2 Days 1 Night Mount Kinabalu Climb Package ~ Kinabalu Park, Sabah Borneo
This trip takes you on a fast track up and down this majestic mountain. Recommended for those on a budget and those who feel that a mountain should be conquered and not admired.
Borneo ~ Sabah ~ Kota Kinabalu ~ Kinabalu Park ~ Mount Kinabalu
Minimum no. of Persons
Place of Departure
Daily (Booking in advance required)
2 Days 1 Night
Minimum No of Pax
Pick up Point
Your Hotel in Kota Kinabalu City
Pick up Time
06:00 Hrs - 07:00 Hrs
Drop off Point
Your Hotel in Kota Kinabalu City
Drop off Time
Afternoon / Evening
* All timings are estimated and for reference purposes only. Actual timing will be provided prior to your departure.
Things To Bring Along
- gloves ( I bought 2 sets : a pair of fingerless gloves so that I can click away on my camera and a set of pvc gloves to keep my hands warm and also protected when climbing the rockface
- wind cheater; anorak; balaclava, raincoat poncho (preferably)
- torchlight ( I had a hand held one which was not as effective as the headlamp- the latter free your hands to climb); cameras - manual (in case if the weather jams up the digital mechanisms), shower proof(I was determined to take that one shot and even the rain cannot stop me!!), digital, videocam (as close as you can get to being there - the video shots turned out pretty ok)
- extra pair of socks; water; sunglasses; sun block (can get quite sunburnt at the top) ; mobilephone (there's signal at the top for 019 and 013 users, but sometimes when it's cold, the phone may not work..)
- Waterproof backpack to store your items
- Trekking or running shoes with good grip
- Warm clothing/Long sleeves shirt/Hiking pants,
- Tissue paper / Toilet roll
- Personal toiletries, Small towel, Refillable water bottle (0.5 - 1 Litre)
- High energy food such as chocolates, nuts, biscuits, sweets, energy bars
- re hydration salts, altitude sickness medication
- money to buy anything else you've left behind or forgotten to bring and perhaps to tip the guide after the trip
- Do take note that your passport will be required for verification during registration at the Kinabalu Park office. Please bring it along with you.
Your extra luggage can be stored at Kinabalu Park HQ at a nominal fee of MYR 12 per piece prior climb.
2 Days 1 Night Climb Tour Rates Via Timpohon Trail
Note(s): Please be advised that there are an exhaustive list of other agents selling mount kinabalu climb packages at different prices. Do shop around for the most suitable package for you.
Please Note :
- All rates are quoted in Ringgit Malaysia (MYR) and are inclusive of 6% Goods & Service Tax (GST) but do not include credit card charges
- Climbers below 16 years old are considered Child and will be accompanied by a separate mountain guide.
- This tour package brings you to Low’s Peak Summit (4095.2M).
Tour Package Includes:
- 01 Breakfast, 02 Lunches, 01 Dinner & 01 Supper
- 01 Night Panalaban Assorted Huts (Non-Heated Dormitory Bunk-bed with sharing bathroom & toilet)
- Entrance Fee
- Return Hotel Transfer (Seat-In-Coach)
- Return Transfer (Park HQ - Timpohon Gate - Park HQ)
- Mountain Guide
- Climbing Insurance
- Climbing Permit
- Mount Kinabalu Certificate and Certificate Holder
- English Speaking Support Team
Rates Exclude :
Airfares, Optional Tipping & Porter Fee, Alcoholic Drinks, Any Items Not Mentioned
Note on Meals Arrangement:
1) Lunch will be converted to packed lunch on Day 02 (Mt Kinabalu Descent) for climbers who arrived late and misses the lunch timing.
Balsam Restaurant ~ Lunch Time: 12:00 - 16:00hr
Ensure that you are PHYSICALLY FIT for this climb ·
You are required to strictly FOLLOW the itinerary since: * Unscheduled transfers and services are CHARGABLE * Unconsumed meals are NON-TRANSFERABLE and NON-REFUNDABLE All the accommodation facilities at Kinabalu Park belong to Sabah Parks, a state government agency. Our Mountain climbing tours involve the use of these facilities/properties. In the event that these facilities are NOT available for the public to use, we will offer clients appropriate alternative facilities/properties without prior notice
IMPORTANT TO NOTE
Do take note that your passport will be required for verification during registration at the Kinabalu Park office. Please bring it along with you.
- The guide will meet you at your hotel lobby / greet you at the Airport arrival hall with a placard bearing your good name. Should you encounter difficulties in locating the guide, you can call the hotline number/s stated in your itinerary for further assistance. (this will be provided once coonfirmation and payment has been made)
- We do not recommend climbers to catch your flight on the same day you descend the mountain due to possible delay from injuries, tiredness and/or bad weather and traffic conditions.
- For 1 Day Packages, the transport will pick you up from your Hotel between 05:30hrs - 06:00hrs. (Arrange with your hotel for early breakfast)
- For 2 Days / 1 Night packages, the transport will pick you up from your Hotel between 06:30hrs - 07:00hrs. (Arrange with your hotel for early breakfast)
- For 2 Days / 1 Night packages with ferrata, the transport will pick you up from your Hotel between 06:00hrs - 06:45hrs. (Arrange with your hotel for early breakfast)
- For 3 Days / 2 Nights packages and beyond, the transport can pick you up from either Airport OR your Hotel. Time is dependent on your arrival flight schedule. Please provide us your flight details.
- Add MYR 30 nett per person per way for transport to/from locations outside Kota Kinabalu city (e.g. Beringgis Beach Resort/Langkah Syabas Beach Resort / Papar / Kinarut Area).
- All transportations are based on Seat-In-Coach. This is a transfer service in which clients share their vehicle with other clients. This is a door-to-door service with multiple pickups & drop-offs throughout the journey. Do expect some short waiting time.
- After descending to Kinabalu Park HQ, climbers are subject to pre-determined pickup time set by Amazing Borneo Tours with the last transport returning to Kota Kinabalu city latest by 1800hrs. We will ensure your possible wait of not more than 2 hours at Park HQ. However, if you missed the last transport (which is unlikely) or wish to depart at your own preferred timing, we can arrange a vehicle for private transfer for you (Subject to availability). Please understand that the surcharge for any private transfer will have to be borne by you.
- Private Transfer Surcharge:- MYR 250/vehicle/way
- Our group rates are quoted without deviation, which means we provide only one return transfers for your group. If your group requires more than one return transfers, additional transfer charges may apply.
Kota Kinabalu/ Kinabalu Park HQ/ Timpohon Gate/ Ascend Mount Kinabalu/ Panalaban Base Camp
0600hrs - 0700hrs: Pick-up from your hotel lobby and depart on a 2 hrs journey to Kinabalu Park Headquarter. Collect your packed lunch.
0900hrs: The 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.
Buffet Dinner at Laban Rata Restaurant and overnight.
Meals: Lunch / Dinner, Stay: Panalaban Assorted Huts
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.
Meals:Supper / Breakfast / Lunch
Terms & Conditions
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.
- Required of you for reservations: your passport name in full, passport number for Non-Malaysian, IC number (MYKAD) for Malaysian, nationality, date of birth and contact number (if available).
- A photocopy of your passport and MYKAD (for Malaysian) is required 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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. The operator 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, the operator will do a reasonable refund to our climbers accordingly.
CANCELLATION & REFUND
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:
30 days or more (50% of tour cost)
15 to 29 days (75% of tour cost)
08 to 14 days (85% of tour cost)
04 to 07 days (95% of tour cost)
Less than 04 days or No Show (100% of tour cost)
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 RM50 per service per person.
AGE & FITNESS LEVEL
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.
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.
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:
- Drink a lot of fluids to keep hydrated.
- Acclimatize to altitude gradually by spending a night at highland areas before the day of your ascend.
- Avoid rapid ascents. Trek at a normal pace and rest at shelters along the way. It is advisable to rest longer for acclimatization at Layang Layang hut (2702M a.s.l).
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.
BAD WEATHER & ACCIDENTS
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.
There will be no refund if the summit or Via Ferrata activity is closed. 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.
If injured or fallen sick during the climb,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.
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.
Provision of Sabah Parks Climber's Personal Accident Insurance by PIB Premium:
Death Due to Accident Only / Total Disablement as a Result of An Accident
- Age Between 13 to 75 Years RM50,000 Per Climber
- Age Below 13 And Above 75 Years RM30,000 Per Climber
- Medical Expenses Per Accident
- Age Between 13 to 75 Years RM5,000 Per Climber
- Age Below 13 And Above 75 Years RM2,000 Per Climber
- Repatriation Expenses of Remains RM2,000
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
- 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 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) and in Pendant Hut (all Via Ferrata 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. A porter can be arranged 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)
|Timpohon - Panalaban||10||RM65.00/way|
|Panalaban - Timpohon||10||RM65.00/way|
|Timpohon - Sayat Sayat||10||RM75.00/way|
|Sayat Sayat - Timpohon||10||RM75.00/way|
|Timpohon - Summit||10||RM80.00/way|
|Summit - Timpohon||10||RM80.00/way|
** Maximum weight is 10 Kgs and additional weight will be charged based on daily rate per Kg
** All rates are inclusive of 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.
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. A refillable water bottle is useful as you can refill unlimited supply of drinking water at Laban Rata Resthouse/Pendant hut.
- 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.
- 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, the operator 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.
VIA FERRATA CLIMB
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
- Via Ferrata Activity Package Includes:
Free rental of all safety devices: harness, lanyard and helmet
Via Ferrata familiarisation for all participants
Guiding services of the Via Ferrata trainers
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.