Mount Kinabalu Climb

Mount Kinabalu Climb information and booking

  • Duration
    3 days
  • Group size
  • Difficulty
Learn more

Schedule Details

  • 3 day trip
  • 2 day trek
  • 2 nights guesthouse
Equipment Required
Specialist gear required include walking boots and day pack (a comprehensive gear list is provided in the pre-departure information provided on booking).


  • Summit Mt Kinabalu and witness sunrise
  • Relax in hot springs

Tour description provided by World Expeditions

Departing early from Kota Kinabalu we drive to Poring Hot Springs located at the foot of Mt Kinabalu and enjoy the botanical garden, swim in the hot mineral springs and learn about the amazing biodiversity of the rain forest on the canopy walkway. We settle into a cosy guesthouse and prepare for the trek up Mt Kinabalu. Ascending through the diverse forest which is home to many species of orchids, pitcher plants, birds, insects and butterflies we arrive at Laban Rata and rest. Very early the following morning we ascend the peak under torch light. The mountain is sometimes steep but can be undertaken by anyone of reasonable fitness and all the effort is worth it as the sun rises over the highest peak in Borneo at over 4000m.

What's included

  • 2 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 2 dinners
  • Local mountain guides (english speaking)
  • Simple park lodges (dormitory style)
  • Seat in coach
  • National park permit fees
  • Sightseeing and entry fees as per itinerary


Day 1 Kota Kinabalu to Poring Hot Springs
Early this morning depart for your drive (approx 130kms / 3 hours) to Poring Hot Spring. En route, you will make a stop at Nabalu village to savour some local fruits or to purchase beautiful handicrafts. On arrival at the hot springs, you can explore some of the many jungle trails nearby or perhaps enjoy a unique canopy walkway 30m (100 feet) above the forest floor; a fantastic opportunity to get closer to the rainforest ‘web of life’. Perhaps some relaxation before you commence your climb is more to your liking. Then take a dip in one of the soothing, steaming hot mineral springs set in beautifully landscaped gardens. Afterwards you will proceed to Kinabalu National Park (approx 40kms), a World Heritage site. Together with your guide it is possible to visit the botanical gardens, which is home to a large number of different species of orchids, pitcher plants, birds, insects and butterflies. In fact it is said that there are more than 2,000 flowering plants in the forests of Kinabalu! The rest of the afternoon will be at free. * Transport to the park will not be by way of private vehicle but by a comfortable seat in a bus transferring other travellers. NB: Porters for the Kinabalu climb can be booked on arrival at Kinabalu Park. Cost is MYR60-100 per porter per person (until Laban Rata Guesthouse) with maximum weight carried of 10 kg per porter, and every additional kg is charged at MYR6 per kg. This is to be paid directly to the porter. Costs are subject to change without notice. Overnight: Cabin / guesthouse
Day 2 Trek to Laban Rata
Following breakfast, you will travel by coach to the Power Station (approx 25 minutes). From this spot is where you will commence your climb to Laban Rata and along the way enjoy a delicious packed lunch. The climb should take approximately 4 hours. Commencing at Timpohon Gate (1800m), the trail ascends steeply, deep into the forest, with gnarled tree-roots and orchid covered trees surrounding the paths. As you ascend the vegetation begins to change and on reaching Layang at 2740m it is possible to see the famous pitcher-plant. The edge of the tree line is reached at 3350m and it is possible you will notice the reduced oxygen in the air. You should reach the Laban Rata guesthouse by early afternoon. The remainder of the day can be spent exploring the surrounding area or just relaxing and resting in preparation for your early morning ascend tomorrow morning. Overnight: Cabin / guesthouse (accommodation is very limited and will be in multishare rooms with dormitory bunk beds.)
Day 3 Summit Mount Kinabalu
It should take no more than 4 hours to reach the summit by sunrise, however you will need to make an early start (2.00am) to ensure you make it to the top. You will commence climbing by torchlight (a head torch is most useful) and as you ascend the terrain becomes less vegetated, and on the steep sections there are ropes, ladders and handrails ropes to assist you with your climb. The final stages of the ascent crosses bare granite slabs before a steep section up to Lows Peak and the highest point of Mt Kinabalu at 4,093m. As the sun rises over Sabah the most extraordinary view unfolds (weather permitting). Contrasting with the pink tinged granite is the deep green of the forest below, stretching to the fertile croplands and beyond to the island dotted South China Sea. You will return to the Laban Rata guesthouse (approx 2 hours to descend) for a well earned breakfast before continuing the long descent to Park Headquarters (approx 4 hours) in time for a late lunch. Here you can collect your climbing certificate before returning to Kota Kinabalu where the trip concludes. NB: It can be very cold with strong winds at the summit. On many days clouds could obstruct visibility.