One of the advantages of being an avid hiker in Hong Kong is that you never fail to find a trail to entertain, or, challenge yourself. If you find the Dragon’s Back is too easy (but its scenery is definitely one of the most breathtaking), or if you consider the Lion Rock Peak not challenging enough, here it is, the Sharp Peak – a strenuous hike demanding bloody efforts but offering absolutely great views. It’s a hike to stake your life on. As the name suggests, it’s the sharpest peak in Hong Kong, followed by the High Junk Peak which I just did exactly one week before.
Wikipedia gives us a short introduction about the Sharp Peak:
Sharp Peak, also Nam She Tsim (蚺蛇尖), lies to the north of Tai Long Wan on the Sai Kung Peninsula in Hong Kong. As its name suggests, it comprises a characteristic sharp peak, which rises to a height 468 metres. The hill is hard for hikers although it is a popular site for hiking in Hong Kong.
We started off at Pak Tam Au on Maclehose Trail Section 2, and took a turn at the end of Chek Keng, to complete the task of the day – to conquer the Sharp Peak!
Along the way to the sharp peak, you’ll spot this sign (otherwise you know you are taking the wrong trail), it reads ‘do not take this sign seriously, or you are a LOSER’ :
A thousand-hands-guanyin pose far away from the Sharp Peak:
And a lovely group picture right at the foot of it:
And some of the creative pictures of the day:
So, here’s how you are going to do if you want to hike up to the Sharp Peak. Basically there’s no way to climb up without your hands. It’s a good idea to bring a pair of gloves. Due to the over-steepness of the trail, a pair of legit hiking shoes could really save you a lot of trouble:
Jumping pics are mandatory:
One of the biggest prizes for getting up to the peak is the breathtaking views:
Oops, forgive me for not taking a panorama.
Climbing down the peak proved to be more difficult. But instead of making the same way back, we decided to take a left turn and to head to the beach instead. And I still couldn’t believe we spent around 30 minutes playing around with this rock, but it’s a LOT of fun!
We just can’t get enough of playing around with this rock:
However, since we left the campus pretty late, we had to hike back from the beach to our starting point – Pak Tam Ou, in complete darkness. And I’m still amazed that they actually have the lights by some parts of the trail:
Everyone was hungry and tired. A HUGE slice of the Pizano’s 24-inch pizza and a cup of bubble tea are the sole reasons that supported me through the last period of the hike:
For funsies: I’ve never see such a big a cow in the middle of a hiking trail:
And in case you need a map:
You’ll probably get everything that you need to prepare for the trip including trail details, trail map, transportation, at this site:
And this is exactly the route we went for: