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Mt Kinabalu 1 day?

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Mt Kinabalu 1 day?


Is it possible to climb the mountain in one day?? We fly into KK tomorrow night and fly out 6pm Sun (what time do you need to leave for airport?). It was last minute decision to stop off in KK...

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1. Re: Mt Kinabalu 1 day?

Unless you are one of the fittest people in the world it would be impossible to climb Mt Kinabalu in one day. It is a two day return climb.

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2. Re: Mt Kinabalu 1 day?

Physically it’s possible but whether it’s practical, enjoyable or safe is debatable.

Are you a strong hiker? Are you coming from high altitude and so already acclimatised? Do you know anything about the weather conditions on the mountain in the afternoon.

When we done it we were fit but not ‘mountain fit’ or acclimatised. It took us almost 6.5 hours of hiking from Timphon Gate to the summit – with rest and sleep at the resthouse in the middle. Then several hours to descend. To even consider it you would have to set off at sunrise so you would first have to find out if it’s possible to get your permit and at what time the first gate (where you show your pass) opens.

As you don’t arrive till the evening before you want to climb then I don’t think it’s possible.

More importantly, it sounds like you are doing it on a whim. It might be a ‘tourist’ mountain but it’s still a mountain, still high altitude and should always approached with extreme caution if you are doing anything out of the ordinary as climbing it in one day would be.

Come back and do it in two days, enjoy it and get back to the base safely.

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