Below are our travel experts’ handpicked the top Mount Tai Hiking tour packages which take you to explore with classic experience. The hiking usually takes about 1 or 2 days depending on wheather you will accommodate at the top of Mount Tai for sunrise and sunset. Besides, Mount Tai can be connected to other popular destinations in Shandong easily, such as Qingdao, Jinan, etc.
Hiking Mount Tai is not some serious strong trek. In stead, its a enjoyable hiking of cultural exploration and natural sightseeing. This hike tour takes up to the top with classic Hongmen Trail, while get you downhill with another natural trail - Tianzhu Peak Trail. You will get a lot of fun.Check Details
Mount Tai, considered to be “a Natural Museum of History and Art”, is a famous place both of Taoism and Buddhism. In two days, you'll hike along the most classic route - Hongmen Route to the top of Mount Tai. All the beautiful scenery and historical sites await you to explore!Check Details
Take the 3-day Beijing side trip to Mount Tai and Qufu by high speed train! You'll visit two UNESCO World Heritage Sites, see both natural and cultural scenes, get to know why confucianism is spreading all over the world.Check Details
Popular Mount Tai Hiking Trails
Although the elevation of Mount Tai is only 1545 meters, the vertical height from the foot of mountain to the height spot is 1391 meters. So the stairs uphill is very steep. There are also lofty peaks, strange stones, old trees, together with the relic temples, palaces, forming a majestic picture.
There are two most popular climbing trails:
Classic imperial Hongmen trail – Daimiao to Jade Emperor Peak
The Hongmen Trail is the most popular climbing route which used to be the main road for emperors to get to the top with a distance of 9.5 kilometers. One usually can finish this hike around 4~6 hours. This route has wide stairs of strong and tidy stones. Along the both sides of the path is prosperous old trees and other plants. There are many historical relic sites located on the Homen Trail, including 8 temples, over 200 monumental stone tablets, over 300 cliff carvings, etc.
You can first go to visit the Dai Temple where you can stay 1~2 hours to explore this largest and best-preserved ancient building complex of Mount Tai. Founded in Han Dynasty and had a larger scale of construction in Tang Dynasty, Dai Temple now contains ancient buildings of over 150, all with the imperial architectural styles.
Leave Dai Temple, start hike, via Guangdi Temple, Yitian Gate, Confucius Visiting Statue, and Hongmen Palace, you will get to the Ticket check-in site – Wanxian Pagoda. Buy the entry ticket(125RMB), hike some easy stairs, pass by Doumu Palace, Jingshiyu, Hutian Pavilion, Huima Hills, after about 2 hours, you will get to Halfway Gate to Heaven. Here you will have finished the half distance of whole hiking.
From Halfway Gate to Heaven, you can take cableway car up to the top. While, if physical condition allows, we suggest you keep hike from here upward, which is definitely worth trying. Keep climbing, and stop to visit attractions, such as Kuaihuo Sanli, Cloud Step Bridge and Five Official Pine Trees, then get to challenge the most difficult hiking section – 18 Bends which is also the essence of Mount Tai Hiking for you to catch significant landscape. Finally you will get to South Gate to Heaven. Here you can slow down your steps, and walk around the famous attractions on the peak, such as Heaven Street, Bixia Temple, Jade Emperor Peak, etc. If lucky, enjoy the fabulous sunset.
Green Nature Trail -Tianzhu Peak to Jade Emperor Peak
Tianzhu Peak Scenic Area is located on the eastern side of Mount Tai. The best highlight of this region is stunning scenery with fresh air and fewer tourists. The essence of this trail is the 5.4 kilometers’ hiking from Tianzhu Peak to the Sister Pine Tree. Many attractions gather along this route, such as Crane Bay, Watching Heaven Gate, Tianzhu Peaks, General Hill, Yellow Flower Plank Road, Laojun Temple, Yuanjun Temple, Lotus Cave, Nine Dragons Hill, Crouching Tiger, etc. Then take the Houshiwu Cableway to South Gate to Heaven.
This nature trail is also often taken as the downhill route for those who climb up by the Hongmen trail so that one doesn’t have to return the same way.
Recommended Top Tour Packages including Mount Tai
Have more days to spend in China? Why not travel Mount Tai with other popular travel destinations in Shandong, such as Jinan, Qufu, Qingdao, etc. You can even extend your trip to nearby region, such as Zhengzhou, Luoyang, Dengfent Shaoling Temple, etc. Following are several recommended tour packages with private service and budget price.
- 8 Days Shandong History & Culture Tour
Jinan / Mount Tai / Qufu / Zibo / Weifang / Qingdao
- 10 Days Beijing Shandong Tour by Bullet Train
Beijing / Jinan / Mount Tai / Qufu / Qingdao
- 11 Days China World Heritage Tour in North China
Beijing / Jinan / Mount Tai / Qufu / Zhengzhou / Dengfeng / Luoyang / Xian