CLIMB MOUNT KINABALU:
Kinabalu Park is Borneo's botanical paradise and home to the majestic Mount Kinabalu
(4095.2 metres), the highest peak in South East Asia. On this three-day excursion
you'll trek for about 6-8 hours over 2 days and will experience sunrise from the
summit of Mount Kinabalu.
LEVEL: Moderate Trekking. No experience needed but see medical
LOCATION: Departs from Kota Kinabalu
DURATION: 3 days and 2 nights
MINIMUM AGE: Climbers below 16 years old are considered Child and will be accompanied by a separate mountain guide. An extra guide currently costs an additional £55 GBP.
INCLUDED: 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners & 1 Supper, 2 Nights Accommodation, Entrance Fee, Return Airport/Hotel Transfer (Additional charges of USD 7 per person are chargeable for outskirt hotel pick-ups), Return Transfer (Park HQ - Timpohon Gate - Park HQ), Mountain Guide, Climbing Insurance, Climbing Permit, Mount Kinabalu Certificate and Certificate Holder, and English Speaking Support Team.
This excursion must be booked and paid for at least 3 months in advance
in order to secure the necessary permits. A super peak season surcharge (approx
150RM (£30 or US$45) per night) is also sometimes applied to bookings between June
and September. You'll need to pay
Day 1: You’ll be picked up from Kota Kinabalu and make a scenic
drive to Kinabalu Park, arriving late afternoon. You’ll meet up with
our representative and then proceed to Sabah Park’s HQ, at 1,563 meters, where you’ll
register for the climb, check into your hostel and have some free time
to explore the park at your leisure Then dinner and return to
the hostel for a much-needed early night!
Day 2: The hard work starts today! After a wake- up call at 7am,
you’ll ‘gear-up’ and have breakfast. You’ll meet with your assigned
Mountain Guide and proceed to Timpohon Gate for the start of the climb. You'll have
a packed lunch and plenty of rest stops! You'll climb for 5-6 hours before reaching
Laban Rata. You'll have the afternoon free to relax and recuperate. Dinner will
be at the Rest House restaurant and you'll stay in the mountain hut (which has dormitory
Day 3: Very very early wake up call - at 1am! It will be worth
it though. You’ll trek for 3-4 hours to reach the summit of Mount Kinabalu to witness
the glorious sunrise. You'll then trek down to Laban Rata for breakfast, after which
you'll trek down to the Timpohon Gate, then transferred back to the Kinabalu Park
HQ to pick up your Certificate of Achievement!
MEDICAL NOTES: A high level of fitness is required and we strongly advise that you
have a medical check before attempting the climb. If you suffer from any of the
following, you are advised not to do this climb: hypertension, diabetes, palpitations,
arthritis, heart disease, severe anaemia, peptic ulcers, epilepsy, obesity (overweight),
chronic asthma, muscular cramps, hepatitis (jaundice) or any other condition/disease
may impact on your ability to complete the climb comfortably. If in any doubt, please
consult your doctor. If you are an inexperienced climber you should seek further
advice before participating.
HEALTH REQUIREMENTS: Although the majority of routes leading to the summit of Kinabalu require no technical climbing skills, some kind of training beforehand is important. It is important to remember that you will be hiking on surfaces with varying angles which may put lots of stress on your ankles and knees. It is also worth remembering that most of the injuries which occur on Mount Kinabalu happen on the way down. When climbing Mount Kinabalu, take a slow pace to allow your body to acclimatize to the altitude, as at 3000 meters, you only have 70% of the oxygen you would normally have at sea-level.
To climb Mount Kinabalu
You need to be in decent physical condition.
you must not have heart or lung problems.
You need healthy knees and ankles.
Take your time and know your physical limitations.
Consult your personal physician if you are taking any kind of medication or if you have any other health problems.
If you plan to take any medication during your climb, you must consult your doctor prior to departure. The effects of medications may vary with altitude and stress. All climbers should consult their doctor or a specialised travel clinic well in advance of their trip.
How Physically Fit I Should Be To Do The Climb? It takes a minimum of 2 Days and 1 Night to scale Mount Kinabalu. Day 1 kicks off bright and early via Timpohon Gate, a 5 to 7 hour brings you up to 11’000 feet above sea level for an overnight stay. The second day is slightly more to the technical side – there are parts where you will need to hold onto ropes at an angle of about 15 – 20 degrees inclination. If you are able to climb a flight of 12 story staircase up and down few times in a day with not much difficulties, that’s good enough to prepare you for Mount Kinabalu.