• Ma On Shan

  • Ma On Shan – Horse Saddle Mountain. This is an absolute classic hike.

    Starting at sea level you are quickly into the ascent, hiking through a fabulous shaded forest with areas of dense vegetation - Wild rhododendrons flower at the end of March and bamboo orchid can be found growing beside streams. The trail then winds on past an abandoned Hakka Village heading up to a treat which is Ngong Ping Plateau at 410m revealing exceptional views of the Sai Kung Peninsula. Unmissable to our left stands Pyramid Hill at 536m this needs to be negotiated first. On cooler days and for those with the legs you can choose to climb over Pyramid Hill or more commonly traverse a contour path around to expose the rugged and tough final (optional) ascent of Ma On Shan at 702m. Views from the top are what this hike is all about; you may thank us for getting your feet moving and encouraging you to the summit.

    Please note in the heat this can be a challenging hike, experienced fit hikers only.

  • Highlights

    • Walk part of the famous Macehose trail
    • Views over Sai Kung Peninsula
    • Shaded forest trail
    • Abandoned Hakka village
    • Paragliders Plateau (Ngong Ping)
    • High Island Resevoir
    • Summit Ma On Shan 702m (optional)
  • Hike Overview

    • Style: Moderate Day Hike
    • Difficulty: Level 3/5
    • Technical: Level 3/5
    • Elevation Gain: 800m
    • Duration: 5 Hours
    • Distance: 9.3mi/15km
    • Cost: $700 HKD per person
  • Packing List

    Required items:
    - Lightweight hiking shoes or hiking boots    (ankle support advised)
    - Water in bottles or bladder (min 3 litres in hot weather)
    - Sunhat & Sunscreen
    - Backpack
    - Suitable Clothing
            Suggested items:
    - Personal travel/medical insurance
    - Octopus card
    - Spare clothing in dry bag
    - Hiking poles
    - Insect repellent
    - Camera
    - Snacks to keep you going
  • General Requirements

    This is a moderatly difficult hike for experienced fit hikers only, this hike is generally available through out the year. Remember be hydrated before the hike, remain hydrated during the hike. Fluids fluids fluids we can't stress this enough.

    Footwear: quality walking shoes/trainers with good grip are a must, anything less is unacceptable.

    Clothing: We highly recommend the layer system according to the season

    • Summer (Hot): May ~ October/November - Dri-fit, Climalite, Breathable materials

    • Wet Season: April ~ September - light weight waterproof breathable shell, spare socks

    • Winter (cold): November/December ~ March - Wind proof shell, fleece, hiking trousers, gloves & beanie

    We highly recommend a change of clothes carried in a dry bag.

  • Important Information

    Joining any of our hikes means you have accepted & signed our terms & conditions waiver.

    Any pre-existing medical conditions should be fully appraised by a doctor and their nature fully disclosed to your insurer and to ourselves.

    Hydration: As in all hiking, keeping yourself hydrated is essential but never more so than in Hong Kong's hot season. It is routinely possible to lose up to 1 litre of fluid per hour whilst hiking so it is important you carry enough water/electrolytes to keep hydrated for the duration of the hike.

    Public transport: Hiking in Hong Kong involves the use of the very efficient public transportation system. All our hikes start & finish at the nearest MTR station.  Any transportation costs between the nearest MTR station and trail start/end will be covered by Hong Kong Hikers Ltd.

    Hike start times vary, please be aware of this to ensure on-time arrival, all hikes will start promptly. Hikes will not be delayed as unfair inconvenience others.

  • Meeting Point

    Tai Shui Hang MTR station. This is on the Ma On Shan line (brown line) which is in the New Territories. To get to this line you would need to connect from the East rail line (light blue line) at Tai Wai.

  • Hike Photos