Wu Kau Tang in the northeast New Territories. Photo: Google Map, Government Flying Service

A 30-year-old woman surnamed Choy collapsed and died on Sunday while hiking with a friend for six hours on the Wu Kau Tang trail, one of the most difficult in Hong Kong.

Choy, the mother of a four-year-old daughter, and her friend set off at about 9am from Tai Mei Tuk in Tai Po District in the northeast New Territories, Sing Tao Daily reported.

It is estimated that Choy collapsed at around 3pm in Ha Miu Tin while her friend, who was ahead of her, was unaware of what had happened. Other hikers found Choy and called the police. She was airlifted to hospital by helicopter and later pronounced dead.

Citing an initial investigation, police ruled out foul play and believe the woman died of heatstroke, HK01.com reported.

Choy is the sixth person to die in hiking-related incidents on the city’s trails over the first four months of 2017, exceeding the total of four deaths in all of 2016.

Earlier last month, a 60-year-old male hiker collapsed and died while hiking in a similar stretch of Plover Cove Country Park.

Wu Kau Tang’s rugged landscape and mountainous terrain make it popular with hikers year round.

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