Peak, located in the Sai Kung East Country Park, soars at an altitude of 468 metres above sea level. As all of the paths leading to its summit are difficult, it is considered one of the most challenging climbs in the territory. Sharp Peak, High Junk Bay and Tai Yue Ngam Teng, all having pointed peaks, are also known as the three sharp peaks in Sai Kung.

There are primarily three paths leading up to Sharp Peak. Most hikers take the southern path leading up from Nam She Au, for it is the easiest among the three. The eastern one is shorter in length but more difficult. The most arduous and treacherous path climbs up from Nam She Bay, which follows the northern slope towards the peak.

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Nam She Au
Tai Wan
Tai Wan in the morning
Sharp Peak, our target
Nam She Wan
A glimpse of Tung Wan
The trail head is right next to the Pavilion at Pak Tam Au. Descend along the concrete path of MacLehose Trail Section 2. At the crossing, turn right (the path on the left leads to To Kwa Peng) and drop to Chek Keng.
After passing the abandoned village and footbridge, take the path on the right (the left one brings you to the Youth Hostel and public pier) and ascend to Tai Long Au.
Chek Keng Hau
Tai Long WanView over four beaches
Cheung Tsui
Coast of a Thousand Stream
Mai Feng Tsui
A bird's-eye view over Ko Lau Wan, with Grass Island and Port Island farther north
Tung Wan
Heanding down to Tai Wan
Mai Fan Teng
A gravel path leading down
Clear sky
Tung Wan Shan
Colors of Tung Wan
Snow-white beach
Tai Chau and Tsim Chau
A popular beach
From there, leave MacLehose Trail and head left to Nam She Au. Follow the uphill path ahead and climb up to Sharp Peak. Then descend from the eastern path and make a right turn (the path on left leads to Mai Fan Teng). At the next fork, turn left and then climb down to the seaside path. Take the shrubbery trail on the right and head to Tai Wan.
Pale blue color of shallow water
Appealing colors
Changing views along the way
One more portrait shot
Exposed rocks at low tide
Tung Wan under protection of Cheung Tsui
Follow the levelled path at the rear of the beach, which brings you to Ham Tin Wan.
Unforgettable scene
A real scorcher
Tung Wan Shan again
Last shot
From there, follow along the MacLehose Trail, cross Tai Long Au and then head back down to Chek Keng. At the crossing, take the stairs to the right, which leads to the pier at Chek Keng (You may also walk further to Pak Tam Au or Uk Tau if you are unable to catch the ferries / speedboats at Chek Keng).
Starting Point Route Duration Fare & Operating Hours
Minibus No. 7 Sai Kung Town - Hoi Ha
(Get Off : Pak Tam Au)
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Bus No. 94 Sai Kung Town - Wong Shek
(Get Off : Pak Tam Au)
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Bus No. 96R
Diamond Hill Railway Station- Wong Shek
(Get Off : Pak Tam Au)
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Finishing Point Route Duration Fare & Operating Hours
Ferry Grass Island - Wong Shek
(Get On: Chek Keng)
10 min Details
Ferry Grass Island - Ma Liu Shui
(Get On: Chek Keng)
(Sat, Sun and Public Holidays)
Wong Shek - Wan Chai - Chek Keng - Wong Shek
(Get On: Chek Keng)
Speed Boat* Chek Keng - Wong Shek
(Get On: Chek Keng)
5 min Fare negotiable /
Irregular service
*The speedboat operators may not have the license to provide such service. Please assess the risks involved and consider the insurance issues before boarding.
Route Pak Tam Au Chek Keng Tai Long Au
Time   1 hr 15 min  
  Nam She Au Sharp Peak
  1.5 hr   2 hr
  Tai Wan Ham Tin Wan Tai Long Au
    15 min   1 hr 15 min
  Chek Keng      
Duration 6.5 hours
Distance 12 km
Supply Restaurants at Ham Tin
Exit At Tai Long Au, you may follow the MacLehose trail and head to Sai Wan Pavillion via Ham Tin.
  • Part of the trail is physically demanding and treacherous.
  • Parts of the trail are loose gravel paths which require some clambering.
  • The uphill and downhill paths near Sharp Peak are unsheltered.
SummaryDespite the arduous ups and downs, you will find yourself embraced by undulating hills, with grandeur views over the Pacific Ocean, pristine beaches of Tai Long Wan and magical Coast of a Thousand Streams on the summit of Sharp Peak. On a glorious day, the views over Tai Long Wan are just breathtaking, a truly visually stunning landscape in Hong Kong.
EpilogueIt has never been easy to gather old friends for a hiking, especially on a sunny holiday. Climbing Sharp Peak was probably not a right choice on such a hot summer day, but we had no regrets.

We, a group of five, set off at Pak Tam Au. Soaked in sweat, we arrived at Tai Long Au where we had a brief rest before the strenuous climb. Just before ascending to Sharp Peak, we met a middle-aged man, claiming himself a regular hiker in Sai Kung since 70s for the pristine nature. He was so energetic and able to keep up with us. It was hard to imagine that he was already in his sixties. Even if I was well prepared and equipped, the trail was never easy for me. I truly hope that we could still be able to climb up Sharp Peak in his age.

The temperature rose as high as 33 degrees, it’s a real scorcher. I felt that every single cell on the skin burning. The view on the top, to my surprise, was rewarding.

On the summit of Sharp Peak, the four beaches of Tai Long Wan and Nam She Wan, another beach lying down below Sharp Peak, arrested our attention. We were amazed by the snow-white beaches and tempting colors of the bays.

The majestic promontories, Cheung Tsui and Tsang Pang Kok Tsui, protect the beaches with their stretching arms. The Coast of a Thousand Streams looked like a treasure box full of green diamonds. Sunlight intermittently shined from behind the clouds, unlocking the treasure.

Words and pictures cannot fully describe the beauties along the route. It was such an idyllic experience that we would never forget. I couldn’t help rating it a world-class landscape. No wonder it is called the “Backyard of Hong Kong”.

Revision Hiking : 19.06.2010
Revised : 28.04.2014