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Hiking in Hong Kong has opened up a whole new opportunity of adventure and exciting outdoor activities for those visiting this most vibrant and exciting region in Asia. Who would imagine that a bustling and commercial place like Hong Kong city, can have such an amazing selection of hiking trails? These adventurous trails feature spectacular views and jaw-dropping terrain. Adventure and excitement lurk at every turn of the meandering paths of these hiking trails. 

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Hiking Trails in Hong Kong are varied and offer different levels of challenges for all levels of hikers. The Maclehose Trail is in the internationally acclaimed list of 20 Dream Trails announced by National Geographic and picked by outdoor luminaries. For avid photographers, these hiking trails offer excellent backdrops but Sunset Peak Trail tops the chart for being the most Insta-worthy.

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Here are some of the best hiking trails in Hong Kong:


Dragon’s Back Trail

Dragon’s Back Trail
Dragon’s Back Trail is one of the most iconic hiking trails in Hong Kong and it is easy to access from the city center coupled with the added advantage of being a highly scenic route. The trail is excellent for both beginners and experienced hikers.

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.
                     Carry drinking water
                     Wear comfortable walking or trekking shoes.
                     The weather can be unpredictable- carry a waterproof jacket and sunscreen.

How Long is the Trail: The loop of the trail is 5 km long

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Lantau Peak Trail

Lantau Peak Trail
Lantau Peak Trail boasts to be the second-highest peak in Hong Kong offering the most spellbinding views. It is an excellent trail if you want to combine hiking along with sightseeing. The Big Buddha and the Po Lin Monastery are two major attractions on this 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.
                      Make sure you wear appropriate hiking shoes or strong trainers
                      Bring water, sunscreen, and a waterproof jacket

How Long is the Trail: Approximately 4.5 km

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Tai Mo Shan Trail

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Tai Mo Shan Trail
Indulge in an exciting adventurous hike along Tai Mo Shan Trail as you scale the highest peak in Hong Kong. The trail is mainly a ridge-top walk which offers some of the most spectacular views of Hong Kong, especially on a clear day.

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.
                     The trail is a mix of dirt roads and paved roads so make sure you wear sturdy
                     and comfortable hiking shoes or trainers.

How Long is the Trail: 11 km

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Lamma Island

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Lamma Island
Lamma Island offers an exciting hiking trail with wonderful attractions along the route. This is one of the best hiking trails in Hong Kong that can be explored and enjoyed by all age groups. The trail has excellent scenery coupled with some of the best beaches in Hong Kong 

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
                      Wear the right gear for hiking
                      Make sure you have enough drinking water.

How Long is the Trail: Approximately 7 km

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Maclehose Trail

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Maclehose Trail
Maclehose Trail offers some of the best trekking in Hong Kong. This hiking trail has some of the most spectacular geological sites which can catch the intrigue of avid photographers and adrenaline junkies. The Trail has 5 stages and most are not able to complete all these stages.

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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Sunset Peak

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Sunset Peak
Sunset Peak is a wonderful trail that has a surprise at almost every turn. It offers one of the most interesting hikes in Hong Kong. It is also famous amongst travel photographers for its lush green carpets of grass instead of the usual brambles and bamboos.

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.
                     Remember to carry mosquito repellent, camera, and a jacket.

How Long is the Trail: 9Kms approximately.
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High Junk Peak

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High Junk Peak
High Junk Peak is one of the relatively moderate hiking trails in Hong Kong with a combination of more than a few stairs, a few rolling hills and some of the most rewarding sights. This is one of the most unsung hikes in Hong Kong which makes it less crowded but offering some of the most spectacular views of Clearwater Bay and the nearby coastal areas which should definitely not be missed. 

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.
                     There are no refuelling stops on the trail so be prepared with water, rain jackets and 
                     other essentials before you start the hike.

How Long is the Trail:
8.5 Kms approximately

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Po Toi Trail

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Po Toi Trail
Po Poi Trail is one of the most fantastic trails in Hong Kong providing the most spectacular views of rocky coastlines, spell-binding scenery, amazing rock formations, and nature all around. Once you reach the top all you can see is the magnificent scenery and goings and comings of yachts, boats, and ships.

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
                     Make sure to wear hiking shoes or trainers.

How Long is the Trail: 4 km approximately

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Plover Cove Country Park

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Plover Cove Country Park
Trekking in Hong Kong’s Plover Cove Country Park is a great way to enjoy the great outdoors while still being close to the heart of the city. The Trail is a real challenge for avid hikers featuring incredible sea-scape, lush rolling hills and idyllic scenery.

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.
                     Replenishments can be found in Sam A Tsuen and Lai Chi Wo.
                     There is an alternate route to return via Wu Kau Tang Village from where you can
                     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

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The Peak Trail
The Peak Trail is a walking set in the midst of the bustling city providing for one of the best hiking trails in Hong Kong. The summit of The Peak is ideal for watching the sunset behind the Hong Kong skyline. The Peak Trail is not only a fitting exercise of the body but of the mind as well.

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.
                     There is more than one way to circle the Peak, so familiarise the route you wish to 
                     take before you start.

How Long is the Trail: 3.5 km approximately
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Ping Shan Heritage Trail

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Ping Shan Heritage Trail
The result of a hiking trail combined with spectacular heritage sites is an exhilarating experience that is incomparable. This is exactly what the Ping Shan Heritage Trail presents to its visitors. First, of its kind, this Trail was opened in 1993 showcasing the culture and life of one of the most powerful of the ‘FIve Clans’, the Tangs.

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
                     Carry sunscreen, a hat and a waterproof jacket

How Long is the Trail: 2 Kms approximately

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Ngong Ping

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Ngong Ping
Ngong Ping Trail provides for one of the best hikes in Hong Kong. The Trail is more of advanced difficulty as it involves a lot of climbing. A highland in Lantau Island, Ngong Ping features verdant rolling hills offering hiking trails for all levels of hikers.

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.
                     The first part of the trail to the first tower is steep and the entire trail is made of stone steps. Wear appropriate shoes for the hike.
                     Do not forget to carry a hiking staff or walking stick.

How Long is the Trail: 14 km approximately

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Wu Kau Tang Country Trail

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Wu Kau Tang Country Trail
This is a moderate, grade 2 type of country trail that is not very long but as enchanting and exhilarating as any other trail. The path runs alongside a stream leading past village houses and a wooded area that is filled with the greenest of flora and some rare and amazing fauna.

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.
                     The signposts are not very easily visible so lookout for them carefully to avoid getting

How Long is the Trail: 2.5 KM
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Lau Shui Heung Reservoir

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 Lau Shui Heung Reservoir
Lau Shui Heung Reservoir hiking trail in Hong Kong is a country trail that begins and ends at Reservoir. This is a moderate level trail that can be enjoyed by both the experienced hikers as well as beginners.

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.
                     Best time to hike this trail to see the butterflies is between April to June and October
                     to November.

How Long is the Trail: 7.5 km

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Sharp Peak

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Sharp Peak
Sharp Peak is categorised as the toughest hikes in Hong Kong. This Trail is famous amongst experienced hikers for the challenges it offers with its winding routes and sharp contours. The summit of Sharp Peak can be reached from three sides; the North Ridge, which is the most difficult route, East Ridge and South Ridge.

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.
                     The paths are arduous and gravelly so wear good hiking shoes and also hiking gloves for clambering. 

How Long is the Trail: 3 km approximately
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Wilson Trail

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Wilson Trail
Wilson Trail is one of the most exciting and exhilarating trails for hiking in Hong Kong offering an all-encompassing route. The Trail features verdant fields, sandy beaches, large reservoirs and beautiful meandering paths. The Trail goes through 8 of the Country Parks offering the best trekking in Hong Kong.

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.
                    There is very little or no shade along the way, carry a hat, sunscreen and stay

How Long is the Trail: 4.8 km approximately

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Yuk Kwai Shan (Mount Johnston)

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Yuk Kwai Shan (Mount Johnston)
This is one of the most adventurous and exhilarating hiking in Hong Kong. Hikers can enjoy the best of outdoor adventures on this trail. The Trail offers panoramic views of the city and island views. Get ready for some real physical challenges as you go rappelling, scrambling and clambering up the hillside.

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.
                     If you continue to Ap Lei Pai across the sandbank, then make sure you know the tide 

How Long is the Trail:
3.6 km round trip
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Wisdom Path

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Wisdom Path
The Wisdom Path is a spectacular series of 38 upright wooden columns with inscriptions from the ancient Heart Sutra. From the base of the Big Buddha, there is a trail through the woods that leads to the Wisdom Path.

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
                     A few steps away from the entrance of the Wisdom Path is a viewing point from
                     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

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Ma On Shan Country Park
Ma On Shan Country Park offers some of the best opportunities for hiking in Hong Kong. The Trail presents a lot of challenges for hikers through majestic landscapes. Ma On Shan Peak is about 702 meters high and there are several ways to reach it.

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.
                     Carry a change of clothes, a small towel, waterproof sunscreen, hiking boots, a
                     windbreaker and drinking water.

How Long is the Trail: 10 km approximately

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Yuen Tsuen Ancient Trail

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Yuen Tsuen Ancient Trail
Yuen Tsuen Ancient Trail offers one of the most fascinating and intriguing hiking in Hong Kong. This Path connects two ancient villages and used to be the only route for the villagers to sell their farm produce. The Trail itself is quiet, remote and takes you back in time.

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.
                     The starting part of the trail is a steep upward climb so be prepared for it accordingly.

How Long is the Trail: 16 km approximately

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  1. What essentials are required for hiking in Hong Kong?

    When hiking in Hong Kong, some of the essentials that you require are:
    A backpack
    Dry food and snacks
    Extra clothing for rain and cold
    Hat or cap
    Torch or headlamp
    Extra battery for phone
    Personal Identity proof
    Cash and cards
    Emergency first aid kit
    Emergency multi-tool kit
  2. What are the best summer hikes in Hong Kong?

    Some of the best summer hikes in Hong Kong include:

    1. Lantau Peak Trail: 
    This 2-hour hike takes you to the second-highest peak in Hong Kong. You also get to see the Big Buddha as well as the Po Lin Monastery on this trail. 
    2. Sunset Peak: This is a 5-hour amazing trail complete with verdant greenery and beauty at every turn. Whilst you are on your way to the Sunset Peak, you also get to see stone huts which date back to the times between the first and second World Wars. 
    3. High Junk Peak Trail: One of the easiest hikes in Hong Kong, this 4-hour trail involves stairs, hills as well as some of the most scintillating natural sights. You get to soak in views of Clearwater Bay along with the surrounding coastal areas on this hike. 
    4. Wu Kau Tang Country Trail: This is yet another beautiful trail with enchanting views of village houses, a stream running alongside and meadows with lush green flora and exotic fauna. 
  3. How long does it take to hike Victoria Peak?

    Victoria Peak is the summit of the Peak Circuit Trail, which is a moderate hike. On an average, the hike to Victoria Peak can be completed within 45 minutes to an hour. However, if you stop in between to take photographs of the surrounding natural landscapes and enjoy the views, it might take longer.

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