All distances quoted are in kilometres. 1 kilometer = 0.62 miles.
All hikes can be done in good training shoes/sneakers, but we do not recommend tennis
shoes or Teva style sandals. Unless, you need the extra ankle support, it has been our
experience that regular hiking boots generally are comfortable only on walks taking place
from December through March.
On all hikes you will need to carry sunscreen, hat/cap and insect repellent. A hiking stick
could also come in handy on some of the steeper slopes. You should also seriously consider
bringing a shirt or even a full change of clothes, especially on hikes offering the opportunity
for a swim. The very efficient air-conditioning on Hong Kong busses does not go well with
Finally, but most importantly, you must bring lots of water. The high humidity in Hong Kong
does accentuate the risk of dehydration, so we recommend at least 1.5 litres per person. On
most walks it will be possible to purchase more along the route.
At Hansen's Hikes, we rate our hikes on a 1 to 10 scale, 1 being the easiest and 10 the most
Hikes rated 1, 2 or 3 are categorized as being “easy”
“Easy” = relaxed walking, usually along the flat or with a few low hills involved. Suitable for
Hikes rated 4, 5 or 6 are categorized as being “moderate”
“Moderate” = More challenging hike, and usually longer, but still within the endurance and
capability of most walkers. Would rarely involve hills over 400 metres.
Hikes rated 7 or 8 are categorized as being “difficult”
Hikes rated 9 or 10 are categorized as being “strenuous”
“Difficult” and “Strenuous” = Requires endurance and not suitable for walkers who have
difficulties in high places. A hike might be rated 7, 8, 9, or 10 because of its length and/or
because it involves elevations over 400 metres and/or tough walking. Not recommended for
Approximate Altitude Change
These numbers indicate the (approximate) total altitude gained and lost during the outing.
Being the total sum of all the peaks, crests, dips and valleys encountered during a walk, the
numbers are only an indication of the terrain we might encounter. The numbers do not
necessarily reflect the steepness of a trail. Some hikes might include only one steep and high
hill with a long flight of steps, while others would contain numerous low sloping inclines and
descents, yet they might both reach the same total amount of altitude gained or lost.
This number indicates the height of the highest physical point of the hike.
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