Average hiking time: About 4.5 hours | Distance: About 9 km | Difficulty: Very Difficult
Sunset Peak is Hong Kong’s third highest mountain, and very accessible to hikers. The views and flora are stunning while you can also feel the sea of grass brushing against your legs.
Begin your hike at Pak Kung Au between Lantau Peak and Sunset Peak. Trekking along the Lantau Trail toward Sunset Peak, be ready for a 2 km uphill climb. Luckily, much of the ascent is shaded. At the end, with only shrubs and tall grass along the trail, you’ll get panoramic views.
Atop Sunset Peak, sweeping views of bays and beaches open up to your right. Run your hand through the trailside Miscanthus or Silvergrass, a signature feature of Lantau’s high peaks.
It's very windy and cool at Sunset Peak during winter and frequently foggy in spring. Visit the Hong Kong Observatory website for more details on weather forecasting, warnings and more.
Cresting the shoulder of the peak, savour the welcome breeze and stop for a moment at Lantau Mountain Camp to enjoy the old mountain huts dotted across the plateau below. They make the perfect backdrop for a picture, in late afternoon sun.
Continue down, passing the old mountain huts, and you skirt round the north side of Hong Kong’s ninth highest peak, Yi Tung Shan.
Walking through Nam Shan, a wide picnic area, turn left down the ancestral trail. Eventually, you will reach Luk Tei Tong Watch Tower, a relic from the 20th century.
After walking for about 15 minutes on the village path, you will arrive at Mui Wo, your destination.
A cluster of shops can be found near the Mui Wo Ferry Pier.
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