Mount Kinabalu, one of the highest mountains in the region, is one of the best outdoor destinations in Southeast Asia. Every year thousands of people come to Sabah, Brunei Malaysia to conquer this beautiful peak. This area, called Gunung Kinabalu, is just over 4,000 meters above sea level.
Kinabalu is an impressive mountain. It can be seen from several parts of the Sabah Archipelago, including the city of Kota Kinabalu, which has become its main access point. This mountain is the central part of Kinabalu National Park. If you decide not to climb the peak, you will still see the green surroundings of the park as a valuable destination for travel. At the bottom of the mountain is a rainforest where you can enjoy the cooler weather and various easy hiking trails.
Mount Kinabalu has become a popular mountaineering destination due to its accessibility. You do not need special mountaineering equipment or advanced mountaineering skills to climb the peak. However, walking in Kinabalu is not a walk in the park. It requires good physical preparation and sacrifice, but of course, in the end, reaching the top is worth all the preparation, guaranteed!
It usually takes two days to climb and descend Mount Kinabalu. It is possible to do this walk even if you do not have previous experience in climbing mountains. The ascent begins at Timpohun Gate near the park headquarters. Then, climbers typically have to stay overnight at one of the Laban Rata inns, which is located at an altitude of 3,000 meters above sea level and less than 3 kilometers from the summit.
After spending the night, your mountaineering team should wake up in the morning and try to reach their peak of luxury before sunrise. This is the best time to see the spectacular scenery from the summit. After enjoying the sunrise view, your mountaineering party will return to Laban Rata for breakfast. After that, you will land and hopefully reach the park by mid-afternoon.
Because Mount Kinabalu is a very popular mountaineering attraction, it is very difficult to organize a trip, accommodation and climb alone. It is very common for future climbers to get the Kinabalu mountaineering packages offered by tour companies in the area. A package can cost approximately US $ 360 or Rs 1,020. And covers accommodation, transportation, food, climbing license, mountain guide, insurance, equipment and other expenses. Taking an organized trip will not be a problem for your mountaineering vacation.
The best time to climb the mountain is between March and August, which is the dry season for Sabah. During this period, you will have a better chance of avoiding heavy rain in the mountains, which makes this trip difficult and risky. However, the busiest time to climb Kinabalu usually starts from April to June. The wettest months are December and January. Note that if bad weather prevents you from climbing the mountain on your chosen date, you will not be refunded, so plan accordingly. Don’t forget to bring a camera to record your adventure.