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“One day to summit trek”
Review of Mount Kinabalu

Mount Kinabalu
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Day Trip to Mount Kinabalu Poring Rainforest
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Full Day Kinabalu Park Tour
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Kinabalu Park Canopy Walkway and Poring Hot Springs Full-Day Tour from Kota...
Ranked #2 of 208 things to do in Sabah
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children
Reviewed 8 July 2014 via mobile

The only reason for the one day attempt to summit was, that I did not get any accomodation/ two day package at the Sutera Harbour office. To get the one day permit is really easy, just go to the park entrance the day before and fill in all the forms. The next morning you go there again, pay your guide and start your trek. My guide was pretty useless as he didnt talk and didnt care about me at all, but aksed for more money during the trek. The trek itself was the hardest thing ever, I cried in the end coming down. My legs were too tired. And I couldnt really enjoy it as I had to rush up and down. But a two day trek is well worth it I guess.

Thank DSchroeer
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Reviewed 7 July 2014

Mt view was great and tree top walk. Hot springs a joke!! Tub with a tiny tub and only got to our ankles after half a hour. Need a lot of time to fill the tubs. Horrible squeaky bus for 3 hour trip spoilt the journey

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Reviewed 7 July 2014

I had a brilliant time on this hike. My mobile phone was stolen by a staff member at the guesthouse (see Laban Rata reviews) but the climb itself was beautiful, painful and exhilarating.

I would like to recommend my guide Francis Yabie, he seemed a little bit older than some of the other guides but really experienced, knowledgeable and trustworthy. I'm sure the other guides are good too, but I'd like to say a few words about mine.

I was doing the climb solo and believe he is the reason I reached the peak and have no great soreness afterwards as he advocated a steady pace (we were still the first to reach the peak so it wasn't actually that slow but he would pull me up for going too fast when he knew we still had a way to go)

My shoes were not appropriate for the granite that makes up the majority of the peak climb and I kept slipping as it's rainy season, making me very nervous, but Francis lent me his shoes and helped me in the really steep bits. He really wants to make sure you feel safe and also teaches you the best technique for doing things like the ropes bit.

Apparently you can request your guide so if you're a first time mountain climber ask for Francis!

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Reviewed 7 July 2014

Being as a Trekking Guide as well as a Tour and trekking operator in Nepal Himalaya, I have heard a lots about the beautiful of mount Kinabalu and national park in Malaysia. I have organized many trekking trips in Himalaya of Nepal to Malaysian friends and groups, hearing from them about Kinabalu, made me jealous to be there once, I am dreaming to trek around Kinabalu national park and climb up Kinabalu. some of my Malaysian friend also inviting me to trek together.
Once for sure will see you there friend !
Madan Neupane
Touch The Himalaya Treks and Expedition Pvt. Ltd.
Nurshing Chowk, Thamel Kathmandu Nepal.

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Reviewed 5 July 2014 via mobile

We have just completed this climb - 2 adults and boys age 13 and 15. We booked the 3day/2night climb directly with Sutera Sanctuary Lodges, the mountain operators, saving several hundred dollars to that charged by the tour companies. We arranged our own transport from our KK hotel (200 RM) and secured a guide when we got to the park . The guide was the only negative about the trip - although a nice enough person he wasn't much of a guide, spending most of his time looking at his phone. Accommodation at Hill Lodge at in the park exceeded expectations - we had 2 rooms/ensuite that were more than adequate - comfortable beds and great food was had at Balsam Lodge. The climb up was tough but do-able for a family of average fitness. Nothing really prepares you for the endless steps though - thousands and thousands of them. Our guide happily informed us that the climb is 70 percent steps/boulders - many of which are above knee height. Tip: rent a walking stick at Timpohon Gate for 18 RM - the best investment you will ever make! Accommodation at Laban Rata Rest House again exceeded expectations - we were given 2 rooms/ensuite again but most rooms were 6 shared/bunks. Considering that everything is brought up on the back of a porter being paid 4RM per kilo the facilities in the rest house were great. There is a small shop there selling chocolate and soft drink etc and the buffet meals provided were excellent. As for the final ascent we rose at 2am ready for supper and preparation for the climb. Unfortunately it had been raining heavily all night and it was touch and go if we would be able to ascend further. 3am the rain stopped and armed with disposable ponchos and head torches we started to ascend. The altitude makes for a slow and steady crawl but the exhilaration of the night climb is beyond words. The temperature drops quickly and soon the layers are on and gloves. Tip: take two pairs of gloves as one pair will get very wet from holding the ropes. We didn't and regretted this as we began to lose all feeling in our hands. The descent was tougher than the ascent purely because of heavy rain, cascading waterfalls off the granite and tired legs - that's when the walking sticks really come in to their own! Despite there being no view at the top, the overall experience more than made up for this.
If you're going to do this climb, make sure you stop to take the time to look around you. Take it slow and steady ... the flora and fauna are truly
beautiful.

5  Thank Deborah R
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