Hong Kong: Sharp Peak Rehike

Of the multitude of trails I’ve been to in Hong Kong, I found Sharp Peak the best combination of difficulty, length and scenery. As I am about to do the two day Routeburn Hike in New Zealand in a week, I was craving for some warm-up before the trip. I immediately thought of Sharp Peak, the sharpest peak in Hong Kong, notoriously known for its difficulty yet never fails to attract serious contenders. The route that we adopted was exactly the same as my last attempt to the Sharp Peak almost 4 years ago, which I believe I got reference from this amazing website that has everything you need to know, from public transportation (ferry and buses) to trail maps and route details.

The route we followed was:

Pak Tam Au -> Chek Keng(1.5 hr) ->Tai Long Au -> Nam She Au(1.25 hr) -> Sharp Peak(2 hrs) -> Tai Wan(0.25 hr) -> Ham Tin Wan -> Tai Long Au(1.25hr) -> Chek Keng -> Pak Tam Au (0.5 hr)

To help you visualize the trail (map cred to Oasistrek):

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We started our hike at Pak Tam Au by getting off the bus No 94 from Sai Kung pier. The first part of the trail from Pak Tam Au to Tai Lang Au was easy. Funny thing was that we almost missed the entrance of Sharp Peak. Notice the tiny little pavilion in the picture (about 1.25-1.5 hrs into the hike), with a sign showing an intro about Sharp Peak and advicing that it’s only recommended for experienced hikers, that’s where you should take the turn on your left:

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Another 30 minutes, until we are able to admire the beauty of Sharp Peak from the distance..

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It was a bit foggy in the morning, but we felt extremely lucky since it had been raining for the last couple of days.

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The crazy ascent begins…

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And here comes the part where we need to use our hands. Thus a pair of good hiking gloves are recommended!

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It wasn’t as hard and strenuous as I remembered. Without even getting caught out of breath, I reached the top of the peak where I was rewarded with the picturesque views of the bay below…

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Absolutely amazing.

Coming down seems more challenging:IMG_0482

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The ideas of frolicking on the beach of Tai Wan speeded our pace up…

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I also got to redo this pose that I did 5 years ago.

5 years ago:

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and today:

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More breathtaking views…

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Looks like Tai Wan is a good camping site:

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Of course, after the all-day hike, there’s amazing protein at Antony’s Ranch for us to die for…

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In case you need a map:

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4 Comments Add yours

  1. Wx says:

    Can you share from where did you end your hike and how did you get back to town, or to Antony’s Ranch?

    Can we easily get taxis from Sai Wan Pavilion?

    Thanks!

    1. Michael Xu says:

      hey Wx, apologies for the delay, I was traveling in China where wordpress.com is blocked.

      To your question, we ended our hike at Pak Tam Au (which was also our beginning point), and it has a bus No 94 running between it and Sai Kung pier. Antony’s Ranch is within walking distance from where the bus will drops you off at the pier. A quick search on Openrice.com will give you the direction: http://www.openrice.com/en/hongkong/restaurant/sai-kung-anthonys-ranch/23266?s=3

      Hope this helps.

      Michael

  2. Alice Zhao says:

    You look slimmer than 5 years ago! Good article, thanks for sharing your fun experience. Looking forward to reading more of your adventure!

    1. Michael Xu says:

      Thanks Alice! As a more frequent hiker, you should challenge this trail with your hubby as well!

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