Climb to Mt. Kinabalu’s Low’s Peak, the Roof of Borneo at 4,095m

The many peaks of Mt. Kinabalu

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Climbing Mt. Kinabalu Package

The Climbing Mt. Kinabalu package includes:

  • 2 days 1 night or ( 3 days 2 nights, see our promo)
  • Return transfers from KK to Kinabalu Park with guide;
  • Accommodation at Laban Rata Compound (based on availability);
  • Packed lunch, dinner, breakfast, lunch;
  • Climbing permit;
  • Mountain guide;
  • Insurance;
  • Certificate;
  • Optional: visit to the Botanical Gardens
  • From RM 1,275 per person sharing (more price info);

The Mighty Mount Kinabalu

The route up to the summit of Mount KinabaluTo climb mighty Mt. Kinabalu is to climb the towering icon of Sabah’s natural history and successful conservation.

At 4,095m Mt. Kinabalu is the highest peak in South East Asia between the Himalayas and Irian Jaya. It is the highest in Malaysia and the Roof of Borneo. It’s the undisputed jewel in the crown of Kinabalu National Park, a protected area spanning 753.7 km2 and Malaysia’s first World Heritage Site designated by UNESCO in December 2000.

Climbing Mt. Kinabalu is a tough physical challenge, although not a technical climb as such. The average climber will make it to Laban Rata, located at 3,333m in about 4 – 6 hours.

The route is 99% uphill, unrelenting with large, seemingly endless rock steps of which you’ll be dreaming for days after. The secret to successfully climb Mt. Kinabalu is to take it slowly, because unless you’re competing in the annual Kinabalu Climbathon, climbing Mt. Kinabalu it’s not a race.

Rest stops are dotted along the route at regular intervals, equipped with squat toilets and fresh, but untreated water (which is why we always take our own).

The benefits of packing light for your Mt. Kinabalu climb becomes evident soon after you start your climb when everything starts to feel 10kg heavier than they are.

Mt. Kinabalu's Laban Rata Rest House at 3,333mHowever, packing warm clothes are a must as temperatures around Laban Rata can easily drop to 6°C at night, plummeting further to 2°C at the summit with wind chill sometimes subtracting yet another few degrees from that.

The summit ascent starts at 2.30am. Take a good flashlight; head-mounted ones are most convenient, as the rentals usually don’t last the climb.

If it’s a clear night, do take a moment to enjoy the Milky Way vividly visible all around you as you near the summit in the early hours of the morning.

The summit itself is… well, this you will have to discover for yourself, but we will say this: it’s absolutely worth it!

The descent, including breakfast at Laban Rata on the way down, will take 5 – 7 hours depending on your pace and that of your group.

And, like the line from that famous song: if I can give you one tip for the future, stretching would be it.

General Climbing Mt. Kinabalu Package Itinerary

Day 1 – 07:30 Pick-up from hotel and transfer to Kinabalu Park HQ
Day 1 – 09:30 Arrive, register for the mountain climb before transfer to Timpohon Gate ( Starting / ending point).
Day 1 – 10:00 Climb begins
Day 1 – Approx. 5-6 hours journey Packed lunch enroute.
Day 1 – 16:30 Arrive Laban Rata (3272.7M), Check in to accommodation, free at leisure. Dinner is provided.
Day 2 – 02:30 Depart from your accommodation for Low’s Peak (4095 m).
Day 2 – 05:30 Aim to reach the summit in time for sunrise. Descend to Laban Rata for breakfast, free at leisure
Day 2 – 09:00 Continue descent to Timpohon Gate.
Day 2 – 12:00 Meet and transfer to nearby restaurant for lunch before transfer back to Kota Kinabalu.

Times are approximate and will depend on your pace and progress

What Should I Bring ?

Suitable walking shoes, warm clothing, wind breaker, long sleeves shirts, change of clothes, drinking water, high energy food (chocolate, nuts, raisins, glucose), headache tablets, sun block, lip gloss, deep heat lotion, plasters, insect repellent, mosquito oil, binoculars, camera, water proof bag for camera, torchlight, extra socks, towel, gloves, hat mask, tissue paper, toilet roll. Sleeping bags can be rented at Laban Rata.


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 recommend that you should refrain from climbing: Hypertension, Diabetes, Palpitation, Arthritis, Heart Disease, Severe Anemia, Peptic Ulcers, Epileptic Fits, Obesity, Chronic Asthma, Muscular cramps, Hepatitis (jaundice); or any other disease which may hamper the climb.

No Hidden Extras on our Low Rates!

Take part in the standard 2 day 1 night Climb Mt. Kinabalu package, or add 1 night before your climb and enjoy a relaxing stay within Kinabalu Park and an unhurried start the morning of your climb.

2D1N RM 1,275 per person sharing
3D2N RM 1,657 per person sharing

Valid for booking up to 31st March 2015

Climb Mt Kinabalu PROMOTION!

3D2N now also RM 1,275!
An extra night before your climb and dinner, at no extra charge!

Rates valid until 31st March 2015
Minimum 2 persons, otherwise single supplement applies

Pre Trip Preparation & FAQ

Climbing up the highest point in Borneo is no walk in park! Find out how you can prepare yourself on our Mount Kinabalu Pre-trip Preparation & FAQ page.