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Ascent of Tai Mo Shan on 2019-02-18

Climber: David Howells

Date:Monday, February 18, 2019
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Tai Mo Shan
    Location:Hong Kong
    Elevation:3140 ft / 957 m

Ascent Trip Report

Asia Trip
This was a late travel decision to hit some Asia high points so I planned it as a ten day whirlwind tour of Singapore, Hong Kong and Macau. The aim being to have a bit of fun, see sites and drink beer but also to hike the high points of Singapore (Bukit Timah Hill 172m) Hong Kong (Tai Mo Shan 957m) and Macau (Alto Coloane 176m). Not the highest peaks but Hong Kong looked promising with some good potential hikes. I also intended to get in other additional peaks including Victoria Peak (HP of Hong Kong Island 554m), Lantau Peak (HP OF Lantau Island 934m) and to hike the Dragon's Back, apparently Hong Kong’s best 10km walk.

Tai Mo Shan 957m, Hong Kong, 18.2.2019 (See 25 Best Day Walks in Hong Kong by Martin Williams).
Being the highest point in HK Tai Mo Shan was supposedly a good hike with great city views if you do it as part of Section 8 of the Maclehose trail on a clear day. Unfortunately I was running out of time and the weather had turned after doing Lantau Peak so I had to do it on a wet drizzly windy day.
I caught a metro ride from Causeway Bay on HK island to Central and from there to Tsuen Wen MTR station. To save waiting for the bus I then caught a taxi to the visitor centre just off from the ‘Route Twisk’ road. This cost me around 75HKD (£7.50) if I recall correctly.
Anyway, the visitor centre has toilets and the route starts right behind it and is well signposted. I set out on the route and it goes gradually uphill and you are hiking on steps mostly. It does level out here and there and you pass a picnic site at around the 2km mark. The views…well I couldn’t see anything! Basically you continue until you eventually come out on the Tai Mo Shan Road road at 2.5kms and walk past a check point (they didn’t ask me anything). You then walk uphill on the road for a km and a half until you get to another check point/gate/fenced off area. This is the highest point you can legally attain.
My intention was to do the route as per the book and to continue onwards to Chai village but to be honest it was a stinking day out and quite miserable. So much so I was the only muppet out on the hill. Therefore I just decided to head back down on the road all the way back to Route Twisk. Here there is a large picnic area and bus stop. I then caught the bus (no51) back to Tsuen Wen which cost 10HKD (£1ish).
All in all it was a very wet 8.5kms with 533m of ascent done in 1hr 51mins. A pity really that the weather was so awful as this was after all Hong Kong’s high point!

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Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1749 ft / 533 m
    Grade/Class:Easy hike
    Quality:1 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail
    Weather:Drizzle, Cool, Windy, Low Clouds
No view windy drizzle day
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1749 ft / 533 m
    Distance:5.3 mi / 8.5 km
    Start Trailhead:1391 ft / 423 m
    Time:1 Hours 51 Minutes
Descent Statistics
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip


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