Wuling is the highest paved road in Taiwan

Wuling is a high mountain pass at elevation of 3.281m (10,764ft) above the sea level, located in Nantou County, in Taiwan. It’s said to be the highest paved automobile pass in the country.


What is the highest paved road in Taiwan?

Set high in the Central Mountains, the road to the summit, formerly known as Sakuma Pass, is totally paved. It’s called Highway 14, aka Hehuanshan Road. The road tops out at 3.281m (10,764ft) above the sea level and it’s the highest paved automobile pass in Taiwan. At this altitude, there are few trees and so the views are plentiful and spectacular. Just beware that the weather can be very changeable and warm clothes/waterproofs are a good idea all year round.

How long is the road to Wuling?

Located on the western edge of Taroko National Park, the pass is 41.2 km (25.60 miles) long running south-north from Ren'ai Township to Zhongbu Cross-island Highway, the road through Taroko Gorge. On weekdays there's usually little traffic; at weekends and whenever there's snow, you can expect crowds of people and vehicles. The summit hosts a parking lot. After several incidents, buses and large trucks were barred from this stretch of road. 

Is the road to Wuling in Taiwan dangerous?

Tucked away in the central part of the country, the road is narrow and winding throughout, and is considered a dangerous and difficult road by many drivers. This road often becomes clogged in winter, when many locals travel up the mountain to see snow. It really gets crowded on weekends between December and February. Often during the winter, snow falls in the Hehuanshan area which attracts tourists in great numbers wanting to experience something so unusual for a semi tropical island.