Walk on 19 March 2006, Northern Sai Kung

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  Distance Duration* Elevation Level of Difficulty
Northern Sai Kung 
14 km
6 hrs
Lowest: 0 m
Highest: 481 m
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Safety precautions

Please note that all participants of the walks organized by the Hong Kong Trampers do so at their own risk and no responsibility whatsoever is taken for any inaccuracies in the posted itineraries.  We are not a professional group, but only a group of friends who meet to do this for pleasure and exercise.  We are also a democratic group and sometimes change the itinerary before or during the course of a walk for any number of reasons, so please be prepared for possible changes if you want to join us.

The itineraries we post are only an idea of what we like to do, and we often modify our plans during the walk.  Before you join a walk, please read this information on this website (including the information on boot ratings) carefully, and consider the information given on that particular walk to see if the planned itinerary matches your ability and fitness.

If in doubt, it is better to be cautious than to join a walk that may be too difficult for you. If the walk is advertised as strenuous, if the weather is very hot or if you feel unwell or unfit to perform the walk, consider not joining the group.  Unless otherwise specifically stated in a walk itinerary, you should expect that there will be no "early exit" routes on a walk and that you will need to complete the entire walk if you join.  Most walks run until late afternoon or early evening, so if you have other commitments during the day, please consider not joining that walk.  Once you join the group, if you feel it necessary to leave the group before the walk is finished, always inform the other group member beforehand or phone the hotline under 8209 0517 and enquire about an escape route to the nearest public transport, if this is possible at all.

Participants should always carry plenty of water, particularly during the hotter months of the hiking season, from May to October.   During the winter months, you should bring a minimum of one and a half litres of water, and double that amount during the hotter months.

This Sunday we attempt do another walk from a familiar starting point. We will meet at 11:00 a.m. at the Diamond Hill MTR station (by the Hang Seng Bank outside the exit turnstiles) and catch our favorite bus 96R from there to Wong Shek Pier in Sai Kung Country Park. The bus ride to Wong Shek Pier takes about 60 minutes. Trampers can meet us alternativly at Wong Shek Pier around 12:15. 

From the bus stop we will be walking in  north – northwesterly direction along the seacoast for a relatively short stretch and then uphill towards Lo Fu Kei Shek (老虎騎石). We will then turn to a more southwesterly direction over the hills toward Shek Uk Shan. We decide according to time and conditions how to continue and where we end the walk.

With the hilly terrain and the walks length, we rate this walk with three-boots. This is not a walk for anyone who is not reasonably physically fit or who has not walked on more difficult trails before.

Please remember to bring all the usual paraphernalia: hat, sunscreen, good footwear, torch, a lunch (there are no stores along the way) and plenty of water (a good rule of thumb is to bring a minimum of two liters in any season). Last, but not least, an umbrella provides good protection against light rain or hot sun.

If it is raining hard or thunderstorms are threatening, the walk might be cancelled. If in doubt on the morning of the walk, call 8209-0517. And remember -- don't be late!

 

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Comments   

 
# shemjx 2006-04-11 06:44
Did anyone misses me out??????????
 
 
# Ken Nagai 2006-03-26 17:59
 
 
# 12s 2006-03-22 19:24
Exactly what I was expecting...... .....
 
 
# Caroline 2006-03-22 02:12
Young men. You humour them a little and then the floodgates burst open. I presume you'll be expecting levitation next.
 
 
# ltcommander 2006-03-21 21:01
Speaking of Planet Yoga, check out Mr. Kamal's new acrobatic move on yesterday's SCMP. He is seen flying like an eagle with both his legs perpendicular to his body and is giving away a broad and generous Bangra smile! Since you've contributed so generously to his venture, you should demonstrate this move for us next week. (You'll get a Yoga mat free)
 
 
# Caroline 2006-03-21 20:41
I'm just grateful you didn't put the photo of me two seconds later falling flat on my face. The last time I was so amused was when I watched the dancing hippos in Fantasia
 
 
# ltcommander 2006-03-21 06:02
Caroline,
I am sorry I couldn't resist posting your Master Kamal's Yoga demonstration picture on the web! You are all set to start your own Caroline's Planet Yoga! And if you need a trustworthy and enterprising manager...
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# Karl 2006-03-20 21:57
Sixteen trampers took the bus to Wong Shek pier, were we met Tony to complete the group. We backtracked a little along the road before we turned right through a couple of buildings onto the path along the coast, but still a bit away from the water. The weather was perfect for hiking as Vince noted; overcast with a fresh breeze and temperatures around 20 degrees. We kept on the coastal track longer than intended and had a early lunch break overlooking a small sandy beach with Sharp Peak looming in the haze across the water. We continued the path and slowly climbed up through some thick forest until we nearly reached Lo Tai Shek. We turned left and than south, following one of several small trail through thick undergrowth, without much orientation where we actually went, (a new experience for the trampers ;-). The group emerged finally at Pak Sha Ha Yeung at a swampy meadow with a nice house and a lot of dogs making sure we would not go by unnoticed. We crossed and then followed the road to Hoi Ha in southerly direction for 10 minutes , before we climbed up to the Fire lookout at Lo Fu Kei Shek. By this time even the sun got a few rays through the clouds, while the breeze became quite gusty and cool. We continued along the ridge with several ups and downs, until we reached Shek Uk Shan with its prominent radio antennas. After a brief stop we turned south again and descended a steep slope to reach Cheung Sheung for another stop with half the group enjoying the sweet tofu at the shop there. For a short stretch we followed the MacLehose trail towards Pak Tam Au. When we came out of the forest into the open area, we searched for the trail shown on the map going nearly straight to the south. After a little while we found a faint, narrow and steep trail with markers that lead us down into the valley through the trees and bushes of secondary growth. Amidst a little dissent and some whispered hints about another possible walk in the dark, we made quite good progress and the path became even clearer, the further down we followed it.

About 17:45 we reached a small village, the Lady MacLehose Holliday Village and shortly after the main road leading back to Sai Kung. Nearly straight away a no 94 bus gave us a quick lift back to town.
Eleven of us joined for dinner at the same Thai restaurant, we enjoyed dinner about five weeks ago. A nice Sunday walk, even when the walk was not as difficult and long as advertised.
 

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