Ng Tung Chai Waterfall hike is one of the best hiking trails in Hong Kong and if you want to get lost in nature then this hiking trail is just made for you. It is a series of 4 waterfalls.
Ng Tung Chai waterfall which has four waterfalls along its course ( Bottom Fall, Middle Fall, Main Fall & Scatter Fall ) is located in the base of Tai Mo Shan Country Park. FYI, Tai Mo Shan peak is the highest peak in Hong Kong.
Visiting this place in summer is like visiting heaven. If you are tired of the chaos of the city and want to get lost in some cool and heavenly place. Then pack your swimming & hiking gears and follow the trails of peacefulness in the Jungles of Tai Mo Shan Country Park to enjoy these beautiful waterfalls.
Ng Tung Chai Waterfall Hiking Guide
It will take around 2 to 3 hours to reach the topmost fall which is Scatter Fall ( breaks and swimming along the way in waterfalls are not included ). You will cover almost 11 kilometers on a round trip.
Your hiking will start at Ng Tung Chai Village in Lam Kam Road. There are two easy ways to reach this starting point. One is from Tai Wo MTR Station and the other is from Kam Sheung Road MTR Station.
From Kam Sheung Road MTR Station
- Exit from Exit C at Kam Sheung Road MTR Station
- Cross the road and Take Bus 64K destined to Tai Po Market from there.
- Get down at Ngau Len Wo.
- Cross the road and you will see the signboard directing the way to Ng Tung Chai Waterfalls.
From Tai Wo MTR Station
- Take Exit A at Tai Wo MTR Station.
- Follow the sign towards McDonald’s
- Board bus 64K destined to Yuen Long.
- Get down at Ng Tun Chai stop.
- Carry Insect Repellent.
- Carry Drinking Water
- Swimming Costumes & Towels
Please don’t through your rubbish in the jungle.
Man Tak Yuen Temple
Your next stop from your starting point will be this temple in the woods. Just after walking for about 10 minutes, you will reach Ng Tung Chai village where you will find a small shop technically it’s not a shop, yeah but a lady sells water soft drinks and some snacks. You will see her shop’s signboard on your left side.
The road gradually inclines and the route is very easy until this Man Tak Yuen Temple. You will encounter a lot of signboards for waterfalls along your way.
Walk for a few minutes from the shop and you will reach a big Chinese style gate which probably is the gate for Man Tak Yuen Temple. Continue your hike and you will reach the temple.
Man Tak Yuen Temple to Bottom Fall
Until the temple, the road is good and cemented but from now the cemented roads will give their way to the rugged terrain.
Few meters from the temple you will see a small waterfall that you can admire and take a few selfies and photos. And FYI, this is not the part of the four waterfalls which we are going to visit.
There will be a junction and huge sign for Tai Mo Shan Country Park just after the mini waterfall near the Man Tak Yun Temple. You have to hike straight and don’t take the path on your right side because that path on the right side will take you to the Tai Mo Shan Peak.
Our next destination is Bottom Fall and it will take around 30 minutes from the temple. Now the hiking route will be a little bit tough and it inclines as you hike further. There are a few places where the route is very steep and narrow so be careful in those places.
You have to descend a little bit from the main route to reach bottom fall. Walk downwards for 1 minute and you will come across the beautiful Bottom Fall of Ng Tung Chai waterfalls.
I find it as the most beautiful from the 4 waterfalls and indeed it’s the prettiest one that you will see on this hike. Bottom Fall has the best pool in all of the 4 waterfalls. It has two waterfalls, the upper part of this waterfall is quite difficult to reach.
The pool at the Bottom Fall is the best for swimming because it’s deep and quite bigger in size. So, if you wanna swim you can jump in this pool before moving from here.
Middle Fall is just above the Bottom Fall. Hike up about 4 minutes from Bottom Fall and you will be standing in front of the Middle Fall.
The pool in Middle Fall is not suitable for swimming so you can take a shower under the waterfall instead of swimming. And this is what you will do in the upcoming two more waterfalls.
You need to go back a few meters from Middle Fall to trace your way to Main Fall. Take a left turn and start hiking those stairs. This part of hiking from Middle Fall to Main Fall is the hardest and toughest one in the whole journey of Ng Tung Chai Waterfalls.
You will be hiking in a zig-zag pattern and it is kind of very steep and narrow. It will take almost 30 minutes from Middle Fall to reach Main Fall. At some point, you will feel as it is a never-ending hike. But don’t lose hope because in a few minutes you will encounter the tallest waterfall of Ng Tung Chai.
Technically swimming on this pool is also not possible because it’s not too deep and there are so many big rocks under the water which may hit you while swimming. You can take a shower in the waterfall as you did in the Middle Fall or you can take just a dip in the water.
One thing I forget to mention that water in this whole fall is so cold that you can feel cold at some point.
Scatter Fall from the Main Fall is not so far, in fact, it is just above the Main Fall but the way to Scatter Fall is a little bit tough and steep.
When you reach the Scatter Fall you will notice that it is the smallest of the four waterfalls in Ng Tung Chai Waterfalls.
Back To Lam Kam Road From Scatter Fall
There is a loop route that can be done from Scatter Fall which will lead to Man Tak Yuen Temple but I didn’t follow that route. I hike down from the same route which I came from.
Whichever route you take you will end up at the Lam Km Road where you will get the bus 64K or taxi for your respective destination.
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