September 4, 2015 Comments (0) Lantau Island

Discovery Bay Trappist Monastery Loop

On a clear day, the views can be breathtaking.

When I was living in Discovery Bay this used to be one of my favorite hiking trails. There are several variations to this hike, which will be covered at a later stage and added here for your reference.

Trail Statistics


Start: DB Ferry Pier
Difficulty: Medium
Distance: 5.8km
Elevation gain: 242m
Elevation loss: 242m
Min elevation: 4m
Max elevation: 197m
Time: 1hr 30mins
End: DB Ferry Pier

Starting and finishing at Discovery Bay Ferry Pier, this trail goes up the side of Discovery Bay over Nim Shue Wan, past the golf course, down through Trappist Monastery and back to Discovery Bay via the costal route through Nim Shue Wan.

4th Sep 2015 NOTE: Current land excavations near the golf course may change this trail path slightly. We will update in due course.

How to Get to the Trail Head

Discovery Bay Ferry from Pier 3 in Central
DB01R bus from Tung Chung, last stop
DB03R Bus from Sunny Bay, last stop
If you live in Discovery Bay, make your way to the Ferry Pier

On a clear day you can get some great photos overlooking Discovery Bay, Disneyland, Peng Chau, and you can even see all the way to Central if you’re lucky.

On the wildlife side, spiders, in particular the Giant Golden Orb Weaver are plentiful during the summer months, otherwise wildlife may be a little sparse.

Trail Features

Fantastic views of Discovery Bay, Disneyland, Peng Chau, Central

This is a short hike, but can be a little strenuous for the novice hiker in the first section.

Trail End Options

Discovery Bay Ferry to Pier 3 in Central
DB01R bus to Tung Chung
DB03R bus to Sunny Bay
If you live in Discovery Bay, make your way back home!

Buy the Lantau Island & Neighboring Islands Countryside Series Map online for a detailed hiking map that you can take with you on the trail.

Now, let’s get onto the hike. After you’ve made your way to the Discovery Bay Ferry Pier, follow these instructions:

Discovery Bay Ferry Pier

Discovery Bay Ferry Pier

Turn left, walking past the bus stop on your right.

Turn left, walking past the bus stop on your right.

Veer right toward the road.

Veer right toward the road.

At the T-intersection, cross the road and head over to the right.

At the T-intersection, cross the road and head over to the right.

Turn left at the La Vista sign.

Turn left at the La Vista sign.

Ahead you will see a staircase, go up to the top.

Ahead you will see a staircase, go up to the top.

At the top of the staircase turn right.

At the top of the staircase turn right.

Walk up the hill to the very top behind this pavilion.

Walk up the hill to the very top behind this pavilion.

On the left hand side behind the pavilion is a set of stairs.

On the left hand side behind the pavilion is a set of stairs.

Take the right path and follow it up around a couple of bends till you get to the wide path.

Take the right path and follow it up around a couple of bends till you get to the wide path.

Follow the wide path until you reach the top. There are several turns and it gets quite steep.

Follow the wide path until you reach the top. There are several turns and it gets quite steep.

At the top the trail goes unpaved. Follow it up and keep left.

At the top the trail goes unpaved. Follow it up and keep left.

Follow the flat path on the left.

Follow the flat path on the left.

On a clear day, the views can be breathtaking.

On a clear day, the views can be breathtaking.

At the end of this path turn left towards Trappist Monastery.

At the end of this path turn left towards Trappist Monastery.

Staircase down.

Staircase down.

The trail winds around some hills before going down a steep section.

The trail winds around some hills before going down a steep section.

Where you turn left towards Trappist Monastery.

Where you turn left towards Trappist Monastery.

The trail towards Trappist Monastery.

The trail towards Trappist Monastery.

A glimpse of Trappist Monastery.

A glimpse of Trappist Monastery.

At the bottom of this unpaved trail, turn left onto the road.

At the bottom of this unpaved trail, turn left onto the road.

Pretty flowers!

Pretty flowers!

Pax Intrantibus

Pax Intrantibus

Spotted: a Buddhist Monk.

Spotted: a Buddhist Monk.

Views to your right.

Views to your right.

Follow the steep road down, down & down, eventually looking for a turn off to the left.

Follow the steep road down, down & down, eventually looking for a turn off to the left.

Yo, turn left here. Easy to miss. If you get to the water, you've gone too far.

Yo, turn left here. Easy to miss. If you get to the water, you’ve gone too far.

Follow the path up, down and through the village.

Follow the path up, down and through the village.

After the village the path follows a (dirty) bay.

After the village the path follows a (dirty) bay.

Pass almost through the houses of this small village. Some dogs here, they are either tied up, or will leave you alone if not.

Pass almost through the houses of this small village. Some dogs here, they are either tied up, or will leave you alone if not.

Pass a small farm area.

Pass a small farm area.

And finally through Nim Shue Wan.

And finally through Nim Shue Wan.

And continue to follow the path back to Discovery Bay.

And continue to follow the path back to Discovery Bay.

When you get to the road at the end of this path, turn left and walk up the road until you get to the road that came out of the bus stop. Congrats, you are back at the Ferry Pier!

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