Do this hike if you’re fairly fit and you want to see some killer views. This hike isn’t the easiest but it’ll give you insane city, country and island landscapes. What more can you ask for?
Duration: 5 hours ish. 2h45m to get to the top if you want to get there for sunset.
Hands down the best hike I’ve done in Hong Kong so far; interesting trail and lots of places to stop to take in the amazing views. You don’t even have to queue up or fight for your turn to take a photo either, wonderful. Take note though, there are NO places to get refreshments on route, no carts selling fresh coconuts or frozen pineapple, so make sure you bring enough food and drink to keep you going. I brought along a tub of sour cream and chive crisps and this was definitely not sufficient. Also, be a good sport and wear your sunscreen, most of the hike has zero shade and 100% exposure to the elements.
To get there get the MTR to Tung Chung and then the bus 3M to Pak Tam Au. Make sure you tell the driver that’s where pure getting off so he can discount the bus fare for you. When you get off, walk down the hill for about 50m until you see signs for the hike on your left. Then, just follow the signs for Sunset Peak, it’s pretty impossible to get lost.
Make sure you go all the way to the actual peak. We saw a few groups bypass it which was a HUGE mistake. From the top, I could see right over to the airport, Lamma, Hong Kong island and even Kowloon. Not something you want to miss for sure.
On our way down, we saw people hiking up to catch sunset from the top. Although I had planned to do this, I’m glad I grossly miscalculated how long it would take me to do the hike because NO WAY would I like to try and make my way back down in the dark. The hike has its fair share of rocky paths so watch your step.
To get back, at the end of the hike follow the road down the hill to Mui Wo ferry pier. There is a McDs and 7/11 there (of course) so you can grab yourself something for the ferry back to Central. It’s a long journey back, about 40 mins.