Dragon’s Back Trail
For some real adrenaline rush indulge in a paragliding plunge from Shek O Peak. If hiking is your primary goal then continue to Big Wave Bay Beach and end the trek with a sumptuous seafood feast.
Location: Hong Kong, Shek O, Dragon's Back
Hiking Duration: Approximately 2 hours with stops
Hiking Tips: Avoid weekends if possible or start before 9 am.
Lantau Peak Trail
The more challenging side is when you start your hike from Ngong Ping or from the Big Buddha. The ascend is a series of steep stairs after stairs.
Location: Lantau Peak, Lantau Island, Hong Kong
Hiking Duration: Approximately 2 hours to Lantau Peak
Hiking Tips: The trail is arduous and you need to be careful while heading back down.
Tai Mo Shan Trail
The walk itself can give you the experience of being up in the clouds. If you want to enjoy a perfect sunset then head to Tai Mo Shan Lookout point for the most picture-perfect sight.
Location: Centre of the New Territories, Hong Kong
Hiking Duration: Approximately 5 hours with stops
Hiking Tips: Visiting on a cloudy or misty day can offer some of the best experiences.
One of the most exciting attractions here is the Kamikaze Cave which is a short distance after the Tin Hau Temple.
Location: Lamma Island, Ling Kok Shan, Hong Kong
Hiking Duration: Approximately 4 hours with stops
Hiking Tips: There are many rest stops and replenishing booths along the trail but it is better to
stock up at Sok Kwu Wan, the starting point
How Long is the Trail: Approximately 7 km
For those who do, there is the famous monument of Lion Rock with a full colony of monkeys waiting for them. The Maclehose Trail is also listed in National Geographic’s 20 Dream Trails chosen by Outdoor Luminaries.
Location: Sai Kung, Hong Kong
Hiking Duration: The entire trail-5 to 7 days. Stage 1&2 - 7 hours approximately
Hiking Tips: Trailhead at the end of Stage 3 has a huge camping ground with all basic facilities.
How Long is the Trail: Entire trail - 100 km
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Far ahead, the ridges are dotted with stone huts which were constructed between WW1 and WW2 time period for the missionaries as a holiday retreat. Once you reach the summit, wait for the wonderful sunset, the peak is famous for, and the spectacular views.
Location: Sunset Peak, Lantau Island
Hiking duration: 5 hours approximately
Hiking Tips: Bring along torches or headlamps if you plan to watch the sunset.
How Long is the Trail: 9Kms approximately.
High Junk Peak
Location: High Junk Peak Country TrailClear Water Bay, Hong Kong
Hiking duration: 4 hours approximately
Hiking Tips: The trail is steep with gravel sections which may require scrambling.
other essentials before you start the hike.
How Long is the Trail: 8.5 Kms approximately
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Po Toi Trail
You can even pitch a tent on the Island instead of returning to the city for that extra touch of adventure. The most prominent landmark on this hiking trail is the rock formations shaped like a gigantic palm and giant tortoise.
Location: South-east Island District, Hong Kong
Hiking duration: 3 hours approximately
Hiking Tips: No replenishment stops on the trail so stock up near the pier
How Long is the Trail: 4 km approximately
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Plover Cove Country Park
The majestic hollow maple tree is an iconic part of the Trail. As you hike past the ridgeline take in the views of beautiful rustic hamlets at the foothills and the lush paddy fields swaying in the breeze.
Location: Bride's Pool Rd, Shuen Wan, Hong Kong
Hiking Duration: 6 hours approximately
Hiking Tips: Start early in the morning to make the most of the stunning views.
board a green bus to the MTR Tai Po Market Station.
How Long is the Trail: 8 km approximately
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The Peak Trail
There are signs and boards along the way that explains and tells about the different variety of plants growing in the area. This urban trail gives the perfect city views surrounded by verdant plants and heritage sites.
Location: The Peak, Hong Kong Island
Hiking Duration: 2 hours approximately
Hiking Tips: There are no replenishing stations on the trail so stock up before starting on the hike.
take before you start.
How Long is the Trail: 3.5 km approximately
Ping Shan Heritage Trail
There is a lot to take in, such as ancient walled villages, historical buildings, Hong Kong’s oldest Pagodas: The Tsui Sing Lau Pagoda and so much more.
Location: Ping Shan, Yuen Long District, Hong Kong
Hiking Duration: 2 hours approximately with several sightseeing stops
Hiking Tips: Carry enough drinking water
How Long is the Trail: 2 Kms approximately
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One of the major attractions here is the magnificent view of the Tian Tan Buddha, a massive 34 meters high bronze statue of Lord Buddha.
Location: Ngong Ping, Lantau Island, Hong Kong
Hiking duration: 6 hours approximately
Hiking Tips: The route from the trailhead to the first cable car tower is relatively unshaded so do
carry a hat, sunscreen and drinking water.
How Long is the Trail: 14 km approximately
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Wu Kau Tang Country Trail
The trail is also a great place for birdwatching enthusiasts. The summit has a fire-lookout point and the area is frequented by field and wetland birds such as the kingfisher, egrets, bitterns and herons.
Location: Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
Hiking duration: 2 hours approximately
Hiking Tips: Carry mosquito sprays and bug repellants to avoid any nasty bug bites.
How Long is the Trail: 2.5 KM
Lau Shui Heung Reservoir
The reservoir area itself is a beautiful verdant spot where you can spend a few moments enjoying the tranquillity. Past the reservoir, there is a beautiful lookout point which also serves as a fire lookout for the country park staff to monitor any fire breakouts on the hillside.
Location: Tai Po & North District
Hiking duration: 3 hours approximately
Hiking Tips: There are no replenishing kiosks along the trail so stock up before the hike.
How Long is the Trail: 7.5 km
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For beginners, South Ridge is the best route to take. The best time to hike this trail is between October to February.
Location: Sharp Island, Sai Kung District
Hiking Duration: 2 Hours approximately
Hiking Tips: The mini-bus stop area is just a 30 minutes walk away from the end of the trail.
How Long is the Trail: 3 km approximately
It is one of the longest trails featuring some very spectacular views and it is divided into 10 Stages. The Trails range from moderate to difficult depending on where you start and which of the Stages you choose.
Location: Tai Tam Reservoir Rd, Tai Tam, Hong Kong
Hiking Duration: 3 Hours approximately
Hiking Tips: The trail is physically demanding so make sure you are fit for this kind of hiking.
How Long is the Trail: 4.8 km approximately
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Yuk Kwai Shan (Mount Johnston)
Cross the sandbank to reach the magnificent island of Ap Lei Pai.
Location: Ap Lei Chau, Yuk Kwai Shan, Hong Kong Island
Hiking Duration: 2 - 3 Hours approximately
Hiking Tips: The uphill and downhill path of this trail is very steep and would require scrambling.
So bring hiking gloves.
How Long is the Trail: 3.6 km round trip
The 38 columns are arranged in the form of the infinity symbol on a natural slope and you need to complete the loop. From the top, you can get a great view of Lantau Peak.
Location: Ngong Ping Fun Walk, Ngong Ping, Hong Kong
Hiking Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Hiking Tips: Wisdom Path can be accessed by cable car, taxis or bus from any part of Hong Kong
where you can see the complete arrangement of the 38 columns.
How Long is the Trail: 200 meters
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Ma On Shan Country Park
The beginning is fairly easy but after the wooden junction starts a series of steps fashioned from rocks and boulders. This can be strenuous for beginners. But the sense of adventure and the magnificent panoramic views is worth every effort.
Location: 12 On Chun Street, Ma On Shan, Hong Kong
Hiking duration: 7 hours approximately
Hiking Tips: The trail is strenuous and requires hard physical effort.
windbreaker and drinking water.
How Long is the Trail: 10 km approximately
Yuen Tsuen Ancient Trail
However, it does get quite challenging while going up to Shek Lung Kung. The best reward for hikers is the panoramic view of Tsing Ma Bridge and Ting Kau Bridge.
Location: Tai Lam Country Park, Hong Kong
Hiking duration: 6 hours approximately
Hiking Tips: The uphill road is almost completely devoid of shade so avoid going on very hot days
or bring a large brim hat with sunblock.