Sunset Peak, Lantau's second highest peak standing at 869m is not a technical ascent but a level of fitness is required and previous hiking experience will be a distinct advantage. The descent is also a little steep in places but with steps in place it is manageable. Sunset on Sunset Peak, this is one for the hopeless romantics, the photographer or just those that want a little adventure and fun. Sunset Peak is situated on one of Hong Kong's outlying islands, Lantau. This evening hiking tour is around 5 hours.
To get this adventure underway you will be required to catch the 13.10 ferry from Central Pier 6 to Lantau Island. Your guide who lives on Lantau will meet you from the ferry by the famous green post box just outside Mui Wo ferry terminal, the start and finish point of many of Lantau's endurance events. Fear not this is not one of them.
Please allow time at this point for a supplies and equipment check, water and headtorch plus correct clothing for the time of year and current forecast weather conditions.
Then, you will head out through the old village of Mui Wo and Silvermine Bay to follow the River Silver. Its not long before you are heading onto a forested trail which signals the start of the ascent. This ascent will take you from sea level all the way to the 869m Sunset Peak, your guide will set a very steady and most importantly maintainable pace, once again you are allowed plenty of time for breaks and the steady hiking pace.
The trail you follow remains wooded as you continue to ascend before the landscape starts to change as you gain altitude and slowly but surely Sunset starts to reveal its views. First fabulous views of the coastal town Pui O and its long sandy beach, further afield views of the surrounding islands. Up you go still further at times the ascent will test you. Heading for the Peak now crossing over a couple of small waterfalls and heading on past a dozen or so stone dwellings what were originally built by missionaries in the 1920s, then on past the 800m mark to the peak.
The view from here is stunning but is magnified by the sunset on that you have worked so hard for. You will not be disappointed even if you do not get the full sunset.
Once finished on the peak and the sun has set and photos are done you will head down the opposite side of Sunset Peak with a few steep sections to beware of and now we will be hiking in the dark so soaking up a different atmosphere on your descent which is shorter and far less demanding as we ascend to 324m where you will catch a bus back to Mui Wo.
Walk part of the famous Lantau trail
View village life as the hike winds through Mui Wo
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 as all hikes start promptly. Hikes will not be delayed so as not to inconvenience others.
Mui Wo Ferry Pier, by the famous green post box, the start and finish point of the fabulous 70km Lantau Trail. The ferry to Mui Wo departs from Central Pier 6 @ 13:10
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