Monday is my day off from work and my husband decided to take a day off from work too so we decided to hike up Mount Nicholson which is a 430 metre peak ensconced in the heart of Wan Chai.
Difficulty: 8/10 for the rock climbing of Mount Nicholson otherwise 6/10 as it’s easy
Duration: 2 hours
How do you get there: Take the MTR to Wan Chai and exit at A3. Cross the road and walk through the Wan Chai Toy street opposite the road. Take a left and the Wan Chai Gap road is bang opposite the Eric Kayser Boulangerie.
We kept walking up Wan Chai Road.
Once you reach the end of Wan Chai Gap green trail cross Stubbs Road and get on to Black Link’s trail.
Black Link’s is a concrete but surrounded by greenery on both sides. It was nice and cool and we didn’t sweat as much as we normally do.
We crossed over when we came across an electric pole and a board and started our climb. This is the very difficult part which makes it an 8/10 hike.
The views at every stop were fantastic. But the climb was steep, holding on to rocks, strong branches as we pulled our bodies up.
Came across beautiful rocky structures along the way up.
The last part included bushwhacking and we knew we had to reach the top where we could see this structure with barbed wires all around.
Finally we reached the top. What a climb…. we felt great!!
We found a path going down which was comparatively easy. It was rugged with wooden step slabs.
We finally landed on concrete and this path ended bang across a barbecue site.
We continued back the way we came i.e. Black Link’s trail to Wan Chai. We could go towards Wong Nai Chung but decided to have a quick bite at Eric Kayser after such an amazing hike.
This was Mount Nicholson we climbed.
It looks like a masked face 😁
Got to get lovely pictures of autumn leaves and pretty flowers on our way back on the trail.
We ended back at Eric Kayser and took a cab home.
It was a fulfilling start to the week and an end to my husband’s birthday celebration weekend, where we hiked three days in a row from 17th October to 19th October and yes…. we go back to work on 20th back to our respective jobs – me an English Teacher and Nigel, a banker… but that doesn’t stop us from following our passion of hiking.
Do try this hike…. it’s not child friendly if you follow the rock climbing trail. If you follow the path we took on our way down, it’s possible. This is a dog friendly hike and big dogs would surely enjoy the climb.
Happy hiking! Stay safe and please carry your litter with you.