3. Planning Your Trip

  • Pay special attention to weather forecast and reports, especially the conditions listed below.

November to February

A sudden drop in temperature may lead to hypothermia.
Low humidity may increase the risk of hill fire.

March to April

Hikers may get lost in foggy weather.

May to November

Thunderstorms, typhoons and heavy showers may trigger flooding, flash flood or landslide. High temperature may cause heat stroke and heat exhaustion.

  • Before setting-off, the leader/hiker should leave the following details to a contact person such as friend, family, or the organizer of the event. In case of emergency or journey overdue, the information will be useful for mountain rescue.
    1. Nature, route and destination of the hike.
    2. Date and start time and the estimated finishing time of the hike.
    3. Number of participants and their names and ages.
    4. Contact phone number and address of the participant’s family member.
  • Sleep well before the hike. Have a nutritious meal before setting out, especially for a long walk.
  • Put on suitable outfit and footwear; avoid wearing shorts and short-sleeved clothes. Bring along a walking stick and cap that can ward off the sun in summer and keep you warm in winter.
  • Suitable spare clothing and basic necessities including maps, compass, ample of drinking water, food, torch, rain gear, radio, first-aid kit, whistle, fully charged mobile phone and backup battery, notebook and pen should be carried with your backpack.
  • A mobile phone can be the best means to make distress. Mountain ridges and valleys are usually the blind spots. Bring along backup battery and avoid unnecessary communication to save the battery.