Malaysia – Mt Kinabalu

26 Nov 16

Malaysia – Mt Kinabalu

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Mt Kinabalu (4095m), situated on the Crocker Range on the western coast of Sabah, is South East Asia’s and Borneo's tallest mountain. It is known to be one of the easiest 4000er peaks in the world to climb. Thousands of tourists visit Kinabalu National Park each year and most come with the intention of climbing Mt Kinabalu. The mountain is part of the Kinabalu National Park. The park, covering an area of 754 square kilometers was established in 1964 to protect Mt Kinabalu and its plants and wildlife. It was declared as UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2000 and became Malaysia’s first World Heritage Site.

About The Climb

The standard climbing itinerary is 2 days/ 1 night to ascent and descent Mt Kinabalu. There's only 1 trail (Timpohon Gate - Summit - Timpohon Gate) open to trekkers for now. The Marsilau's trail is still closed after the 2015 earthquake.

The Timpohon trail is near the park headquarters (1800m) and on the southern side of the mountain. The entire trail from Timpohon Gate (1880m) to Low's Peak (4095m) is 8.5km.

Day 1 of the trek is from Timpohon Gate to Panalaban (commonly known as Laban Rata / 3273m). This section is a 6km vertical trek up many steps through lowland rainforest, montane forest and alpine meadows. Panalaban is where the mountain huts are located. Trekkers will spend a night at one of the mountain huts before the pre-dawn climb to the summit the next morning.

Day 2 of the trek is from Panalaban to the summit and descent back to Timpohon Gate. The trail to the summit from Panalaban is 2.5km and mostly on bare granite and open terrain. The first 1km is the new picturesque trail named Ranau Trail. After the 1st km, the trail merge to the original one to Sayat Sayat Check Point (3668m), then continue on to the summit (Low's Peak / 4095.2m). Trekkers usually reached the summit in time to view sunrise and return to the mountain hut for breakfast. After breakfast, trekkers will pack up and descent from Panalaban to Timpohon Gate.

Trekking Seasons

Mt Kinabalu can be climbed any time of the year. However, during the months between late October to December, it is the raining season. February, March & April are considered the driest and best months to climb Mt Kinabalu. These months are non monsoon season and rainfall is little.

There are two monsoons that bring rainy seasons to Sabah:

  • South West Monsoon stretches from May to July.
  • North East Monsoon stretyches from October to January. This is the monsoon that often brings heavy and frequent rain.

Experience Required

No trekking experience is required. Anyone with a good level of fitness can complete this trek. You will be trekking for two days from the trail head to the summit with a 5-6kg backpack load. The entire trail a vertical ascent and descent with many steps rather than undulating mountain terrain.

Equipment and Gear

You can wear a quick dry t-shirt or trekking shirt and trekking shorts or pants for the trek to Panalaban. In the evening and for the summit trek, a thermal set, an insulating layer (such as a fleece jacket) and an outer shell jacket are needed. Bring rain gear and waterproof your backpack.

A recommended packing list will be provided to all our participants. Please refer to our Resource Centre page to learn about the layering system and choose the right gear/equipment for your trek.

LPC VF

Mt Kinabalu Climb with Via Ferrata

A via ferrata, iron path in English, klettersteig in German, is quite literally a route with fixed “protection” that aids climbers in moving safely through the mountains. There are 2 Via Ferrata routes which trekkers can opt to do as an additional activity after the summit climb. You can do so without any prior mountaineering experience.

Walk The Torq (WTT) - Asia’s first via ferrata located in a UNESCO World Heritage site (Grade: French PD, Italian 2A)

At 3,521m, WTT is designed for the beginner in mind. It is a leisurely 2 – 3 hour route, and a shorter commitment than that of The Low’s Peak Circuit. If you feel that you want a little taste of the Via Ferrata experience but do not wish to expend too much energy (you still have to climb back down the mountain!), the WTT route would be best for you. The views are equally amazing and the route is adrenaline pumping enough. The route’s thread-like tightrope walks and swinging planks will have you convinced that the course designers are sadistic, but that’s what makes it so darn fun – testing your limits without putting your safety in jeopardy. (Lonely Planet, 11th edition)

Low’s Peak Circuit (LPC) - The world’s highest Via Ferrata certified by Guinness World Records™(Grade: French AD, Italian 3C)

LPC is a Via Ferrata route situated at 3776m that is designed for the brave and the active individual with above-average fitness levels. This 4 – 6 hour route includes rest stops at scenic locations. The route’s thread-like tightrope walks and swinging planks will have you convinced that the course designers are sadistic, but that’s what makes it so darn fun – testing your limits without putting your safety in jeopardy. (Lonely Planet, 11th edition)

IMPORTANT NOTES

It is mandatory to attend the familiarization briefing at Pendant Hut by 4pm and arrive at the start point of Walk The Torq (715am) or Low’s Peak Circuit (630am) Via Ferrata on time. Failing to attend the briefing and arriving late at the start point, you’ll not be allowed to take part in the Via Ferrata activity and there’ll be no refund.

Available DatesPriceQty*
10-13 May 2017$750.00 (SGD)  / person   Expired
16-19 Jun 2017$750.00 (SGD)  / person   Expired
9-12 Aug 2017$750.00 (SGD)  / person   Expired
15-18 Oct 2017$750.00 (SGD)  / person   Expired
16-19 Nov 2017$750.00 (SGD)  / person   Expired
15-18 Feb 2018$750.00 (SGD)  / person  
29 Mar-1 Apr 2018$750.00 (SGD)  / person  
14-17 Jun 2018$850.00 (SGD)  / person  
13-16 Sep 2018$850.00 (SGD)  / person  

* You can register up to 12 participants in one go.


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Mt Kinabalu 4D/3N Climb

1 April 2017 to 31 March 2018 pricing:

Price based on group size: 4 - 15 people

For 3 people: $850 per person
For 2 people: $900 per person

1 April 2018 to 31 March 2019 pricing:

Price based on group size: 4 - 15 people

For 3 people: $890 per person
For 2 people: $980 per person


Mt Kinabalu Climb with Via Ferrata
- 1 April 2017 to 31 March 2018 pricing:

The Low's Peak Circuit (LPC) Via Ferrata (4D/3N) itinerary is only recommended to those who are extremely fit and experienced trekkers. You'll have to reach the LPC's start point by 630am after the summit climb. The LPC takes around 4-5 hours to complete and you have to make the descend to Timpohon Gate after the LPC. 

Items2 people
(Price per person)
3 people
(Price per person)
4-15 people
(Price per person)
4 Days Mt Kinabalu + Walk The Torq (WTT) Via FerrataS$950S$860S$820
4 Days Mt Kinabalu + Low's Peak Circuit (LPC) Via FerrataS$1020S$950S$895
5 Days Mt Kinabalu + Low's Peak Circuit (LPC) Via FerrataS$1350S$1250S$1200

You can also form a private group this trek. For enquiry, send an email to us at contact@aceadventure.com.sg

DayMt Kinabalu 4D/3N ClimbMealsAltitude At Rest Point
Day 1Arrive in Kota Kinabalu – transfer to Kinabalu Park HQ. Overnight in Rock or Grace Hostel-/-D1563m
Day 2Trek from Timpohon Gate (1866m) to Panalaban area. Overnight at Laban Rata Rest HouseB/L (packed) /D3289m
Day 3Early morning summit trek (Mt Kinabalu Low's Peak, 4095m) and back to Laban Rata Rest House. Descend to Timpohon Gate – transfer to Kota Kinabalu town. Overnight in hotelB/-/-5m
Day 4Free & easy in Kota Kinabalu till departure time to airportB/-/-

Mt Kinabalu + Low's Peak Circuit (LPC) Via Ferrata (4D/3N). This itinerary is only recommended to those who are extremely fit and experienced trekkers. You'll have to reach the LPC's start point by 630am after the summit climb. The LPC takes around 4-5 hours to complete and you have to make the descent to Timpohon Gate after the LPC. 

DayMt Kinabalu + Walk The Torq (WTT) or Low's Peak Circuit Via Ferrata (4D/3N)Mt Kinabalu + Low's Peak Circuit (LPC) Via Ferrata (5D/4N)MealsAltitude At Rest Point
Day 1Arrive in Kota Kinabalu. Overnight in HotelArrive in Kota Kinabalu. Overnight in HotelNIL5m
Day 2Early morning transfer to Kinabalu Park HQ (1563m). Trek from Timpohon Gate (1866m) to Pendant Hut. Overnight in Pendant Hut.Early morning transfer to Kinabalu Park HQ. Trek from Timpohon Gate to Pendant Hut. Overnight in Pendant Hut.B/L (packed) / D3289m
Day 3Early morning summit trek (Mt Kinabalu Low's Peak, 4095m). Proceed to start point of WTT or LPC Via Ferrata activity after summit. Descend to Timpohon Gate – transfer to Kota Kinabalu town. Overnight in hotelEarly morning summit trek (Mt Kinabalu Low's Peak, 4095m). Proceed to start point of LPC Via Ferrata activity after summit. Have lunch and spend the rest of the day relaxing and resting till dinner. Overnight at Pendant Hut.4D - Supper/late B/-
5D - B/L/D
Pendant Hut - 3298m
Kota Kinabalu town - 5m
Day 4Free & easy in Kota Kinabalu till departure time to airportAfter breakfast, descend to Timpohon Gate – transfer to Kota Kinabalu town. Overnight in hotelB/-/-5m
Day 5NILFree & easy in Kota Kinabalu till departure time to airportB/-/-

Mt Kinabalu 4D/3N Climb

Inclusions

  • Return airport transfer in Kota Kinabalu
  • All land transfer as indicated in itinerary
  • Meals as indicated in itinerary
  • Accommodation: 1 night at local 3* hotel in KK town (twin/triple sharing), 1 night at Kinabalu Park HQ (non heated mixed dorm) & 1 night in non heated mixed dorm in Laban Rata Resthouse
  • Trek support: 1 licensed Mt Kinabalu guide (1 guide : 5 trekkers for 16 years old and above/ 1 guide : 2 trekkers for below 16 years old)
  • Permits & fees: Conservation, National Park fees, trek permit, climbing insurance, climbing certificate

Exclusions

  • International air tickets, airline taxes and fuel surcharge
  • Visa Fee (if any)
  • Single Supplement
  • Meals not indicated in itinerary
  • Drinking water during trek:  Balsam Cafe and Laban Rata Rest House no longer provide water dispensers for trekkers to top up drinking water
  • All tipping
  • Personal porters
  • Sabah Park’s Mountain guide overtime charges based on arrival to Timpohon Gate on the descend day: RM15 per group/hour after 4pm. RM30 per group/hour after 5pm onwards
  • Personal travel insurance (mandatory to cover travel agent insolvency and trekking up to 5000m)
  • Personal expenses like shopping, laundry etc
  • Personal travel & trekking gear – warm clothing, shoes, backpacks etc
  • Compensation for damaged or lost of personal items (eg: climbing/trekking gear and equipment, cameras and any valuable items etc)
  • Emergency evacuation and medical expenses
  • Any expenses including accommodation, meals & transfer outside the stipulated trek/climb itinerary – i.e. any person leaving the group for personal travel, illness/injury or any form of extension of stay

Mt Kinabalu Climb with Via Ferrata

Inclusions

  • Return airport transfer in Kota Kinabalu
  • All land transfer as indicated in itinerary
  • Meals as indicated in itinerary
  • Accommodation: 2 nights at local 3* hotel in KK town (twin/triple sharing), 1 night in non heated mixed dorm in Pendant Hut (2 nights for 5D LPC itinerary)
  • Trek support: 1 licensed Mt Kinabalu guide (1 guide : 5 trekkers for 16 years old and above/ 1 guide : 2 trekkers for below 16 years old), Via Ferrata activity and Via Ferrata certificate
  • Drinking water during trek: From water dispensers at Pendant Hut
  • Permits & fees: Conservation, National Park fees, trek permit, climbing insurance, climbing certificate

Exclusions

  • International air tickets, airline taxes and fuel surcharge
  • Visa Fee (if any)
  • Single Supplement
  • Meals not indicated in itinerary
  • All tipping
  • Personal porters
  • Sabah Park’s Mountain guide overtime charges based on arrival to Timpohon Gate on the descend day: RM15 per group/hour after 4pm. RM30 per group/hour after 5pm onwards
  • Personal travel insurance (mandatory to cover travel agent insolvency and trekking up to 5000m)
  • Personal expenses like shopping, laundry etc
  • Personal travel & trekking gear – warm clothing, shoes, backpacks etc
  • Compensation for damaged or lost of personal items (eg: climbing/trekking gear and equipment, cameras and any valuable items etc)
  • Emergency evacuation and medical expenses
  • Any expenses including accommodation, meals & transfer outside the stipulated trek/climb itinerary – i.e. any person leaving the group for personal travel, illness/injury or any form of extension of stay

Support from Ace Adventure Expeditions

We provide pre-trip support to prepare you for the climb:
1. Trip briefing and information kit
2. Gear list and gear discount from selected Singapore outdoor outfitters
3. Training guideline kit
4. Rope skill workshop (For climbs that require rope up and/or fixed rope skill)

We carefully select and establish strong working relationship with our local operator to ensure safe participation by everyone. We engage a regular pool of Mt Kinabalu climbing guides for all our Mt Kinabalu trips.

Grading: 2B

Training: Regardless of your level of fitness and physical conditions, it is advisable to train prior to embarking on a trekking or mountain climbing trip.

Pure cardiovascular fitness is NOT enough.

Focus your training effort in the following areas, assuming that you are in good health and injury-free:

  1. Climbing conditioning – stairs and load training.
  2. Cardio training - Jogging/running and interval training like CrossFit or HIIT.
  3. Strength training for the lower body, shoulder, back and core
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  4.  Flexibility training - eg: Yoga and stretching exercises

A good three to four months of training would be a good preparation for this trek.

A recommended training guide specific to the trek or climb will be given to you upon signing up.

Refer to our Grading chart for an overview on the technical difficulty and fitness required for this trek.

Refer to our Training Guide for tips on trekking and mountain climbing training.