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Mount Kinabalu | 3 Day | via Timpohan Gate

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The Mount Kinabalu Climb Package 3D2N via Timpohan Gate provides an overnight stay in Kinabalu National Park on day 1 of this package to help you start getting acclimatised, reduce the risk of altitude sickness and help you be more ready to enjoy your Mount Kinabalu Climb.

To Book/Check Availability – Please select the start date of your climb, then the number of persons in your group. The price shown above is per person based upon a group size of 16 to 29 persons booking together. Our package represents an all-inclusive climbing package with no hidden extras. Once you have selected your start date, the total group price will be displayed below the calendar.

Prices valid until 31st December 2024.

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Mount Kinabalu Climb Package via Timpohan Gate (3 Day)

The 3D2N Mount Kinabalu Climb Package via Timpohan Gate tour is a perfect choice for first-timers who wish to enjoy the trip without overtiring themselves. An extra night’s stay is an ideal way to acclimatise and recuperate before the big climb. Join us and convert your monotonous holiday trip into a memorable one by taking it to a whole new level.

Mount Kinabalu Climb Via Timpohon is a traditional route chosen by most climbers. During this 3D2N mount Kinabalu climb trip, you will stay overnight the first night in a Lodge in Kinabalu Park Headquarters. On the second night, you will stay in an unheated dorm in Panar Laban Hut. On day 2, wake up early to trek to the summit, Low’s Peak. At the summit – Low’s Peak – you will have breathtaking views across the Crocker Mountain Range. Make your holiday to Sabah, Borneo, a truly memorable one and Mount Kinabalu Climb!

If you are looking for an alternative, less crowded mountain to climb during your holiday in Sabah, Borneo. Then checks out our trekking options for climbing Mount Trusmadi.

What a way to start your morning.

Trip Itinerary – 3D2N Mount Kinabalu Climb Package via Timpohan Gate

The itinerary below is based on booking the optional return transfers from Kota Kinabalu with the 3D2N Mount Kinabalu Climb Package via the Timpohon Gate package.

09:00/10:00 Picked up from our KK hotel for the 3-hour drive. We‘ll stop at Pekan Nabalu on the way. There are fruit stalls aplenty here at Pekan Nabalu, and on a clear day, this IS the perfect location to see Mt Kinabalu in all its glory! We overnight at Poring Hot Springs or Kinabalu Park HQ or an accommodation nearby (to be advised)

After lunch (Your cost). Free at leisure to explore the park. Check with the guides for optional activities.

NOTE: This is the time for us to pack our climb bags for the 1 night on the mountain. Any items/bags we do not take with us on the climb can be stored at the Park HQ for a minimal fee.

Meals: Day 1 – Dinner. Day 2 – Breakfast, lunch and dinner. Day 3 – Supper, Breakfast and lunch.

Are you ready for your Mount Kinabalu Climb with Borneo Dream?

We grab an early breakfast before being transferred to the Park HQ. Upon arrival, we collect the packed lunch, and our guides will assist in registration and apply for our ID Tag (which must be worn at all times during this climb). There is a short 15-minute transfer to the trek start – this is where the challenge begins! We trek for 6km uphill to reach Laban Rata rest house at 3,272 metres* ASL. The walk takes about four to six hours. There are many rest stops along the trail, and the air is cool and refreshing.

Overnight at the rest house (non-heated), where there are showers, bunk beds and a restaurant. If the weather is clear, it is a stunning place to spend the afternoon and evening. We retire early to conserve energy for the summit attempt early in the morning.

02:00 After supper, we start climbing at about 02:30. Trekking by torchlight, the path starts with a series of steps and foot ladders before reaching granite slabs. The sight of the sun rising over the plateau of Mount Kinabalu is like nothing else you will ever experience. The views of the Sabah jungle and out to the South China Sea is amazing.

06:30 Once the sun is up, most people are ready to walk back down to Laban Rata for breakfast. After breakfast, we will trek back to the park HQ where lunch is served at the restaurant, and we then drive back to our hotel in Kota Kinabalu in about 2 hours.

Ready to begin your climbing adventure?

Trip Pre-requisites for Mount Kinabalu Climb via Timpohan Gate

  • You need to be between 10 years – 70 years old and > 1.3m to participate in Climbing Mount Kinabalu.
  • All of the Mount Kinabalu trips are physically demanding – it is recommended you see your doctor before you come on holiday to check you are healthy to complete the Mount Kinabalu Climb.
  • It is recommended that all climbers should have themselves medically checked before attempting any mountain climb. If you have a history of suffering from the following ailments, it is highly recommended that you should refrain from climbing: Hypertension, Diabetes, Palpitation, Arthritis, Heart Disease, Severe Anaemia, Peptic Ulcers, Epileptic Fits, Obesity (Overweight), Chronic Asthma, Muscular Cramps, Hepatitis (Jaundice); or any other disease which may hamper the climber.

All tours are subject to weather conditions and may be amended without notice for safety reasons.

  • Accommodation: 1 Night accommodation at Kinabalu Park Lodge and 1-night basic accommodation at Laban Rata’s mountain huts or similar dormitory (sleep in a shared, unheated dormitory). A blanket, Bed, Bed Sheet and Pillow are provided.
  • At Laban Rata, coffee & tea will only be provided complimentary during Breakfast & Supper.
  • Licensed Mountain Guide per booking.
  • There will be a maximum of five Climbers per Mountain Guide.
  • Sabah Parks ‘I made it!’ Certificate
  • 1 Dinner at Sutera Sanctuary Lodge
  • 1 Night at Sutera Sanctuary Lodges
  • 1 Breakfast at Sutera Sanctuary Lodges
  • 1 Packed lunch for your climb from Timpohon Gate
  • 1 Night at Pendant Hut
  • 1 Buffet dinner at Laban Rata
  • 1 Early morning continental breakfast/supper at Pendant Hut
  • 1 Late morning American Breakfast at Pendant Hut
  • 1 Lunch at Liwagu Restaurant in Kinabalu Park
  • Sabah Parks Entrance Fee
  • Sabah Parks Climbing Insurance
  • Sabah Parks Climbing Permit
  • Sabah Parks Private/Dedicated Climbing Guide Fees
  • Return transfer from Kota Kinabalu to Kinabalu Park
  • Licensed guide on the minibus to assist you during the first and last part of your tour
  • Return transfers from Kinabalu Park HQ to Timpohon Gate
  • Meals: Breakfast and lunch on the 1st day of your tour. Dinner on the 3rd day.
  • Any children < 16 years old climbing Mount Kinabalu will require an extra Mountain Guide – Contact us for details and cost.
  • Porter service for carrying your rucksack – Advance booking is recommended. Contact us for details and costs.
  • Tourism Tax at RM10.00 per room per night, or per dorm bed per night, is payable on check-in at the Kinabalu Park Reception.
  • Drinks and meals not specified. Laban Rata Resthouse does NOT provide boiled water for drinking/refill to climbers. Mineral water and other drinks are available for purchase at the Grocery Counter.
  • Personal Travel Insurance and personal spend.

Recommended Packing List For The Trip

  • First on the list: An adventurous spirit!
  • Clothes: Waterproof and windproof jacket, warm clothing like a fleece jacket, hiking pants, and clothes for sleeping. Warm clothing is important as the temperature near the summit can be cold.
    Protective Gear: Cap/beanie/headscarf (to keep warm at night and in the early morning), waterproof gloves with a good grip, sunglasses, sunblock and SPF lip balm, rain cover for your backpack, comfortable covered trail/hiking shoes, a whistle. To be comfortable and safe during our climb Mount Kinabalu activity, you are recommended to wear hiking shoes (with a good grip) such as the following:- Hiking Boots, Walking Shoes, Trekking Shoes, and Sneakers / Running shoes with laces.
  • Useful & Practical Extras: small/lightweight towel, personal toiletries, refillable water bottle, torchlight (preferably a head torch), camera, energy snacks such as chocolate, nuts, biscuits, sweets or energy bars, a small backpack to contain your things.

Notes for Climbing Mount Kinabalu

There is a maximum of 102 climb permits issued per day by Sabah Parks for climbing Mount Kinabalu for International visitors. This means there is very limited capacity for climbing Mount Kinabalu, and trips quickly get fully booked. Being in good health and fitness for climbing Mount Kinabalu is very important for this 3-day trek. There will be no health checks conducted by any authorities during your climb registration, so you climb at your own risk. All tours are subject to weather conditions and may be amended without notice for safety reasons.

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Mount Kinabalu

  • Is Mount Kinabalu, in Sabah, an active volcano?

    The very simple answer is no. Mount Kinabalu is a huge granite mountain or dome (pluton in geographical terms). That was uplifted above the surface about 7 to 8 million years ago due to the Magma intrusion and collision from the crustal plate movements. That was a long time ago. This non-volcanic mountain was not formed from smoke and lava. In fact, the birth of Mount Kinabalu is a result of long, dramatic and complex geological processes in different stages, which began about 40 million years ago.

    BACK STORY – On 5 June 2015 at 07:15 MST, the area around Mount Kinabalu was damaged by an earthquake. Eighteen people, including hikers and mountain guides, were killed by the earthquake and a massive landslide that followed it. Ranau and many parts of Sabah West Coast were affected, and Donkey Ear’s Peak was heavily damaged.

    Six days before the earthquake, around ten western tourists (comprising six men and four women from Canada, Germany, Netherlands, and the United Kingdom) “stripped and urinated at the mountain (which locals believe has angered the spirit at the sacred place)”. The tourists also allegedly shouted vulgarities when they were told to desist by their mountain guide, but this was later dismissed by the judge in their trial.[citation needed] This provoked outrage among certain Sabahans, who want all of the alleged offenders charged in native court and forced to pay the “sogit”, a type of compensation given in the form of money or livestock, to appease the aggrieved party according to local Kadazan-Dusun customs. It is imposed on wrongdoers for the purpose of appeasing “the aggrieved”, thus placating the community. However, as most of the detained tourists have been released from Malaysia’s prison and escaped the native court, the local villagers had to perform their own rituals. Following the incident, some of the tourists and their families expressed their apologies to all involved parties, and the government of the United Kingdom began to review its travel advice for Malaysia.

    The back story was taken from Wikipedia, the link to the article https://bit.ly/3PWilwl

    To experience the beauty and magnitude of Mount Kinabalu yourself, why not book our 3-day Climb package via Timpohan Gate.

  • What it’s actually like to climb the via ferrata on Mt Kinabalu

    Latin for ‘iron way’, a via ferrata is the bridge between scrambling and climbing. It requires very little equipment and a good head for heights. Unlike climbing or bouldering problems, a via ferrata is a route marked out by metal rails and rungs embedded into the mountain. It’s easy to follow and a great way to tackle otherwise impassable cliffs and ledges. Whether you’ve done it before or are planning a new adventure, these are eight things that you need to know about via ferratas.

    An alternative via Ferrata on Mount Kinabalu is Low’s Peak. This can be climbed by a person in good physical condition, and there is no need for mountaineering equipment. Climbers must always be accompanied by accredited guides due to national park regulations and may experience altitude sickness.

    Why not join experienced tour guides on our Mount Kinabalu Climb via the Ferrata for a memorable two days.

  • How to get into backpacking (hiking) if I've never gone before?

    Start by day hiking. Do some reading on the subject; go to a public library and borrow a few books on the subject. Find a mentor; this might be done in a club, or a class or with existing friends who do it. It depends (factors) on your age, available resources, etc.

    I was never a member of the Scouts (a good start, whether as a kid or an adult leader (like a friend (mom) with a son needing male role models)). My first mentor was my 10th-grade biology class teacher (I just saw him yesterday (we’ve known each other 46 years now)). My first-day hike was 16 miles round trip with 4,000 feet elevation gain (you need not take a hike this strenuous; I was 14). Other people and groups are possible (e.g., Sierra Club, AMC, CMC, Mazamas, Mountaineers, ad nauseum; I presided over my high school’s club, the Trailblazers and university 2 terms in our mountaineering club, friends were Trail finders (a school)).

    Get a sense of your limits: walking distance, elevation gain, and time (your most important outdoor resource). Take lunch (from your reading, you should get an idea of what to take). Avoid buying too much of anything. It’s not about the gear. In time, it’s generally a good idea to learn to push your limits (but we don’t want to get ahead of ourselves yet).

    Some people take courses like Outward Bound or NOLS (National Outdoor Leadership School). This is not necessary, but some people like this. The whole topic of what’s called outdoor education is controversial.

    Start slow: walking, buying things, learning. Pick things up by slow progression. You will not learn (much) by reading or lecturing. It’s about putting 1 foot before another and experiencing.

    Try car camping. Learn to sleep on flat ground. Learn about and minimize sleeping bags (learn to borrow or rent if possible), foam pads, and tents (handling environmental conditions like rain). Learn about camp stoves (do learn to prime, but you can also use other warming methods). Learn to do evening things in daylight like a tent set up. A mentor watching over you (should not necessarily be an instructor (course work)) can help critique you.

    Then, finally, work up to one overnight night hike. (I only did car camping later.) My first overnighter required walking 8 miles in with 4,000 feet of gain to 11,500 feet (and I think we had to carry most of our water in). My teacher also brought his young son (maybe he was 10). You don’t have to do a hike this seriously. Very windy summit (a little hard to sleep), and I was back a month later (2nd overnight hike). My 3rd overnight went to the top of Mt Whitney (14.5K ft) (twice, over a weekend, with my #2 mentor).

    Repeat – Take a first aid class and CPR. Pick up other skills like a river crossing. Practice with a map, compass, and GPS separately. Realize that it’s not what you learn in a class but what you retain in the way of problem-solving. Transition to winter (learn to ski, not snowshoe). Learn what to pick up in the way of skills and gear. Learn to minimize (this is mathematically called the knapsack problem (what you place on your back)). Make new reliable friends. Travel the world.

    Avoid adventures. Avoid drama. The last thing you want to deal with is dead bodies. Real dead bodies (friends have). Jedi don’t crave adventure, and neither should you.

    Taken from https://bit.ly/3FWQN5z – This article was written originally by Eugene Miya, who has been a climber and trekker since 1970s

  • What are the facts about Mount Kinabalu?

    Mount Kinabalu (Malay: Gunung Kinabalu, Dusun: Gayo Ngaran or Nulu Nabalu) is the highest mountain in the Malaysian Borneo – Federal state of Sabah. The mountain is 13,435 feet (4,095 m) and is the third-highest peak of an island on Earth. Being the 20th most prominent mountain in the world by topographic prominence, it makes a great challenge for visitors to tackle. Mount Kinabalu is in Ranau district, West Coast of Sabah, Malaysia. It is protected as Kinabalu Park – World Heritage Site.

    Mount Kinabalu was originally listed at 4,101m tall but after a resurvey in 1997, using satellite technology established its summit (known as Low’s Peak) height at 4,095 m (13,435 ft) above sea level. 6 m (20 ft) less than the previously thought.

    Mount Kinabalu and Kinabalu Park are among the most important biological sites in the world, with between 5,000 and 6,000 species of plants, 326 species of birds, and more than 100 mammalian species identified. Among these are the famous gigantic Rafflesia plants and orangutans – UNESCO World Heritage status.

    • Third-highest peak of an island on Earth
    • 4,095m Tall (1997 Survey)
    • 5,000 to 6,000 Species of plants
    • 326 Species of birds
    • 100 Mammalian species
    • UNESCO World Heritage status
    • Earthquake 2015
    • 7 to 8 million years old

    Experience the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for yourself on our 2-day Trek Via Timpohan Gate.

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