Climbing Up Mount Kinabalu: Is it worth it?

Gasping for breath in the slim hill air of Mount Kinabalu will have you assuming- is it actually worth it to climb up Mount Kinabalu, the highest possible height in Borneo? As soon as you see the stunning sight of the sunup from Mount Kinabalu top, you will certainly be pleased that you made it there.

What is covered in this write-up?

Where is Mount Kinabalu?

Where is Mount Kinabalu
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Mount Kinabalu is the acme in Borneo and also Malaysia. Borneo is an island in SouthEast Asia that is shared by 3 nations particularly, Malaysia, Brunei, and also Indonesia. Mount Kinabalu lies within the Kinabalu National Park, a World Heritage Site that remains in Ranau District, West Coast Division of Sabah, Malaysia.

The hill has an altitude of 13,435 feet (4,095 m) over water level. Till currently, around 5,000 as well as 6,000 varieties of plants, 326 varieties of birds, as well as greater than 100 animal types have actually been determined in the bordering locations of Mount Kinabalu. That’s why the hill has actually been accorded UNESCO World Heritage condition as well as is thought about to be among one of the most essential organic websites on the planet.

Who can climb up Mount Kinabalu?

Mount Kinabalu top, called Low’s Peak, can be climbed up by anybody in excellent physical problem. You will not require any kind of alpinism devices on the primary course to the top. As per nationwide park laws, you need to be come with by approved overviews at all times. Guides are likewise useful if a person experiences acute mountain sickness while climbing up Mount Kinabalu.

How to Make A Booking?

You can make a reservation through the main internet site of Mount Kinabalu. You can additionally make lodging scheduling via them. If you do not intend to pre-book your climbing up journey, after getting to Kinabalu Park, speak with the authorities and also they’ll offer an overview for your trip.

How to Get to Mount Kinabalu from Kuala Lumpur?

Mount Kinabalu from Kuala Lumpur
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You need to board a trip from Kuala Lumpur to Kota Kinabalu. 3 airline companies- AirAsia, Malindo as well as Malaysia Airlines, provide straight trips from Kuala Lumpur to Kota Kinabalu that get to the location within 2 as well as a fifty percent hrs.

If you wish to check out even more of Borneo Island, you can fly to Sibu, Sarawak as well as take a trip overland by bus to Kota Kinabalu by means of Sarawak, Brunei as well as Sabah.

It is really convenient Kinabalu Park from Kota Kinabalu. You can jump on a minivan from the Long Distance Bus Station that lies near the evening market of Kota Kinabalu city centre. The minivan leaves for the park when it is complete as well as expenses RM 20 for one-way traveling.

Buses and also trainers additionally leave for Kinabalu Park every early morning from Kota Kinabalu North Bus Terminal in Inanam. In instance you do not recognize, this bus terminal lies 10 kilometres to the northeast of the Kota Kinabalu city centre. The trip by bus or train to the park has to do with 1-2 hrs and also will certainly cost you around RM 10- RM 15.

If you leave about 8 in the early morning, you could be fortunate adequate to capture a lovely clear sight of Mount Kinabalu outside the left-hand side of the bus as you come close to the park. If you miss out on the bus to Kinabalu Park, you can hop on a bus heading to Ranau, Sandakan or Tawau as they additionally go by the park entry.

If you do not like to pass by minivan, bus or instructor, you can jump on a common taxi at Taxi terminal near Jalan Padang. A one-way trip to the park will certainly set you back in between RM 15- RM 18 each. The taxis do not leave up until complete, so you need to await a while.

If you have much less persistence and also even more cash, you can work with a taxi for a one-day drive to the park as well as back that will certainly cost you around RM 150- RM200 Given that you’re going to climb up Mount Kinabalu, in my point of view, you should not pay so a lot for a taxi as you will not be returning back the exact same day. One more factor for not employing a taxi is that public transports are more affordable. For those taking a trip on a spending plan working with a taxi is a large no.

For those that enjoy driving, you can employ an auto that is conveniently offered at Kota Kinabalu airport terminal. Numerous business have different automobile hire prices so prepare to contrast as well as work out. When you are self-driving to Kinabalu Park from Kota Kinabalu, do not neglect to acquire a fold-out plan from a bookshop in Kota Kinabalu, write the communities en route to the park, and also adhere to the roadway indicators after those communities. For a much more daring journey, you can likewise employ a motorcycle.

Climbing Routes of Mount Kinabalu

Climbing Routes of Mount Kinabalu
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To climb up Mount Kinabalu, you would certainly require a minimum of 2 days. On the initial day, you need to climb up from either Timpohon Gate or Mesilau to Laban Rata. From Timpohon Gate to Laban Rata, there is a preferred route of 6 kilometres. The whole trip is concerning 8.72 kilometres. The walk from Timpohon Gate begins in the early morning, at around 7.30-1030 am.

You do not require to be worried long as the very first 4 kilometres of reaching Laban Rata gets on a reasonably high route. The route is outfitted with staircases and also some rock courses. You could deal with a little bit of an issue climbing up the remainder 2 kilometres as it is totally rough and also transforms right into a gutter when there is rainfall.

If you are a typical walker, you will certainly get to Laban Rata from Timpohon Gate within 3-5 hrs.

If you select to climb to Laban Rata from Mesilau, the climbing up trip will certainly be extra tiring as the Mesilau path is 8km lengthy as well as a lot more undulating than Timpohon.

From Laban Rata, the Low’s Peak goes to a range of 2.7 kilometres. The majority of the go up to the top mores than smooth cliff. The preliminary 700 metres is assisted by high staircases as well as actions. The walk from Laban Rata to the Mount Kinabalu top starts at 2.30 am to make sure that walkers can capture the dawn from the top.

After effectively treking the first 700 metres, climbing up the remainder 2 kilometres will certainly be tough. You need to climb up over granite rock surface areas to get to the top. The path is noted by overview ropes completely to the top as well as eventuallies, you will just have the rope for assistance. Hold the ropes tight as this course as much as the top is gusty as well as there is no safety protect to avoid drops.

Things To Do in Mount Kinabalu

Things To Do in Mount Kinabalu
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Mount Kinabalu is not just renowned for treking as well as sundowns, however additionally for different other factors.

Via Ferrata

The only using Ferrata to be located in Asia is the one at Low’s Peak. This iron roadway was made to supply unskilled mountain climbers accessibility to cliff that are generally gotten to by mountaineers as well as climber. You need to make a previous reservation for accessing the using Ferrata.

Mount Kinabalu Park Museum

There’s a little one-room gallery where you can review the plants and also animals of Mount Kinabalu Park and also the various other Parks in Sabah.

Jungle Walk

Not every visitor appears to have the power as well as time to climb to Low’s Peak. If you are one such visitor, you can walk the forests and also brief goes through the forest. At the Park entry, a mud map is readily available to direct you.

Trail Walking

You can stroll along the tracks situated around the park entryway. Directed scenic tours are offered for this objective. Strolling the tracks isn’t really exhausting, yet they aren’t mobility device pleasant as a result of staircases, slim areas or various other challenges. It’s not feasible to obtain the spectacular sights of Mount Kinabalu from the tracks.

Where to Stay in Mount Kinabalu

Kinabalu pine resort ranau sabah
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As long as you would certainly intend to prepare an outdoor camping journey to the hill, unfortunately it’s not feasible. All travelers have to suit themselves at the accepted accommodations situated in the park and also Laban Rata.

Whether you prepare to remain in an accommodations inside the park or in a resthouse in Laban Rata, you need to make your reservation via Sutera Sanctuary Lodges. Rajah Lodge, Kinabalu Lodge, as well as Hill Lodge are the 3 most prominent lodges inside Kinabalu Park.

You can reserve a dormitory or a collection if you are alone or you can reserve a whole lodge if there are even more individuals. The cost for a dormitory bed is RM 70, collections are RM 92- RM 184, as well as whole lodges are RM 230- RM 1,150 You can likewise nook your remain in the popular Laban Rata resthouse.

Where to Eat in Mount Kinabalu

Other than lodges as well as resthouses, there are several dining establishments as well as lunchrooms in Kinabalu Park as well as Laban Rata. The food high quality is great yet the costs of food in Laban Rata are somewhat greater than the neighboring communities’ costs. Some lodges additionally have kitchen area centers so you may be able to prepare your dish.

Best Time to Visit Mount Kinabalu

The completely dry period is the very best time to prepare a climbing up journey to Mount Kinabalu. According to residents, from March to September climate is completely dry and also there are less opportunities of rains that makes these months the best time to overcome Mount Kinabalu.

Snow tips over Mount Kinabalu!

After 1975 as well as 1993, this was the 3rd time snowfall happened on this hill. It took place early in the early morning on Monday (28 February 2022) and also some fortunate mountain climbers reached experience the sensation. If you are intending to climb up Mount Kinabalu, I wish you obtain fortunate as well.

Even if you do not obtain fortunate sufficient to experience snowfall, if you make it to the top, seeing the daybreak from up there is likewise a stroke of wonderful good luck.


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