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Walking the Lantau Trail (70km) over Chinese New Year
Posted January 30th, 2013 - 3:21 pm by from Krakow, Poland (Permalink)
Weather permitting, I'd like to walk the whole length of the Lantau Trail (70kms according to some sources, 75 according to others) over the Chinese New Year, between 17th and 20th Feb.

Has anyone ever walked it? Would anyone like to join?

You'd of course need some basic camping equipment: a tent, a sleeping bag, waterproof jacket etc.

Let me know! Any info about the trail would be greatly appreciated, even if you're not able to join.

Joanna

Posted January 31st, 2013 - 6:15 am by from New Territories West, China (Permalink)
Good afternoon Joanna.

I have a question. Have you tried the long range trekking task at elsewhere? It will be quite fatigue after that.

Please don't be hesitate to ask any matters for your needs!

Posted January 31st, 2013 - 7:19 am by from Krakow, Poland (Permalink)
I have indeed, but thank you for warning me! Have you ever walked the Lantau Trail? Is it easy to find fresh water on the way?

I got the dates wrong - I'd be walking between the 10th and 13th Feb, over the Chinese New Year holidays.

Thanks,
Joanna

Posted January 31st, 2013 - 11:09 am from Hong Kong Island, China
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Posted January 31st, 2013 - 11:19 am by from Krakow, Poland (Permalink)
You're the second person asking me that :-)
I do have experience. 70kms is not that much at all if you spread it over 3, or even four days.
I'm sorry you can't come along! Maybe I'll see you on another hike next time.

Posted January 31st, 2013 - 3:15 pm by from New Territories West, China (Permalink)
Good evening Joanne.

Alright it is time to draught your trip schedule for your mind. My recommendation is buying the countryside map which is published by the HKSAR government.

Most of useful information are indicated and you can estimate the maximum loaded for your rucksack, the location of official campsite and Food supply points.

Do you have any decisions and ideas? Speak up please!

Cheers,
Johnson LAI

Posted February 3rd, 2013 - 4:34 am by from Oxford, England (Permalink)
Well, I moved here from home in the UK for a year now. I did Lantau Trail lots of time both by myself, with my scouts from local British troops, my Duke of Edinburgh’s Award students in the local British Community Centre and my students from my part time instructing with the British Mountaineering Council. I usually get the trail done in 12 hours with those 10 to 15 years old kids.

70Km of Lantua Trail wasn’t that hard as Johonson and Alex suggested. Hiking in Hong Kong is same to be a walk in the urban in small towns back in Europe. Roads on all big hiking trails in Hong Kong (MacLehose Trail, Wilson Trail, Hong Kong Trail and Lantua Trail) are mostly built up footpath with road signs rather than proper hiking trails and some small sections even have lighting fitted in. So don’t worry, it is really easy to find your direction. Getting a Lantua Countryside Map (Same as Standard British OS 1:25000 scale Explorer Hiking Map but publish by the Hong Kong Government) in local hike shops in Mong Kok or Causeway Bay may be a good idea as places name in Hong Kong is hard to remember, so you can look it up on the map than follow the road sign on your hike and it’s always good to have something in hand just in case. Or if you want to see more along the way as well as seeing those hide trail like those proper hiking trail we got back in Europe you can go to get a 1:20000 scale Hong Kong Standard Hiking Map.

For fresh water, along the Lantua Trail there are loads of built up toilets (some even have shower), waterfalls as well as little shops in those small villages you can get fresh water from. But if you do going for those little shops in the villages check online before you go, to see are there still people live in those villages first as in Hong Kong there are loads of villages abandoned but still shown on the maps and road sign there is a village there even those new maps and road sign.

I don’t know, how long you are going to stay in Hong Kong and how often are you going to hike in here. But if you just going to stay for a short time, I can give you those Lantau maps for free as I got loads of them and I can borrow you some tents from the local British Community Centre or British Scout Troops. I am interested to come to the hike with you, but thinking about getting a last minute ticket to world famous Death Railway in Thailand. So if I ending up to stay in Hong Kong during the Chinese New Year holiday, I differently wants to come. I will send you my number and Facebook in private message, so if you got more questions about the Lantau Trail, planning the hike or hiking in Hong Kong, I am willing to help.

Posted February 4th, 2013 - 4:09 pm by from Krakow, Poland (Permalink)
Thanks Jesse! That's really helpful. Fresh water was really my main concern, I'm glad that it's easy to find it. Gear shouldn't be a problem, I've got a tent and a sleeping bag.
I've been in Hong Kong for a year already and I'm staying indefinitely, so I guess I might just as well invest in a map of Lantau, especially since I really like going there in the summer to camp at Pui O beach :-)
I've got another friend coming with me but it would be great if you joined us too - the more we are, the merrier!