Mount Kinabalu is the highest mountain in Borneo and Malaysia. Its 4,095.2-meter-high slope is home to a diverse array of plant and animal species. It is a hotspot for biodiversity, notably for plant species.
Kinabalu National park where the mountain sits is about a two-hour drive from the centre of Kota Kinabalu City and is a popular tourist destination. Climbers came from all around the world to scale the mountain. Because there are only approximately 150 climbers permitted each day, bookings for climbing permits would be made months in advance.
A journey to Sabah would be incomplete without a trek up the mountain. Those who have visited Malaysian Borneo and seen the magnificent splendour of Mount Kinabalu would definitely agree that it is a must-see when visiting this region.
Climbers do not need special skills to reach the summit of the mountain, but they should expect their leg muscles to hurt and any stairs up or down to be painful for at least 2 to 3 days.
Differences between Mount Kinabalu Climb Packages
There are several packages available for visitors and most people will make the journey in two days, which is the shortest time necessary to reach the summit.
What are the differences between 2D1N and 3D2N Mount Kinabalu Climb Packages?
Many climbers have inquired about the differences between a 2D1N package and a 3D2N package. Regardless of the package you pick, the final aim is to reach the summit and enjoy the breathtaking views from the top.
Both climbs will begin at Timpohon Gate and stop at Pana Laban base camp, where all accommodation and food are at. Please bear in mind that there is no accommodation in any of the huts between Timpohon Gate and Pana Laban Basecamp, so you will have to push yourself to get to Pana Laban.
A normal 2D1N ascent begins with a journey from Timpohon to Pana Laban Base Camp, followed by a climb from Pana Laban to the summit on day two. Breakfast at the Pana Laban base camp before descending to the Timpohon gate the same day.
You might spend your additional day at the Kinabalu National Park if you are doing a 3D2N. The advantage of doing so is that you get to acclimate before the climb. Or you may also choose to stay an extra day after descending the mountain. This is perfect for individuals who want to take their time going down from the mountain and enjoy the mountain air and scenery.
What are the differences between Mount Kinabalu Climbing Package for Sabahan and Mount Kinabalu Climbing Package for Malaysian?
Mount Kinabalu Climbing Packages for Sabahan are made specifically for Sabahan and are subsidised by the government in order to encourage more Sabahan to climb Mount Kinabalu. You need to request this price from an authorised agent and provide proof that you are a Sabahan. The rates for Malaysian climbers are standard rates for Malaysians. You need to provide a copy of your IC as proof of your nationality.
Sample of Mount Kinabalu Climb Itinerary
Itinerary for 2D1N Mount Kinabalu Climb
Day 1 Kota Kinabalu / Kinabalu Park HQ – Ascend / Laban Rata
Meals: Packed Lunch and Buffet Dinner
Day 2 Laban Rata / Summit / Kinabalu Park HQ – Descend / Kota Kinabalu
Meals: Early Supper, Breakfast, Lunch
Itinerary for 3D2N Mount Kinabalu Climb
Day 1 Kota Kinabalu / Nabalu Market / Kinabalu Park Lodge
Day 2 Kinabalu Park HQ – Ascend / Laban Rata
Meals: Breakfast, Packed Lunch, and Buffet Dinner
Day 3 Laban Rata / Summit – Descend / Kinabalu Park HQ / Kota Kinabalu
Meals: Early Supper, Breakfast, Lunch
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