The Peak to Pok Fu Lam Reservoir

The Peak to Pok Fu Lam Reservoir

‘5 trails for virgins on Hong Kong Island’ — CNN Travel

mapThis hike offers the unique Hong Kong experience of enjoying the beauty of nature alongside a bustling urban landscape. This trail runs along the leafy slopes high above the city’s downtown and twists around into woodlands on southern Hong Kong Island. After enjoying a bird’s-eye view of a forest of skyscrapers, you will ramble into a forest of trees.

Starting Point — The Peak Tower
The Peak Tower

At 396 metres above sea level, this lofty architectural icon at Victoria Gap sits above the terminus of the Peak Tram, Asia’s first cable funicular railway and tramway. Enjoy a scenic ride from the CBD to The Peak on this historic transport.

Lugard Road
Lugard Road

Lugard Road near The Peak Tower is named after Hong Kong’s 14th Governor, Sir Frederick Lugard. Some sections consist of century-old ‘plank roads’ — narrow cliff-side paths that transverse the mountainside of Victoria Peak. There are a number of vantage points and lookouts along this lofty pathway that offer a spectacular view of Victoria Harbour.

Tips from Kelvin Yuen

Tips from Kelvin Yuen - Lugard RoadSummer is the best season to enjoy the glorious sunrise. Head to Lugard Road for a good view and the perfect location to shoot the brilliant rays of the sun rising over Victoria Harbour.

Use a tripod and long exposure to capture the sunrise in low-light conditions, and an ultra-wide-angle lens (e.g. 16 mm) for all the buildings and the stunning landscape.

*Winner of the National Geographic International Photo Contest 2015, Youth Division

High West Picnic Area
High West Picnic Area

Take a break at this relaxing picnic area at the intersection of Lugard Road and Harlech Road.

Lugard Falls
Lugard Falls

During the wetter seasons, a waterfall cascades down the mossy cliff here.

The Peak Lookout
The Peak Lookout

A Grade II Historic Building, this stony hut has been here for over a century and was once a resting shelter for sedan chairs and their carriers, when residents of The Peak took sedan chair rides back home after reaching here by the Peak Tram.

End Point — Pok Fu Lam Reservoir (Extended Route)
Pok Fu Lam Reservoir

Built in 1860, Pok Fu Lam Reservoir is Hong Kong’s first reservoir. Nestled between High West and Mount Kellet, the reservoir and its surroundings provide cool shades for morning runners, picnickers and dog walkers.

Trail photos provided by HK Discovery.

Info
Area:
Central and Western District
Starting point:
The Peak Tower
End point:
Pok Fu Lam Reservoir
Average hiking time:
About 2.5 hours
Distance:
Approx. 7 km
Replenishing stations:
Fuel up at a restaurant at The Peak Lookout, The Peak Tower or The Peak Galleria. There are also shopping outlets at the latter two
Difficulty:
Easy (Flat or downhill, shaded; multiple rest points)
How to get there
To the starting point:
  • From MTR Central Station Exit J2, walk to the Lower Terminus of the Peak Tram on Garden Road on this iconic funicular train; or,
  • From MTR Hong Kong Station Exit A, take bus 15 from the Exchange Square bus terminus to The Peak Galleria.
From the end point:
  • After reaching Pok Fu Lam Road from Pok Fu Lam Reservoir Road, there are a number of buses which take you southwards to Aberdeen or Stanley, or northwards to the MTR stations of Kennedy Town and Central.
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