There are plenty of hikes and walks to The Peak in Hong Kong. But if you’re feeling lazy but still want to get some exercise, the walk up from Pok Fu Lam Reservoir to The Peak is perfect for you!
The walk via Pok Fu Lam Country Park is short, slightly strenuous and suitable for families and kids. It’s paved and shaded all the way through. And most of all, it offers a path of tranquillity in the midst of this bustling city.
Pok Fu Lam Reservoir to The Peak Walk
Here is a quick map of the walk, along with the elevation profile where you can see that the incline is quite gentle.
To start this hike, make your way to the start of Pok Fu Lam Reservoir Road on Pok Fu Lam Road. There are plenty of buses that stop right next to the starting point. In fact too many to list here, so it’s probably easier if you Google Map it.
The Initial Walk Around Pok Fu Lam Reservoir
From the starting point, the walk is a gentle slope up till you reach the Pok Fu Lam Reservoir. Right before the entrance to Pok Fu Lam Country Park, there’s the Former Watchman’s Cottage, which is quite beautiful. This heritage cottage, along with 6 other structures were declared monuments in 2009 by the government.
As you enter the Pok Fu Lam Country Park, the road runs right along the reservoir. Only recently did I learn that the Pok Fu Lam Reservoir was the first reservoir built in Hong Kong. It was completed in 1863 and is actually two reservoirs. But it’s also one of the smallest reservoirs that I’ve walked around.
The road quickly wraps around the reservoir before the incline begins.
The Gentle Incline to The Peak
Once you cross the Masonry Bridge (which is also a declared monument) with the stream flowing under it, the uphill walk begins. Luckily, the slope is not too steep at all and actually quite easy. It’s easy enough for families with kids, and pets, of whom we saw plenty.
The road remains paved and shaded all the way to The Peak. There are a few seating spots along the way in case you get tired and want to take a break.
One of my favourite parts about this walk is that it offers a lot of peace and quiet right in the middle of Hong Kong. There’s a stream that flows along the initial part of the walk, along with plenty of birds, trees, and flowers for you to admire.
As the walk is quite short, I’d suggest you take your time. Walk at a gentle pace and admire the natural beauty around you.
As you approach The Peak, you’ll soon be reminded of what this city still has to offer literally in its backyard. With all the buses, tourists and noise you might consider walking back down the way you came up.
Or you could catch a bus or taxi at The Peak and finish this walk.
Easy Hike to The Peak
We hope you enjoyed this post. Like I mentioned, this walk is perfect for a day when you’re feeling lazy, but still want to get out and be active. Of course, you could also do this trail in reverse. That is if you’re on The Peak and want to walk down to the reservoir, it should be a super simple stroll.
I’d also recommend the hike to The Peak from Aberdeen for a similar experience.
And also make sure you also check out the Wan Chai to Aberdeen Reservoir Hike, which is close by and slightly more challenging. Or you could hike up to Mount High West also from Pok Fu Lam, which is a really scenic hike.