This hike is definitely a workout and a half, but it's worth it because as you go up the steep incline, you are consistently rewarded with stunning views of Sai Kung!
Difficulty Rating: 9/10
(There are steep inclines going up, and this lasts for at least two hours without breaks. When going down, there are steps, however it is fairly long so it can be a little rough on the knees.)
Duration: 4-6 hours
(We did the route in reverse, and took a loop so we started and ended at Ma On Shan. It is slightly longer, but we definitely recommend it as you have great views while going up, so the climb is a lot more enjoyable. Also, the path going down has steps so it is fairly easier. You can take other routes that are shorter (Ma On Shan to Sai Kung), detailed below.)
Cell Service: 2/5
(With city views on one side, and ocean views on the other, there isn't much more you could ask for!)
How to Get There:
You can also drive there as the route is a loop, and there are several parking lots nearby to park at. We parked here and walked over to Wong Nai Tau Bus Terminus. It was a 5-10 minute walk and you can use Google Maps to find the way.
Once you get to Wong Nai Tau Bus terminus (image 1), cross the street and you will see a staircase going up (image 2).
Go up the stairs (image 2) and follow the signs towards Mui Tsz Lam and West Buffalo Hill (image 3).
Keep walking the path towards the village (image 4) for about ten minutes. There is a slight uphill incline here.
You will then get to a fork in the road (image 5), turn left here. There is a sign pointing towards the right that says Buffalo Hill - you can take that route if you want to end in Sai Kung. However, if you wish to do the slightly longer loop and end in Ma On Shan (which we highly recommend), turn left.
Once you turn left, keep on the main path. You will eventually get to a fork with stairs on the right and a path on the left (image 6). Take the stairs and walk along the village path.
Keep walking to the end of the path, and then you will see a bridge that crosses a stream (image 7). There are several bridges that appear before, do not take those. Take the one at the very end of the path and cross the bridge.
You will then see the start of the trail, with a hiking map (image 8). Walk up this trail here.
After a few minutes, you will see a fork in the road. Take the smaller path on the right (image 9).
Continue walking up this path, you will pass a few gravestones on the way (image 10).
After this, there is only one path throughout, and you can continue on this path to Buffalo Pass, Buffalo Hill and West Buffalo Hill.
After passing the last peak, towards the right side there will be a path heading back down to Ma On Shan. Follow this path for about 40 minutes and you will end back at Mui Tsz Lam village.
To get back, you can get a bus from Wong Nai Tau Bus Terminus to Sha Tin MTR station.
Instead of turning left as shown on image 5, you can turn right and follow the directions to West Buffalo Hill. This route is slightly shorter, but more difficult in our opinion. The trail starts with a long stretch of steps, and the views are obstructed by bushes for a while. Eventually, once you get to West Buffalo Hill, you will be able to see the stunning views of Sai Kung. You can continue on that path, and after going past Buffalo Pass, there will be a turn towards Sam Fai Tin. Take that turn, and then follow the signs towards Pak Sha Wan to end in Sai Kung. This path down is quite slippery and is filled with potholes, so watch your step!