Friday, July 26, 2013


Starting at L005 a long and strenuous hike to the 3rd highest mountain peak in Hong Kong begins. This trail earn its reputation not just because of its height but because of it beautiful landscapes and scenery. I'm sure you will appreciate the hike specially on a clear, cool and bright day.

  • (The Best Way) - Take the ferry from Central Ferry Terminal 6 to Mui Wo (Silvermine Bay) then take either Bus No.1  or No.3M., then get off after two or three stops (depending on the bus your in). The bus stop should be along side of Nam Shan picnic area.
  • (Alternative Way) - take the MTR to Tung Chung MTR Station and board into Bus No. 3M at Tung Chung Bus Terminus then get off at Nam Shan picnic area.
  • Taxi from Mui Wo should cost HK$25 only.

  • Difficulty: 3/5 (Strenuous Hike)
  • Distance: 6.5+ km
  • Duration: 3.5 Hrs
  • Terrain: 60% Natural, 30% Modified boulder path and 10% Alternative routes.
  • Mobile Phone Coverage: Good
  • GPS Coverage: Good
  • Pack: 20L - 3L
  • Liquid Supplement: 3L
  • Food: Either Fruit/Power Bars/Bread
  • Clothing: Polyester Shirt (DriFit) / Shorts
  • Extras: Mosquito Repellent, Hiking Pole(Optional), Sun Block, Sunglasses, Hat, Wind Breaker (During Cold and Winter Season) and Personal First Aid Kit.

At Nam Shan, along side with the Shelter, Picnic Area and the Public Toilet with Vending Machines. About 2 to 3 bus stop from Mui Wo Bus Terminus. 

The ever friendly Board Map has all the information about the accuracy of the trail and the other alternative routes. Take some time to study it or might as well take a picture of it so that you can have a reference on the trail.

The Wooden Archway of Lantau Trail Section 2

The trail is well maintained and there are plenty of sections were you may encounter this type of boulder path. Due to the ever changing weather please watch your steps on some of the moving boulders!

LIN FA SHAN (766masl)
Okay, this is really not part of the main trail of Lantau Trail Section 2 but I decided to take a little detour while I'm here.

The 360 view is fascinating specially on the North side of the Country Park. Pui O is also a great sight on the summit.

Another summit and the breathe-taking scenery of Pui O and Chi Ma Wan Country Trail (from a distance). Once in a while you will see a few Campers pitching their tents within the Mountain range of Yi Tung Shan, this is considered as the perfect location to Camp because you will be surrounded with the old Stone Huts which is like an obsolete mountain kingdom and the view of Lantau North and South Country Park.

This trail is fully covered with trail signs like this one to ensure your destination.

SUNSET PEAK (a.k.a TAI TUNG SHAN)  869masl.The perfect panoramic view of the mountain is apparently surrounded with dozens of Stone Huts at L013. It was built between the wars as a holiday retreat for missionaries working in mainland, China. I'm certain that this Stone Huts can still be rented by making an advance booking but you need to bring all your supplies on the mountain with you.

The clouds are starting to blanket the mountain but you can still have great glimpses of the trail I passed through and as well as the stone huts. There are plenty of routes when you reach the summit of Sunset Peak, please be very careful selecting the route to continue on the original path of Lantau Trail Section 2.

Trigonometric Marker of Sunset Peak

If you get to the right path and reached L015, the northeast ridge of Lantau Peak stand before the intrepid Mountaineer.

The beginning of a long downhill battle!

From here on it's downhill, on a well maintained boulder path edged with shrubs and trees. Even though the path is very challenging to the legs and knees, the views are very spectacular. The long beach and offshore of the south coast below Cheung Sha, Hong Kong is the navigation points for hydrofoils heading towards Macau.

To get back to the city is by crossing on the opposite road next to the blue toilet and barbecue area. Take Bus No. 11 or 23 heading towards the bus terminus of Tung Chung and the MTR Station is just nearby.

Friendly Reminder
Enjoy Your Country Park, Enjoy Hiking and Leave No Trace

1 comment:

  1. I was wondering if you could camp in Sunset Peak.