Lets Climb Mount Kinabalu ! :)

Mount Kinabalu Ranau Sabah Malaysia

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Mount Kinabalu Ranau Sabah Malaysia: Lets Climb Mount Kinabalu ! :)

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Looking for travel buddies to climb Mount Kinabalu over National Day 2018 :)!. Kinabalu is the most dramatic feature in Sabah and the tallest peak between the Himalayas & the New Guinea. Towering at 4,095 metres (13,435 feet), Mount Kinabalu exerts a magical quality that is both indescribable and unbelievable. The granite peaks are constantly veiled in wisps of clouds which sometimes resemble a graceful woman peeping coyly from behind the veil. At times during a clear day, the summit reveals a distinct glacier carved pinnacles, rising from the smooth granite dome, exuberating tranquility and peacefulness. The terrain stretches upward from lowland rain forest to montane forest, cloud forest and sub alpine meadow, before finally reaching a crown of bare granite. Only at Mount Kinabalu can you eat breakfast in a lowland rainforest, lunch in a cloud forest, and enjoy dinner in a subalpine meadow! 

I have customised this tour to include an optional short 1 to 2 hour visit to view Rafflesia Flowers if they are in bloom in the Kinabalu Park Area at Poring Hotsprings on the day of arrival and a optional one day snorkelling/beach tour of Tungul Abdul Rahman Marine Park the following day after the climb.


Lets Climb Mount Kinabalu ! :) starting at Mount Kinabalu Ranau Sabah Malaysia

Itinerary :

From Day 1 ( 9 Aug ) which is the 1st part of the tour which is to climb mount Kinabalu would be organised by amazing borneo tours . The tour code is ABK-MK02.
On Day 3 ( 11 Aug ) after returning to Kota Kinabalu City from the Climb , we will check into TH Hotel Kota Kinabalu , which we will book on our own .

You have an option to extend your stay another day on Day 4 ( 12 Aug ) with me to visit Tungkul Abdul Rahman Marine National Park , exploring the islands , snorkelling and relaxing at the beaches or fly back home . Day 5 ( 13 Aug ) - Return to Singapore . 

Details here :

DAY 1 : 9 Aug : SIN - Kota Kinabalu/ Rafflesia Flower Trek near Poring Hotsprings if in bloom /Kinabalu Park HQ Resort

  • Early morning Drive to Kinabalu Park . 
  • En route passing by villages and a panoramic vista of the valleys of the Crocker Range.
  • Along the way, take a brief stop at Nabalu. Nabalu is a place where the local natives gather to sell local produce, fruits, home grown vegetables and handicraft souvenirs.
  • Arrive at Kinabalu Park Grace Hostel Lodge . 
  • A prior recce will be performed to determine whether Rafflesia Flowers are in bloom around Poring Hotspring area , which is about 45 min drive from Kinabalu Park Lodges. If the flowers are in bloom , for those interested , we will proceed there for the viewing and thereafter return to Kinabalu Park Lodges to rest , have dinner and overnight stay . Additional fee for transport to from Poring Hotspring back to Kinabalu Park Lodges applies . 
  • Check into Kinabalu Park Lodges - Grace Hostel 
  • Rest of the day you are free at leisure.
  • Dinner will be served at Balsam Restaurant and overnight.

Lets Climb Mount Kinabalu ! :) starting at Mount Kinabalu Ranau Sabah MalaysiaRafflesia keithii near poring hot springs, Sabah province, Malaysia

DAY 2 : 10 Aug : Kinabalu Park HQ/ Timpohon Gate/ Ascend Mount Kinabalu/ Panalaban Base Camp

  • Breakfast at Park Restaurant. Thereafter, collect your packed lunch.
  • Proceed to the Park HQ to register for the climb.
  • Our guide will arrange for all necessary registrations, assign you a mountain guide and apply for your ID TAG.
  • Remember to wear your ID TAG at all times.
  • You'll then be transferred to starting point – Timpohon Gate – where your journey and quest to the summit of Borneo’s highest mountain begins! The climb will take approximately 4-5 hours.
  • The trek will pass by different vegetation zones from Oak and Chestnut to mossy and eventually to alpine type of vegetations.
  • Arrive Panalaban Base Camp @ 3272m and check into your accommodation at Laban Rata Guesthouse.
  • Buffet Dinner at Laban Rata Restaurant and overnight.

DAY 3 : 11 Aug : Low's Peak/ Descend Mount Kinabalu/ Kota Kinabalu

  • 0200hrs: Wake up for early supper and depart for continuation of journey towards the summit of Mount Kinabalu.
  • The journey up to the Low's peak @ 4,095m will test your fitness and determination. Depending on speed of trekking, you might be able to experience the glorious sunrise over the majestic Mt. Kinabalu if weather permits.
  • 0700hrs: Descend back to Panalaban Base Camp for late breakfast and check out. Trek down to Timpohon Gate for transfer back to the Kinabalu Park Headquarter (est. arrival 1300hrs to 1500hrs).
  • Congratulations, you can now collect your Certificate of Achievement!
  • Buffet Lunch will be served at the Balsam Restaurant in Kinabalu Park.
  • Transfer back to Kota Kinabalu City. Journey takes approx. 2 hrs.
  • Overnight Stay at TH Hotel Kota Kinabalu . 

DAY 4 : 12 Aug : Option to extend stay for 1 day and go snorkelling and relax at the island beaches Tungkul Abdul Rhaman Marine National Park or take return flight home.

  • Snorkelling package / details to be arranged . 

Lets Climb Mount Kinabalu ! :) starting at Mount Kinabalu Ranau Sabah MalaysiaSea View from Kota Kinabalu City. Three of the five islands in the marine park Tunku Abdul Rahman off Kota Kinabalu in Sabah, Malaysia can be seen in this photo. By itself to the left is Pulau Sulug, and on the right are Pulau Mamutik and Pulau Manukan (the larger one).


DAY 5 : 13 Aug : Return Flight Home .

Includes :

  • 3D2N Mount KK Climb Package with Amazing Borneo . 2018 Climb Package Rates : MYR 2280 for 2-3 pax ( about SGD 760 ) . MYR 2180 for 4-6 pax . ( about SGD 727 ) . The above package is a special discounted rate given to me by Amazing Borneo Tours and is already inclusive of the 6% goods and service tax :) 

Excludes :

  • Airfare 
  • Travel Insurance that covers for Mountain Hiking above 4000 m 
  • To and Fro Transport From Poring Hotspring Rafflesia Park to Kinabalu Park Lodges on Day 1 - Details to be advice later . 
  • Overnight stay at TH Hotel Kota Kinabalu  for 1 or 2 Nights ( See section below under Important Notes ) 
  • Snorkelling / Beach Day tour to Tungkul Abdul Rahman Marine Park
  • Tips for Tour Guide and Driver

Important Notes :

1 .Recommended Flight Arrangements :

Departure Silkair MI 392 : 9 Aug 0845 - 1120 hrs
Return Silkair MI391 : 13 Aug 1210 - 1415 hrs . 
Price $416.40 updated on 25 Jan 18 . 

Alternative Flight : Air Asia 

2. Hotel Stay on 11 and 12 August : TH Hotel Kota Kinabalu
I have pre-booked one superior twin room and one superior triple room via booking.com for max of 5 pax .  Total cost for one pax for 2 nights approx SGD 64.80 . You can pay me directly when we meet before the trip commences.

3 In order to secure the climb slot at Mount Kinabalu , you are required to pay amazing borneo 50% deposit upfront and then the balance is to be paid at least one month prior to arrival . 

4. Climbing Mount Kinabalu requires one to have a a moderate to high level of fitness. It is essential that partiicpants train to the required fitness level for the hike .

5. The risk of Acute Mountain Sickness exist above 2500m , and the no. of people experiencing it increases , with increasing altitudes . It is advisable for you to do a medical check with your doctor to ensure that you are fit for the hike and to take Diamox 125mg or 250mg  twice daily one day before ascending above 2500m and until descent to below 2500m , unless you have prior experience with higher altitude climbs .  

6. Price as above stated from Amazing Borneo Tours . No additional commission fees from myself or threeplaygrounds :) Once you RSVP , I will advice you to make direct payment to Amazing Borneo Tours . 

7. Temperatures at Laban Rata Guesthouse are below 10 degrees and at the Summit about 2 degrees and less . The dormitories at Laban Rata Gueshouse are non-heated and no hot showers are available. Blankets are provided . It is advisable to pack a maximum of 6 to 8 kg day pack for the climb . A porter can be hired for RM 120 up to 10 kg load if the weight of your day pack exceeds 8 kg . Luggage can be stored at the base of the mountain before the climb . 

8. Please ensure that you purchase travel insurance that covers for mountain trekking above 4000 m , eg AIG travel guard single trip . 

9. It is advisable to secure the climbing slots and book early for those keen ongoing for the trip , as August 2018 over the national day weekend is a popular time for climbing Mount Kinabalu . 

I have already paid for my trip . Hope you can join me for this too ! :)

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