SADDLE MOUNTAIN
a.k.a. Ma On Shan 馬鞍山

This moderate-to-strenuous circular walk starts and ends at the seaside town of Sai Kung in the eastern New Territories and offers great
panoramas over mountain and sea.

We start by following the Sai Kung waterfront promenade for a while, but soon we find ourselves on village roads climbing steadily but
relentlessly and pausing regularly to take in the views over Port Shelter.

The paved road ends near the village of Chuk Yeung, where we join the MacLehose Trail rejoicing in the fact that we done one third of the
mountain without having to deal with any stairs.  Naturally, this will soon change as over the next couple of kilometres we climb yet another
350 vertical metres. Fortunately, the steeper sections of the climb are usually followed by rather flat ones, so we will have plenty of stops for,
shall we say, photo ops…

And the really good thing is that the climb really is far less difficult than it seems, when you look up at the daunting, yet ruggedly beautiful,
slopes of Saddle Mountain, or Ma On Shan as it is known locally.

Approximately 150 metres from the top, the MacLehose Trail wears away from Ma On Shan, but, unfortunately, the path to the very top is
poorly maintained, so this time we will simply just sit down and enjoy the spectacular scenery.

After this well-deserved rest we continue along the ridge, keeping Sai Kung and Port Shelter on our left, until we reach the Ngong Ping
plateau and seemingly find ourselves about as far away from the concrete jungle of Hong Kong as can be imagined. Rolling hills, small
woodlands and plenty of bird song make this place the ultimate contrast to the metropolis most people think synonymous with Hong Kong.

A gradual descent follows along a very smooth boulder path following the hillside contours and offering great views of the anchorages and
yachts of Hebe Haven. We reach the concrete at the village of Tai Shui Tseng, from where it is but a short walk down to Sai Kung Town….
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Distance:
12 km
 
Difficulty:
6 out of 10
 
Approx. Altitude Change:
Gain: 645 metres
Loss: 635 metres
Price:
HK$250
 
Highest Point:
555 metres
     
Time Spent on Trail:
4.5 hours
Walking: 4 hours + Breaks: 0.5 hour
     
Meeting Time & Place:
8:20 am
at Choi Hung Railway Station
     
Finishing Time & Place:
1:30 pm
in Sai Kung
Price for this hike as a Private Event on request
  or 2:30 pm  
in Kowloon / on Hong Kong Island, if not staying for lunch.
           
Food & Drink:
Snack breaks along the trail.
Optional lunch at restaurant in Sai Kung Town at end of the hike -
not included.
 
Note:
For a more challenging hike in this area, check out our Eastern Hills hike
Pyramid Hill, Ma On Shan Country Park, New Territories, Hong Kong
Ngong Ping, Ma On Shan Country Park, New Territories, Hong Kong
Floating fish monger at the quayside in Sai Kung, New Territories, Hong Kong
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