On the slopes of Hong Kong's highest peak, Tai Mo Shan...
TAI MO SHAN
大帽山
(includes MacLehose Trail Stage 8)

At 958 metres Tai Mo Shan might be the highest mountain in Hong Kong, but conquering it is, thankfully, not too hard.  We
start our walk at the dam of the pretty and serene Shing Mun reservoir by following a maze of shaded and fairly gently
climbing paved forest tracks to Lead Mine Pass, probably spotting a few monkeys along the way. While it is a slightly
luxurious start, it is also a great warm up....

After a brief break at the pass, the assault on Tai Mo Shan starts in earnest. A long flight of steps partly in the shade help us
gain altitude.  This is then followed by a relatively flat high plateau.  At first we look down towards Tai Po,
Tolo Harbour, and
the
Pat Sin Leng range.  Later Lion Rock and, if the weather is clear, Hong Kong island come into view.  

At the end of the plateau, the path drops a little, before steeply – but “steplessly” winding its way up to the summit of Tai Mo
Shan, while offering views over the Shek Kung Valley and the Lam Tsuen Country Park. The actual peak itself is covered by a
radio transmitting station, but you can’t legally get any higher than this in Hong Kong.  With nothing blocking our view, we
will take a well-deserved lunch break here to soak it all up.

The descent from Tai Mo Shan starts by following a restricted road with many hairpins which allows us to enjoy great views
over Tsuen Wan, Tsing Yi and many of the bridges connecting various parts of Hong Kong. In the distance we pick out
Castle
Peak, the airport and the peaks of Lantau Island.

Leaving the road, we join a quiet well-maintained flight of boulder steps to reach the Tai Mo Shan Visitor’s Centre, where we
can pick up a little extra information about the country park….

Bus schedule permitting, we sit down for a minute or two at the refreshment kiosk, before we reach the end of our hike at the
Tsuen Kam Au pass bus stop on Route Twisk.
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On the slopes of Hong Kong's highest peak, Tai Mo Shan...
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Distance:
14.5 km
 
Difficulty:
7 out of 10
 
Approx. Altitude Change:
Gain: 885 metres
Loss: 580 metres
Price:
HK$250
 
Highest Point:
945 metres (Tai Mo Shan)
     
Time Spent on Trail:
4.75 hours
Walking: 4.25 hours + Breaks: 0.75 hour
     
Meeting Time & Place:
8:30 am
at Tsuen Wan Railway Station
     
Finishing Time & Place:
2:30 pm
at Tsuen Wan Railway Station
Price for this hike as a Private Event on request
  or 3:00 pm  
in Kowloon / on Hong Kong Island.
     
           
Food & Drink:
Snack break at Lead Mine Pass (4.5 km)
Picnic lunch at Tai Mo Shan (10 km) -
bring lunch box.
 
Note:
For the complete Tai Mo Shan experience, check our Tai Mo Shan & Grassy Hill hike
Scene from Shing Mun Country Park
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