Your exciting 2 Days Trekking on Mount Kinabalu starts from Kota Kinabalu and takes you to the top of South East Asia’s highest mountain! No special mountaineering skills are required but a certain level of physical fitness is essential.
You can take this tour as part of a larger group and travel in a coach. Or select the Private Tour option with no more than seven people and travel in a private vehicle.
You will be picked up from your hotel in Kota Kinabalu and will depart in a coach/ private vehicle for Kinabalu Park. The route takes you across the Crocker Range where you will get superb views of the surrounding countryside. You will see the hill-slopes worked by shifting cultivation and when the clouds part you will be treated to magnificent panoramas of the mountains.
You will make a brief stop at a native market before proceeding to the Park. Upon arrival at the Kinabalu Park HQ, you will meet your guide, register for the climb and transfer to the Timpohon Gate to begin the trek.
After a short initial downhill section (which may surprise you) the Summit Trail rises steadily in a series of rough steps to the overnight huts at Laban Rata. Along the way there are seven shelters (pondok), each of which has toilets.
Along the way you can enjoy the changing forest scene. The climb is as famous for the beauty of its route as for the superb view from the top. Kinabalu's slopes support a wealth of plant growth and many different types of birds. Much of the climb's interest lies in tracing the transitions from one ecosystem to the next as one reaches ever higher altitude.
You will pass through thick mossy forest with abundant orchids and tree ferns as well as more open sections with dwarf vegetation. Look out for the insect-eating pitcher plants for which Kinabalu is famous. At the shelters you can enjoy watching the squirrels, tree-shrews and birds searching for left-over food.
After a trek of 4 to 5 hours you should reach the rest house at Laban Rata. The rest house lies at 3,272 meters (10,735 feet) and you may start to find it harder to breathe because of the thinner air at this altitude.
The rest-house provides dormitory accommodation and has running water, electricity, a restaurant and indoor showers and toilets. Electric heaters are provided in the rooms as well as blankets. A buffet dinner will be provided and you should get to bed early to be ready for the next day.
The summit (4095.2m/13,435.7ft) trek begins in the dark hours of the morning. You will start out at 0300h (3:00am) in time to catch the glorious sunrise (if weather permits).
You will begin the descent before the morning mist rolls in. Enjoy breakfast at Laban Rata Rest-house and continue to Timpohon Gate where you will be picked up at 1400h (2:00pm) and transferred back to the Park for lunch. Leave the Park at 1600h (4:00pm) and journey back to Kota Kinabalu.
At the end of the tour you will be dropped back at your hotel at Kota Kinabalu.