Hong Kong Trek FAQ!
When is this trip?
The trip is from 31st December 2015 to 5th January 2016(6D5N). We will be meeting at Changi Airport on 31st December at 4:00am and catching the 6:05am flight to Hong Kong. We will leave Hong Kong on 5th January and arrive back home at 11.05 pm.
Do take note the flights are tentative right now! We can only confirm the flights once we have collected the payment to book the flights!
Where will we be visiting?
We will be doing full day and half day treks around the mountainous regions of Hong Kong, because contrary to popular belief, Hong Kong is an amazing place to trek or to just enjoy the cool mountain breeze! We will mainly be visiting Lantau Peak, Dragon’s Back Hiking Trail and tackling the first 2 stages of the famous Maclehose Trail. Lantau Peak is the second highest peak in Hong Kong, and famous for its view of the sunrise. Dragon’s Back Trail is situated at Hong Kong Island and often praised as the best urban hike in Asia! Maclehose Trail is a 100km route that traverses a wide area of Hong Kong, and the first 2 stages are the most scenic 🙂
What is the difficult rating of this trek?
2 out of 5 stars. Dragon’s Back Trail has a gentle terrain and little incline so it will be relatively easy! As for the other two trails, they might be more physically demanding but still manageable. For Lantau Peak Trail, the challenge will be the steep climb to the summit. Whereas, for Maclehose Trail, the difficulty will be in the length of the first 2 stages. Don’t worry too much though, because we will help you along the way!
How much does this trip cost? What does the cost include?
The estimated cost of this trek is $700 SGD (dependent on airfare price). Costs include return airfare, accommodation in Hong Kong as well as travel insurance. Meals and transport fees will not be provided, so participants are advised to bring extra cash with them for the trip! How much to bring exactly will be made known during the pre-trek briefing.
How many participants will there be on this trek?
There will be 15 – 19 participants, including 4 committee members.
What is the brief itinerary?
Day 1 (31st Dec): Flight from Singapore to Hong Kong International Airport. Check in to hostel followed by light trekking around Tai Tong Nature Trail and Yuen Tsuen Ancient Trail. New Year’s Countdown!
Day 2 (1st Jan): Travel to Ngong Ping and hike up to Lantau Peak at Lantau Island.
Day 3 (2nd Jan): Trekking at Dragon’s Back Trail at Shek O Country Park and Victoria’s Peak.
Day 4 (3rd Jan): Trekking at Maclehose Trail Stage 1 and 2 at Sai Kung East Country Park
Day 5 (4th Jan): Rest and Recreation
Day 6 (5th Jan): Flight back from Hong Kong International Airport to Singapore Changi Airport.
Will there be a local guide?
Nope! The trails in Hong Kong are very well marked out and most are popular amongst the locals, so our navigational skills should be sufficient 🙂
Where will we be spending our nights?
All 5 nights will be spent at a hostel. It will likely be no-frills rooms with bunk beds, a very good backpacking experience 🙂
How and where will we be having our meals?
All of our treks are day treks! So at night, we will grab dinner at the local food places around Hong Kong when we travel back to our hostel. Lunch and breakfast will depend on our programme for the day!
What will the weather be like?
January is winter season in Hong Kong! You can expect temperatures ranging from 14 Degree Celsius to 19 Degree Celsius.
Will there be a wet weather plan?
January is the driest month in Hong Kong. However, in the event of rain, the Trek I/C, Safety Officer will decided on the ground whether to carry on with the activity.
My Module Bidding Period starts during the trip! Will I be able to bid for my modules there?
Yes of course! We will be bringing a laptop as well as renting wi-fi on the day where module bidding opens, so that everyone can successfully get the mods that they want for the next semester 🙂
Can I purchase my own airfare?
Yes! The price of the trek will then be SGD 350. Do let us know when you sign up!
I’ve packed my bags and am ready to go! Where do I sign up?
Click tinyurl.com/hongkongtrek15! Do check out our Terms and Conditions http://www.nusrovers.com/dec-trek-tc/ before signing up 🙂