Sabah Attractions
Mount Kinabalu
4.5
9:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 10:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 10:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 10:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 10:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 10:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 10:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 10:00 PM
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Risa A
4 contributions
Friends
It was not an easy feat,but I had fun and managed to reach the summit before sunrise.my experience was amazing.the view from the top Very beautiful.
Written 11 September 2022
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Kathy Netherclift
4 contributions
Couples
Fantastic experience to challenge you mentally and physically. We went through Amazing Borneo tours and our guide was Danson Bulangai whose expertise, knowledge of the mountain, great English and humour ensured we made it to the summit. Highly recommend this company and we had the best guide ever. Thank you for the experience!
Written 7 September 2022
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Geraldine
Keningau, Malaysia7 contributions
I went there solo on March 2022, aiming for the via ferrata for the first time, and I was so thankful for my solo experience. Luckily I got the discounted price, so I wont comment much on the price. Due to the risk it takes to complete the ferrata, for me, it was worth the experience satisfaction. The walk the torq's guides/trainers were also very helpful and friendly. They even ask for permission to help me to put on the safety wear when I cant put it on me by myself. Adrian, Henry and Aiezron, all trainers did gave us clear instructions on how to operate the carabiner and lanyard throughout the trail so that we can have safe experience. This for-beginner ferrata's experience was one of my best experience and surely I will come again for the longer trail at the Low's Peak Circuit! Thank you for the very good services. Keep it up!
Written 25 March 2022
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Maryam R
Bandar Baru Bangi, Malaysia32 contributions
Friends
It was not an easy feat, but I had fun and managed to reach the summit before sunrise. I wish I took 2 nights at Panalaban. 2 says 1 night felt a bit too rushed, descending wasnot a fun experience compare to climbing the mountain. I thought to myself that it would be my 1st and last to climb Mt Kinabalu but 2 days after I am already planning for the nrxt trip to try out via ferrata. Wonderful experience, great climb, mother nature at its best.
Written 3 March 2022
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sdsd ss
1 contribution
This seems to be a very good sight for Mt Kinabalu. My family, me when I was 16, and another close family, succesfully climbed Mt Kinabolu in the early 1980's. It was an excellent experience that I have remembered all my life, (now 55), and it has impacted fantasticly in helping to shape my way of life in a very positive way. A lovely place.
Written 21 May 2021
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Shukry Abdullah
Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia81 contributions
Me and my team ( a group of 3 people, 1 man 2 women, all adults 40 years above) went for my Mount Kinabalu climbing trip from December 30 2020 then climbing down on January 1, 2021, after reaching Low's Peak successfully. This is my 11th climb. My other two team members are experienced climbers and have been climbed Mount Kinabalu for the 31th time. We all are local Malaysian living in Kota Kinabalu city center.

We celebrated New Year Eve at the base camp of Mount Kinabalu in the Panalaban area where Laban Rata rest house is located at. That was my first time ever celebrating the new year in Mount Kinabalu, the highest mountain in Malaysia and in South East Asia. We spent 2 nights in Panalaban.

On December 29, 2020, we took a public cab in Kundasang station near Bandaran Berjaya Kota Kinabalu city center. It was a brand new Toyota Innova. Driver name is Wol. Each of us paid MYR 25 cash to the driver for our group to go to Tahubang Lodge, an accommodation right in front of Kinabalu Park. We spent 1 night staying at Tahubang Lodge.

Kinabalu Park entrance is just a 1-minute walk from Tahubang Lodge. During our stay, we are the only guests in Tahubang Lodge on December 29, 2020.

On the next day (December 30, 2020) it was a rainy day. I woke up at 4 AM and realized it was heavy rain. When we took our breakfast at 8:00 AM it was still raining. At 9:00 AM we went to the Kinabalu Park registration counter to register for our Mount Kinabalu climbing trip. After that, we received our climber badge card showing our first name and our climber ID number. For tracking and safety check.

Our guide is Aaron Brian O'neil Roland or "Aaron" for short. He was a nice guy and very friendly. Rain pours heavily during the middle of our climb to Panabalan Base Camp. Nature trail became like a small river as rainwater flows continuously from top to bottom. It was heavy rain from 10:30 AM to 3 PM - about 2.5 hours straight. Imagine how cold it was. The trail to the base camp became too slippery. The climb became more challenging.

Aaron helped us arranging our stuff in our backpack when we need to change from our normal climbing attire to wet attire so we can keep our climb pace without stopping even in heavy rain. We reached the Panalaban area (the basecamp) around 6 PM. We booked for 2 nights there so no need to rush like other climbers.

Aaron is very kind. He did not complain much and only talk when asked and when needed. I saw that as a sign of maturity and years of experience since a young age. I've climbed with several other guides before. Aaron is different.

Aaron keeps asking about us checking if we are ok or not. He shared his story about life as a full-time mountain guide. He shared many tips and advice about Mount Kinabalu climbing. Feels like we knew him for many years although we just met him because he was so friendly.

If you are looking for the best mountain guide for your next Mount Kinabalu climbing trip I personally suggest Aaron be your mountain guide because of his good service. During our 2 nights stay, he checked us regularly.

Aaron brought us for a sightseeing trip to several areas around Panalaban. He showed us where Gunting Lagadan Hut is, delivers a briefing about do and donts while being there, he showed the impact from the earthquake that happened in the middle of 2015 that we never see before.

Aaron always with us, talking, chatting, laughing and enjoying coffee together with us. He will leave us alone only when we enter our room to get some rest and to sleep. He respects our privacy.

Aaron is very knowledgeable about Mount Kinabalu. He became a porter in his teenage years then promoted to become a mountain guide. We stayed at Mokodou Hostel as we did our booking with Sabah Parks. The hostel is behind Laban Rata resthouse. Very clean.

We feel safe in Aaron's care. He always is with us most of the time to ensure our safety during our climb to the top peak of Mount Kinabalu in the middle of the dark night challenged by the strong wind. He always is at our side. We appreciate his effort and his attention very much.

Aaron motivates us without pushing too much, without shouting and without a sound of anger because of our slow movement due to slight dizziness being on the highest mountain in South East Asia.

He always calm. He took care of us from start to finish just like a dear brother. He never let us feel down. He keeps good eye contact and always watching us on our way to Low's Peak.

We feel so lucky and so happy to have Aaron as our guide. I am an experienced climber and I've climbed with 10 previous mountain guides before him during our previous trip. Aaron is different. He gave full service as a mountain guide more than what we need. He gave his best effort to guide us and taking care of us as his dear friends without asking anything in return.

The way he talks is soft. Not too high and not too low. Aaron talked with passion, not too cocky, and not looking down on you.

From our point of view, we saw Aaron as a passionate mountain guide. Guiding and meeting climbers like us were his passion even though he did not mention it for even a word. We saw that in his eyes. He truly loved his job very much.

We reached Low's Peak, the top peak of Mount Kinabalu at early morning on January 1, 2021, during the beautiful sunrise of a new year's day all because of Aaron as our motivator and our Mount Kinabalu guide. We will climb Mount Kinabalu again next time with Aaron as our guide for sure.

We recommended Aaron as best mountain guide to anyone who want to climb Mount Kinabalu.

Thank you for all your kind help, Aaron!
Written 3 January 2021
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Aya
Kyoto, Japan22 contributions
Solo
Nice climb. I did 1N/2D trip to the summit and it was intense though was fun at the same time.
The path are well maintained and relatively easy though there is no up and downs but constant climbing to the summit and the vice versa.
I went there in early March 2020, and my guide said there are usually 100 climbers every day - I met quite a lot of foreign tourists - they are mostly in groups.
Written 5 April 2020
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Moving_Goujon
59 contributions
Couples
We spent almost an entire month adamant that we weren't going to climb mt Kinabalu due to the costs, which are undoubtedly excessive, but then if you have tried to organise any kind of excursion or tour in Sabah then you will know already that everything is expensive! Actually, compared with some other things we wanted to do but were priced out of (Maliau Basin, Salt Trail etc) this ended up seeming decent value for money at 1335 ringitt per person through 'River Junkie' tours as part of a flash sale. I mean, at least we got a bed and five meals included in this right? Meals were excellent too by the way, and to all complaining about being charged for water at Laban Rata, if you had simply asked you would have been pointed to free filtered water dispensers in the adjoining building...

Another facepalm is people complaining about the 'corridor of trees' most of the way up, and a lack of viewpoints... It's a climb through dense forest, it's part of the mountain, what do you expect? Should they cut the trees down so you can have a prettier view on the way up? Even though you get plenty of mind blowing views further up? Oh and the stairs aren't uniform enough for some i see... This is a very, very well constructed and maintained path. You are almost spoilt in fact by how easy they have made this ascent! Anyone that has done any kind of fell walking or mountain trekking will find this climb a breeze, and also the descent. If the porters can manage with some of the insane weight they carry then i think you can manage to negotiate a slightly high or uneven step every once in a while...

So is it worth it? I thought it was ace, so i'd say yes. It IS still expensive for what it is, but you will end up doing absolutely nothing in Borneo if you are unwilling to splash out a little. It was definitely one of the highlights of our trip, and a rewarding experience that i'll remember for a long time. Thought i'd got away with the sore legs too but i'm suffering now, 2 days after coming down haha...

On a last note, don't underestimate the altitude! Go slow and steady, several people went green before the summit and i myself developed a headache with the occasional moments of dizzyness. Altitude sickness is apparently quite common on this ascent, especially if you live at sea level, as there is no acclimatization period! Staying hydrated helps.
Written 14 February 2020
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Martin R
High Wycombe, UK13 contributions
Toured Sabah with G adventures, as with all tours could of done with a couple of days in some places but the itinary was great ,got to stay with a fantastic malayan family in Mesilou ,our host and guide Amrin was top dollar,our G adventures guide Leroy led the trip well (needs to be more forceful when travellers keep interupting him) throughout.maybe if your not so mobile a couple of the hikes may be beyond your remit.DO YOUR HOMEWORK ,if you want 5 star accomodation comfortable beds ,hot showers everyday DON'T go to a jungle.
Written 30 January 2020
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Ralph W
Suzhou, China856 contributions
Family
Was für eine Erfahrung ...
Wir haben den Mt Kinabalu kurz vor Weihnachten bestiegen - eine tolle Erfahrung aber leider auch etwas frustrierend:

We (3 adults 1 kid with 7 year) started to the summit of Mt. Kinabalu on Dec 21st 2019, on the first day everything went well an we reached the basecamp/hostel after the planned 5 hours. In the next night we also started as planned around 2:30am. Shortly after, a light rain started that got heavier and heavier. Anyway, we passed the last checkpoint and made our way towards the summit - until, suddenly, less than 1 hour to the summit, people were returning. The reason was that the rain was so much that the guides judged as not safe and strongly requested everyone on the mountain to return. Hiking with a 7 year old kid, and seeing the situation on the way down (a lot of water and water streams we had to cross) I 100% agree to decision of the guides.
But this is why we did not made it to the summit but only to approx 4060 m (according the certificate we received).
Written 2 January 2020
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