Hiking is taking a long walk in the countryside, usually for pleasure or exercise. There are many hiking trails in our Country Parks, and they are all managed by the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department. To maintain the naturalness of our countryside, we promote the use of natural materials in our trails. Most concrete footpaths to remote villages are managed by the Home Affairs Department.
Trail Difficulty Level Reference
A 5-star system is adopted for assessing the difficulty levels of hiking routes. 5-star represents the most difficult one. The difficulty levels are provided for hikers to plan their trips ahead. Hikers shall choose the appropriate route according to their physical ability, experience, and health condition. The assessment of individual trail conditions, including the “length”, “time required to finish the whole trip”, “gradient” and “surface condition” is tabulated below.
|< 4 Kilometer||≤ 1 Hours||< 100 Meter||Flat and smooth|
|4 - < 8 Kilometer||> 1‐2 Hours||100 - 200 Meter||With few stairs|
|8 - < 12 Kilometer||> 2 - 3 Hours||201 - 350 Meter||With many stairs|
|12 - < 15 Kilometer||> 3 - < 5 Hours||351 - 500 Meter||With a lot of stairs|
|≥ 15 Kilometer||≥ 5 Hours||> 500 Meter||With numerous stairs and hard to walk|
Overall Difficulty Reference
- (1 star)
- (2 star)
- (3 star)
- (4 star)
- (5 star)
- Very Difficult
If you are planning a hike, it is important to have the proper hiking gear. Take equipment according to your personal need and the nature of the activity. The checklist below is provided for reference.
- Backpack -
- Place light items at the bottom, heavier items in the middle, and the heaviest ones on the top. Put less frequently used items first and frequently used ones on the sides. Be sure weight is equally balanced on each side.
- It should not exceed one third of your body weight. The maximum weight is 40lb.
- Hiking shoes - ide toe box hiking shoes with deep and thick lugs on outsole are preferable.
- Shirt - Wear sun protective/moisture-wicking/breathable long-sleeved shirt with collar to avoid sunburn on your arms and the back of your neck.
- Trousers - Sun protective/moisture-wicking/breathable loose-fitting trousers are preferable.
- Towel/cooling towel/ arm sleeves
- Outer garments & windproof jacket/rain jacket
- Hat, sunglasses, umbrella, gloves
- Spare clothing
- Hiking stick
- Compass & map (countryside series published by the Lands Department) -
- Illumination device
- Food & emergency food: Bring portable and conveniently packaged food with high calories, e.g. glucose, raisins, and other high energy food.
- Water bottle & water (drinking water refilling stations in Country Parks)
- Personal drugs & first aid supplies
- Mobile phone & battery/charger & charging cable