There are a lot of attractive scenery in the world. The only way to experience the emotion, is to see them by your own eyes. Golden Grotto is one of them, it is the typical river trekking secret spot like epic.
Crystal blue stream water and skyline canyon are pronouns of Golden Grotto.
This is also the must-visited spot for Taiwanese river trekkers.
Sunlight can barely shrine inside this nearly vertical canyon. Only one hour a day you are able to see this wonderful view of brightening sunshine reflecting on blue water.
Golden Canyon is a magnificent spot with potential risk, therefore, we suggest visitors prepare helmets, wet suits, river shoes and life jackets. Golden Grotto is a narrow canyon, there is a possibility of flash flood if it starts raining. Please go with experienced local guide for your safety.
Not only the inner part of the canyon, but the scenery on the way are extremely attracting. What’s more, this appealing landscape nearly belongs to you, very few people know about this secret place.
Golden Grotto is located in Hualien City, it is one of the small tributaries of Sanzhan S. River. The start point of river trekking is a village of Taroko aboriginal tribe, which called Sanzhan Village after the river’s name. After going along the river for 2.5 hrs, we will arrive the entrance of Golden Canyon. You can reach the village by Hualien local bus or car.
Permit is required
Mountain permit is required to enter Golden Grotto. Please click HERE to apply for the permit.
If the weather is not well, we cannot enter the Golden Grotto. It’s better to start early in the morning because thunderstorm often happens in Hualien after lunch. On this photo, we departed at 6:30 a.m., sun rise along the way was splendid.
Put on your outfit
Normally 7 in the morning we are still in bed, but today we come here to conquer this stunning grotto. Are you ready? To conquer Golden Grotto, you need complete preparation and outfit. River trekking instructor will lead you to put on helmets, wet suits, river shoes and life jackets. You cannot go without any of it.
Full of picturesque places
On the way of trekking, the grotto is full pleasing scenery, but we cannot stay too long. In the afternoon will possibly has thunderstorm, therefore we have to get back earlier.
Trekking in devil’s castle
After 2 hours’ trekking, you will go through a very heavenly valley. Towering mountains go into the clouds from both side looks like devil’s castle. Crystal blue water is as quiet as a lake. If you are walking in front of the group, your step will ripple the tranquil water, as if you stray into somewhere you are not suppose to be.
Golden Grotto we are coming!
After 2 hours hiking, we finally arrive the entrance of Golden Grotto. The first sight is impressive, but impressive is not enough to describe it, it’s incredible. Facing unknown challenge, we are confident, meanwhile we have to respect the god of nature. Wish we will be safe on our way to admire this awesome scenery.
When sun shines in the grotto
Golden Grotto is very narrow, thus only one hour in a day is able to catch sunlight. Only early explorers have a chance to admire this inspiring view. While facing the cold water, sunshine gives visitors more confident and courage.
Trekking inside of the skyline grotto let us understand how small we are
Time to go home
From Golden Grotto to the entrance of Shanzhan river will take you 2.5 hours. Do not stay too long in the grotto, thunderstorm will come at any moment in the afternoon. When the time arrive, we have to go home. Safety is the most important principle in our outdoor activities.
This is definitely one of the Taiwanese top 5 natural scenery. However, this beautiful scenery only belongs to adventurers who are able to finish the hard river trekking. In recent year, there are more and more outdoor explorers know there is a place called Golden Grotto in Hualien and come to pilgrim in Taiwan.
Golden Grotto is medium-high level of stream trekking. Visitors need to be familiar with water and basic rock climbing techniques. It’s better for experienced outdoor explorers, not all of people is suitable. If general visitors want to experience stream trekking, we recommend to go to Shapodang River, which is appropriate for people between 8~55 year old. River trekking has certain risk, please be well prepared and bring mountain permit. The way going to Golden Grotto is long and far, if your budget permitted, it’s recommended to join local tour (http://eyetraveltaiwan.com/). Go with experienced tour guide safe your time and effort, also keep you safe. Good luck!
William Ho, junior tour guide in Eye Travel Taiwan.He is also a river tracing instructor in Hualien. You can check here for his review by the travelers: