Mt Kinabalu

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A two day walk up the hightest mountain in South East Asia 4095m. Kinabalu is just outside the capital of Sabah on the island of Borneo...with unbelievable views of the surrounding country if the clouds clear. The walk/climb,stops near the summit where you stay over night with the final part of the walk done in the dark so you can watch the sun rise. Some people experience altitude sickness

Scrambling or Climbing
Maximum Elevation

Getting there

Bus or drive to the entrance of the park. Guides are required and porters can be organised to carry  your gear

Route/Trail notes

The walk is quite demanding and more so as you reach the higher altitude. You climb 9km at roughly 45degs for the first day with an over night stop near the  summit in dorm type accommodation, which allows for the  final assent at dawn. It's very cold on the summit so take lots of warm cloths but the views are unbelievable.


Can't remember how much it costs now but it's not expensive. You must hire a guide and he can be shared amongst a group or one on one.

GPS Tracks

  • No GPS available for this walk yet.


Best way to describe this mountain is 2 Mt Barneys with a Mt Beerwah on top!! Very well kept track, lots of stairs, handrails, ropes, picnic areas and taps every km or so (although you will have to add your own water purification tablet). It gets quite cold and after noon it tends to get fairly overcast/rainy/stormy so you kind of are racing against the clock. First day is continuous uphill for 6km, one nights rest at a very well decked out set of cabins complete with restaurant/bar. Second day you leave at 2am for a very steep walk to the summit (2.5km) which in my opinion was a lot easier than day 1. Missed out on the sunrise because clouds came over just before it rose but got good views on the way down. You have to book with a tour company to get your climbing pass (and they have check stations along the way to make sure). I went with River Junkie because they were the cheapest and I was very satisfied with the package they supplied.

Vonsnrub on 13 Oct, 2019

Was a great walk. Wish I'd prepared with more squats to ease the soreness the next day.

Eileen on 2 Jan, 2011

A really massive accomplishment for me & my two children (12 & 14yrs) to climb this mountain. Incredible experience.

liteseer on 2004


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