Hike Sunset Peak (大東山)

3.4 miles 2395 ft gain  - Point-to-Point Trail

Added by Kyle Obermann

Sea of clouds. 869m over the ocean. Best sunset in Hong Kong.

There are several different approaches to this hike. It’s up to you where you want to start and end:

  1. Pak Kung Au (320m)
  2. Lantau County Park via Mui Wo (139m)
  3. Wong Lung Hang County Trail (10m)
  4. Pak Mong (2m)

My route started from Lantau County Park via. Mui Wo and ended at Pak Kung Au. No matter how you do it, ending and descending to Pak Kung Au seems like a good choice because it cuts down the descent and you’ll have epic views of Lantau Peak ahead of you until you hit the forest. There’s also a bus stop right at Pak Kung Au (take bus 3M, 11, or 23 back to Tung Chung for the subway). The Wong Hang County Trail seems ok, and starting from Pak Mong seems like the most strenuous but best overall views.

Starting from Hong Kong Island, to get to Lantau County Park you take the ferry in Central from Ferry Pier No. 6 to Mui Wo (schedule here). Depending on what ferry you get it’s about $15-30HKD one way and a 40-50min trip. Once you land in Mui Wo there is a taxi stand right in front of you. You can take a taxi to the Lantau County Park for about $25 HKD. Tell the driver to head there or tell him to head to the Sunset Peak (大東山) trail head. It’s a short uphill drive; the park will be on your right with a big wooden sign. From here, it’s straight up following the signs to Sunset Peak!

As you get on the main, wide ridge of the peak the main trail will actually not go to the peak (here’s the map). There are a series of closed mountain huts that follow the ridge and trails that cut a b-line over the bumps and go to the peak which will be marked by a concrete pole. You can take these trails. Once at the peak they circle back to the main trail which descends down to Pak Kung Au. On good visibility days this should all be no problem, but it’s often foggy up there – so take a screen shot of the topo map or take a picture of the topo map that is at the start of the trail before you ascend.

Other Notes:

  • It’s called Sunset Peak for a reason. The view of the sun setting behind Hong Kong’s second highest peak, Lantau Peak (934m) is spectacular.
  • I was in a hurry and reached the summit of Sunset Peak from Lantau County Park in 1hr 45min. The descent to Pak Kung Au took 20 min. A more reasonable (relaxing) time frame would be 3+ hrs for the whole route.  
  • It’s windy on the peak, even in summer it can get a bit chilly when you’re soaked in sweat from the ascent and watching the sun drop.
  • Pak Kung Au is also the starting point for hiking Lantau Peak. You can hit both these peaks in a day if you want.
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I plan to hike sunset peak in few days. I found this article quite useful. One question, will i be able to identify the turn i have to take to go to sunset peak? I am afraid i might miss it and reach lantau peak instead.

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