Location: North 22.24920, East 113.92007 (GPS on the summit)
Difficulty: YDS class 1
Climbed November 25, 2019
How to get there:
The best starting point is Tung Chung, the last station on the
MTR line with the same name. From here, you can take the gondola (more expensive)
to Ngong Ping, or a bus. An alternative trailhead is to take a bus along
Tung Chung Road to the pass (Pak Kuh Au) between Sunset Peak (left) and Lantau Peak (right, as
seen from Tung Chung.)
From Ngong Ping, at the base of
the big Buddha, walk on a small road
towards the peak keeping to the right hand side
of the temples and the
orchid garden. You should then exit right on Wisdom trail. There are also
signs for Lantau Peak.
At the next trail fork, keep right and then
locate the Lantau Trail at yet another fork, location
N22.25271, E113.91239, elevation about 460 meter. Take the Lantau trail (right),
this will climb almost continously on stone steps to the main south ridge of
Lantau. Here, the trail turns left and continues a short distance to reach
The other major trail starts
from the Pak Kuh Au bus stop on Tung Chung Road.
This location is at the pass where the road crosses between Sunset Peak (north)
and Lantau Peak (south). One can take this bus from the bus station next to the
MTR station in Tung Chung.
This trail starts at the pass and heads directly along ridges to the summit
of Lantau Peak. The distance is about 3 kilometer with an elevation gain
of about 600 meter.
Heidi and I took the MTR to Tung Chung station, the the Gondola (rope-way)
to the "tourist trap" Ngong Ping. They advertised a price of 105 for
seniors, but at the ticket office, we were told that this was only for
Residents of Hong Kong, they should improve the web-page to tell the truth.
In Ngong Ping, we visited the big Buddha,
then a few temples. We had decided that
Heidi would traverse around on the north side of the peak, while I would do a traverse
and then meet at the Pak Kuh Au bus-stop near the col between Lantau Peak and Sunset Peak.
We split up at 1200 noon, and I was at the summit by 1240. Quite a nice climb, stone steps
very similar to the ones you find in Stolzten in Bergen, Norway. I spent 15 minutes on top,
taking pictures and enjoying a very nice view.
Another 45 minutes brought me down to
the bus-stop. Heidi was just a short distance downhill, I walked down and met her.
When we regained the col, the bus was coming uphill and we made it with zero waiting time.
A very nice hike and a very nice peak. Thanks to Heidi for good company.
We took the MTR back home arriving at 1530.
Lantau Peak, as seen when descending to the Pak Kuh Au bus stop.
First bridge, on the Hong Kong to Macau connection. The next artificial island is visible more left.
Sunset Peak, across the pass from where the Pak Kuh Au bus-stop is located.