The blockbuster hike; at 934 metres, Lantau Peak is Hong Kong’s second tallest mountain – Ma On Shan is the tallest but only has a service road and no dedicated hiking trails. There are several hiking trails crossing Lantau Peak, although one of the most popular and possibly the most difficult is a very early morning ascent from foot to peak to make it for the sunrise. The wisdom of climbing a very steep and potentially dangerous mountain in the dark we’ll leave to you and your insurance company.
Most of the trail is paved, although the stone steps can be difficult and general incline is steep. It’s also worth mentioning that the trails in this area are some of the most popular hikes in Hong Kong and can be packed at weekends and on public holidays. On Sundays you’d swear the peak was busier than Causeway Bay. At its top of Lantau Peak you’ll find the grand Big Buddha statue and monastery, which is a good place to grab a few snaps and refill on food. The hike itself affords excellent vistas over the thick greenery that carpets Lantau and onto the South China Sea. Take the Ngong Ping cable car back down the mountainside for more amazing views.
Difficulty: 3/5. The sheer incline makes this a difficult climb. Some of the paths are narrow and the steps crumbling and it’s a hike that requires physical fitness.
Where: The trail starts between Mui Wo and Tung Chung. The easiest way to reach it is to take the MTR to Tung Chung and then a bus towards Mui Wo. Ask the driver – probably with the help of passengers – to drop you at the start of the Lantau trail. There is a signpost.