MOUNT KINABALU CLIMB

Mount Kinabalu is a must-do if you’re visiting Sabah. Enjoy the challenge of climbing Borneo’s most iconic mountain, take in the sunrise from Low’s Peak, and enjoy sweeping views of Sabah as you descend.

Accommodation

Accommodation by Sutera Sanctuary Lodges in dormitory and private rooms.

Food

Buffet style. Vegetarians and special diets catered for.

Facilities & Services

Eating lounge (set time for meals), electricity 24/7, luggage storage, warm clothing rental.

Guides

You will be accompanied by Sabah Park’s mountain guide in small groups of up to 5pax.

2D1N Mt Kinabalu Climb

Day 1

Met by our driver at your hotel in KK at 6:30 AM for the 2 hour journey to Kinabalu Park (breakfast on your own). Upon arrival, our driver will assist with registration and fees before dropping you off at Timpohon Gate, the start of climb, with your mountain guide. 

The climb on the 1st day is 6km with an elevation gain of about 1,300 meters. This takes 4 – 6 hours depending on fitness, and there are rest stops with toilets along the way. There are opportunities to refill your water bottles on the way up but since the water is not treated, we recommend water purification tablets or iodine for this. Alternatively, you can stock up on drinking water before commencing your climb. 

Along the way, observe the fascinating montane forest with pitcher plants, rhododendrons and orchids. Stop enroute to eat your packed lunch. Upon arrival at the resthouse in Laban Rata, check into your accommodation and settle in. You will have access to filtered drinking water and will be able to re-fill your water bottle. Dinner is between 4:30 PM – 6:30 PM and lights out at 8:00 PM.

  Packed Lunch / Dinner

Day 2

Early morning wake for coffee or tea at 2:30 AM. Continue your climb to the summit for sunrise. Make sure you have your headlamp with you during this portion of the climb to the summit. After sunrise, return to Laban Rata for a full breakfast before checking out and making your way to the base of the mountain. Most people take 4-5 hours to return to the base. Your driver will be waiting for you at the start of the trail to take you to the restaurant at the Kinabalu National Park headquarters for lunch before returning to Kota Kinabalu.

  Supper / Breakfast / Lunch 


 

3D2N Mt Kinabalu Climb

Day 1

Met by driver at your hotel in KK at 11:00 AM for the 2 hour journey to Kinabalu Park (breakfast on your own). Have a leisurely ride up the stunning landscape of the mountain area, stopping at lookout points including local markets for the opportunity to buy local fruits and woven handicrafts. Upon arrival, check-in and spend the rest of the day at leisure (lunch on your own). You can also explore some of the trails at the base of the mountain. Dinner is provided at the common restaurant at scheduled times. Have an early night so that you are well-rested and adjusted for the following day’s climb.

  Dinner

Day 2

Wake up for an early morning breakfast and make your way to the registration counter by 8:00 AM. After meeting your guide and picking up your packed lunch, proceed to Timpohon Gate with your guide to start the climb. The climb on the 1st day is 6km with an elevation gain of about 1,300 meters. This takes 4-6 hours depending on fitness, and there are rest stops with toilets along the way. There are opportunities to refill your water bottles on the way up but since the water is not treated, we recommend water purification tablets or iodine for this. Alternatively, you can stock up on drinking water before commencing your climb. 

Along the way, observe the fascinating montane forest with pitcher plants, rhododendrons and orchids. Stop enroute to eat your packed lunch. Upon arrival at the resthouse in Laban Rata, check into your accommodation and settle in. You will have access to filtered drinking water and will be able to refill your water bottle. Dinner is between 4:30 PM – 6:30 PM and lights out at 8:00 PM.

  Breakfast / Lunch 

Day 3

Early morning wake up for coffee or tea at 2:30 AM. Continue your climb to the summit for sunrise. Make sure you have your headlamp with you during this portion of the climb to the summit. After sunrise, return to Laban Rata for a full breakfast before checking out and making your way to the base of the mountain. Most people take 4-5 hours to return to the base. Your driver will be waiting for you at the start of the trail to take you to the restaurant at the Kinabalu National Park headquarters for lunch before returning to Kota Kinabalu.

  Supper / Breakfast / Lunch

Included

Accommodation in dorm or private room, meals as specified, climbing insurance and permit, park entrance, mountain guide, round trip transfers from Kota Kinabalu.

Excluded

Porter, climbing certificate, beverages, tips and gratuities

What to Bring?

Raincoat or waterproof jacket, warm clothing (fleece jacket, hat/beanie, gloves, hiking pants – mostly for the morning sunrise climb as it gets very cold up at the summit), toiletries, water bottle, head lamp, comfortable covered trail/hiking shoes, energy snacks (chocolates, nuts, biscuits, sweets, energy bars), sun protection (sunglass, sun screen lotion, SPF lip balm), small backpack and raincover for your backpack, basic first aid kit.

Departure

Daily based on a minimum booking of 2pax per departure. Single supplement applies for solo travellers.

Recommended for

Mt Kinabalu Climb is suited for travellers who are fit and like a challenge.

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