We're traveling to Sabah in December/Jan 2005 and are worried about reserving a space and permit for climbing Mt. Kinabalu. I contacted the Tanjung Aru (where we'll be staying in KK) and the travel desk advised me that it would cost RM780.00 per person - this price includes travel to and from Mt. Kinabalu (to KK), a guide, entrance fee, meals, insurance, climbing permit, climbing certificate and one night accommodation (and the cost excludes porters) . The travel agent also informed me that there are very few spaces left. Should I jump on this price or look around? I thought it was quite a bit less expensive to hike Mt. Kinabalu and I'm quite surprised by the expense. Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated. Is it possible to just arrive in KK and arrange travel/permit/lodging at Mt. Kinabalu once we're there or will we have no hope of getting a permit/lodging?