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Mount Kinabalu Trail is a 13.8 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Ranau, Sabah, Malaysia that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible year-round.

Length 13.8 mi Elevation gain 8,418 ft Route type Out & Back

Hiking

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Getting There

A multi day hike to Low's Peak at island of Borneo in Malaysia, Southeast Asia 4,095m or 13,435 ft Climbers must be accompanied by accredited guides at all times due to national park regulations. There are two main starting points for the climb: the Timpohon Gate (5.5 km from Kinabalu Park Headquarters, at an altitude of 1866 m), and the Mesilau Nature Resort. The two trails meet about two kilometres before Laban Rata. Mount Kinabalu (Malay: Gunung Kinabalu) is a prominent mountain on the island of Borneo in Southeast Asia. It is located in the east Malaysian state of Sabah and is protected as Kinabalu National Park, a World Heritage Site. Its summit, Low's Peak ist 4,095 metres (13,435 ft) above sea level. It can be climbed through the main climbing route without mountaineering equipment.

Tips: You can stay outside the park for the first night. However, private lodgings are significantly cheaper than inside the park. You may also choose to arrive at the Park entrance early in the morning by taking an early bus directly from Kota Kinabalu and start hike right away, thus saving one night stay at the park. There is a possibility that you can climb up and get down the mountain in one day and saving all the lodging and food costs (very expensive). In good physical condition, one can reach climb the mountain from Timpohon gate to Low's peak in 5-6 hours and get down in 3 hours. The world record for such an activity is slightly over 2 hours. Wow!

How to get there: From Kota Kinabalu bus station, there are mini buses that run to the Mt. Kinabalu park entrance. The cost is 20 RM/person. The ride is 1.5 hours with the view of the mountain insight. After your climb and come down the mountain, you can wait for the passing mini bus at the park entrance to either back to Kota Kinabalu or to Poring Hot Springs. However, the waiting time may be extremely long. Taxi can be called from park head quarter. It costs 200RM to Kota Kinabalu or 160RM to Poring Hot Springs.

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Megan Huber
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Hiking

Such an amazing accomplishment! Everyone is exhausted when they reach camp near the summit. But the sunrise hike the next morning makes it all worth it! My asthma kicked in with the altitude so it was very difficult for me but I found that the climbers helped others, especially close to the summit! My favorite hike to date!

Talal Al-Haddad
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it was by far the hardest hike I've done. but the reason is that I wasn't in shape when I did this hike. it was quite steep for me and long. but unfortunately when I submitted the mountain, it was cloudy. but it's definitely one of my biggest achievements especially that I wasn't in shape during that time. also did the via ferrata before descending

Jen Mchay
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Did this for my 40th birthday as it had always been on the list. A really wonderful yet challenging hike. It is pretty relentless both up and back, and with the high humidity level was very sweaty. Sadly we missed the via Ferrata and peak at sunrise as it started raining at 1am so they shut the gate. Still the view from the camp above the clouds was spectacular and I’m glad I did it.

Alex ASquared
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A 2 day hike with a stay over in Laban Rata camp before heading off early in the morning to catch the sunrise at Low’s Peak. Beautiful journey thru rainforest with a constantly changing environment, in which plant and animal life varies with changes in elevation. Climbing up Mount Kinabalu and you may notice that the temperatures get colder, tree species change or disappear altogether, and the plants and animal species are different than those found on lower ground. It’s difficult and requires a seasoned hiker or someone whose has been training for the hike.

Lachy Garrett
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Andrew Hubbard
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Hiking

Brutal and incredibly satisfying. Amazing to be on top for sunrise.

Quaint Quintis
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Hiking

It was my first hiking trip and it was very memorable. Great experience, rewarded with a superb view at the summit overlooking sunrise.

Heather Matthews
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Absolutely incredible. One of the best experiences of my life. Recommend hiking to lodge and heading to the peak for sunrise. Just amazing. Could not recommend enough!

Muhamad Ali Hamzah
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Terbaik..smpai tahun lepas bulan 9..insyaallah akan ditawan lg

Tim Carpenter
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Hiking

Have done this twice. Best to hike to lodge, have a meal and sleep, then hike the last part in the dark so you can see the sunrise from the top. Unforgettable experience.

Anuradha Valan
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one of the hardest and the best hiking experience.

GT W
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Epic hike up the mountain with gorgeous plant life along the way and incredible views at the summit. There's a lodge near the top where you can grab food and snacks and even spend thr night if you are unable to summit the peak in one day.

Haydn Jones
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Hard work but beautiful!

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Faeza Dee
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Hiking

Stunning scenery with fairly easy ascend until the resthouse with thousands of stairs and the climb turns tougher towards the peak. Super fun climb def will come again!

Jason Zheng
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great hike. good facility. amazing view at summit.

David Gahan
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Hiking

Highly recommend this hike

Jason Tomczak
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Hiking

By far the most rewarding and difficult hike I've ever done. This climb is intense. The main path from Timpohon Gate is only 8.8 km (5.4 miles) one-way, but it goes straight up. There are a number of small stations that provide a spot to rest, eat, and use the bathroom. Almost every tour will have a stop at the Laban Rata guesthouse, which is a surprisingly great guesthouse with good food (which has to be carried up the mountain by porters). The last km of the hike to get to Laban Rata is definitely the hardest for the first day, as it becomes very steep and altitude begins to take its toll. The final stage of the climb is the harshest, as altitude sickness often sets in. You have to fight the wind and cold, and often fog and rain if you're especially unlucky. The path alternates between wooden staircases and bare granite with guiding ropes. The entire summit area has zero cover or protection, so you are at the mercy of the elements. The summit itself is at the top of a tough rocky scramble, and is marked by a fence and a large sign. The view at the top, particularly the sunrise, is amazing. Just make sure you bring lots of warm clothes (gloves and a hat are mandatory).

Andre Kirchhoff
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great hike!! amazing facilities all along the hike! highly recommended.

Sabaruddin Musap
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Done

Carolina Palma
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Hiking

One of the best experiences of my life. Better bring a warm jacket and gloves because it's really cold at the top (2°C in August)

John Schaefer
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One of the best hikes of my life. Very difficult but rewarding. TIP: the lodge currently does not have drinkable water and you need to purchase bottled water from the lodge store.

Muhammad Farzard
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Pretty tense up.. But it was all worth it once u reach Laban Rata... The food is ok and the price for their food is not really pricey if u see how the porter bring it all up.. Accommodation is so so but its only like 8 to 1am before u start to hike again.. Temperature can drop to 6c or less on rainy day... Peak will be around - 1c or 2c... Really need to work out n train for this.. At least train with lots of stairs...

Nor Azah Mohd Salleh
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Will be hiking on Monday 19/2-20/2

Shawn Larsen
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Difficult hike however the reward is worth the effort.

Tazneem Nash
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I was thrilled to have finished it but just a word of caution. This trek is not recommended for beginners who have not trained. It is steps, steps and more steps. Make sure you get as many squats in as possible and condition your legs. It's as tough to get up as it is to go down. On the other hand, the feeling when you are on TOP of the world is insane and that thrill is amazing!

Jason Fowler
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Approaching the mountain by vehicle all you see is the massive mountain looming over you as you wind up the mountainous roads towards the trailhead. The route is very popular and busy so you have to have a reservation and pick up your summit pass. The trail itself - it's mostly a relentless staircase all the way up. There are some rest stops in the lower portion which have shelters and a water supply at intervals. The trail opens up from the heavy jungle to the more exposed, sculpted granite in the upper parts eventually to the Laban Rata/Pendant huts. Typically visitors stay over night, refulleing with food and a short sleep before waking up a few hours before sawn to make your way up the last bit to catch the sunrise at the summit. This portion is still quite tough and exposed, especially with the altitude, I was certainly feeling the effects with the shortness of breath. The sunrise at the summit is spectacular, with the mountains casting a shadow on the clouds below. On the way down I did the Via Ferrata, not for the feint of heart if you have any height phobias, but I was comfortable with it and it was worth it despite the high cost. The Ferrata ends up at the Laban Rata hut. After that, it's just pound down the mountain and hope your knees hold up. A must do hike, but you have to be in somewhat good shape and should train before.

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