Mt Kinabalu Tips

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Information and Journey to Mount Kinabalu

  • Kota Kinabalu to National Parks (1 ½ to 2 hours drive)
  • Arrive Registration Sabah Parks at 9.00am to 10.00am (10-20 mins registration time)
  • Mt Kinabalu 2D/1N trekking starts from 10.00am to 11.30am. (depending early registration)
  • All Climbers must be accompany by certified Mountain Guide
  • All Climbers not permitted to proceed without Mountain Guide
  • Mountain Guide has the final decision at all situation during trekking Mount Kinabalu or Stop climbers. exp: misbehavior and health condition (not suitable asthma condition)
  • ALWAYS stay in a group
  • Never get reckless or try to be a show-off
  • Stay where you are if you are lost
  • If unavoidable, be extra careful with your steps during the wet spell
  • No red meat or heavy meal before climbing
  • Noodles and eggs are recommended before the more challenging second ascent from Laban Rata
  • Never sit or lay down on high altitude (just stand still)
  • Cover your nose (and mouth) with a scarf in windy condition on high ground
  • Make extra sure your feet and hands are warm and dry during the final ascent
  • When descending, try to walk sideway if you are feeling the pinch
  • Do not bring valuable items
  • Fit Climber trekking duration (3 to 3 ½ hrs) from Timpohon Gate to Mountain Hut (Laban Rata)
  • Not Fit Climber trekking duration (5 to 6 hrs) from Timpohon Gate to Mountain Hut (Laban Rata)
  • Fit Climber trekking duration (3 ½ to 4 hrs) from Mesilau Trail to Mountain Hut (Laban Rata)
  • Not Fit Climber trekking duration (4 hrs to 7 hrs) from Mesilau Trail to Mountain Hut (Laban Rata)

Mountain Hut facilities and Notes

  • Bring extra Malaysian Ringgit Cash and major Credit Card available at Laban Rata
  • Rental warm jacket available at Laban Rata (RM10 – RM20.00 per Jacket)
  • Bring extra warm clothing’s, socks, gloves, cap, headlamp, walking stick, small backpack with light weight, small bottle drinking water (sufficient water but not too much and heavy bottle) and camera
  • There may be Water and Power rationing during peak seasons
  • Laban Rata Resthouse OPEN 7.00am and CLOSE at 7.30pm (No Food available after 7.30pm)
  • Laban Rata Resthouse staff will clear up Tables, Chairs, Utensils and Drinking Water Pot at 7.45pm – 8.00pm
  • Not available for Hot Drinking Water Pot at 7.45pm – 8.00pm
  • Convenient Counter Closed at 7.30pm (Selling Beer, Soft Drink, Chocolate Bar…etc)
  • Laban Rata (Heated Rooms)
  • Gunting Lagandan Hut (Non Heated Rooms) Location 100 meters away from Laban Rata
  • Blanket, Bed, Bed Sheet, Extra Bed and Pillow provided
  • Wake up at 1.00am and 1.30am to 2.00am to start climbing from SAYAT SAYAT GATE to proceed the summit.
  • Descend from summit to Laban Rata for Breakfast
  • Depart from Laban Rata from 8.30am and LATEST departure 10.00am (Estimate 3hrs to descend back to Timpohon Gate).
  • Expect to arrive Timpohon Gate LATEST 2.00pm
  • Last but not least… Safety Come First!!

Believe it or Not

  • Respect the mountain and ‘nature spirits’ even if you are a skeptic.
  • When you need to relieve yourself, tell the “nature spirits” (say aloud) that may be lying on your path to give way to avoid offending them
  • Don’t shout or make too much noise or you might disturb the “nature spirits”
  • When lost, talk aloud to the “spirits” to “set you free” and apologize for anything that you might have done wrong.
  • Never take what doesn’t belong to you from the Mountain – “Take nothing, leave nothing but your footsteps”


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