Going up to Ngau Ngak Shan, also known as the Hunch Backs, the rough way. Beautiful views to both Sai Kung and Ma On Shan.
- Beauty/fun: 6/10.
- Difficulty: 3.5/10. It is steep initially and you will be walking on some overgrown sections, but overall is not complicated. The route can be as long or short as you would want with tons of early exits available down to both sides of the hill.
- The map
In our case, we just took the MTR to Ma On Shan and from there we start walking NW till we arrive at Leung Yau Road = Ma On Shan Tsuen road. There are several routes marked in opencyclemap and others, but we could not find a non-fenced path through Shun Yee San Tsuen and therefore we continued a bit more on the concrete till we found our way up, with quite some ribbons.
Soon you will have the city below.
Steep sections within the trees. Some areas can be overgrown, so decide if you need full coverage (long pants/sleeves/gloves).
Little by little the vegetation decreases and you can enjoy the views more frequently.
You can connect with the more “civilized” path.
Or continue through the more fun “shortcuts”.
Views improving with each meter ascended.
You can avoid all the concrete sections and even some of the ascent taking a taxi to the Ma On Shan Park barbecue site.
The path, marked in the initial map too, has way less vegetation and the steepest sections have ropes set.
Both paths converge anyhow. Here arriving at the top.
From the peak and viewing in front, behind of the ladies, Ngau Ngak Shan itself.
Highest point in the path, 674m, 9th highest in Hong Kong, from where to enjoy the views to both Saikung and Sha Tin.
Bit slippery/tricky downhill.
Connecting with MacLehose section 4.
Very picturesque path.
You can include Piramid Hill for added difficulty. Steep going up and down like a pyramid indeed.
And para-gliders all around above Saikung.
Their landing spot just next to the MacLehose path.
Tons of different options from here on. In this case we continued Southward
connecting with Kowloon Peak and Suicide Cliff area, for a long hike: over 20km. I have marked in the initial path another exit that I like going down through the woods to the bus stop next to the Tate’s Cairn Tunnel connecting with Kowloon and even the Island. Earlier possible exits down to Sai Kung or Ma On Shan again.