The route of the guided hike, which includes some parts of the Maclehose Trail, leads from Ma On Shan Tsuen, over Ngong Ping to Sai Kung Town. The first section of trail departs from a peaceful village into secluded forests, before following a small mountain stream upwards. Along the way, there is an abundance of local wildlife including various small insects, mammals, reptiles and birds.
There is steady but gentle climb and before long the landscape opens up to a highlight of the trip at Ngong Ping. A grassy plateau awaits with ample open space to enjoy a packed lunch, with a ridgeline offering a beautiful view of the surrounding area of Sai Kung. For those who are more energetic there is an optional hike up Pyramid Hill with even greater views, about 20 minutes up, directly above the Ngong Ping lunch location.
Rory Mackay stops at various spots to highlight and explain local points of interest to attendees.
For a reasonably fit person, the hike is moderate though there are some steeper descending parts later on as the route nears Sai Kung Town. Once in Sai Kung town there is the opportunity to wonder around and enjoy the surroundings before joining the coach to Central.
Rory Mackay was born in Hong Kong and grew up between here and Scotland, and has been a Sai Kung native since the age of 3. He holds a degree in architecture. He has spent time working and skiing in New Zealand and has also lived in Australia. He began his adventure career sailing an 80ft yacht from Scotland to the Svalbard archipelago near the North Pole.
Rory has completed a solo bicycle trip across Vietnam and China, cycling from Saigon to Hong Kong. In addition, he has cycled across Africa, completing the solo ride from Cape Town to Cairo within 6 months, and climbed of some high altitude routes in the Himalayas and Andes. He now runs an adventure tour company called Wild Hong Kong.
Schedule: Meet at Central: 10:15am
Arrive at Central: 4:00 pm (approximately)
Cost: HK$330 for Members and $430 for Members' guests
Members may bring guests on this trip, subject to availability. If you take the coach from Central to Mai On Shan and back from Sai Kung, please kindly add $50 for the ticket.
Please bring your own packed lunch and drinks.
The route distance is 6.5km, plus optional Pyramid Hill climb. If there are any problems en route, services are not far.