Recently did the two day climb (overnight stay on the mountain) and cannot recommend this highly enough. Booked at the ferry terminal in kk, where there are plenty of operators.
I was picked up at my hotel at 6am and driven to the park entrance (about 2.5 hours). From there i was introduced to my guide and away we went.
I am very fit and got up to the guesthouse in around 3.5 hours. It is a very strenuous climb. It is uneven and good footwear is important.
Once at the guesthouse you get to relax, enjoy the incredible views and meet fellow travellers. Don't plan on much sleep or a hot shower.
Woken at 2am for the assault on the peak, there is a lot of muffled excitement and expectation.
You head off with as many clothes as you can put on....and dont forget a head lamp.
This is when the adventure really starts. Again, the climbing is strenuous, but unbelievable. In the darkness you traverse a granite valley that the morning light will reveal with incredible delight.
Most of the climb is rope assisted. In the steeper parts I would count out 50 or 100 steps and then have a short break. The summit is very rocky and you get to look back at what I will not be able to put into words.
Take the best camera you have. I have never taken photos like the ones I took at mt Kinabalu.
The descent back to the guest house is amazing. Take at least an hour or so to get ready for the 6km descent back to the park entrance. Your guide may hassle you to leave quicker. It is your climb and take the time you need.
The track down is very tough and very easy to slip.
This two day adventure was incredible in the true sense of the word. No trip to Borneo is complete without visiting mt K.
Don't plan to do too much the following day. Your legs will be sore !
Cost 1270 myr....
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