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Mount Kinabalu

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Ranked #2 of 104 attractions in Sabah
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Mountains
Activities: Hiking, Mountaineering
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28 reviews 28 reviews
20 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

I bet all of you had read about how tedious and physically challenging it is to climb up Mount KK. The first part is full of stairs and steps, and it is really taxing on the knees. It seems like the longest time ever to reach the mid-mountain rest point due to our bodies draining out rapidly. It is really... More

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Adelaide Hills, Australia
12 reviews 12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

This is the hardest challenge I have tackled in a while and the legs are still sore 5 days later. We climbed via the Timpohon trail which begins the first 2-3km with gradual climbs broken up with flat sections to regain some energy. From about 4km to the rest stop at 6km is very difficult with relentless, steep climbing up... More

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Melaka, Malaysia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

Note to self: Always do some research before going hiking at any mountain more than 3000 meters. Me & wife were attempting a 1st time climb via the Mesilau trail which was 2km longer than Timpohon trail, the objective is to start the hike at 8.30AM and reach Laban Rata by 5pm. We only managed to reach at 6:30pm. The... More

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Dungun, Malaysia
15 reviews 15 reviews
5 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

It was our 2nd attempt to climb in May 2012. The first time was in 2010, I did not do enough study on the whole trip, ended up sick at Leban Rata. Can't continue on the next day. But this time, I hiked everyday rain or shine for 2 months. And I did it together with my husband. Just share... More

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Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
13 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

We did the 2D1N MOUNT KINABALU CLIMB WITH FERRATA (LOW'S PEAK CIRCUIT). This was one of the most incredible experiences. We absolutely loved it. We booked through Amazing Borneo Tours and were happy with everything. We got our own guide who was really good and walked with our pace. The lower part of the mountain is very well prepared with... More

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Singapore, Singapore
13 reviews 13 reviews
6 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

It is quite natural to be a bit apprehensive about your own ability to climb the mountain, or perhaps even to consider an attempted climb. But if you have booked your trek with one of the major tour organizers, you would have had to obtain the services of an approved mountain guide at the Park HQ. Our guide was a... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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22 reviews 22 reviews
13 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

Yes!! We DID it??!!! It's the first time my husband and I have ever given mountain climbing a go??!!! And it's everything, AND more, than what's already been said about it??!! As other reviewers have mentioned, it's an expensive excercise, but you know what, money can't buy the great feelings of achievement!!! So, if you would like to go, just... More

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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25 reviews 25 reviews
4 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

We were a group of three and did the standard 2 day 1 night trip. The total climbing distance is 8.5 km from Timpohon gate to the summit. Day 1 - you start at around 10-11am and it takes about 4-5 hours to cover 6kms and reach the guesthouses for the night stay. The food would surprise you if you... More

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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39 reviews 39 reviews
26 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

Having trekked up a few mountains in the past, I was expecting this mountain to be similar, and knew it would be hard, particularly since I wasnt in the fittest state I had ever been in. Still, I was looking forward to it, as it is always exhilirating when you reach the top. Regretfully, we experienced torential rain for the... More

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Berlin, Germany
4 reviews 4 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

The only reason for the one day attempt to summit was, that I did not get any accomodation/ two day package at the Sutera Harbour office. To get the one day permit is really easy, just go to the park entrance the day before and fill in all the forms. The next morning you go there again, pay your guide... More

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