Information and Journey to Mount Kinabalu

  • Kota Kinabalu City to National Parks (2 hours drive)
  • Arrive Registration Sabah Parks at 9.00 am to 10.00 am (20 mins registration time)
  • Mt Kinabalu 2D1N trekking starts from 10.30 am (depending early registration)
  • All Climbers must be accompany by certified Mountain Guide (Malim Gunung 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
  • Be extra careful with your steps during the wet season (slippery rocks)
  • Avoid heavy meal before climbing
  • More intake carbs and protein
  • Never rest too long on high altitude (just stand still)
  • Cover your nose (and mouth) with a scarf in windy condition on high ground
  • Make sure your feet and hands are warm and dry during the final ascent
  • When ascend, use small step which is more effective
  • When descending, try walking method sideways if your knee starting to feel pain
  • Do not bring valuable items
  • Fit Climber trekking duration (3 to 4 hrs) from Timpohon Gate to Laban Rata (6 km)
  • Not Fit Climber trekking duration (5 to 6 hrs) from Timpohon Gate Laban Rata (6 km)
  • From Laban Rata to Summit duration (3 hrs with 8km distance) 

Mountain Hut facilities and Notes


  • We do not recommend climbers to rush to the airport on the same day of descent from Mount Kinabalu due to health reason, possible high chance that you might miss your flight due to unforeseen circumstances.
  • Bring extra Malaysian Ringgit Cash and NO Credit Card available at Laban Rata
  • Rental warm jacket available at Laban Rata (RM 10 – RM 20.00 per Jacket)
  • There may be Water and Power rationing during peak seasons
  • Laban Rata Resthouse OPEN for dinner 4.00 pm and CLOSED at 8.00 pm (No Food available after 8.00pm)
  • Convenient Counter Closed at 8.00 pm (Selling Beer, Soft Drink, Chocolate Bar…etc)
  • Gunting Lagandan Hut (Non Heated Rooms) Location 100 meters away from Laban Rata
  • Blanket, Bed, Bed Sheet and Pillow provided
  • Wake up at 1.00 am to 2.30 am to start climbing from Laban Rata to proceed the summit.
  • Descend from summit to Laban Rata for Breakfast
  • Depart from Laban Rata 9.30 am and LATEST departure 10.00 am (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”


What to Bring

  • Use winter proof jacket and pants
  • Bring extra warm clothing’s, socks, small backpack with light weight
  • Binney Hay, Raincoat, Poncho (in case raining)
  • Just bring small bottle drinking water (refill water available at every rest point hut – 1km)
  • Trekking shoes (waterproof advantage) or Adidas Kampung
  • Pain killer, Paracetamol and Altitude sickness pills
  • Trekking stick, Headlamp is a must on day 2 (pitch black)
  • Energy or Chocolate bar
  • Waterproof hand-glove, Mouth mask
  • Bring extra empty plastic bags (in case raining) to protect your Smartphone, wallet
  • Use plastic bag to wrap dry cloths to avoid getting wet in case raining
  • Medicine rub for muscle pain relief
  • Knee Guard, if you have knee or ankle problems, those are helpful









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We offer both local and foreign tourists a wide range of things to do while in Sabah, (such a city tours, mount climbing & wildlife observation), to sea-based activities (diving and snorkeling).

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