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Mount Kinabalu (Gunung Kinabalu/Akinabalu) dominates the island of Borneo in South East Asia. It stands poised in the East Malaysian state of Sabah, and is protected as Kinabalu National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The highest point of Mount Kinabalu is Low’s Peak summit, towering at 4095.2M (13,435ft) above sea level. It is the tallest peak in the whole of Malaysia and within the Borneo Island. It is the most accessible and easily trekked by most people. Based on topographic prominence, Mount Kinabalu takes the 20th place in the list of Tallest Mountains in the world.
It is most advisable to climb during the dryer seasons which falls around March to August. However, passing showers and heavy rains are expected as we are referring to Tropical Rainforest. Moreover, the world climate has changed drastically, there is a slight unpredictability when it comes to weather forecasting. Anytime of year is a good time to climb Mount Kinabalu, the beauty remains and blooms in the tropical climate.
‘Act of God’ accidents aside, Yes, as long as you respect your mountain guide’s instructions and stay on the trail, there is less risk of suffering any injury or accident. There have been accidents where climbers wander too far off into the trails on their own and lost their way, injuring themselves or lost their lives during the climb, but please be aware that these accidents happen because the climber has failed to abide to the rules.
It takes a minimum of 2 Days and 1 Night to scale Mount Kinabalu. Day 1 kicks off bright and early via Timpohon Gate, a 5 to 7 hour trek leads you to PanaLaban for an overnight stay. Day 2 begins at 2am, where climbers will attempt the second ascent up to Low’s Peak to witness the specular sunrise from the highest summit point at 5.30am.
After which, climbers will begin the descent towards PanaLaban (if not participating in any Via Ferrata activity) for check out. The descent continues down to Timpohon Gate. You will be transferred to Kinabalu Park HQ, where you will be given your climb certificate. Depart back to Kota Kinabalu City or other destination.
No. It is compulsory for any climber to do the usual 2 Days 1 Night climb itinerary.
A 3 Days 2 Nights is recommended. In order to reduce risk of Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS), we advise climbers to spend a night within the highland areas such as Kinabalu Park or Kundasang Town prior their climb. This is to allow climbers to properly acclimatize.
It largely depends on the physical fitness of the climber and their group. A reasonably fit climber is able to reach Timpohon gate from PanaLaban between 11am – 2pm. However, most climbers reach between 1 – 3pm.
There are also times where climbers only arrive Timpohon Gate as late as 10pm during the descent. In addition, the total time taken from Timpohon gate to Kinabalu Park HQ for certificate collection and onward to Kota Kinabalu city is approx. 3 hours.
It is highly NOT recommended. Rushing to the airport on the same day as your Mount Kinabalu descent is too risky and might lead to you missing your flight. There are several reasons why: Slow in your descent, injury, landslides, traffic congestion, vehicle breakdown & etc. Amazing Borneo Tours will not be responsible for any losses incurred due to missed flights.
It is strongly encouraged that you purchase a comprehensive personal travel insurance policy for the duration of the trip from your own country; to cover against Personal Accident, Loss of baggage, Delays, Unexpected alterations to travel arrangements, Cancellation, Act of God, Emergency Medical Evacuation, Infectious diseases, Epidemics, Terrorism etc. Although all our Mount Kinabalu climb packages include a personal accident plan by Sabah Parks for all climbers, the coverage and claim value is very limited and subject to approval by Sabah Parks Authority.
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The cost for Mount Kinabalu climb varies depending on the different packages that are available by Amazing Borneo Tours. Please refer to our Mount Kinabalu climb packages under our Mount Kinabalu section as listed in our website www.amazingborneo.com.
To secure your Climb Slot, a 50% Deposit is required and the balance of that payment must be paid (1) month prior to departure.
As for Short Term Reservations made within (1) month prior to departure, 100% Full payment is required to secure your Climb Slot.
Reservations for our Mount Kinabalu Packages can only be held for 2-5 days (unless otherwise stated) from the date of issued invoice. If you fail to comply with the payment terms, it may result in an automatic cancellation of your reservation, leading to the release of your climb slots to others in the queue system. All bookings are subject to availability at the time of booking.
Yes, it is definitely safe to Book with Amazing Borneo Tours & Events. We are listed in Sabah Tourism Board as a licensed tour operator. Please be aware of the fact that there have been several reported fraud/bogus websites selling Mount Kinabalu Packages without a proper license. Many climbers who fell victim to this fraud scheme had been left stranded in Kota Kinabalu without climbing permits/accommodation or tour as claimed. Please make sure that you receive proper invoice, confirmation and tour itinerary from legal local operators with indication of company address, contact numbers and vehicle type. Do not let these scammers spoil your vacations.
Bookings should be made as soon as you have decided to climb Mount Kinabalu. Although we do always advise climbers to book their climb slot 3-6 months in advance, however, Amazing Borneo Tours do accept last minute booking but it is subject to availability.
A climb slot refers to your bed in PanaLaban that is tied to your climb permit. The total beds are equivalent to the total climb permits issued. Once you’ve secured your slot with Amazing Borneo Tours, it means that it will include both your bed and climb permit.
However, we urge everyone to be wary of unknown sources that claims to be selling legitimate Mount Kinabalu climb slots. There have been cases where climbers that have booked and paid through these online sources are left stranded without climb permits.
There are two types of climb packages.
Both types of climb permits will allow you to first reach the summit of Mount Kinabalu (Low’s Peak) regardless if you will or will not be participating in any via ferrata activity.
You may :
Although there may still be a slight chance of your preferred climb permit made available at a later date from the day you first contacted us due to possible cancellation. Amazing Borneo encourages all guests to book immediately should either one type of climb package is available rather than to wait for your preferred climb package. This is to at least ensure you to have guaranteed climb permit to scale Mount Kinabalu.
Once reservation has been made, deposit will be required before the stated due date given by our sales coordinator. Usually we must receive payment within 2-5 working days to have your climb slot & permit secured. Otherwise, it will be automatically released from our climb booking system to other guests in queue. Full payment is required on special promotional rate or if your climb date is less than 30 days at time of booking. Once payment is received, we will issue a payment receipt and tour itinerary before your tour starts.
We would need your passport name in full, passport number for Non-Malaysian, IC number (MYKAD) for Malaysian, nationality, date of birth and contact number (if available). All your particulars have to be completely filled up online in your “Manage My Booking” MMB login account. We would also require a photocopy of your passport and MYKAD (for Malaysian) to be uploaded into your MMB login account. This is the latest requirement by Sabah Parks in order to secure your climb slot. You should submit the completed details to us the moment you decide to book your climb or ASAP. Otherwise, we are unable to proceed to apply your climb permit. In addition, the Via Ferrata climb operator will impose a RM100 penalty fee per climber for any late submission, which we have no control over this.
Yes, for any name change or revision, there will be an administrative fee of RM50 per climber for non-via-ferrata climb permit & RM100 per climber for a via ferrata climb permit.
Yes, a climbing permit is compulsory and can only be issued from Sabah Parks Authority. The climb permit (ID Tag) should be visibly worn at all times throughout your climb. Your permit will be checked at certain check points. The total number of climb permits equals the total number of beds available in PanaLaban.
Currently, Sabah Parks only issue 135 climb permits daily, but this number may change in future. This is mainly because of safety reasons in overseeing climbers’ safety upon ascending to Low’s Peak summit in total darkness. It is also to ensure the summit climb is not overcrowded by climbers.
Like any other country, locals will always have citizenship privileges. Internationals will pay for normal rates whereas Malaysians are heavily subsided by the government.
Those holding a Malaysian passport or the Malaysian Identity card (MyKad) only. Foreigners who are residing permanently in Malaysia do not qualify.
Most certainly Yes. It is within the Sabah Parks safety regulations that all climbers/hikers to be accompanied by a licensed mountain guide from the local Mountain Guide Association. The ratio is at least 1 mountain guide to a maximum of 5 climbers (more than 16 years old) and 1 mountain guide to a maximum of 2 climbers (less than 16 years old).
All individual or group booking will have their own assigned required number of mountain guides according to Sabah Parks guidelines. Amazing Borneo Tours does not mix different groups of climbers together for sharing of mountain guides. However, in the event of a shortage supply of mountain guides by Sabah Parks and climbers of different groups are forced to mix, Amazing Borneo Tours will do a reasonable refund to our climbers accordingly.
Your Group Size refers to your final booking order to us, based on number of person in your group. The more people in your group, the less each individual pays. Should your group size reduce in number, the costs will change accordingly.
Unfortunately, No. You will not be given a refund under any circumstances including, but not limited to, summit closure due to bad weather, Act of God, being refused climb by Sabah Parks rangers or mountain guides due to your personal health and well-being or any other reasons that may affect the authorities’ decision to disallow you to summit.
Refunds will be based on our Cancellation Policy if your tour has not commenced. There would be no refunds less than four (04) days of notification or after the tour has commenced or for any unused tour services including but not limited to transfer, meals & accommodation, guiding, the climb itself or any other services not utilized.
In the event of cancellation of booking by Client, a written notice must be provided. The following cancellation charges must be borne by the Client and the travelling companions as follows:-
Number of days between tour commencement and receipt of cancellation notice:
For tour products or individual components supplied by 3rd parties, e.g. Air Tickets, Hotel/Lodge Bookings, etc, cancellation fees under the terms and conditions of the respective 3rd parties shall apply plus a minimum handling charge of MYR50 per service per person.
There is no age limit for who can climb Mount Kinabalu, as long as you are in good shape, good health status or you have sought approval from your doctor if you are on any medication. Amazing Borneo Tours has served thousands of climbers ranging from 7 to 80 years old. We do however, suggest young children to be at least 10 years old due to numerous steps and steep slopes. Similarly, elderly climbers need to be in good health and fitness level to attempt the climb.
Though there is no physical health checks done in Kinabalu Park upon registration, we strongly recommend all climbers to have themselves medically check before attempting to scale Mount Kinabalu. If you are pregnant or have a history of suffering from the following ailments, it is highly recommended that you should refrain from climbing: Hypertension, Diabetes, Palpitation, Arthritis, Heart Disease, Severe Anemia, Peptic Ulcers, Epileptic Fits, Obesity (Overweight), Chronic Asthma, Muscular Cramps, Hepatitis (Jaundice); or any other disease which may get in the way of a pleasant experience.
Not at all. Climbing Mount Kinabalu is indeed a big adventure, but no climbing skills or equipment is needed. Climbing Mount Kinabalu involves several flights of stairs, just being equipped with a good pair of trekking shoes, waterproof jacket, head torch and gloves is enough to get you far. Anyone reasonably fit and healthy can scale, hike, trek and climb with confidence. Regular exercises will give you an added edge in attempting a successful climb. Please refer to our “Tips” & “Things to Bring” under our Mount Kinabalu section as listed in www.amazingborneo.com
It takes a minimum of 2 Days and 1 Night to scale Mount Kinabalu. Day 1 kicks off bright and early via Timpohon Gate, a 5 to 7 hour brings you up to 11’000 feet above sea level for an overnight stay. The second day is slightly more to the technical side – there are parts where you will need to hold onto ropes at an angle of about 15 – 20 degrees inclination. If you are able to climb a flight of 12 story staircase up and down few times in a day with not much difficulties, that’s good enough to prepare you for Mount Kinabalu.
The effects of Altitude Sickness or Acute Mountain Syndrome (AMS) differs for every individual, regardless of fitness level. Climbers may experience light-headedness or mild headaches, while some climbers will suffer from nausea or vomiting. The symptoms vary, but it includes dizziness, fatigue, confusion, difficulty walking and feeling extremely ill. If you seem to be experiencing any of these symptoms, stop doing any physical exertion immediately and be sure to take deep breathe. The most important tip is to keep yourself hydrated. Return to a lower elevation if you are suffering badly and the symptoms do not subside. Seek medical assistance from your guide and he will advise you where to move on from here.
Three (03) Important Rules to Remember:
You may want to take altitude sickness tablets, Acetazolamide (Diamox) as a prophylaxis. This drug has the effect of increasing acclimatization rates; improving periodic breathing; and helping climbers to recover from AMS more quickly. Please note that Diamox is a prescription drug and a doctor should be consulted about proper dosages. You would also want to purchase a portable oxygen inhaler bar, which helps with AMS. The main cause of these sicknesses is a lack of oxygen; breathing oxygen with the aid of the inhaler will slow their onset and may provide some temporary relief of symptoms. This is extremely useful to all climbers regardless of your fitness level.
Yes, of course but only up to Panalaban base camp. Most of the trail leading up towards Panalaban base camp consists of proper tracks with steps, therefore, it should not be affected too much during bad weather. Also, there are several shelters along the 6 KM track.
The main concern falls on the Low’s Peak summit Climb that kicks off at 2am where on occasions when it rains badly with strong wind, the climb to the summit would be stalled or probably cancelled depending on how extreme the bad weather is. In most cases, when the weather is bad and the summit is not declared officially closed by Sabah Park Authority, climbers can still scurry the ascent once they sign the indemnity form on the spot as requested by the Park Rangers.
Final decision still lies with the Sabah Park official should they decide to close the summit for safety reasons. Anyway based on average statistics, total closure of the summit climb happens about 10 - 15 times a year.
No. There will be no refund if the summit or Via Ferrata activity is closed and Amazing Borneo do not profit from it either. Such cases is due to the Act of GOD and also for the safety of climbers. Generally, you could still ascend to Panalaban base camp and overnight with meals inclusive.
We urge you to immediately inform your mountain guide. He will assess your condition and determine whether you should continue trekking or be sent back to Kinabalu Park HQ. An emergency rescue team will be on alert and they will be responsible for carrying the badly sick/injured down at no charge.
As for minor injuries or other reasons, you can be charged Ringgit Malaysia (RM) 300/KM for the porter team to stretcher/carry you down or up the mountain. Not all such cases can be claimed under the Sabah Park climber personal insurance. You are advised to purchase your own travel insurance separately for better coverage.
As a matter of fact, Mt. Kinabalu region is a no-fly zone. Even in many emergency cases that involve life threatening situation, helicopter services may not be engaged. This is because the low visibility in the area could pose a potential risk to the lives of the pilots & passengers as the climate changes every moment without warning. Visibility can be near zero and there is a risk of helicopter hitting trees. However, in June 2010, Amazing Borneo Tours did manage to save a boy’s life using helicopter service after a bad fall near Low’s Peak summit – A very exceptional case. All thanks to Sabah Park Authority, Sabah Air & Sabah Medical Centre for their support to the committed Amazing Borneo Team.
Provision of Sabah Parks Climber's Personal Accident Insurance by PIB Premium:
Note: As the default claim value is limited and may takes up to 2 months to process. It is advisable for climbers to purchase separate travel insurance in your own country for a better coverage.
Walking up hills and staircases or any cardiovascular workout for at least 2 to 4 weeks before the day of your climb should be enough to get you in shape for the climb.
Please Refer to "Things to Bring" for a checklist of what you will normally need to bring for mountain hiking. This checklist will also be attached to your climb itinerary when you book with us. This is the standard packing list and you can make changes according to your own needs and preferences. However, we recommend that your backpack weight to be between 6-8 KG or less.
Shoes are most definitely necessary for climbing Mount Kinabalu. Sandals, slippers and bare foots are NOT allowed and you will be denied ascent to the summit by Sabah Parks rangers or your mountain guides if you are not wearing shoes. We also strongly recommend you to bring a head torch for your own safety. There is a high chance that you will be denied ascent from Panalaban base camp to the summit without a head torch.
There is luggage storage service which is chargeable at Ringgit Malaysia (RM) 12.00 per piece available at the Kinabalu Park Headquarters. Luggage claim tags will be given where you will need to produce them after your climb.
There are no longer heated facilities in Panalaban assorted huts, except Laban Rata Resthouse private room 1, 2 & 3 (ABK-MK02VIP climb packages), due to power cable breakdown in year 2009. Anyway, the temperature inside the huts (Approx. 12-15 degrees Celsius) is still comfortable enough for stay as bed linens and blankets are provided. Sleeping bags are not required. Pendant Hut provides sleeping bags for Via Ferrata climbers.
Water heaters for shower are only available in Laban Rata Resthouse private room 1, 2 & 3 (ABK-MK02VIP climb packages) . But be prepared to encounter some electrical failure at times.
Temperatures inside Laban Rata Resthouse/Pendant Huts can reach to approx 12-15 degree Celsius and at Low’s Peak Summit approx -3 to 5 Degree Celsius. We suggest climbers to have at least 4 layers of clothing including windbreaker for summit ascend.
Please inform us upon confirmation of your booking if you may require a porter. We will arrange for a porter to standby at Kinabalu Park HQ on the morning of your climb to assist you. All payments are made directly to the porters in cash.
Porter Fee (OPTIONAL)
** Minimum weight is 10 Kgs and additional weight will be charged based on daily rate per Kg
** All rates are inclusive of 0% GST.
** Rates stated are for reference purposes only. Please confirm with porters on their day of services.
** All payments are made directly to the porters in cash.
No. Porters will carry your belongings and walk non-stop to Panalaban base camp and wait for your arrival. They will not trek together with you nor wait for you at each stop. Therefore, please do not ask them to carry items that are considered handy to you during your climb.
The best tip is to pack 2 separate bags; one is for the porter to carry straight to Panalaban, the other personal bag containing your necessities (e.g. water, lunch pack, energy bars) will be carried by you throughout the climb. Remember to keep it light.
Staying hydrated throughout the climb is most vital. Most climbers actually need about 1.5L-2L from Timpohon to Panalaban. It may be less than you think you would need. This may due to the humidity and passing shower along the trek. Anyway, a 500ML drinking water will be provided in your packed lunch.
Yes. There is natural spring water stored in tanks that can be found along some rest-stops. However, the untreated water may not be suitable for weak stomach. You can consider bringing your own water purification tablets or simply stick to your bottled water.
The packed lunch includes a balanced diet of proteins, carbohydrates, and a fruit (e.g. sandwich, fried chicken, local snack, hard-boiled egg, apple) and a bottle of 500ML mineral water. The packed lunch will differ periodically and you may wish to bring additional food of your own.
Our standard vegetarian menu is based on ovo-lacto vegetarians. It can be easily accommodated in most areas, options typically leave out the meat rather than adding vegetarian mainstays such as tofu, beans, or nuts. Vegetarianism is a concept our country is still learning to fully grasp. Please note that unfortunately, Amazing Borneo cannot guarantee that special requirements can always be met for other types of vegetarians. In tour packages where meals are served buffet/set menu style, we suggest that you leave out the meat or other things you do not eat.
No. Via Ferrata is not the same as rock climbing. Although they both occur in the same area and the same environment, via ferrata climbing is easier than rock climbing and do not require you to have any previous experience.
Almost anyone. Climbers and non-climbers aged between 10 and 70 who are fit and healthy, not afraid of heights, and want to experience the mountain in a whole new way. Oh and by the way, you also have to be at least 1.3m tall
Absolutely not! If you can climb a ladder, you can climb Mount Kinabalu Via Ferrata.
Walk The Torq will be the best option for beginners. If you would like to participate in the world highest Via Ferrata which is the Guinness World Record holder, Low’s Peak Circuit will surely be the choice. You may refer more information at www.amazingborneo.com
All Via Ferrata climbers are required to attend the mandatory pre-activity briefing and familiarization session. The sessions start between 3pm and 4pm. Late arrivals will not be considered eligible to participate in the activity the next morning. This is for your own safety, be it if you are a first time climber or an experienced mountaineer.
No, there will not be any refund/compensation given if you miss or skip the Via Ferrata activity due to various reasons such as personal, health, bad weather, summit closure & etc. Amazing Borneo do not and never profit from such situations.
Yes! You and your group will be assigned a Via Ferrata trainer. The trainers are there to give you a full safety briefing and training on how to use the safety devices. They are also there to climb with you, provide tips on how to negotiate the more difficult obstacles, as well as highlight some of the spectacular sights along the way.
No. Due to Sabah Parks’ regulations, Via Ferrata climbers are to be accompanied by a Via Ferrata trainer at all times.
Depending on the size of your group, you will have to be prepared to join other Via Ferrata climbers.
There will be a maximum of 6 climbers for Low’s Peak Circuit and 10 for Walk the Torq.
The start time is between 5:30am to 7:30am.
On the day of your arrival, the trainers will meet you at Pendant Hut where you will undergo a mandatory briefing and familiarization session starting between 3pm and 4pm. There, you will be told the exact meeting point and meeting times for the activities that you’ve signed up for and a practical session with the full Via Ferrata safety gear will be provided.
Yes! Via Ferrata activities are carried out under a safe and controlled environment. With a proper system of routes, devices and an experienced trainer to guide you, Via Ferrata climbing allows anyone to experience the exciting challenge of this sport under the safest of conditions. Regular safety checks and maintenance are also conducted on the Via Ferrata equipment. So all you need to do is focus on enjoying yourself.
Yes of course! But remember to keep your camera inside a backpack as you run the risk of dropping onto and injuring fellow climbers below. Your trainer will advise you on areas where it is safe and ideal for you to bring out your camera to take photos. We also suggest that your camera is fixed to a safety sling or cord at all times.
All Via Ferrata climbers will stay in the well managed Pendant Hut @ PanaLaban area. It will be in dormitory style with individual sleeping bags provided.
You will have your continental breakfast & supper in Pendant Hut. Day 1 buffet dinner in Laban Rata Resthouse. Day 2 lunch will be provided on descending arrival in Kinabalu Park.
To ensure that you get a guaranteed space, we strongly encourage advanced bookings. You can make a booking for Via Ferrata activity by sending an enquiry to firstname.lastname@example.org. We will endeavor to reply to your enquiry within 24 hours where possible.
Mountain Torq will provide all technical safety equipment required for its activities. As for personal items, please refer to “Things to Bring” for a checklist of what you will normally bring for mountain hiking.
The Summit Trail has been fully reopened as of 1st December 2015.
Due to the damages caused by the 5th June 2015 Sabah Earthquake, Mount Kinabalu was closed until the 31st of August 2015 for necessary restoration works. On 1st September 2015, The Timpohon Trail welcomed climbers for the first time after the quake, but the ascent was only up to PanaLaban (3,270M).
Yes, there may be slight tremors. However, Geologists has confirmed that the residual tremors are weak and can only be felt once every few weeks or months. Tectonic plates take up to few years to stabilize after an earthquake.
Such an event is most unlikely. The residual tremors are too weak to be moving rocks. International mountaineering experts and geologists have been studying the new trails well enough to ensure that no rocks fall within the trail perimeters.
The Mesilau Trail is closed for an indefinite period due to severe damages from the Earthquake.
The Timpohon Trail that begins at Timpohon gate leading towards PanaLaban remains the same. However, damaged trails leading to the summit has been restored, this new trail is called ‘The Ranau Trail’.
No. There is no age limit for climbers who wish to scale Mount Kinabalu. New changes made to the mountain guide ratio, as well as new safety rules for children have been implemented as of 1st December 2015.
As for now, No. Both Via Ferrata activities, Low’s Peak Circuit and Walk the Torq, are currently closed for restoration works and are scheduled to resume in early 2016.
Meantime, climbers can test out the thrills on the ‘Via Ferrata Teaser’, a shorter version of the actual Via Ferrata activity that grants climbers a little insight about what it feels to experience the Via Ferrata.
This is a complimentary activity that lasts for 30 minutes.
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