One of the highest mountains in Southeast Asia, the mighty Mt. Kinabalu (Gunung Kinabalu) attracts climbers from all over. But the 13,435-foot (4,095-meter) summit isn’t the only reason travellers visit Kinabalu National Park. With around 6,000 species of flora, the UNESCO-listed park is recognised as one of the most important biological sites in the world.
Experienced climbers should have little trouble summiting Mt. Kinabalu. It’s still a tough climb, though, and travellers attempting it must be fit and prepared to cope with temperature extremes and lower oxygen levels. For legislative reasons, all climbers require a guide, and all climbs involve an overnight stay on the mountain and an early morning trek to the summit. Most climbing tours include overnight accommodation, meals, and hotel pick-up and drop-off. Some tours follow the climb with a restorative soak in the waters of Poring Hot Springs.
Pickup from your hotel lobby or airport and proceed for an easy one and half hours journey to Kinabalu Park, Malaysia's first World Heritage site. Kinabalu Park gazetted in 1964 with an area of 754 sq-km is dubbed as botanical paradise. Home to half of the world's flowering plant species it is also fame for the Majestic Mt. Kinabalu (4,095m) – highest mountain in South East Asia. En route, make a short stop at Nabalu Village to savour local fruits and to bargain prices for the local handicrafts. Free at own leisure. Overnight stay at the Kinabalu Park.
Early breakfast, then proceed to Park Headquarters for registration and meet up with your Mountain Guide at the reception. After a short briefing and preparation, commence your journey to Timpohon Gate and then you will start your trek to Laban Rata. It takes approx. 4-5 hours depending on individual’s fitness level. Packed lunch will be provided around noon and then you will make the final trek to Laban Rata rest house (3,353m). Check-in to your dormitory room and the rest of the afternoon at leisure to explore the surrounding or simply soak in the scenery spread beneath you. Dinner will be served at Laban Rata rest house.
Wake up as early as 02:00hrs for another 3-hours hike up to the summit. There are ladders, hand railings and ropes to help you over the steeper parts. You will reach the final destination at Low’s peak, the Summit of Borneo at 4,095.2m to catch the magnificent sunrise.
Watching sunrise at the top has been described by travellers whoever have made it to the top as a life-enriching experience. Then descending back to the rest house for a well deserve breakfast followed by onwards journey back to Timpohon Gate. Transfer to Park HQ and collect your certificate of achievement. After lunch we return to Kota Kinabalu city centre. Drop off at you hotel or airport.
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