BSKK 4B (3D2N) Climb Mount Kinabalu Via Ferrata
Who’s up for mountain climbing?
Towering proudly at 4,095m above northern Borneo, Mount Kinabalu (Malay: Gunung Kinabalu; pronounced: goo-noong kee-na-ba-loo) is one of the most prominent mountains in South East Asia. The mountain is located in the state of Sabah and is protected as Kinabalu National Park, a World Heritage Site.
According to the regulations of the Kinabalu National Park, all climbers must be accompanied by accredited guides at all times.
The entire journey is 8.72km and an average climber takes 2 days to reach the peak. Most climbers will stop about 6km up and will stay overnight at Laban Rata.
The climb usually starts at around 07:30 – 10:30 (Malaysian Standard Time, UTC+8). The first 4km climbing to Laban Rata has been rated by many as “moderate”. The trails are equipped with stairs and rock paths. The last 2km is said to be tougher with solely rock paths. The point after Laban Rata is where the hard part comes in. Now, you’ve gotta be pretty fit to do this! The ascent from Laban Rata upwards usually begins at around 02:00 – 03:00 (Malaysian Standard Time, UTC+8) and has been rated by many as “difficult”. The journey includes climbing along very steep (sometimes wet and slippery with drastic weather) ledges and can get very gusty as you get closer to the peak. The final part of the climb is on granite rocks.
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Recommendations by staff at Borneo Sandakan Tours:
All climbers should have themselves medically checked before attempting any mountain climb
If your friend told you “Climbing Mt Kinabalu is EASY!”, trust us – it is not as easy as you think / see / hear it is. Any sort of extreme sports (We call this extreme because it is not one of your daily morning jogs!) require experience (or at least practice), athletic ability and technical knowledge to maintain safety.
Those currently with these conditions or have a history of suffering from these: (Weak heart conditions, fear of heights, difficulty in breathing at high altitudes, physically unfit, hypertension, diabetes, palpitation, arthritis, heart disease, severe anemia, peptic ulcers, Eepileptic fits, obesity, chronic asthma, muscular cramps, hepatitis / jaundice) are highly recommended that you should refrain from climbing. We have a range of alternate solutions for you! Visit the Kinabalu National Park page.
Are You Game?
Borneo Sandakan Tours is not associated with the following, but we think you might be interested!
The Mt. Kinabalu International Climbathon is an annual event organised by the Ministry of Tourism, Culture & Environment of Sabah. Participants will attempt to run up and down Mount Kinabalu (4095.2m high with a total distance of 21km) in less than three hours to be deemed the champion of the ‘World’s Toughest Mountain Race’.
ARE YOU GAME FOR THIS?
- Return Land Transportation;
- Ground arrangement with Guide;
- Entrance Fee, Certificate Fee, Permit & Mountain Guide;
- 2 Nights Accommodation at Kinabalu Park;
- Meals as stated;
- Joining basis (SIC);
- All Airfares and airport taxes;
- Camera & Video fees where applicable;
- Alcoholic & non-alcoholic beverages;
- Travel Insurance
- Tips, portage & Items not stated;
Departure Time0600 am
Dress CodeHiking attire / Sport
IncludedAccommodationClimbing PermitEntrance FeeMeals as statedNon-Private Basis;Tour GuideTransportations
Not Included2 River cruises & 1 Night WalkJoining Basis (SIC)River Cruise ( if weather permitted )River cruises|1 Jungle Trek|2 Night Walks
Day 1 : Kota Kinabalu - Kinabalu National Park (Dinner)
- Pick up from Kota Kinabalu City area hotel and depart on a 2 hours journey to Kinabalu National Park. En route passing by villages and a panoramic vista of the valleys of the Crocker Range.
- Upon arrival, check in Park hostel or similar. Free at own leisure. Dinner at Park.
Overnight at Park Hostel dormitory bed or similar.
Day 2 : Mount Climb (Breakfast, Packed Lunch & Dinner)
- Breakfast at Park, after breakfast collects your packed lunch. Proceed to the Park Headquarter to register for the climb. Our guide will arrange for all necessary registrations, assign you a mountain guide and apply for your ID TAG. Remember to wear your ID TAG at all times.
- Together with your mountain guide transfer to Timpohon Gate (Starting Point). Start Climbing, it takes approximately 6 hours for normal speed person to trek up to Laban Rata (11,000 feet).
- The trek will pass by different vegetation zones from Oak and Chestnut to mossy and eventually to alpine type of vegetation. Around 1500 hours meet with your via ferrata trainer at Sayat Sayat Hut @ 3,668m for your Walk the Receive and information and safety briefing about Torq via ferrata experience (must reach here by 1500 hours for the briefing). Check in accommodation.
- Free at own leisure. Dinner at the Laban Rata at around 1800hrs.
Overnight at Park Hostel dormitory bed or similar.
Day 3 : The Summit[Via Ferrata]- Kota Kinabalu (Supper, Breakfast & Lunch)
- At 0200hrs wake up for early supper at Laban Rata. After supper continue to trek up to THE SUMMIT. Reach the ‘Highest point of South East Asia’ (it takes approximately 3hrs – normal speed person) – remember you can’t take anything but photographs. Experience the colourful Sunrise.more photographs to treasure your memories. Just below the summit meet with your via ferrata guide and begin this amazing activity. Descend back to Laban Rata for breakfast.
- Check out. Descend back to Timpohon Gate (approximately 3-4 hrs – normal speed).
- Transfer to Park Head Quarter to collect certificate of achievement.
- Lunch at park, after lunch transfer back to Kota Kinabalu City.
End of Service.
*Minimum of 2 Adults