Hong Kong’s biggest island was featured in all of our research on the best hikes for the region. Put simply by one of the experts we asked, “You just can’t beat Sunset and Lantau peaks.” Spanning 24 kilometers, with two peaks above 850 meters to climb, it’s quite a challenge.
The walk can be split in two sections with Pak Kung Au being the obvious midway point. The trail offers more than high mountains. It starts with a walk through the old settlement of Mui Wo, once home to Emperor Duanzong of Song and finishes at the Buddhist sanctuary in Ngong Ping.
Be sure to pack for a full day and bring plenty of water as this hike will test even the fittest.
Time: 8 Hours
Take a ferry to Mui Wo and set off along the promenade before cutting inland to Ma Po village. It’s worth a quick look at Yuen’s Mansion and the Luk Tei Tong watchtower along the way.
At the back of Ma Po village, look for and then set off along Old Village Path to Nam Shan.
Once you reach the picnic tables, head off a path to your right, sign posted to Sunset Peak.
After you pass the Lantau Trail distance post 14, look for a path to your right that will take you off the main trail to the peak.
From there continue till you drop back down to join Lantau Trail and down to Pak Kung Au.
Cross Tung Chung Road and follow the signs up to Lantau Peak and from there back down to Ngong Ping. The path follows Lantau Trail up until you meet Wisdom Path, after which follow the signs to Ngong Ping village.
After passing through the village, look for Nei Lak Shan Country Trail underneath the cable car and follow it to the top of the first hill. It deviates away from the cable car at first but once you reach the platform at the midpoint, you leave Nei Lak Shan Country Trail and join Ngong Ping 360 Rescue Trail.
As you get closer to Tung Chung, the wooden boardwalk turns into a regular path as you leave the cable car and arrive at Tung Chung Bay.