"Mount Kinabalu is known to be one of the most accessible mountain in the world. No specialized mountain climbing skills are required to ascend it. The trail that most tourists use is described as a 'trek and scramble'"
Mount Kinabalu is relatively easy compare to other mountain in Peninsular Malaysia - Mount Tahan will be more demanding.... You starts 'climbing' Mount Kinabalu from a rather higher altitude (1000 something) - you only climb about 3/4 of its heights (others please correct if wrong) compare to those demanding mountain.
Personal opinion that putting in extra effort into fitness training does help but whether you can complete the climb at the optimum timing i.e sunrise also depends on weather, tho weather during this period should be quite ok. Having fitness also would improve greatly the chance that once you reach up there you won't be too tired to take photos! LoL
Yes, Mt. kinabalu is something like "trek & scramble". The trails are "done" for the tourist as well as the communication structures access somewhere the treck.
If you are season mountain climber, you can apply for special permit to enter the forest to climb at your own risk. But very rare this kind of permit is given. As far as I know, only those foreign military personnels were given the permit to access. And there was 1 incident where the troupe was lost for about a week but survived.
Back to the tourist climb issue, I think most of the singaporean here jog and exercise. Fit enough to "treck" all the way up. Only oxygen concentration level drop when reaching nearly 10k ft or 3000m. Just carry 1 cam with Wide wide angle. your monopod can be your walking stick. battery full charge no problem. Only rain problem most of the time.
Also, bring water... heavy but useful. Don't drink the water from the water tank along the trail.
If you want to enjoy moonlight trecking, climb on about full moon period. The scenes during the midnight climb is awsome, lights of the village and cloud below your feet..... Else a torch light must have and basically you can't really see where you are walking at.
I would advice no heavy trecking boots. Normal shoes with nice cushion is sufficient. And bring enough cash to buy food at the rest house. about RM10 per meal and RM 5 per drink. plain hot water is chargeable as well. Hope the price is still about the same.
And please help to keep the environment clean. Keep your rubbish and dispose when you came back to HQ office.
Oh ya, i think now airasia is having something like zero-fare exclude surcharges if you can issue ticket before 15 Feb 09.
Btw, can share where is your overnight stay upon arrival KK and descending from summit?
Cleanse your thoughts, not by the foods you eat.
also dont forget to bring along a pair of glove.
dont buy those used by construction workers, but get the leather type.
u will need a lot of grip when climbing from rest house to the peak.
the leather glove will also warm your hands from strong chilling wind at the peak.
I am thinking of staying 1 night at Kota Kinabalu and leave the next day early morning to the Kinabalu park to start trekking the Mountain.
Has anyone done this before?
Or die die must stay 1 night at one of the hostel at Kinabalu park?
As long as you can secure a lodging in laban rata, you can climb.
so you just make sure you got the lodging. Just call Sutera Sanctuary, the only operator for the mountain and pay by credit card.
Problem is, it's damn difficult for the call to get through.
planning to climb mt. kinabalu as well, and as someone on a shoestring budget, quite worried about the cost. thinking of going there over the may-day (labour day) weekend, just nice for 3d 2n.
Just wondering if those 'backpacker' hostels have specific check-in timings? If don't have, i might do something like this:
30th Apr - 8.05pm flight via AirAsia to Kota Kinabalu, stay in one of KK City's hostel
1st May - Wake up, catch a bus to Mt. Kinabalu Park HQ, climb up to Laban Rata
2nd May - Reach for summit, go back down, back to KK city check in to hostel again and SLEEP!
3rd May - free n easy around KK city, then catch 6/8pm flight back to SG.
just wondering though, would a all-inclusive budget of around 600 - 700SGD be enough? From the travel sites i've visited, got alot alot of fees, and the stuff there is darn expensive.
Entrance fee - 15RM
climbing permit - 100RM
climbing guide fee:
Timpohon Gate / Peak / Timpohon Gate
1-3 Climbers RM70
4-6 Climbers RM74
7-8 Climbers RM80
I don't understand the climbing guide thing. the thing is per person right? so 70rm (assuming I can't find more than 3 others, which is likely) + 100RM + 15RM = 185RM or around 90SGD already, and not counting accommodation yet. Airfare also don't know how much for a return trip via Airasia..
anyone can advise on costs?
I just came back limping from mount Kota Kinabalu yesterday. Yes my trip is exactly what you are planning.
The climbing guide cost is shared. 4 of us got a guide for RM$100, so each of us only pay RM$25
I think i spend total about $400 inclusive of air-ticket + stay + transport + climbing. the most expensive is actually the 1 nite stay at Laban Rata!!
Last edited by spaceman; 10th March 2009 at 11:32 PM.