Mount Kinabalu Climb

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A Mount Kinabalu climb is a tremendous opportunity to stay in the best physical shape, no matter what your age is, as long as you are young at heart. Moreover, the splendid view deserves all the effort, because once you reach the top you will feel like “the King of the World”, as they say in a famous movie.

Located in the county of Sabah, on the Malaysian island of Borneo, it is the highest mountain in the whole South-Eastern Asia, also being considered the region’s crown jewel. Its reputation is based on the ten thousands tourists who come here every year, attracted by the beauty of the natural landscape and the climb itself.

When it comes to the climb, you should know that it has a long tradition. The first European that climbed up the mountain was Sir Hugh Law, in 1851, although he did not reach the peak. This was achieved by the naturalist John Whitehead, many years later, when the amazing unique species of animals and plants existing in this area were discovered.

If you want to be in the best of shapes and you are interested in a Mount Kinabalu climb, it is better to do this in the spring, ideally in April. Although the official spoken languages in this area are Malaysian and Chinese, you will have no problems with finding qualified guides, who know every route and speak English almost fluently.

As for the equipment, you have to find the most appropriate one for this kind of activity, but light enough for it not to be an obstacle in your climb. However, if you are not sure what to choose, there are many places in this area from where you can rent absolutely everything you need for this expedition, at decent prices.

A Mount Kinabalu climb is a unique experience that you definitely must try if you are planning a holiday on the beautiful island of Borneo.

Sample Itinerary 2D1N

Day 1
  • 7:00am Pickup from hotel within Kota Kinabalu area
  • 9:00am Arrive at Mount Kinabalu Headquaters for registration, climbing permit, packed lunch, insurance and assigned mountain guide
  • 9:30am Arrive at Timphon Gate (1800 meters above sea level) and begin 6.5km trek to Laban Rata rest houeses
  • 5:00pm Inclusive buffet dinner at Laban Rata rest houses (if you arrive after 7pm only a dinner pack will be provided)
  • 7:00pm Check in at your rest house
Day 2
  • 2:00am Early morning wake up for buffet supper
  • 2:30am Start the 2.5km climb to Mt. Kinabalu summit (4095 meters above sea level)
  • 6:30am Enjoy the amazing view from on top of the summit while the sunrises
  • 7:00am Start decending towards Laban Rata for breakfast
  • 9:30am Start last decent down to Timpohon Gate
  • 12:30pm Lunch at Kinabalu National Park Headquaters
  • 4:00pm Return transfer to your hotel within Kota Kinabalu area


Diving in Sipadan informationPrices stated are in Malaysian Ringgit, approx 3 to 1 US dollar. Rates for Malaysian citizens are available upon request, please specify during the inquiry process. All prices stated are for the 2014 period only and are per person. Climbing to summit can not be guaranteed, sometimes weather does not permit. No climbing experience is needed but being in good shape is a must.
Package1-4 Persons5-9 Persons10-19 Person20+ Persons
1 Day ClimbMYR 550.00---
2D/1NMYR 990.00MYR 940.00MYR 890.00MYR 840.00
2D/1N Via FerrataMYR 1,350.00MYR 1,300.00MYR 1,250.00MYR 1,200.00
3D/2NMYR 1,110.00MYR 1,060.00MYR 1,010.00MYR 960.00

**200MYR Extra transport supplement for 1 person climber if no other climbers on the same date. Fee payable to driver on morning of your climb. If you are flexible on your climbing dates we will organize your trip with a group to avoid these charges.**

Prices Include

  • Return Kota Kinabalu Transfer to Headquarters
  • Return Timpohon gate or Mesilau gate transfer
  • 0, 1 or 2 nights accommodation depending on package
  • 1, 5 or 7 meals depending on package
  • Insurance
  • Climbing permit
  • Mountain guide


  1. Adou (August 8, 2014)


    My friend and me plan to climb the Mount KK, arrive at 28 of Aug,2014, and would like depart at 29 of Aug,2014 with a package of 2D1N, pls help me double check whether the package is available, thanks a lot.

    Best regards,

  2. Micella (March 12, 2014)

    Is it possible to book a two day trip to climb Mount Kinabalu, Tuesday 22th of July – Wednesday 23th of July 2014?

    Best Regards,
    Micella Denmark

  3. Kousuke Kawai (January 19, 2014)

    My name is Kousuke Kawai.
    I’m from Japan.

    I want to question two to you.

    I’m planning to climb Mt. Kinabalu on April 26 to 27(2 Days 1 Night PLAN) this year.
    Can I make a reservation on that(26-27) day?

    And More
    Does this Package include Meals ?

    Please send a reply for a check.
    Thank you.

  4. Samuel (September 5, 2013)

    Hello Jon,

    I have received your proposal.

    Please check your email for further details.


  5. Jonathan Low (August 26, 2013)


    1. Planning to land in KK airport either via Singapore Changi airport or Senai airport on 12th Oct (if there is flight scheduled), minimum 3 pax.

    2. Intent to do the climb soonest possible.

    3. Leaving on 16th Oct (if there is flight scheduled) back to Senai or Changi depend which is cheaper.

    4. Can provide cost for accomodation + airport transfer at lowest cost possible with breakdown.

    5. Please revert soonest.

    6. Also please provide whether the dates are ok for climb?

    7. Please also provide cost for 2 routes, if still have energy.

    8. Thanks.

    Jonathan Low

  6. Samuel (August 15, 2013)

    Hell @Jakob, @Ying H , @Christina,

    Thank you for the comments!

    Please check your respective emails for the details.


  7. Christina (June 17, 2013)

    Hi, there r 2 of us (one bruneian, one malaysian) who wish to join this tour. We will reach 9/7/13 nite and wish to commence the tour on the 10/7/13. Can i pls know if there is any availability for us to slot in? And how much does it cost? what should we prepare? We r willing to wait till the tour reaches specific amount of ppl for a discounted rate too.

  8. Ying H (May 24, 2013)

    Forgot to mention, it’s Jun 28 and 29 2013.



  9. Ying H (May 24, 2013)


    We are two people, looking to climb Mount KK on Jun 28 and 29, we arrive at Kota Kinabalu on Jun 27.

    Could you please kindly let us know the availability and prices please?

    Thanks a lot!,


  10. Jakob (May 23, 2013)


    We are two people interested in climbing mt Kinabalu by the 2D1N tour. Is the tour avaible on the 7,8 or 15,16 of June? A quick response would be greatly appreciated.
    Regards Jakob

  11. Jason (May 22, 2013)

    Hi @Samantha @Piyachat,

    Thank you for the comments.

    I have sent the details to your emails, please check.

    Let me know should you need further details.


  12. piyachat pavanant (May 22, 2013)

    My group consists of 5 people plan to go to Mt.Kinabalu in Jan 2014. We will arrive KK airport on 22 Jan at 3.15 PM and interested to book you package for Mt.Kinabalu Herewith our schedule.

    22 Jan – Arrive KK airport at 3.15 PM. Transfer from airport to Kinabalu park. Overnight at Mountain foot.
    23 Jan – Trekking by Mesilau Route. Overnight at Laban Rata guesthouse (heater dormitory).
    24 Jan – Early morning trek to Low’s peak and descending down from Timpohon Route. Transfer to hotel in KK city.

    please give me the rate.

  13. SAMANTHA ONG (May 22, 2013)

    Dear Jason,

    Would like to talk to you personally about my inquiry. Hope that you can gimme a call or drop me an email at

    This is regarding corporate booking.

    Business Development Manager
    for KPSB


  14. Jason (May 22, 2013)

    Hi @Debra @Han @Natasha @Pernille,

    Thank you for the comments.

    I have sent the details to your email, please check.


  15. Debra Ma (May 22, 2013)


    We are a group of 6 pax, looking to climb Mount KK, depart SG: 28 Jun 2013 and depart KK either: 30 Jun / 1 Jul 2013. Please advise availability, package (on 3D2N and 4D3N) and quote prices.



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  • Currency: Malaysian Ringgit approx 1USD to 3MYR, Indonesian Rupiah approx 1USD to 10IDR and Brunei dollar approx 1USD to 1.2BND
  • Language: Bahasa and Chinese, although in most parts English is widely spoken
  • Size: Borneo is the 3rd largest island in the world after Greenland and New Guinea
  • Location: The island is divided among three countries: Brunei (1%), Indonesia (73%) and Malaysia (26%).
  • Rainforest: Borneo's rainforest is the oldest in the world at 130 million years.

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