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Mt Kinabalu Summit Trek

Tour Code: KKA1

Duration - 3 days/2 nights

This is a three day trip, however, it can be arranged in a shortened format for two days with the elimination of the first day in and around Kinabalu Park - i.e transfer directly to the mountain to begin the trek (requires an early start). Contact us for details (prices below).

Montane Forest Climb
Montane Forest Climb

Note that only 196 trekking permits to undertake the summit trek, are issued each day. It is not possible to undertake the trek without a permit. At peak times of the year, permits are taken up many months prior. Book your Mt Kinabalu trek early to avoid disappointment. Day One

Depart Kota Kinabalu in the morning and head across the Crocker Range to Kinabalu Park where you will be able to learn a little about the biology and ecology of the mountain. Your accommodation for the first night will be in one of the cabins at Park Headquarters (twin bed cabin) or similar.


Laban Rata Guest House Laban Rata Guest House

Day Two

You will transfer by road to what is known as the Timpohon Gate at an altitude of 1800 m, from where the trek to the summit actually begins. From here you will then climb to Laban Rata Resthouse at an altitude of 3353 m, where you will spend part of the night. The trek is reasonably difficult, however, you will have at least 6 hours in which to cover the distance. With this much time available, you should make it to at least Laban Rata. There are not too many people who have not made it at least this far.

Accommodation is at the Laban Rata complex, and will either be in the main guesthouse, or in one of the other smaller cabins/huts. You will be advised which accommodation has been allocated to you at the time of booking. Please be sure to bring sufficient "layers" of clothing with you to stay warm at night (think "skiing"), as it can be cool (snow does fall occasionally on the summit of the mountain).

Sunrise on Mount Kinabalu Sunrise on Mount Kinabalu
Day Three

The day begins at 03.00 hrs when you begin the ascent to the summit, where you should arrive at dawn to experience the glorious sunrise (weather permitting).

After time spent taking in the sunrise, retrace your footsteps to Laban Rata to collect your things then head back down the mountain. You will arrive at the Park Headquarters for lunch.

After lunch, return to your hotel in Kota Kinabalu.


Climb to Laban Rata
Climb to Laban Rata

An alternative to this route is the Mesilau Route. The Mesilau Trail is good for anyone who is more interested in plants and wildlife. It is less disturbed than the normal summit trail which starts at Timpohon gate. Refer to our Mesilau Route trip report

The tour description is the same for Day 1, except that the first night is spent at Mesilau, approximately 45 minutes from Kinabalu Park HQ. Day 2 starts from the Mesilau Gate. The Mesilau climb involves a climb up, then a drop into the Mesilau Valley, and then another steep climb to regain the lost height to an open patch dominated by dipterous ferns; before levelling off slightly. The trail then follows the narrowing ridge crests, which open out at the top (2,286 meters), giving a stunning view of the mountain. Overnight at Laban Rata Rest house (as per main trek)

Day 3 returns to Kinabalu Park HQ as per main trek.

It is possible that the trip to the summit could be completed in two days, however, we would need to determine this possibility at the time you make your booking. You would not, however, have the time to visit the Educational Centre prior to commencing your climb, and would be completely at the discretion of the mountain guides. The cost for this trip includes your permit, entrance fees, certificate, mountain guide fee, climbers' insurance, accommodation and transfers. The rooms at Laban Rata Resthouse are dormitory style with electric heaters. A local non-English speaking guide is compulsory on all climbs. We will advise you at the time of booking of the necessary clothing and other articles which you should bring with you for the trip.

Click HERE for a great article giving a day by day description, and other information about the Mt Kinabalu trek.

Tour CodeDestinationDurationInclusions1 Person2 People3 People
KKA1Mt Kinabalu Summit Trek3d/2nFull Board (outside Park 1st night
heated accommodation at Laban Rata)
$1250 $648 $648
KKA1Mt Kinabalu Summit Trek3d/2nFull Board (at Park HQ 1st night) $750 $750
KKA1Mt Kinabalu Summit Trek2d/1nFull Board $735 $735
Prices per person in Australian Dollars and valid 01 April 2016 to 31 March 2017 (E.O.E.)
All tours to the summit include a mountain guide supplied by Sabah Parks. An experienced tour guide who is able to explain the flora and fauna of the mountain as you ascend can be arranged at a surcharge of $A220 per person (minimum two people). Contact us for details.
Photographs courtesy of Kirsten Leuders and Borneo Adventure