Climb Mt Kinabalu, Sabah, Borneo
Climb to the highest heights and soak in the spectacular view. Mt Kinabalu is one of the highest mountains in South East Asia and she is yours for the conquering!
Spend a few days exploring the wonders of Kinabalu Park in Sabah, Borneo. We’ve multiple options for this trip. You can climb via ferrata if you're a little more adventurous, or spend a couple of days walking in the park if climbing a mountain isn’t really your thing.
Start & Finish Point: Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
Duration: 2-3 days or tailored to suit you.
Age: All ages with moderate-difficult terrain.
Accommodation: Private lodge or dormitory-style
Transport: Walking with Jeep transfers
Group size: This is a private tour for you and your family or friends.
Day 1: Kota Kinabalu to Kinabalu Park
After a leisurely start you'll be picked up at your hotel and driven to Kinabalu Park headquarters to register (approximately two hours). After registration, you’ll be driven to the Mesilau Centre. This is where you will begin your walk tomorrow morning. You’ll have a free evening to spend at your leisure. You can walk the short trail around the centre, visit the information centre or just relax. (D).
Day 2: Mesilau Gate to Laban Rata Guesthouse (3272m)
After a buffet breakfast you'll begin you’ll meet with your guide and begin your walk. The walk today is eight kilometres and takes 4-8 hours depending on your fitness levels. You’ll walk through lush forest, past small waterfalls and then begin the ascent towards the top of Mt Kinabalu with a packed lunch en route. Upon reaching Laban Rata Guesthouse and registering you’ll have a few hours to rest, eat an early buffet dinner and hit the hay. (B, L, D)
Day 3: Laban Rata to My Kinabalu Summit and down to Timpohon Gate
This morning is an early start… After supper at 2.30am, you’ll begin the walk to the summit at 3am. Low’s Peak at 4095m is the perfect spot to watch the sunrise over the water and Kota Kinabalu. You can sit and enjoy this for as long as you like, before beginning the trip back down the mountain. You’ll stop at Laban Rata again for a buffet breakfast before continuing your trip to Timpohon gate (11.5km and about 7-8 hours walk). Your driver will pick you up at Timpohon Gate and transfer you back to park HQ for lunch before you’re driven back to your hotel in Kota Kinabalu (Supper, B, L)
There are many different options available to you in Kota Kinabalu Park.
- Climb via Ferrata. Climb Mt Kinabalu with the added challenge of via ferrata. You’ll use ropes to pick your way up a more technically difficult route to the summit. Training provided.
- Dont have 3 days? We can organise for you to start and finish at Timpohon Gate with an earlier pick up at your hotel so you can complete the climb in 2 days.
- On a budget? We can organise the accommodation for you and you can pay the rest on arrival, saving you approximately 20%.
- Not interested in climbing the summit? Spend two days exploring Kinabalu Park instead.
About the area
Mt Kinabalu and Kinabalu Park
Mount Kinabalu sits proudly watching over Kinabalu Park, a World Heritage Site. Mount Kinabalu, along with other upland areas of the Crocker Range is famous for its botanical and biological species biodiversity. There are a reported 5,000 to 6,000 plant species in the park - more than all of Europe and North America combined. Standing majestically at 4,095m above sea level, Mount Kinabalu is the highest mountain between the Himalayas and New Guinea. It is one of the safest and most conquerable peaks in the world—provided that you’re reasonably healthy and physically fit.
Sabah, Malaysian Borneo
Situated on the beautiful island of Borneo, Sabah is one of the thirteen states that make up Malaysia. Sabah is a unique melting pot of culture, wildlife, beachs, forest and unbelievable food. Sabah has an impressive list of treasures including the world’s largest flower - the Rafflesia; one of the highest mountains in South East Asia - Mount Kinabalu; huge areas of protected and unspoilt forest such as the Danum Valley and Maliau Basin; and one of top 10 dive sites in the world - Sipadan Island. You’ll find something for everyone here.
"The local Kadazan Dusun people believe that the word Kinabalu is derived from “Aki Nabalu”, which translates into “revered place of the dead”. The tribe believes that spirits dwell on the mountain top." Kinabalu Information, 2015
We can arrange your accommodation in Kota Kinabalu the night before your tour and the night after if you would like us to. We use quality 4-star hotels such as The Horizon so you’ll have a lovely stay.
Accommodation in Kinabalu Park is all hostel style with the option of private or dormitory-style rooms. The night before you summit, you'll stay at Laban Rata which has a fabulous view looking back down over Kota Kinabalu. All of your meals will be banquet-style served in the communal dining room.
Fitness and safety
This is a jungle trek with varying terrain so you will need a fairly good level of fitness. You should walking for at least an hour three times a week and be able to walk for at least 3 hours, ideally including some hills.
This is fully guided tour. Under no circumstances will you be left alone to make your way to the next camp. All guides are trained in first aide and there will be a complete first aide kit in case of emergency. There is the option of carrying your own pack or utilising porters if you wish.
We even tell you what to pack!
Borneo’s climate is tropical, with temperatures ranging between a humid 22 to 34 degrees during the day. Depending on the time of year, it will likely rain during the day, particularly between November and February in monsoon season so you need to be prepared and always carry something dry to change into. We will provide you with an example of a suitable packing list based on suggestions from our guides and previous travellers.
Please contact us for total cost as the cost will vary on your exact itinerary. Please see inclusions and exclusions below.
The tour cost includes
- All transfers from Kota Kinabalu
- All meals as listed in the itinerary (B, L, D)
- Accommodation in the Maliau Basin
- Experienced, local English-speaking guide
- First Aud support in case of emergency
The tour cost excludes:
- Travel insurance (compulsory)
- international airfares
- Accommodation in Kota Kinabalu (but we can organise this for you if you prefer
- A porter (available upon request)
- Additional meals outside those noted in the itinerary
- Any additional purchases such as souvenirs