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Mount Kinabalu Borneo’s highest mountain towers at 4,095m. Stay overnight at a base camp of 3,272m before the start of your summit trek in time for a breathtaking sunrise over Sabah. Spend a pre-night in a comfortable lodge in Kinabalu Park, Malaysia’s first UNESCO World Heritage Site declared in 2000. The park is home to a wide range of habitats, from rich tropical lowland and hill rainforest to tropical mountain forest, sub-alpine forest and scrub on the higher elevations.
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DAY 01: KOTA KINABALU – KINABALU NATIONAL PARK
In the morning, you will be picked up for a transfer to Mount Kinabalu National Park, with a warm up walk through the Sabah Parks Botanical Garden. Featuring some of the most important biological diversities in the world and being the 20th most prominent points, climbing Mount Kinabalu is the highlight of many. This massive granodiorite mountain is an impressive climb and achieved with a steady focus and determination.
For lunch, take a buffet lunch at the Balsam Café in the park before checking in to the National Park Lodge (check in time is 1400). Upon arrival, the guide will also assist with National Park Registration and Mountain Guide allocation for the following day. This afternoon at leisure to wander the trails in the park. A simple local dinner is included at the Balsam Café.
NOTE: Porters are available from the National Park Headquarters and to be arranged directly via Cash payment MYR13 / 1kg. A walking stick can be of great benefit to you for the climb (particularly on descent) and can be rented locally for MYR10 per stick.
Overnight at Kinabalu Lodge.
DAY 02: KINABALU NATIONAL PARK – MOUNT KINABALU
This morning, wake up early for breakfast and walk down to the National Park Headquarters to meet the mountain guide who will assist with the registration for the climb.
Afterwards, you will be transported to Timpohon Gate is by shuttle (Note: gate closes to climbers at 10.00). It is recommended that you aim to commence the climb no later than 0800. Best approach to this climb, is to take it slow and steady and break periodically at the rest stops – not just to rest but to engage with the stunning scenery that surrounds you and changes as you move closer to the overnight Laban Rata Guesthouse, at 3270m.
A packed lunch is provided for the climb. Dinner will be a simple buffet at Laban Rata Guesthouse.
Overnight Laban Rata Guesthouse.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Laban Rata Guesthouse
DAY 03: MOUNT KINABALU – KINABALU NATIONAL PARK – KOTA KINABALU
01:30 Wake up and have an early morning breakfast. Dress warm, day packs ready for the long but exciting day ahead. 02:30 Head torches ready and start hiking to the summit by torchlight with the aim to catch the sunrise on Low’s Peak at 0545. The trail this morning takes up to 3 hours. Climbing 800m on subalpine terrain be challenged by several steps and a final leg to the summit with assistance from a rope. 06:30 Watch the day dawn from the peak before descending to the Laban Rata for breakfast.
Slowly descend the mountain, perhaps taking a Ginger Tea at the Laban Rata to celebrate your achievement (own account). Return to Timpohon Gate for your shuttle transfer to National Park Headquarters where you take a simple local lunch at the Balsam Café. Then meet your guide & driver and be transfer to your onward destination in Kota Kinabalu.
The Mount Kinabalu Adventure wraps up.
Private Tour (for 02 pax, cheaper if more)
Tour Price Includes
02 night accommodation
English Speaking Guide for Transfers
Meals as mentioned
English speaking local Mountain Guide
All sightseeing as specified and entrance fees included
Mt. Kinabalu Insurance
Mt. Kinabalu Climbing Permit
Mt. Kinabalu Certificate
Bottled drinking water per touring days
Tour Price Excludes
Visa for Malaysia
Travel insurances (must include helicopter evacuation for Malaysia)
International and Domestic Flights
Other meals not indicated
Camera/video entrance fees
Personal expenditure such as tips, drinks, souvenirs, etc...
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