Morning call at 0600hrs. Depart from Kota Kinabalu at 0700hrs and arrive at Kinabalu Park by 0830hrs – meet up with our representative. Then proceed to the Sabah Park’s HQ to register (please bring along your IDENTITY CARD / PASSPORT for verification); meet the assigned Mountain Guide(s) and transfer to Timpohon Gate. Begin the ascent with the Mountain Guide(s) by 0930hrs. Expected to reach Laban Rata area after 1600hrs and then check into one of the Mountain Huts (non-heated dormitory with bunk-beds). You are free at leisure for the rest of the day. After dinner at Laban Rata’s restaurant, return to the accommodation for an early night. Temperature is around 5C; it may even be rainy and windy.
Wake up call at 0100hrs; have supper at Laban Rata’s restaurant and gear up for the climb to Low’s Peak to catch the beautiful sunrise. Begin to descend the latest by 0630hrs and arrive at the accommodation around 0900hrs. Proceed to Laban Rata Restaurant for breakfast and by 1000hrs begin to descend to Timpohon Gate (ETA 1530 Hrs). Then transfer to the park’s HQ to collect your certificate and proceed to Panataran Restaurant for a late lunch (OPTIONAL).Transfer back to Kota Kinabalu OR proceed directly to Kota Kinabalu International Airport. END OF SERVICE.
Mount Kinabalu is a significant mountain in Borneo; with its granite massif overpowering the surrounding scenery at the peak, often hidden in mists and clouds, Mount Kinabalu has been known by the Dusuns as “Aki Nabalu” or “home of the spirits”. This majestic Mount Kinabalu is located in the east Malaysia state of Sabah and is protected under the jurisdiction of Kinabalu National Park – Malaysia’s first World Heritage Site. Mount Kinabalu is the tallest peak in Borneo; its summit, known as Low’s Peak, stands at the height of 4,095 metres (13,435 ft) above sea level.
Mount Kinabalu and its surroundings are among the most prominent biodiversity sites in the world, with more than 4500 species of plant, over 326 species of endemic and migratory birds and not less than 100 mammalian species have been recorded. Among this rich collection of flora and fauna are well-known yet endangered species such as the giant parasitic Rafflesia plants, orchids, rhododendrons, pitcher plants and the orangutan, hornbills, pygmy elephants and Sumatran rhino, to name a few.
The best thing is, not only Kinabalu National Park is located less than 2 hours drive from the city of Kota Kinabalu, but also no climbing experience is required to conquer Mount Kinabalu. However, one needs to be in good physical condition to enjoy the climb otherwise it can be very hard, despite of no mountaineering equipment is needed at any point on the main route. Some trekkers describe the climb is equivalent to 10,000 steps or nearly 800 flights of stairs. The descent is particularly hard and therefore, one has to be extra careful because this is when most accidents happen; also do not expect to be able to walk comfortably over the next few days. Some avid climbers may try to reach the other peaks along the massif; some rock climbing skills may be required and this is organised by the Mountain Torq’s Via Ferrata.