Sharp Peak, Hong Kong – a quick hiking guide

Sharp Peak is known as one tough cookie in Hong Kong's hiking scene.

Sharp Peak, Hong Kong – a quick hiking guide
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Planning to tackle Sharp Peak in Hong Kong? It's known as one tough cookie in Hong Kong's hiking scene, but don't sweat it. Read on for a no-nonsense guide to this trek, covering everything from how to get there to what hurdles you might face on the way back.

How to get to Sharp Peak 

To kick off your Sharp Peak adventure, your first stop is Sai Kung. Getting there is a breeze. Here are a couple of routes for you:

From Hang Hau:

  • Head to Hang Hau and take exit B1.
  • Look out for the bus station and catch the 101M green minibus. It's a straight shot to Sai Kung –the final destination.

From Choi Hung:

  • Make your way to Choi Hung and leave through exit C1.
  • Spot the minibus number 1A just outside the station, and it'll take you all the way to Sai Kung – the last stop.

Now, let's get you to the trail. Choose your preferred route:

From Sai Kung Pier:

  • Hop on the bus heading to Pak Tam Au (Bus 94 does the trick).
  • Get ready to hit the trail, as Pak Tam Au is where your Sharp Peak journey begins.

From Sai Kung Town Centre:

  • Opt for the 29R village bus to Sai Wan Pavilion.
  • This sets you up nicely for your trek to Sharp Peak.

What to know about the Sharp Peak hike

Sharp Peak has various options based on your skills. If you start at Pak Tam Au, you'll go through Maclehose Trail Stage 2 before hitting the tougher hiking trails. Begin at Sai Wan Pavilion, and your first stop is Ham Tin Wan. From there, find the trail to Sharp Peak – a 14.5-kilometer loop taking you to the beach. Plan for a 6 to 7-hour trek for the whole journey.

Sharp Peak's trails are notorious for their steep paths and loose gravel. Keep an eye out! Optimal hiking conditions are when the ground is dry, so it's wise to check the weather before you go.

How to get back

If you opt for the Pak Tam Au trail, you'll wrap up your hike right where you started. It's super convenient since you can catch bus 94 from there. Other hiking trails might lead you to Tai Ngam Hau Peninsula or, if you fancy it, Tai Long Beach. Don't miss the chance to explore Ham Tin Beach, where you can grab a bite and take a breather before your journey back. Afterward, you can either hike back to Pak Tam Au or Sai Wan Pavilion.

What to prepare 

Before you hit the trail, make sure you've got these essentials packed:

  • Hiking poles
  • Ample water
  • Insect repellent
  • Extra clothing
  • Weather-appropriate attire
  • Sturdy hiking shoes
  • Snacks to fuel your adventure
  • Sun protection gear (sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses)