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Mount Kinabalu

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Ranked #2 of 100 attractions in Sabah
Type: Mountains
Activities: Hiking, Mountaineering
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Manila, Philippines
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35 reviews 35 reviews
15 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014 NEW

The climb to Laban Rata is 6 kilometers or around 10,000 feet in elevation. We started at around 9:30am and reached the lodge in Laban Rata at 4pm. Climbers will have to stay at the lodge to rest, and the climb to the summit will start at around 3AM the next day. From Laban Rata, climbers will negotiate the steep... More

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St. Catharines, Canada
13 reviews 13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

Mount Kinabalu is truly a marvel. I could spend months exploring just this mountain and if I hit the Lottery big I wouldn't hesitate to move very near by Orchids, wildlife, magnificent views, random waterfalls. That is the Eden part The hell part is if you do the climb Its one of the most rewarding things i have done but... More

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Singapore, Singapore
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

First 2 attempts, I made it to the 8km mark. Only a handful of my group reached the submit. This 3rd attempt we were more prepared. And most importantly I MADE IT to the top! 1) Request to stay at base camp before the morning ascend. ( this will help to climatize your body) 2) book your stay at laban... More

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London, England
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805 reviews 805 reviews
348 attraction reviews
385 helpful votes 385 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014

Firstly, I'm not going to lie, its a slog. Day 1 is a relentless uphill climb for about six hours to get to the hut. Day 2 involves another 2+hr climb to the top (in the dark). I'm used to walking and pretty fit. If you are not you will probably struggle. Secondly, altitude sickness is possible. 2 of my... More

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
4 reviews 4 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2014

We enjoyed the hike this time round as we were more ready physical and mental. Take AMS pills if you are worried of getting altitude sickness. After registration at National park, we were transfer to Timpohon gate to start our hike at 8:30am. We hired a porter to carry our bags. We took 4+ hours to reach Laban Rata. Took... More

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Singapore, Singapore
17 reviews 17 reviews
14 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

A few years ago they privatized the hut and every accomodation in the park. They are all owned by the same company. Since they have the monopole they let you climb it only if you book the first night in the park, the second one in the hut and if you eat at their restaurant. Add to this the entrance... More

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Singapore, Singapore
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83 reviews 83 reviews
40 attraction reviews
196 helpful votes 196 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2014

A spectacular experience. Just becasue it is not a very long walk to the summit (8 km) do not get disillusioned, this is a very hard climb. It is mainly uneven stairs or rocks that sort of make stairs. The summit climb consists of ropes and narrow ledged so do be aware of that. Coming down will destroy your knees.... More

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Bucharest, Romania
19 reviews 19 reviews
12 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2014

Kinabalu Mountain, part of Sabah Park, located at 88km away from Kota Kinabalu town, is Malaysia's first World Heritage Site designated by UNESCO. You have to plann this trip before starting climbing because you have to get a permit for this. When I planned climbing Mount Kinabalu, I knew just about its altitude on the top, but, because I was... More

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Senior Contributor
44 reviews 44 reviews
16 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

My daughter and I climbed together and it was a truly incredible experience. Sunset on the first day was the most dramatic and beautiful ever experienced. The first day forest was complete contrast to the stark beauty of the summit. Yes it was hard, particularly the night climb, but never felt insurmountable. Excellent guide and organisation with Amazing Borneo tours.... More

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Portsmouth, New Hampshire
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29 reviews 29 reviews
10 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2014

Climbing Mount Kinabalu is probably one of the most physically (and perhaps mentally) demanding things I have ever done. A friend and I did a 2-day climb in March 2014 with very little advance planning. We were fortunate to have amazing weather, as the people who summitted the previous day had a miserable time. People joke that the climb from... More

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