike riders on tour


There is no surcharge for single travellers - we will match you with another same sex single traveller. If you want a single room there is a an optional upgrade that you can book.

Bangkok Tour Guide and Shop Team Grasshopper Adventures

100% Hopper

This tour is 100% operated by Grasshopper Adventures. The guides are our full time employees, the hotels booked by our local office staff, and the bikes are part of our local fleet. We are not outsourcing any element of this tour so you can be assured of 100% Grasshopper quality.

Tour Itinerary

for Ultimate Taiwan Ride


Arrival Day in Taipei

On Day 1 people will be arriving throughout the day. We’ll meet in the evening to get to know one another over dinner and have an introductory briefing of the exciting ride ahead.
Meals: D


Cycle to Jiaoxi

70km cycling

This morning we’ll start with a bike fitting and then hammer our way out of the city, working our bikes southeast on a lovely little road which passes through tea plantations. After a nice session of cycling, we’ll emerge at Jiaoxi near the east coast where we’ll stay in an attractive resort with hot springs that provide the ultimate muscle recovery.
Meals: BLD


Cycle to Wuling Farm

100km cycling

Today’s ride is one of the most challenging of the entire route, taking us from near sea level all the way up to Wuling Farm at 1800m. Our ascent follows the course of the wild Lanyang River. The climb begins gently enough, but gradually ramps up as we proceed further into the spectacular mountains. We overnight in Wuling Farm, one of a number of government re-settlement projects which encouraged the development of high altitude agriculture back in the 1960s. Here the farms still flourish, and these days the natural splendour of the surroundings draws adventurers from around the island.
Meals: BLD 


Pedal to Taroko Gorge

100km cycling

The day begins with yet more climbing, reaching the highest point on Taiwan’s road system at 3280m before beginning the exhilarating descent down into Taroko Gorge. The gorge forges its way through the Central Mountain Range and provides rewarding views for your cycling efforts. Whether shrouded in mist or glowing in sunlight, this sheer marble gorge is a captivating sight and we’ll overnight in the heart of the chasm.
Meals: BLD


Rest Day in Taroko Gorge

Use free time today to recover and explore the gorge’s network of hiking trails or relax amidst the gorgeous scenery. For the die-hard cyclists among you, there’s the opportunity to have a shot at part of the famous King of the Mountain route: one of the most challenging rides on the planet, which involves over 3000m of ascent in a little over 100km!
Meals: BD


Ride Through Ruisui, East Rift Valley

125km cycling

After a day out of the saddle, we start early to make the exhilarating ride down through Taroko Gorge to emerge onto the Pacific Coast. We cycle narrow lines lined with banana trees and temples to avoid the main road, with gorgeous beachside rest stops on our way south. After lunch, we’ll pedal into the picturesque but little-visited East Rift Valley, cycling through prime tropical fruit growing country with towering mountains on either side. When the day’s ride is over, we spend the night in a lovely resort set amidst beautiful countryside where a refreshing pool and soothing hot springs await.
Meals: BLD


Cycle to Zhiben


130km cycling

Today we mount our bikes and continue cycling further south through lush green rice paddies and small indigenous communities before crossing the Coastal Mountain Range to one of the most spectacular stretches of Pacific Coast. After lunch, we skirt the city of Taitung and then move inland to our overnight stop in the small resort town of Zhiben, where once again there are hot springs to rejuvenate you for tomorrow’s cracking ride.
Meals: BLD


Cycle the Coast to Kenting

125km cycling

We return to the coastline today, and then cycle south along the east coast, climbing over a series of headlands which provide breath-taking ocean vistas. The coastal route then flattens out before bearing inland and beginning the long, gradual ascent into hills of the Hengchun Peninsula. Once we’ve reached the top, we switch gears from the main east-west route to a lovely little road through remote jungle dotted with indigenous villages before bringing us back down to the coast.

The bike route here is one of Taiwan’s finest, with the road running right alongside the ocean, passing windswept beaches and abandoned military bases before once again ascending into the jungle. The last leg of the ride takes us all the way to the island’s southernmost point, from which it’s just a short ride on to Kenting, Taiwan's tropical playground. In the evening we’ll head out for dinner and have the chance to explore Kenting’s vibrant night market.
Meals: BLD


Rest Day in Kenting


Today enjoy free time to relax on some of Taiwan's best beaches, hike in the national park, surf, snorkel or just read a book and rest those bulging leg muscles! As well as Taiwanese and indigenous eateries, Kenting has a host of Western-oriented cafés and restaurants serving food from around the globe. We leave lunch and dinner open today to indulge in whichever cuisine you happen to be craving.
Meals: B


Cycle to Santimen

100km cycling

Today we’ll cycle north into Taiwan’s banana belt, giving the legs some rest on a flat route which skirts the mountains through the heartland of the Paiwan people. We’ll spend the night near the indigenous settlement of Santimen.
Meals: BLD


Cycle to Baolai

60km cycling

This morning is free to explore the beautifully situated Santimen Indigenous People’s Cultural Park, which showcases Taiwan’s indigenous tribes, and gives you the chance to immerse yourself in the culture of the people living in the remote parts of the island we’ve covered on our tour. Alternatively, you could take a short but strenuous ride up highway 24 which climbs into the mountains that are home to the Rukai people. After an early lunch, we’ll commence today’s ride, following the Laonong River Valley north to the mountain settlement of Baolai where hot springs and tasty indigenous food await.
Meals: BLD


Cycle to Guanziling

80km cycling

While our final day’s ride isn’t too long, it is fittingly challenging, and contains its fair share of hills! We backtrack a few kilometers before heading west on a beautiful mountain road where we can check out lakes and historic settlements from above our handlebars before joining ‘the coffee road’ to Guanziling. We’ll ride through orange groves and past giant boulders and will break for lunch at one of the local plantation cafes. We’ll make a short diversion to see Guanziling’s famed Fire Water Pool, where flames miraculously emerge from the waters of a mountain pond- a stunning experience! On arrival at our hotel, we have one last chance to soak in hot springs, this time infused with mud!
Meals: BLD


Transfer to Taipei & Celebratory Dinner

Today we’ll check-out and make the 4-5 hour drive back to Taipei. On arrival, you’ll have some time to relax or take a bit of a wander before heading out for a celebratory dinner to mark the end of our ultimate Taiwan ride.
Meals: BD


Tour Concludes

The tour ends today after breakfast. You are free to leave at any time.
Meals: B

NB. The itinerary is subject to change without notice in the case of extreme weather conditions (see Weather secton below).

What's the Riding Like?

Varied Terrain

9 days riding

890km distance

We ride on well-made roads some of which have designated cycle lanes. The terrain varies from steep ascents and descents in the mountains to gently undulating along parts of the East Coast. Traffic is generally light although there will be stretches on busier roads.


Taiwan’s varied topography and location on the Tropic of Cancer gives it a diverse climate with countless separate micro-climates. Broadly speaking the best times to visit are autumn (October to December), which generally offers clear, warm sunny weather (18-28°C) and spring (March-May), which has similar if slightly wetter conditions, with the humidity on the rise as summer approaches.

Summers (June to the end of September) are hot and humid (28-35°C) with the risk of heavy tropical downpours and typhoons, particularly in July, August and September. This said if you’re prepared for the heat and the remote possibility of a typhoon this is also a beautiful time to ride in Taiwan – the hills are alive with flowers and wildlife, tropical fruits burst from seemingly every tree, and many villages celebrate traditional festivals. This is also the time you’ll see the most local riders out on the road.

The 'cold' of winter (December to March) is really only felt in the north and northeast (12-24°C), which are prone to rain showers and colder temperatures, but in the south and southwest conditions are typically dry and mild during this period. Winter is generally a very comfortable time to ride, particularly in the south, and is the most enjoyable time to soak in the island’s countless hot springs.

What our guests tell us...

Just a selection of our great reviews!

Incredibly well organized, friendly staff you want to know long-term, luxurious food and accommodation at modest cost

JimNovember 2017

Thank you very much for a wonderful and most memorable cycling trip! This was my first cycling trip and I was not sure what to expect - our tour guides and the whole team were great to work with! The scenery was breathtaking and the tour overall was very well catered for. I would recommend this tour to any cyclist who wished to explore the wonderful scenery Taiwan has to offer (at pace) as well as getting a little exercise!

SanjayOctober 2016

We had a great time. Loved Taiwan, the people, the countryside, the food and especially the custard apples!

RickDecember 2016

Cycling in Taiwan is as good as road cycling gets. The back roads are excellent quality, quiet and some of the funnest rolling hills ever.

AnitaMay 2016

Great experience, exceptional value for money. This is my second tour with Grasshopper and I would strongly recommended them.

PhilMarch 2016

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