The Ng Tung Chai waterfall hike can be family friendly
The Ng Tung Chai Waterfall hike can be family-friendly if your family is well-seasoned at hiking!

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.

However…

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)

Water/Snacks

Hiking Poles

Rain Gear (especially during monsoon season)

Warm Layers (if you’re NOT here in the warm season)

First Aid Kit

Camera

Trailhead And Route

The route starts on Lam Kam Road near the Chai Kek 寨乪 bus stop, and it ends back here too. The GPS coordinates for the exact starting/ending point are +22.440719, +114.126828.

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.

Route Map

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.

Bam!

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.

Ng Tung Chai Waterfall Hike Elevation Profile
Ng Tung Chai Waterfall Hike Elevation Profile

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.

Ng Tung Chai Waterfall hike trailhead
Head up and to the left on the sidewalk, not on the road.
Ng Tung Chai Waterfall hike
Walk up this sidewalk for a long time.
boy walking between two village houses on the Ng Tung Chai Waterfall hike in Hong Kong
Go between these two village houses.
Man Tak Yuen temple
Eventually, you’ll arrive at the Man Tak Yuen temple.

It’s always a good time for a snack break! And the boys LOVE their Bentgo boxes!

two boys taking a snack break on the Ng Tung Chai waterfall hike
If you hike Ng Tung Chai with your kids, give them plenty of rest breaks.

We skipped past Lower Fall, but if you’re keen on a bit more climbing, make sure to check it out!

middle fall at Ng Tung Chai waterfalls
Eventually, you’ll arrive at Middle Fall.
two boys at Middle Falls at Ng Tung Chai
To say the boys enjoyed this place is a massive understatement!
two boys in a cave in Hong Kong
The little cave is lots of fun!
view of the Lam Tsuen Valley
Even though you’ll be hiking up about a million stairs, don’t forget to look back and enjoy the view of the Lam Tsuen Valley!
main fall at Ng Tung Chai waterfall hike
The Main Fall is impressive!
Shyski family taking selfie at Ng Tung Chai waterfall hike Main Fall
And certainly selfie-worthy!
banana grove on the Ng Tung Chai waterfall hike
Continuing up after the Main Fall you get to the section we call the “Banana Grove.”
woman with son on her back hiking past Scatter Fall at Ng Tung Chai waterfall
Scatter Fall is the final one you’ll reach.
Woman at the top of the Ng Tung Chai waterfall hike
Eventually, the trail will flatten out for a little while.
father and son hiking down many stairs at the Ng Tung Chai waterfall hike
And then you’ll hike down TONS more stairs! Make sure to sing the “My knees feel wonderful” song at this point, especially if you’re carrying a child on your back!
mother finishing the Ng Tung Chai waterfall hike
Eventually, you will reach the bottom of the stairs.

Nearby Hikes

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.

FAQs

  1. 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.
  2. Are there facilities here?
    Just before you head out of the village there are restrooms. Otherwise, plan to bring everything else you need.
  3. 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.

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20 Comments

  1. Chris Shaw Reply

    Heading back to Hong Kong in August. Will definitely be trying this out. Thanks for sharing.

  2. We visited last weekend with the kids and had a great time! Thanks for the info!

  3. Hi, I heard the waterfall route is closed still due to the typhoon. Do you know if that is true?
    Thanks in advance, look forward to trying this hike!

    • Hi Susan, I have not been there since the typhoon, so I don’t know. Eventually it will open again. If you check it out, can you report back? Please and Thank you ??☺️

  4. Hi All,

    Anyone know if the waterfall trail is open yet?
    We are hoping to hike it tomorrow.

    • I was there last week! There’s technically a sign that says the path is closed because of the typhoon, and it’s roped off, but everyone goes past it anyway, haha. The path was safe enough, lots of people crowding the falls. No issues really, was a great hike.

      Btw, ForSomethingMore, your instructions were absolutely spot-on. Really invaluable, thank you!

      • Hi Tony,

        Thank you for the update! This is really helpful information 🙂 Also, thank you for the kind words! We’re glad to help! Keep on exploring!

  5. Hi, is it safe to hike to the falls a day after raining or even if it’s raining (moderate or drizzling)?
    Planning to go there this weekend. Thank you

    • Hi Mark,

      Thank you for the good question. Unfortunately, we have no way to determine if hiking the falls after any sort of precipitation is safe or not. In the past, we have hiked it after both light and heavy rains, and we have been fine. However, our past experiences can certainly not predict future outcomes. Sorry we can’t be more helpful on this matter. Ultimately, if you do go, use caution no matter the conditions.

      • Thank you for your insights.
        I will just probably check it out and can abort anytime if unfavorable conditions arise, safety is still the first priority.
        Btw, your page is really helpful.

  6. The upper part of the trail is very steep. Part of the trail is a bit slippery even in dry weather. If you go in wet weather exercise extra caution.

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