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2 Days Trekking on Mount Kinabalu - Tour from Kota Kinabalu

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Key Highlights

  • Watch the sunrise from the top of the tallest mountain in South East Asia!
  • Mount Kinabalu is one of the world′s most accessible high mountains – no specialized skills are required
  • Well-kept trails and shelters along the way make the going easier
  • See Mount Kinabalu′s amazing insect-eating pitcher plants
  • Expert guide to take you to the summit
  • Overview

    Trek to the summit of South- East Asia’s tallest mountain on this thrilling two-day Borneo adventure. You will reach the base of Mount Kinabalu, standing tall at 4095 meters, after driving through the picturesque Crocker Range. Around the foot of the mountain is the glorious Kinabalu National Park, blessed with a profusion of fascinating tropical plants and animals.

    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.

  • Activity Schedule & Itinerary

    Activity Schedule

    When does it run?

    1 Apr - 31 Dec: Daily


    2 days/1 night

    Start time


    Meeting Point

    Pick up from your hotel. (Please mention your hotel name and address at the time of booking. If you do not have this information now, our customer service executives will get in touch and confirm the details)

    Ending Point

    Your hotel in Kota Kinabalu.


    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.

    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 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. A buffet dinner will be provided and you should get to bed early to be ready for the next day.

    Lunch and dinner included.

    Day 2: Laban Rata to Summit to Kota Kinabalu

    The summit (4095 m) trek begins in the dark hours of the morning. You will start out at 3am 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 2pm and transferred back to the Park for lunch. Leave the Park at 4pm and journey back to Kota Kinabalu.

    At the end of the tour you will be dropped back at your hotel at Kota Kinabalu.

    Breakfast and lunch included.

  • Inclusions & Exclusions


    • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
    • Transportation in an air-conditioned vehicle
    • 1 night accommodation in rest-house at Laban Rata
    • Service of a local mountain guide during trek to the summit
    • Services of an English speaking guide
    • Meals as per itinerary
    • Admission to the Kinabalu Park


    • Camera and video permit
  • Please note

    Voucher Information: Sorry, but we will need you to print a paper version of your booking voucher (we're working on changing this). At this time no refund can be given for customers without a printed copy of their voucher.

    The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details. They’re a nice bunch, and will happily answer any logistical questions you may have. Please give them a call at least 24 hours before your organised activity to reconfirm.

    Every tourist is liable to pay the tourism tax locally upon hotel check out as per the new tourism tax rules set by the government. This tax will applicable for all hotels and accommodation except the ones which are for non – commercial use maintained by government or any other public or religious institutions.

    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.

    A surcharge of RM195 per person is applicable on transportation, if you fail to follow scheduled departure at 4pm after the mountain climb.

    A surcharge might be applicable if your pick-up and drop off locations are not centrally located.

    All accommodations at Laban Rata base camp are non-heated dormitory rooms with sharing bathroom and toilet. All rooms are subject to availability.

    All successful climbers will receive a certificate upon reaching back to the Park Headquarter.

    Comfortable, warm clothing and good sturdy walking shoes are a must.

    Camera permit (approx. MYR5) and video permit (approx. MYR30) are payable locally.

    - 16 years old and above: one mountain guide is allowed to take maximum of five (5) climbers. Additional Mt Guide @ MYR 250.00 p/guide

    - 15 years old and below: one mountain guide is allowed to take maximum of two (2) climbers. Additional Mt Guide @ MYR 250.00 p/guide

    - E.g.: 2 Adults + 2 Children OR 2 Adults + 1 Child will require 2 separate mountain guides.

  • Customer Reviews
    • Climbing Mt Kinabalu

      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, United Kingdom

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