Walk on 14 June 2015 - Hard stream trekking on Nei San Stream (彌散石澗)

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Location Distance Duration Elevation Difficulty

Tung Chung Station [東涌站]> Nei San Stream [ 彌散石澗>

 Ngong Ping  [昂坪]> Tung Chung [東涌]

About

10 km

6

hours*

Lowest: 0m
Highest: 600m

 

* duration excludes travelling time

 

 

 

Disclaimer

People join this walk at their own risks. I shall not be held responsible in any way for any injury or death incurred or any loss or damage to personal property caused due to whatever causes including, but not limited to, negligence, neglect, errors of judgment and inadequate orientation skill on my part. The fact that you show up at the time and place on the day to join the walk is an implication that you have agreed to and accepted unconditionally this disclaimer.

Warning:  This stream trekking is really a 3 boot hike (maximum rating in Trampers), exclusively intended for seasoned hikers with good experience in rock climbing, hopping across large boulders, and bush whacking. They join the hike at their own risk and shall not be afraid of rock cliff climbing / height / bush whacking.  Pair of gloves, long trousers and shoes/sandals with non-slip soles are required.

 

Having tackled already nice and demanding intermediate level streams this summer, it is time now for Trampers to face the difficult ones and I propose for this Sunday one of them, Nei San stream (彌散石澗). 

We will meet at 10:30 a.m., Tung Chung MTR Station [ 東涌站] (Exit B); ten minute waiting rule applies.  We will walk for half an hour from Tung Chung to San Tau Village [散頭] through concrete paths along the North-west coastline of Tung Chung, to reach the start of our stream trekking. 

Nei San Stream includes a number of waterfalls and small clear water pools, and has its closed beauty.  But to be rewarded with this nice side of nature we’ll have to face its hostile side, with tricky walls to climb, big rocks and walks at heights. The stream is quite long and we will trek it from sea level up to its source, at about 600m above sea level. There is no exit in the middle of the stream.  Please make sure you are physically and mentally prepared for a long stream hike of about five hours (only the stream).

In the middle of the stream, stands a famous cliff - Mo Tian Cliff (摩天崖), about 80m tall and the most magnificent feature of the stream. It is one the toughest cliffs in Hong Kong. Since we are not climbing with ropes and harness, Trampers will only admire the cliff from afar and use the passage on the right to climb in parallel to the cliff, which itself is an ordeal for most hikers. 

At the altitude of about 250m there is one of the most spectacular waterfall of this river. We'll definitely jump into this pool for water fun.

After that, the upward climb is still not simple and there are a number of 2 to 6m high rock cliffs that we will need to tackle with all the strength of our hands and legs. At the very top of the river course, you can look back at all the twists of the stream, and enjoy a nice view embracing the airport and Castle Peak in Tuen Mun.

We will leave the stream at the top of the hill, reaching the donkey trail under the cable car rails and head down to Ngong Ping [昂坪], where some refreshing drink and dessert will aim at giving us the strength and morale to finish the hike. If that’s successful and time allows, we may finish with a relaxing  gentle walk downhill (paved) of 5-6 km to Shek Mun Gap and Tung Chung Town.

Trampers have not attempted this stream many times in the past, last one in August 2012.

So please come only if you are a fit and experienced stream trekker and bring all the usual gear, in particular lots of water, non-slip sole shoes, gloves and a hat, torch/headlamp, as well as mosquito repellent.  Also, bring some lunch for along the way.

If it is raining or threatening to rain, the walk will still go ahead but we may change the route accordingly.  If in doubt on the morning of the walk, call the hot line 8209-0517. 

 

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