Sunday, January 11, 2015

The Hunch Backs - Ngau Ngak Shan (牛押山)

(17 kilometers)
7 hours

Difficulty: 9/10. First 2km are really steep, will often require your hands. Paths down are often slippery. Not good if you are afraid of heights. Long hike

Cel phone coverage: Most of the trail.

Water needs: 2 liters

Appreciation: 10/10. Amazing view. Walking on the peak of the razor-sharp mountains is exhilarating 

Transportation: Easy access. Wu Kai Sha MTR, then return via Wong Tai Sin MTR

Why it's worth it:

Make your way to the Wu Kai Sha MTR. Exit towards the LakeSilver escalators. Head left through the bus terminus. You should end up on Sha On Street...

Cross the street and head right.

Walk along the road to your right and green-space on your left...

Until you reach this point where there's a path on the left going through the green-space. Take the path.

Follow the path all the way through the green-space and underneath the highway overpass. Right after the overpass, hear left on the path.

You'll be walking a few meters on that path until you see a water drainage trench on your right. This is where the "trail" proper starts. Go up on the right of the trench.

Maybe 10-15 meters in, you'll see an actual beaten path on the right. This is where the fun begins. Take that path and start scrambling up.

You'll eventually reach this crossroad, take the path on the right.

Another crossroad. Go straight
You will essentially be climbing the dorsal fin of the mountain

At times, there'd isn't much between you and a steep drop. But the views are amazing

View of the first peak, Ngau Ngak Shan, from the second one, Ma On Shan.Keep following the trail until you reach section 4 of Maclehose. Then go South on Maclehose 4 and keep following it.

Here, straight ahead. Still on Mac 4. About halfway through I would say.

Road towards Shatin pass. At Shatin pass, you can replenish but you only have about 40 more minutes to Wong Tai Sin. Just keep going down the road.

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Please, don't litter!

Hiking is about communion with nature. So please pickup after yourself. There's no excuse to leave plastic bags, water bottles or any rubbish on or around the trails; if you managed to bring it, you can manage to bring it back!