In the old days, this old trail was the only way for residents in Kaluluan to communicate with others tribes. No matter they needed to trade, study, or see doctors, they had to cross Coastal Range to the other side of the mountain to get the sources they need.
After roads were paved, this old trail was useless and forgotten by residents. Fifty years past, the youths who had ever walked this trail become elders already. If there is no one try to find out this trail, it will lost in the memories.
The year before last year, some youths and elders planed to find out this trail. They worshiped the ancestors and the god of the mountain before departure and spent 8 days, finally, they found out the trail according to their memories and built a "Taluan" on the top of the mountain.
This old trail is not just a road to cross Coastal Range. The most important is we find the memories and stories that almost be forgotten.
Durations : 3 days
Location : the tribe Kaluluan, Fengbin Township, Hualien County
Number of visitors ：Minimum of 8 people，maximum of 12
Eligibility ：age above 12
Meeting time / place：
09:10 Hualien Train Station ( Booking transfer service )
10:30 the tribe Kaluluan at Hualien Township （meet at designated place）
Day3 11:00 leaving from the tribe
【Three days & two nights】
-The ritual before hiking
Use cigarettes and alcohol to worship ancestors before hiking. It's a simple but necessary ritual in order to inform ancestors that we are going to the place that they used to live and ask them to protect us from the injuries in the wild.
-Memories of the old trail - cross the Coastal Range
Follow old hunters who had ever walked this trail when they were young. For them, it's not just a lost old trail but the memories carrying stories and cultures of the tribe.
★It takes about 3.5 hrs to reach where we camp. Parts of trail need to use both your hands and feet, please wear hiking boots or rain boats.
-Traditional lunch box
Women make the traditional lunch boxes for us, what the hunters will carry when they need to go to work or hunt in the mountain.
-Skills of how to survive in the mountain
Collect woods, set up the fire, recognize poison plants and make the traps. All the skills that the hunters need in the wild they will teach you in the process of hiking.
-BBQ on the mountain top
After arriving where we camp, take a rest and start to prepare the dinner - indigenous style BBQ
-Explore the forest at night
Follow the hunters and observe animals footprints. If lucky, you can see animals walking beside you !
- Sleep at the "Taluan"
In indigenous language, "Taluan" is a hut that hunters built to take a rest. We will sleep at this taluan to experience the life of hunters.
-Wake up in the mountain
Wake up and prepare the breakfast. Clean up the taluan before leaving.
- Keep walking toward the tribe on the other side of the mountain
On the other side of the mountain, there is a tribe called Shanshing. This old trail between Kaluluan and Shanshing is the only way to communicate with each others.
★It takes 1.5 hrs to reach Shanshing tribe. It will be very slippery and muddy if raining lat night. Please be careful when walking.
-Back to Kaluluan
Take a shower and find somewhere that faces the sea to take a rest.
-Stories about Kaluluan
We walk around the tribe and the youth will introduce the histories, cultures, and lifestyles in Kaluluan.
-The night beside the sea
The dinner cooked by the woman in the tribe with local ingredients. If the atmosphere is right, we can sing or dance with elders. It will be an unforgettable moment in these three days.
-Have a nice dream
Sleep with the sounds of waves and wish you have a good dream.
-Free time in the morning, optional activities
-Brunch in the tribe
Last meal in the tribe. Enjoy it !
-Say goodbye to Kaluluan
When the number of travelers match the minimum requirement for this trip, we will add you in the Line group to send notifications about ten days prior to the departure. Please make sure that you fill up the right Line ID when booking.
Minimum of 8 people are required to book tour. If total number of travelers do not match the minimum requirement for this trip, the tour will be cancelled and you will receive a notification e-mail or phone call 14 days prior to departure. You can claim for refund or reserve the fee.
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－ To Hualien
（1）06:03-08:15 /Puyuma Express 202
（2）06:14-08:20 / Tarako Express 402
（3）06:07-09:02 / Chu-Kuang Express 72
2. By bus (depart from Taipei)
（1）From Taipei Bus Station or Taipei City Hall Bus Station to Lou-dong and transfer the train
（2）From Nangang Bus Station to Hualien
3. Drive to designated place
4. Live near the Hualien Train Station the night before
－Hualien to Kaluluan
1.Book transfer service one-way $400 ，roundtrip $700
2. Bus 1145 depart at 8:50
3. Rent a car and drive to the designated place (book beforehand)
4. Hitch a ride !
First night, we will sleep at the Taluan in the forest, and there is no toilet or bathroom.
Second night, we will sleep in the tribe with bathrooms.
【Things to bring】
Big backpack : 30-50L for two days stuff.
Clothing : T-shirt, pants, hiking boots or rain boots, jacket.
Two-piece raincoat : It won't let your pants get wet easily and it's much safer then one-piece raincoat when you wear one walking in the forest.
Sleeping bag：In the forest, the temperature will drop dramatically at night or you will suffer from hypothermia.
Camping mat：The ground we camp is uneven. Put the camping map under the sleeping bag can make you sleep better and it can also block the moisture from the ground, which will make you sleeping bag get wet.
Headlamp：we will go exploring at night and for your safety, don't use the flashlight and the flashlight on phone.
Bowls & spoons：In order to protect the environment, please do not use disposable tableware.
Water : at least 2L
9.Pants and long sleeve T-shirt : protect you from the bug's bite and sharp grass.
10.Warm clothes：The forest is at an elevation of 1200 metres and you will feel cold at night.
We will explore the forest in the first night. Please wear the headlamp and follow the guidance of hunters or we will break taboos, which is very dangerous in indigenous culture.
You can pack two luggage. One for hiking only, the other stuff which won't be needed can leave in the tribe.