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Trail Information – Fast Facts Ng Tung Chai
- Trail Difficulty: Moderate
- Distance: 5.6 km (3.5 miles)
- Elevation Gain: 713 m (2,342 ft)
- Duration: 2 to 3 hours depending on pace and breaks
The Ng Tung Chai waterfall experience is a bucket list item at any time of year. However, if you’re in Hong Kong in the summer when it’s particularly HOT and HUMID, you’ll find this additionally memorable.
While it’s possible to hike the Ng Tung Chai waterfalls trail with kids, unless your kids are experienced hikers, we suggest you save this one for when they’re a bit older. The terrain here is challenging, there are steep and dangerous cliff drop-offs, and you’ll gain a lot of elevation.
If you do have kiddos that have been on the trails since the time they could toddle, and if you bring a suitable child carrier, this could be a good family hiking option too.
In any case, if you have any comments or questions about all the Ng Tung Chai waterfall hike, feel free to leave them below!
Ng Tung Chai Waterfall Hike – An Off-The-Beaten-Path Experience
With this off-the-beaten-path hike, nestled in the Lam Tsuen Valley, you’ll find a way to both cool off and immerse yourself in Hong Kong’s natural beauty.
If you can come to experience the Ng Tung Chai waterfall hike mid-week, you’ll encounter the least amount of other hikers, but even a weekend trip is well worth it.
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What To Bring
To hike Ng Tung Chai, you’ll need bug spray and water to drink. Also, if you’re hiking this with kids who might not be able to handle the whole thing, consider bringing a child carrier. In addition to these items, and our normal day hiking packing list, we suggest you bring:
Water Filter (if you’re planning to drink from the stream)
Sturdy Hiking Shoes
Snack Boxes (for your little ones)
Rain Gear (especially during monsoon season)
Warm Layers (if you’re NOT here in the warm season)
First Aid Kit
Trailhead And Route
There are many ways to the trailhead, so we recommend you use Google Maps or the City Mapper app to navigate here.
As an aside, the 64K or 25K, are the busses we most commonly take to get here, and we usually board either of those busses from the Tai Wo MTR station, but again, depending on where you’re coming from, there might be a better way to transit here.
Start on Lam Kam Road at +22.440719, +114.126828, and then follow our route map to the many waterfalls that Ng Tung Chai has to offer.
As you can see from the maps below, the route is the shape of a lollipop, so you’ll start and end in the same place.
If you’ve read some of our other posts, such as the one on the family-friendly Tsz Lo Lan Shan Path, you’ll certainly know that we think GuruMaps is the best app for navigating while you’re offline. And when you’re in the dead zone that is the Ng Tung Chai waterfall experience, you’ll want to be able to navigate offline.
All you have to do is get the free GuruMaps app, then download our Ng Tung Chai waterfall route map by clicking one of the file format options in the top right-hand corner of the map below – GPX, KML, or GeoJSON, and then open that downloaded file in GuruMaps.
You’ll have our map on your device, and you’ll be able to use it when you’re in the Ng Tung Chai waterfall dead zone.
If you’re more comfortable with a Google Map, we’ve got you covered too. But keep in mind that there is no service at Ng Tung Chai.
Trail Description And Points Of Interest
Once you arrive at the trailhead, walk uphill towards Chai Kek Road, but do NOT turn left up Chai Kek Road. Instead, walk a few feet past the road, and turn left to go up the sidewalk.
It’s always a good time for a snack break! And the boys LOVE their Bentgo boxes!
We skipped past Lower Fall, but if you’re keen on a bit more climbing, make sure to check it out!
If your knees aren’t shot after completing the Ng Tung Chai waterfall loop, consider:
- Tai To Yan (Dragon’s Back of the New Territories): Just across the valley from Ng Tung Chai, this challenging route starts at the Hong Kong Wishing Tree, ends at Kadori Farm, and offers views of Coudy Hill
- Cloudy Hill: A challenging yet scenic section of the Wilson Trail
- Ho Pui Reservoir Family Walk: A scenic and family-friendly walk that can end at a delicious Pakistani restaurant
- Lam Tsuen Country Park (Kai Kung Leng – Rooster Ridge): A stunning ridge walk offering unparalleled views into Shenzhen, China.
Ng Tung Chai Waterfall Hike – Conclusion
The Ng Tung Chai Waterfall hike offers a unique blend of challenge and beauty, making it a memorable adventure for experienced hikers. While it may not be the best choice for young children, well-prepared families with hiking experience can enjoy this stunning natural escape, immersing themselves in the breathtaking landscapes of Hong Kong’s Lam Tsuen Valley.
- Is the Ng Tung Chai waterfall hike suitable for children?
Maybe. If your kids are highly experienced hikers, and if you are too, this might be a good choice for you. Also, if you are comfortable holding their hands on narrow cliff edge sections, hike on. Otherwise, choose something else.
- Are there facilities here?
Just before you head out of the village there are restrooms. Otherwise, plan to bring everything else you need.
- What is the best time to experience the Ng Tung Chai waterfall hike?
It’s good year-round! In the summer you can cool off in the refreshing water, but the trail will be more crowded. In the winter you’ll have the place to yourself, but it’ll likely be too chilly to swim.