Mount Kinabalu Climb (2D/1N)
- Meet at hotel lobby and transfer to Kinabalu Park headquarter. The journey
will take approximately 2 hours.
- Enroute passing by villages and a panoramic vista of the valleys of the Crocker
- On arrival, register at the Park HQ and proceed to the Timpohon Gate and it's
from here the ascent to Laban Rata Resthouse begins.
- The trek will pass by different vegetation zones from Oak and Chestnut to
mossy and eventually to alpine type of vegetations.
- Overnight at Laban Rata Resthouse.
(Packed Lunch & Dinner)
- Early morning ascent to the summit of Mount Kinabalu (4092.5m above sea level).
- Upon reaching the summit (Low's Peak), an opportunity to take photographs
on the highest point in South East Asia.
- In clear weather, a spectacular sunrise awaits weary climbers.
- Retrace route back to Laban Rata Resthouse and onward descent to Timpohon
gate where transport will take you to the Park HQ to collect your achievement
- After lunch, transfer to hotel at Kota Kinabalu.
- End of Tour.
(Breakfast and Lunch)
Things You Should Know & Bring:
Suitable walking shoes / warm clothing / wind breaker / long sleeves shirts /
change of clothes / drinking water / high energy food (chocolates, nuts, raisins,
glucose) / headache relief tablets / sun block / lip gloss / deep heat lotion
/ plasters / insect repellent / mosquito oil / binoculars / camera / water proof
bag for camera / torchlight / extra socks / towel / gloves / hat mask / tissue
paper / toilet roll.
It is recommended that all climbers should have themselves medically checked before
attempting any mountain climb. If you have a history of suffering from the following
ailments, it is highly recommended that you should refrain from climbing: Hypertension,
Diabetes, Palpitation, Arthritis, Heart Disease, severe Anemia, Peptic Ulcers,
Epileptic Fits, Obesity (overweight), Chronic Asthma, Muscular Cramps, Hepatitis
(Jaundice); or any other disease which may hamper the climber.
Kinabalu Park is famous the world over for the highest mountain in South-East
Asia. Mt. Kinabalu, a Vast jagged granite massif rising to 4,101m (13,455ft).
The mountain is the focal point of the whole Park which covers an area of 754
sq km (291 sq miles), and includes vegetation types ranging from the rich lowland
dipterocarp zone through the montane oak. rhododendron, and conifer forests to
the alpine meadow plants and stunted bushes of the summit zone an area that probably
has one of the richest flora in the world
The Summit Trail
To reach the start of the Summit Trail, climbers must drive or walk the 4kms (2
1/2 miles) of the Kamborongoh Road that leads from Mt. Kinabalu Park Headquarters
to the PublicWorks Department's Power Station at 1,829m (6,000ft).
The forest on the steep ridge opposite the Power Station is still the montane
oak-forest that surrounds the Park Headquarters. Kinabalu has some of the richest
oak forests in the world with over 40 different oak species recorded. Here the
Summit Trail itself starts, marked at intervals of 5 chains (50 chains = 1 km.;
80 chains = 1 mile), leading past the Power Station and following the crest of
a narrow ridge that dips down onto the main slopes of Kinabalu itself. A little
further on, there is a waterfall where water bottles can be filled. This is known
as Carson's Falls, named after the first Warden of this Park. Liverworts and mosses
grow luxuriantly in the fine spray of water. A Common moss is Dawsonia, one of
the largest in the world, that can reach 3ft (1 m) in height. though it is usually
much less. Nearby the KINABALU BALSAM (Impatiensplatyphylla) can usually be found,
a delicate little herb growing in between rocks at the edge of the path. Rhododendrons
are now more common - the SLENDER- LEAVED RHODODENDRON (Rhododendron stenophyllum)
is a lovely sight in bloom.
The SMALL MOUNTAlN PlTCHERPLANT (Nepenthes denticulate) can also be seen by
the Sharp-eyed observer grows along the edges of paths, from the Headquarters
to as high as 2,439m (8,000ft).
The Headquarters is situated on the southern boundary, at an elevation of 1,524m
(5,000 ft). Visitor accommodation, restaurants and an exhibit centre are found
here as well as the Park offices. It is only a 2 hour drive from Sabah's capital
of Kota Kinabalu on a good sealed road and the Park is an ideal spot for day visitors
who simply want to get away from it all and enjoy the cool air, as well as those
who wish to stay for a few days and climb the mountain or explore the forest trails.
If you are a first-time visitor it is well worth your while to go to some of the
free visitor programs organized by the Park. Regular evening slide/film shows
and guided trail walks in the mornings are given by the Park Naturalists at the
Many people who visit the Park come to climb the mountain, a tough Walk that takes
a minimum of two days. But why not take your time over it! The climb can be made
far more rewarding and enjoyable if you use three days, with two nights at a mountain
hut. This way you can take the time to look at what you pass - the birds, the
animals, the rocks and the soil, the views and the almost incredibly rich diversity
of plant life belonging to one of the most ancient vegetations in the world