The Ngong Ping Cable Car Rescue Trail

This is yet another one of David Muir’s adventures, it is one of his favourites and stewartgoeswalkies is very grateful for his contribution.

Once again, to get to the start of the walk you need to get up to Ngong Ping, writes David. I took the No. 23 Bus from my village but you can either take the same bus from Tung Chung or, the No. 2 Bus from Mui Wo.

On arrival at Ngong Ping I made my way to the cable car terminus. The Rescue Trail starts directly below the station. 

Preparations: Water, lots of it, snacks and/or energy bars and sturdy hiking boots. In places the path is rocky and in some parts pretty slippery, so a sturdy cane or a pair of trekking poles would be advisable.

You will see some real great views of the airport, the Big Buddha and other wonderful scenery that Lantau has to offer.

The path starts of mostly level but gets steeper and steeper until you get to the first cable car tower, then it goes downwards again. As the path weaves it way around the hillside you are not always directly below the cable car.

Eventually you will come to a housing for the cable cars, I was quite surprised to find two dogs there. I gave them some water from my meagre supply which they were grateful for. I hope that they belong to someone and were not just dumped there by selfish owners.

After a short rest, I said by goodbye to the dogs and continued downwards. The hike itself is 4.8km with an elevation gain of 584m. From the first cable car tower it’s all downhill with 845 steps to go down. There were a few slippery parts so be careful. Eventually, I arrived at the Nei Lak Shan Angle Station.

A section of the Rescue Trail follows the Nei Lak Shan Country Trail. Continuing downwards, the path will bring eventually join the Tung O Ancient Trail.

From a high point on the trail there are views of Hong Kong International Airport and Tung Chung.

Several sections of the trail will take you down a series of wooden staircases. These can be slippery in places so be careful.

As mentioned, the end, or beginning of the Rescue Trail will bring onto the Tung O Ancient Trail, which is the route from Tung Chung to Tai O. Follow the signs which will lead you back to the main road from where you can walk to Tung Chung or, if you’ve had enough for the day, pick up a bus.

I hope you enjoy this walk. It’s not a long route so take your time and enjoy the scenery.

Thank you for visiting stewartgoeswalkies. I am very grateful to my mate David for forwarding this article and I look forward to receiving more of his hiking stories. And, on this point, I would like to invite any of my readers to submit any stories that they might have. All contributions will be gratefully received. 

I have not done this trail yet and look forward to doing in David’s company once the weather gets cooler. All photos, with the exception of the Ngong Ping Terminus Building (please see photo credit), were provided by the author.

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Happily married man to a wonderful lady. Living in Hong Kong. In my younger days I enjoyed hiking, camping and rock climbing. I've trekked in the Himalayas and climbed Mt. Kinabalu in East Malaysia.

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