Hiking Lantau Peak was initially planned as a back to back with our Sunset Peak hike without us knowing the difficulty of the trails. We underestimated Sunset Peak and we thought it was easy peasy but it turned out to be a very challenging one. Lantau Peak is the second highest peak in Hong Kong and is one of the most popular hikes. It is famous for its impressive vistas and incredible sunrise or sunset view. The hike is the Section 3 of Lantau Trail traversing Pak Kung Au to Ngong Ping.
After we’ve completed and conquered the Dragon’s Back mountain hike, our first ever Hong Kong hike, we felt the urge of doing more challenging hikes. The feeling was incredible especially upon reaching the top. It was physically exhausting but it was definitely rewarding. Finishing the Dragon’s Back hike was like a warm up for more strenuous hikes and has prepared us for our next adventure. After that, we knew that we were ready for our next hiking destination, the Sunset Peak Hike.
It was freezing cold when we woke up at 5am in a tiny Tent Cabin we were renting at Half Dome Village. Summer is almost near but the temperature at night still drops to below 10 centigrade. We headed to the shared bathroom, 30 steps away from our cabin, to freshen up and proceeded to have our Western breakfast. We readied ourselves with what we anticipated to be the highlight of our Yosemite tour, hiking the Panorama Trail.
I was just introduced to Hong Kong trails latter part of last year and I’ve been wanting to do it, eversince. The last time I hiked a mountain was over ten years ago back in the Philippines. I guess that would make me a novice or an amateur hiker. After researching about Hong Kong trails and all, along with my wife and some friends, we decided to do it and unmask the side of Hong Kong not everyone get to see. We knew that the hike would be exciting and of course, rewarding.
You shouldn’t be faulted if you think that hiking and Hong Kong are never to be associated together. After all, Hong Kong is one of the most modern and urbanized cities not only in Asia, but, in the world. High rise buildings and impressive skyscrapers are what Hong Kong is to the rest of the world, but, truth be told, almost two thirds of its geographical area is far from modernity. Hiking may not be a popular activity for tourists, but, it is something they’re missing out.