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“2 walking sticks -great guide”
Review of Mount Kinabalu

Mount Kinabalu
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Day Trip to Mount Kinabalu Poring Rainforest
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Kinabalu Park Canopy Walkway and Poring Hot Springs Full-Day Tour from Kota...
Ranked #2 of 199 things to do in Sabah
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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“2 walking sticks -great guide”
Reviewed 5 July 2012

Stair stepping for 8.5kil not only up but down in your "f"s is tough work. Although it was an achievement without the walking sticks I would have been carried out!
I exercise 2 hous a day jazzcize and walking -but beware this is tough but achievable!
The food the base camp is terrible - wonder bread diluted soup over cooked vegies even though porter carry up items everyday -which is so much more respectful than the quality or cook- I would be shot by chefs around the world to c all this locals cook a chef. But I guess this is what you expect at laban ratan camps???

This guide great concerned and helpful.

The faculty was ok expensive for all guest levels but we bought up to private room heat and hot water which no one else seem to get in hostel bathroom. Which I don't understand as they paid for this but "always seem to have an issue" truly the cost even In hostel is expense give everyone 1hot shower and heat!
The second day climb in dark is hard but view is beautiful.
The walk down is the hardest part.
I gave it a four star because the experience and accomplishment plus view from the top and helpful guide.

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“Very expensive climb, but nice experience.”
Reviewed 5 July 2012 via mobile

Did a 2D1N (2day1night) climb of the peak incl. Low's peak via ferrata on the way down.

Was very exhausting, and if the travel agency would have told us at the time of booking, would have preferred to stay up in Laban Rata for 2 nights to enjoy the place/view and take it a bit more easy (also as there were empty beds available). In doing all in only 2 days, it felt very squeezed in.

Besides the great experience, the booking process and the price really annoyed me a lot and made us hesitate:

- Price: its the government that sets the prices and all tour agencies collude and stick to them. Its intransparent how the price is really composed, as usual in Malaysia locals pay significantly!!! less, and little of the high price arrives at the people who work there (e.g. the climbing guides). Thats really a shame and the authorities/government should change that, as it seems that only very few people at the head of some tour operators earn themselves a golden nose at the moment.

- booking: i travelled extensively, but this is about the worst booking process i ever came across. Its intransparent and lenghty, and not all agencies seem to have access to the same accomodation/permit inventory. TIP: write an email to ALL agencies you find on the web in Kota Kinabalu, and dont believe them if they say that you can only do the summit WITH the via ferrata. Respond that you heard of a friend who just cancelled his booking (obviously on a closer date to when you want to go), and ask them if they can now offer you those spaces. Most often, they will "suddenly" have spaces available earlier...

The government should create a single webpage on which all climbers can see availabilities & book their climb!

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“Do the via ferrata if you're not afraid of heights!”
Reviewed 5 July 2012 via mobile

The climb is tough but managable if youre fit- we did no training beforehand and made it within the time required. After the summit we did the lows peak via ferrata which was amazing! Not for people with fear of hights as you climb on massive steep sheer rock face - but absolutely thrilling! Mountain Torq is really professional with great guides and very safe! The kinabalu climb is very expensive though and they seem to pretend you have to decide and book immediately when they propose a date, though when we were there the hut ( pendant hut) wasnt even half full! Doing the via ferrata and coming down right after makes it extremely hard work though - we were totally exhausted but its well worth it. If you have a bit more time you can also do it 3 days 2 nights, which seems like a nice option so you have a bit more time to enjoy it!

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“tough but is kind a life achievement.”
Reviewed 4 July 2012

weather too cold and no water heater at laban rata. cannot take bath. but i achieve the mount low's peak.

Visited June 2012
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“A summit at last”
Reviewed 3 July 2012

Now I have failed on higher mountains than this, Island peak and then Elbrus, being tall I cant do altitude, thats my excuse any way. We traveled here with Intrepid travel, the accomodation was good though we did not stay long. The climb is split into 2 legs, the first day is a long slog to the lodge up an uneven path, which is ok, if you struggle on this bit you wil suffer on the next. The accomodation at the lodge is basic if you have a dormitory, but clean and more than adequate, we traveled with a group that were very nearly 'new age' so the room smelled a bit of Tai Chi and Tiger balm. The restaurent is buffet style and there is always a rush at the start of meals. Depending on how well you did the first day will determing how early you start your ascent, I started at 0200, and missed the sunrise by 30 minutes, but at least I finaly summited something, it seems for every year I get older I lose another 250m, 2 items I found essential,first gloves not for the cold but for the ropes and secondly a small bottle of whiskey to celebrate with. Our guides Mr Pinga his son and nephews were excellent, literaly carrying one of our party down. The only down side was the shuttle bus back to centre, ours driver was acranky old git who would not put his paper down for less than 6 people, unless you were young and blond of course, another driver wanted to take us but our git had seniority.

Visited April 2012
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