Mount Kinabalu view from Kundasang

Recognized as the highest mountain in Borneo, Mount Kinabalu is the 4th highest mountain in the Malay Archipelago. The mountain is an ultra-prominence peak with 4,095 meters of prominence, making it the 20th most prominent mountain on earth.

There are 2 trails to get to the summit of Mount Kinabalu, via the Timpohon Trail or Mesilau Trail. While you do not need to have special skills to reach the peak, but it is recommended to get yourself equipped with the basic fitness level. Both trails offer magnificent view and the opportunity to encounter amazing tropical floras. both trails will meet at Layang-Layang at 2,740 m (or 4 Km from Timpohon Gate).

Apart from reaching the top via mountain climbing, visitors can also experience the Mountain Torq, the world’s highest and Asia’s first Via Ferrata or ‘iron road’ at 3,200m to 3,800m above sea level. The different routes on the northern rock faces of Mount Kinabalu consists of a ‘trail’ that is made up of iron rungs, palettes, cables and rails. Depending on the preferred difficulty level, visitors can participate in various activities such as the intro to single pitch or multi pitch sports climbing, intro to rappelling (abseiling) and introduction to rope ascending.

Sample Itinerary for 3 days Mount Kinabalu Climbing

Day 1

Overland transfer to Kinabalu Park for registration and briefing. Check in to respective accommodation in Kinabalu Park or Mesilau.

Day 2

Wake up at 6am in the morning and take breakfast. Start climbing at 9.30am via Timpohon Gate or Mesilau to Laban Rata. Check in to respective accommodation in Laban Rata and enjoy the chilling weather at 3,273m above sea level.

Day 3

Wake up at 1am in the midnight and take supper. Continue hiking to the summit of Low’s Peak. Climber must reach Sayat-sayat check point before 5am. Upon reaching at the summit, take a rest and enjoy the spectacular view of sunrise (in good weather). Descend back to Laban Rata for check out and continue the trek down to Timpohon for certificate collection.

Your Mount Kinabalu climbing journey ends after the ticket collection.

Important note for Mount Kinabalu Summit climb

Things to bring/wear for climbing from Timpohon/Mesilau to Laban Rata

Things to bring/wear for climbing from Laban Rata to Summit of Low’s Peak

Other important notes

Mount Kinabalu Climbing Packages:

2d1n Mount Kinabalu Climb (via Timpohon/Mesilau)

3d2n Mount Kinabalu Climb (via Mesilau)

3d2n Mount Kinabalu Climb (via Timpohon)