2 Days/ 1 NightStart time
Your hotel in Kota Kinabalu. (Please mention your hotel name and address at the time of booking. If you do not have this information now, please contact the local activity operator 24 hours prior to the start of the tour with these details.)
For Private tours, please also mention your preferred start time)
Your hotel in Kota Kinabalu
Climb the well-kept Summit Trial through the changing forest scene. See trees festooned with ferns and orchids, wild begonias, insectivorous pitcher plants and a variety of forest animals and birds. Frequent shelters along the path provide welcome resting places.
Stay the night at a rest-house and rise early for your assault on the summit. On a clear morning you will be treated to the glorious sight of the sun rising on the forest paradise of the National Park. Begin your descent before the mist rolls in and enjoy a well-deserved breakfast back at the rest house.
You can take this tour as part of a larger group or opt for a private tour for a more personal experience.
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.
Day 1: Kota Kinabalu to Laban Rata
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.
Day 2: Laban Rata to Summit to Kota Kinabalu
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.
Please call the activity operator at least 24 hours prior to start of the tour for reconfirming departure details.
No special mountaineering skills are required but a certain level of physical fitness is essential.
Mount Kinabalu is categorized as ‘very high altitude’ (12,000 - 18,000 feet /3,658 - 5,487 meters) and there is a risk that you might get altitude sickness or acute mountain sickness (AMS). Most people can go up to 8,000 feet (2,438 meters) with minimal effect. If you haven't been to high altitude before, it's important to be cautious.
The symptoms of mild AMS are headache, dizziness, fatigue, shortness of breath, loss of appetite, nausea, disturbed sleep, and general malaise. Symptoms tend to be worse at night. Panadol/paracetamol or brufen (painkiller) are usually enough to relieve the problem. If symptoms persist and are not helped by medications, it is advisable not to go on with your climb.
RM180 per passenger surcharge on transportation if client failed to follow scheduled departure at 1600 hrs, after the mountain climb
Surcharge applied exit - outskirt hotels (e.g Nexus Karambrunai, Shang-ri la Rasa Ria, Beringgis etc) will be imposed surcharge as per below rates :
Coach - MYR 50.00 per passenger (return)
Private - MYR 80.00 per passenger (return)
Having heard nothing but good things from several friends who had completed the Mt Kinabalu trek, we were very excited! Pick up from our hotel and meeting our guide was well...Tim Ellingham