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Lo Hon Tower, a natural rocky tower, lies on north hillside of Lantau Peak at 800m. North Heaven Gate is in the valley beside the tower, suitable for well experienced hikers.

Lo Hon Tower | North Heaven Gate - A trail for hiking in Hong Kong

North Heaven Gate
Distance: 9.0 Km
Duration: 5.5 hours
Diff.:

4.5

Scn.:

4.0

Start: MTR, get off at Tung Chung Station

End: Bus 3M, 11, 23 to Tung Chung

The path along Lo Hon ridge is very rugged and steep, recommanded to put on gloves for the climb. Be careful that the path passing through North Heaven Gate need to skirt a narrow rocky

At Lo Hon Tower, if not to North Heaven Gate, you could follow another uphill path at the left of Sky Cave that climbs the secondary summit then leads to the adjacent main peak of Lantau

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Shek Mun Kap Village

The trail starts from Exit A of Tung Chung Railway Station by following Hing Tung Street then heading Tat Tung Road to right. At the junction, it joins Shun Tung Road to the left. Passing through the subway at the corner that turns right to the opposite police station, it then follows Yu Tung Road to the right. After crossing the left catchment through the second pedestrian bridge, it joins Tung Chung Road. Head it to the right not far, the trail joins the pathway on the right to Shek Mun Kap Village according to the signpost. Along the concrete path, through some houses and the archway, it leads to Shek Mun Kap Village.

The entry from Tung Chung Road

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Fat Mun Ancient Path

Along Shek Mun Kap Road to the right up to the junction beside the bus terminal, the trail gently ascends by following Fat Mun Ancient Path on the left according to the signpost to Lo Hon Monastery. Up to the Lo Hon Monastery, it starts the uphill path on the right. Along the way to Ngong Ping, the trail passes the left junction of Tei Tong Tsai Country Trail that leads to Pak Kung Au, and Shui Yam Bridge on the right. Further up, it comes to Fat Lam Sim Yuen. The trail then winds up along the hillside. Passing through Tai Hung Temple and going ahead further, it comes to the section with catchwater on the left along the concrete path. When approaching the right junction of the concrete path, pay attention to the left slope with some ribbons as a mark where is the entrance of the uphill muddy path to climb Lo Hon Ridge.

Note: The path along Lo Hon Ridge is very rugged and steep, you are recommanded to put on gloves for the climb. Moreover, from there you need to refer the ribbons bound in the trees as guidance for the way along the path. In addition, be careful that following the later ‘Heaven Gate Pass’ need to skirt a narrow rocky cliff for passing through North Heaven Gate.

Lo Hon Monastery

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Overlook Lantau Peak

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Lo Hon Tower

Follow the muddy path, it sharply ascends the very steep slope through the woods that requires to clamber. Up ahead beyond the woods, it opens up and there is a group of rocks on the right as a lookout platform which offers a full view over Tung Chung and the airport. Continue on along the trail. After climb over the steep rocky path, the slope turns gentle. At that time, Lo Hon Tower and the large cave in the hillside named 'A Tree Cave', could be seen on the upper right. Trace the trail up along the ridge, it leads to the bottom of Lo Hon Tower.

Up the sylvan path

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The climb along Lo Hon Ridge

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Toward Lo Hon Tower (Lo Hon Ridge in your rear), there is a rocky path on the left climbing the rocky tower according to the ribbons that requires to retrace the steps down later. At its top, overlook eastwards, the imposing Sunset Peak is towering. To the west, the lofty Nei Lak Shan could be seen. Lantau Peak is just behind you. Moreover, you could first peer at the North Heaven Gate in the rocky valley below the hilltop of Lantau Peak. But it is difficult to see its rocky nick from that view point.

Note: Climbing up and down Lo Hon Tower is slightly dangerous. Be careful to clamber!

Lo Hon Tower

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Sky Cave

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Lo Hon Gap and North Heaven Gate (Pak Tin Mun)

Return to the main path and then follow it to the right to detour Lo Hon Tower. At the junction, heading the right path could go to Sky Cave which chinese name is ‘A Tree Cave’ literally, and it could also join the path of the north slope of Lantau Peak if still go ahead. At the front hillside (left of Sky Cave), there is an uphill path climbing to the secondary summit of Lantau Peak. Looking to the left, it offers a sublime scenery over the gorge of Lo Hon Gap where the left straight rocky wall and the right cliffs form the deep valley in mighty aura.

Branch: If not go to North Heaven Gate, you could follow another uphill path which entry is at the left of Sky Cave (the rear of Lo Hon Tower). It climbs the secondary summit of Lantau Peak along its ridge then leads to the adjacent main peak.

Related route: The North Slope of Lantau Peak

Descend along Lo Hon Gap

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Follow the left path, it desends along Lo Hon Gap. Going down to the top of the stone stream and looking up on the right, the rocky nick of North Heaven Gate like 'U' shape could be clearly seen. Afterward follow the side path on the right according to the ribbons mark, you could see another junction at once behind the entry. Head the right path, it soon climbs up along the stream of North Heaven Gate (If head the left path, it could join White Jaw Path leading to Lantau Trail). Part of the section is very steep. Beyond the woods and up to the rocky slope, it joins the rocky path named 'Heaven Gate Pass' which skirts along the narrow edge of the rocky cliff. At that time, you could look back the jagged rocky cliff of Lo Hon Tower and the 'U' nick is at the lower left. Carefully skirt the cliff. There are sufficient holds on the rock and the cliff, and also some ropes for asistance but not depend on them too much. After passing the cliff, climb up the rocky slope along the right edge.

Afterward head the trail, it ascends the wooded path along the valley up to Lantau Gate where is the recession between the two summits of Lantau Peak. At Lantau Gate, heading the right path could climb the secondary peak. At that time, take the left path. After climbing up over the group of rocks, it leads to the main summit of Lantau Peak. Finally, follow the Lantau Trail to the left downhill, it descends to Pak Kung Au.

The U already on the left down

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Lo Hon Gap

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Look back Lo Hon Tower from Heaven Gate Pass

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Summary

By exploring the precipitous terrains among the north hillside and the high ravine of Lantau Peak, it is surprising and unforgettable for the imposing natural scenery such as Lo Hon Tower, 'A Tree Cave' and North Heaven Gate. In the hazy dusk of twilight, the gorge of Lo Hon Hap is majestic and mysterious like a gloomy abyss. However, from its valley looking up, the rocky tower rears up to the sky. Moreover, the Heaven Gate Pass on the upper right of the 'gate' seems to be a natural rocky path for passing it. Pass through it as if escaped out of danger.

Text : Horace

Last Update : 01.09.2016

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