The Ng Tung Chai Waterfall hike is an epic adventure that guides you through the jungle, visits multiple waterfalls and can lead to the highest peak in Hong Kong (if you venture that far). Out in the New Territories, this is a wild hike. In fact, this hike was probably the most wild I saw the jungle in my entire time in Hong Kong.
NG TUNG CHAI WATERFALL HIKE DETAILS
Hike Distance: The hike distance on the return-loop is a 6-km return route from the Ng Tung Chai bus stop.
Hike Duration: The hike up and down took under two hours but make sure you leave some spare time to explore the waterfalls.
Hike Difficulty: The hike was relatively safe with no exposure/drop-offs on the trail for the most part. It was very steep in parts of course but it was more a consistent climb up rocky steps. The area surrounding the waterfalls was slippery so mind your step when it’s wet.
Hike Incline: The total hike incline to the Ng Tung Chai waterfalls was 350m from start to finish.
HOW TO GET TO NG TUNG CHAI WATERFALLS
I did the Ng Tung Chai Waterfall hike on my route to Tai Mo Shan, which is the highest peak in Hong Kong. However, you can take the same route and simply turn back after visiting the waterfalls if that is enough adventure for you.
NG TUNG CHAI WATERFALL HIKE DIRECTIONS
- Take the MTR to Kam Sheung Railway Station
- Catch the 64K bus to Ng Tung Chai Bus Stop
- Backtrack 100m to the trail entrance on the opposite side of the road (sign marked NG TUNG CHAI)
- Follow the signs to the Ng Tung Chai Waterfalls
- Return to Ng Tung Chai bus stop.
- Catch the bus to Kam Sheung Railway Station.
The pin location for Ng Tung Chai Bus Stop is pinned below and I’ve also placed a photo below that shows the trail entrance from where the bus stops. It has a huge NG TUNG CHAI sign.
MY EXPERIENCE ON THE NG TUNG CHAI WATERFALL HIKE
As always, a little bit of transit preparation is required before a Hong Kong hike but with the 64K bus dropping us at the trailhead, we set off into the forest to find the waterfalls. The trail began like many in Hong Kong, a paved road winding up through the foothills. There were a few forks in the road but following the signs to the Ng Tung Chai waterfalls seemed to do us well.
There was one intersection early on that pointed to the right and said “Tai Mo Shan via Ng Tung Chai Waterfalls’ and the other suggested it was not via the waterfalls. It’s only an extra 15-20 minutes (if you are heading to Tai Mo Shan, so we decided to visit the waterfalls as well. You have now entered the Tai Mo Shan Country Park.
At the start of the hike, the trail leads you underneath a beautiful archway near a temple, past some small mini-waterfalls, and through the wild jungle. This was the most wild I had seen in Hong Kong so far, which was surprising considering we hadn’t traveled far from the city at all.
After about 30-40 minutes we reached the first waterfall called ‘Bottom Falls’. Although it isn’t as big as ‘Main Falls’ further up the track it was our favorite because it is in a tiny slot canyon and it’s a magical little spot. You could definitely just enjoy the bottom area but you can also climb up the walls and reach the middle section, which is the best area in my opinion. The climb up on the rocks isn’t hard but you will have to judge for yourself if it is for you. We hung out here for almost an hour soaking it all in. No-one else was around and it was my favorite part of the adventure
The hike continues with a theme of rocky steps, which lead you up the relentless incline. The next waterfall was called Choi Hung Waterfall. It was still pretty but not as impressive as the others. You are really spoilt for choice here with more than five waterfalls in the region. I quickly stopped in for a look before continuing on to the Main Fall.
The Main Fall is unsurprisingly the biggest. It reminded me of the waterfalls in Hawaii the way it seemed to fall down the rocks on the cliff-side rather than free-fall down the pool below. It’s important to keep in mind that we visited in dry December, so it may be much more impressive to visit the waterfalls after heavy rain. There were many signs warning about flash-flooding so keep that in mind.
The next waterfall was Scatter Fall, which also fell down the rocks without much force. This would be a great spot in the rainy season I suspect. There was also a little cave to the left of this waterfall for those looking for a bit of extra adventure.
There is one more waterfall called Yuk Nui Fall that I didn’t quite get to as the Tai Mo Shan trail took me a different way. The path looked quite overgrown.
Along the way, there were lots of small rock pools and sections of cascades to explore so you really could spend a full day out here checking out all the spots. I suggest to come during hot weather but when it has been raining recently. That way it is hot enough to swim in the cold water but the waterfalls are in full force!
To get back to Kam Sheung Station you just need to return the way you came and catch the 64K bus back to the MTR station. It’s an out and back hike, which makes things pretty simple. I hope you enjoy the waterfalls and Tai Mo Shan summit if you decide to continue up the mountain like us!
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BEST TIME TO HIKE IN HONG KONG
The ‘best’ time to visit Hong Kong will depend on a few factors. The biggest factor will, of course, be the weather. All of these hikes I did were in my month-long stay during December 2019. The weather was quite chilly as it was winter but the sun was still out on at least 60% of the hikes. In the day it was warm most of the time but I always had a jacket for at the summit. The suggest months for hiking in Hong Kong are:
Winter: December to February – Mild weather and pretty comfortable for hiking. Minimal rainfall and still lots of sun during 2/3 of the days. I would suggest the winter after having experienced it myself.
Spring: March to May – Unpredictable weather with some sun and some clouds, Humidity is now rising quite high. Rainfall can happen regularly during the spring.
Summer: June to August – This is not an ideal time to hike in Hong Kong. The humidity is at it’s highest, temperatures can reach 30 degrees daily and rainstorms can be frequent. There are beaches in Hong Kong, more than you would imagine but they aren’t all necessarily close to where you will be based in Hong Kong Central or Kowloon.
Autumn/Fall: September to November – This is rated as the best time to visit Hong Kong. You have nice sunny weather but humidity is at it’s lowest for the year. Rainfall is also low during these months.
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ARE THERE HONG KONG HIKING AND TOUR GUIDES?
While I did all of my hikes independently, there are a number of affordable tours that will either take you on a private hike or add you to a group experience. I’m comfortable organizing the route, transport, and logistics for a hike in a new region because I’ve done it hundreds of times but if you prefer to have a local lead you then I can recommend checking out the links below, which offer guided tours of some of the hikes you will find on this list. The website to book through is Klook, which is a trusted platform for booking activities and employs local hiking guides who have tons of experience.
They range from $50-$100 and all the other details can be found by clicking on the links below.
Guided Hike: Lion Rock Hiking Tour
Guided Hike: Dragon’s Back Hiking Tour
Guided Hike: Lantau Peak Sunrise Hike
Guided Hike: Tai Mo Shan Waterfall Hiking Tour