The trail North Section 1 is located in the Taroko National Park and belongs to the northern section of the Central Mountain Range’s main ridge. Spanning from Taichung City to the counties of Yilan and Hualien, it takes seven days of travel starting from the trail at Shengguang in Taichung City, making it Taiwan’s most varied and challenging trekking route.
The seven-day journey winds through eight hundred mountains, among the five highest, is Mt. Nanhu (南湖大山), with an elevation of 3,742 meters above sea level, and Central Range Point (中央尖山), the largest of Taiwan’s three highest peaks, with an elevation of 3,705 meters and whose name and reputation was earned thanks to its sharp cone-shaped peak resembling a blade.
Through interaction and observation, Min Min (敏敏), a Taiwanese photographer with three years of experience under her belt, captures beautiful moments when least expected.
Her passion for hiking stems from photography itself and that urge to see different landscapes through a lens, all while exerting physical strength and endurance.
Min Min always brings along her most familiar camera lens, which is absolutely waterproof. Starting from the mountain entrance up the steep zigzagging trail, the trek is covered with pine needles, producing that enjoyable crackling sound.
With the increasing altitude, the temperature hovers at around ten degrees, accompanied by a distant view of Central Range Point beyond a magnificently vast grassland, and as this view gives rise to a sense of awe, one suddenly feels tiny among nature’s immensity.
Min Min recalled that when climbing, her mind remains in quiet meditation as she slowly steps onward; never breaking her stride until she reaches her goal. Just like life, everyone searches, at their own pace, for the one they want.
Be mindful of yourself and don’t drag your teammates behind – this is a basic understanding between you and your fellow hikers.
At more than 3,000 meters high, panting gradually becomes more rapid, but the mountain shape of Mt. Nanhu in the distance is identical to the image found on the 2,000-yuan banknote.
Lying in the foreground is Mt. Nanhu North, which tops Taiwan’s list of highest peaks with an elevation of 3,536 meters. Its wide summit and gentle slopes make for a magnificent and calming sight.
The impression left by Mt. Nanhu North runs deep. Before one’s eyes stands a strange stone with a five-pointed spike at the top resembling the back of a stegosaurus.
This, together with the azure sky, makes the slope seem steeper and evokes a sense of respect and admiration for nature’s uncanny workmanship. All of this forms part of the challenging Wuyan Peak.
Crossing this strange rock and stone, down the gravel slope, a group of trekkers reaches the bottom of the Nanhu Mountains, a magnificent U-shaped valley carved out by ancient glaciers now called Nanhu Valley.
When sharing her mountaineering experience, Min Min says that on the mountain, you can listen to the true voice in your heart.
Mountain enthusiasts are also happy to share their food and life experiences with strangers, with each conversation revealing different lifestyles, new attitudes, things that are usually hard to encounter.
Mountaineering is not only to enjoy the beautiful scenery along the way but also to savor the epitome of life. The goal is far off in the distance and only with constant steps, will we finally reach it and enjoy that glorious feeling of being on the summit.
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