Holy Ridge / Taiwan
Neil Wade captured this striking shot of Taiwan’s Holy Ridge, a legendary four- to five-day trek at 3,000-plus meters from Taoshan to the mighty Snow Mountain. It’s known by hikers around the globe as one of Asia’s most challenging and rewarding journeys.
Published on Mar 22, 2016
A hiker looks out onto a sea of clouds along Taiwan’s Holy Ridge, a trail that includes several of the country’s top mountains. Holy Ridge is one of the island nation’s best-known high-mountain treks. It starts at Taoshan (3,325 meters), and spends the next four or five days navigating a wildly scenic ridge line, finally finishing at mighty Snow Mountain, which, at 3,886 meters, is Taiwan’s second highest peak. This rugged trail is for expert hikers only, as it spends its entirety above 3,000 meters and requires traversing several 20-meter vertical cliffs. But for those willing to endure the journey, the hardships will be rewarded with world-class scenery such as this vantage point—not to mention bragging rights for completing one of Asia’s most bucket-listed multi-day hikes.