Hong Kong’s Islands Trail

The Length of Lamma

This day on Lamma starts with a ferry ride from Central followed by a gentle climb through the streets of Yung Shue Wan to Lamma Winds. From there the trail takes you off the main trail and over the spine of the island down to Sok Kwa Wan for a seafood lunch. In the afternoon we climb up and over a pass between Mount Stenhouse and Lin Kok Shan down to Turtle Beach.

Distance: 10.7 km | Time: 4 hrs | Difficulty: 2

Po Toi in the Clouds

Take a little time to enjoy the peace of the isolated beach of Tung O before making your way along the concrete trail to Mo Tat Wan and a ferry to Aberdeen. To complete Day 2 and finish in Stanley you will need to make the journey on a public holiday of weekend as during the weekdays the ferry does not stop at Stanley.

Distance: 12 km | Time: Full day with ferry rides | Difficulty: 2

Coast to Coast

Day three starts in Stanley with a hike up to the catchwater, before following the trail past Repulse Bay and up through the Tai Tam Country Park. We climb Mount Parker for sweeping views across Victoria Harbour before descending down to Sai Wan Ho Pier.

Distance: 16 km | Time: 5 hrs | Difficulty: 3

Kowloon East to Sai Kung

Day four is the long march, from Lei Yue Mun push up to Devil’s Peak, then over Black Hill past the Little Hawaii Falls and then up to Buffalo Pass. The day finishes with spectacular views over Sai Kung as you descend down to the promenade. There are plenty of hotels and guest houses in Sai Kung that you can stay.

Distance: 24 km | Time: 8 hrs | Difficulty: 5

Sai Kung Peninsular

Things get a little easier on day five as you take a speedboat from Sai Kung promenade over to Sai Wan where you start a hike over the peninsular to catch a ferry to Tap Mun (Grass Island). There are a few guest houses on Tap Mun, but we suggest enjoying star gazing in the open on one of the grass fields along the coast.

Distance: 12 km | Time: 4 hrs | Difficulty: 3

East to West

Wake up to a beautiful sunrise on Tap Mun (Grass Island), and start the day with a loop up to the tallest peak on the island. From there catch a ferry and look for a bike to cross the New Territories to Tuen Mun along the new New Territories Cycle Track. It’s a long day with lots of adventure.

Distance: 6 km hike & 55 km bike | Time:12 hrs | Difficulty: 4

Lantau’s Hidden Shores

You start day seven in Tuen Mun and jump the ferry to Tai O. From there you spend the rest of the morning exploring the fishing community before taking on a short coastal hike over to Fan Lau. It’s a well deserved gentle day with plenty of distractions away from the trail.

Distance: 14 km | Time: 4 hrs | Difficulty: 2

Sea to Peak

The route starts with a detour to the magical Kai Ling campsite and then a look at the South Lantau Obelisk. You then hike up the Keung Shan Country Trail to a stunning viewpoint and continue up to Ling Wui Shan. From there you follow the ridge down to the Keng Shan Road and then hike up the road for a well deserved break in Ngong Ping.

Distance: 17.5 km | Time: 8 hrs | Difficulty: 5

Through the Mist

Watching the mist roll over Sunset Peak from the top of Lantau at dawn is a “must do experience” for any Hong Kong hiking devotee. But you have to have a bit of luck for the magic to happen. This is a full day, starting at dawn and hiking slowly down to Pak Kung Au.

Distance: 19.5 km | Time: 8 hrs including the ferry | Difficulty: 3

Easy on Cheung Chau

All the hard work behind you finish off the trail on day ten with a day on Cheung Chau. Starting in the south of the island weave your way around the coast for secluded beaches and pirate caves. From there enjoy a long lunch near the pier before an afternoon stroll down to Coral Beach to work off the food.

Distance: 10 km | Time: 4 hrs | Difficulty: 1

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