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Hills of SW Lantau + swim
19th May 2016 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
This Thursday’s moderate hike brings us to Lantau Island and as the heat is arriving, lets try for the first hike and swim of the year. After a nice cool ride in the bus, we will allight and head right up the hill -approximately 300M out of the gate or two-thirds of the total climbing out of the way in the first 45 mintues or so. Since a good part of this is exposed, on a nice sunny day it can be hot so this is definatley a hike not a stroll, but we will take it “gently”. We then follow a beautiful ridge line before picking up a dirt trail around Nga Ying Shan to a terrific viewing point. This is the one we always see when we look up from Tai O and wonder where it is – today we’ll all find out! Then we descend down a set of rocky steps to the Lantau Trail and an “optional” side trip of a natural rock pool for a swim. We recently discovered this “gem” and and found the pools to be quite spacious with a wondeful waterfall and some of the clearest water you’ll see in HK. There are two pools- a lower one and a second up approximately 30M that is closer to the waterfall. Either will leave a memorable impression.
Contact: Venus (9731 6698)
Meetup place: Tung Chung MTR outside exit B, in front of Starbucks
Meetup time: 09:10 PROMP
Trail: Walk to bus station > #11 bus (09:25 departure) to Sham Wat Road junction > steeply uphill on the Lantau Trail (L035-L041) > Man Cheung Po campsite (either via Keung Shan Country Trail or Lantau Trail (L042-L048)) > dirt trail west then north around Nga Ying Shan to viewing point at GE 944624 > rocky steps down to coastal path > optional turn left for about 700m to a natural roack pool for a swim > otherwise or afterwards back right to Tai O (L059-L055, breakwater) > ferry or bus to Tung Chung or bus to Mui Wo for possible refreshment
Speed: 2.5 (normal hiking pace, particularly on the initial hill climb)
Length: 2.1 – 2.5 (about 11-15km depending on exact route chosen on the ridge and whether going for a swim)
Ascent: 2.0 (about 500m of ascent, 750m of descent)
Surface: 2 (well marked dirt trails)
Overall: 2.1-2.3 (incl a little for heat)
The meetup point is at Tung Chung MTR outside exit B (at/near Starbucks) at 09:10 prompt; please allow plenty of time to get to Tung Chung – it is a 30 minute ride from Hong Kong station, for example – and to visit the toilet, buy water and whatever else you may need to do when you get there BEFORE 09:10am!
We expect to be at Tai O at around 2:00-2-15pm if you go there directly and not via the rock pool, or at about 3:15-3:30pm if you go to the pool. It takes about 100-110 minutes to get from Tai O back to Central.
The bulk of the hill climbing on this hike (i.e. about 130 floors worth) is in the first 2km after getting off the bus, and we will take it as gently as necessary in the heat (it is unshaded).
This route is about 80% on well marked dirt trails (the remainder being paved), but there are significant ascents and descents on rocky and somewhat uneven steps. You should wear hiking shoes or strong trainers suitable for 4 hours of walking on dirt and rock. There are NO EXITS possible from this route although we may vary the length depending on the conditions and the capability of the group on the day.
If you plan to swim in the rock pool then obviously bring whatever you need to do that and then to hike for about 3km to the transport home.
Bring plenty of water (2.5 litres at the very least and more of its hot and sunny). There is nowhere on this route to get any supplies. You may also wish to bring some snacks to keep you going. Bring a hat and sunblock – the route is almost entirely exposed to the sun.
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