Sai Kung Horseshoe

It is not easy though at 20-kilometres with a fair amount of climbing, but the rewards for those who make it are well worth the effort. 
For much of the trail you are following MacLehose section 2 as it winds its way from the High Island Reservoir to Pak Tam Au taking in three world class beaches on the way. This route has an important detour that adds Ham Tin and Tung Wan beaches as well as a stunning ridge walk all the way up to Sharp Peak.

There is something in this hike for everyone. Stunning beaches, awe inspiring mountains, a Geo Park and ancient villages. You need to allow a long day to complete it so be prepared to get up early and finish late as reaching the start and finish points from the city needs some time.


  1. Start at Sai Kung pier and take minibus route 9 or bus route 96R, alighting at Pak Tam Chung. Next, take minibus route 9A and get off at High Island Reservoir East Dam.
  2. Before you set off use the opportunity to check out the Hexagonal columns below you in the Geo Park before setting off on the MacLehose Trail Section 2 towards Long Ke Wan. 
  3. The hike over to the first beach is relatively easy, with some good views back over the reservoir. You then make a 300-meter climb to Sai Wan Shan before slowly descending to the village and beach of the same name. There are a few shops and restaurants here to restock before continuing the trail over to Ham Tin beach. 
  4. At Ham Tin, leave the MacLehose Trail and continue along the beach, over the river, and through the restaurants. As you make your way through the back of the village, look for the Sharp Peak Path off to the right that takes you over to Tai Wan beach. At the end of this beach, continue to Tung Wan beach, behind which you will find the path up the ridge to Mai Fan Teng and then to Sharp Peak.
  5. Continue the walk on the other side of the Peak, coming down to Nam She Tsim, where you continue straight along Sharp Peak Path until you meet back up with the MacLehose Trail. Turn right here and continue past the picturesque village of Chek Keng to Pak Tam Au.
  6. To end, rrom High Island Reservoir, take minibus route 9A and get off at Pak Tam Chung, then take minibus route 9 or bus route 96R and back to Sai Kung Pier.