Dawn in Mount Kinabalu - Orangutravel
Climb Mount Kinabalu, the sacred mountain of Sabah and highest peak of Borneo and the whole South East Asia, nested in tropical rainforest - reach the summit and watch the sunrise at 4000 metres! A truly unique and magical experience that will stay in your life forever!
  • Climb Borneo highest mountain
  • Spend one night on Mount Kinabalu
  • See the sunrise from the summit
What's included
  • Round trip from hotel in Kota Kinabalu to Gunung Kinabalu National park
  • Climbing Insurance, permits and certificate
  • Meals and accommodation in half board basis
  • English speaking support team
Dawn in Mount Kinabalu
Any amount of people can join.

      Mount Kinabalu, located in the North East part of Sabah, Malaysian Borneo, it’s the highest mountain in the Crocker Range, and one of the tallest in Southeast Asia and East Asia altogether, between Himalayas and New Guinea. The Kinabalu, known locally as Gunung Kinabalu, is part of a national park and a UNESCO site, and locals have been considered it to be a sacred land where spirits go. The mountain and national park area are open to visitors and every year there’s even a climbathon event with participants from all over the World.

      Many countries in Southeast Asia are not commonly associated with mountains and climbing Mount Kinabalu can be an experience unique in its kind, since the entire itinerary to reach the summit it’s nested in a very unusual geologic context made of primary rainforest, a very different environment compared to mountains of Europe or North Asia.

      The summit is located at Low’s Peak at 4095 metres above the level of the sea and the path to reach the top is rated to be of medium difficulty, given the very high humidity and elevation. However, being part of a national park, everyone willing to climb the mountain will stay in groups lead by qualified nature guides under the park’s direction.

      This experience includes transportation from your hotel in Kota Kinabalu city to Mount Kinabalu National Park and back. You need to wake up very early in the morning and be well rested as you will perform a long climb on the first day and get a only short sleep after reaching the retreat in Laban Rata (3272 metres). The highlight of this experience is in fact to get up very early in the night of the second day (around 2 am) in order to reach the summit by sunrise and watch the amazing skies and rainforest of Borneo from its highest peak,  a truly magical moment you will never forget.

      This is an experience you should not miss while visiting Borneo. It’s very important though to keep the following points in mind:

      • the National Park requires a certificate of good health released by a physician not earlier than 6 months before the climb;
      • despite the doctor’s certificate, do not attempt the climb if you suffer from any physical or psychological condition or chronic illness;
      • although not mandatory, it’s advisable to book this experience 2 months before your arrival in Kota Kinabalu;
      • the mountain retreat in Laban Rata is a simple wooden structure and you will share dorm beds with other climbers – there’s no hot water or heating system there;
      • you must have an adequate outfit and footwear (even if the country has a tropical climate, at 4000 metres the temperature can drop as low as 4°C);
      • do not bring with you any heavy backpack, leave unnecessary baggage at your hotel in Kota Kinabalu or at camp base; carry only the necessary for the 2 day climb: winter clothes for the summit, sunscreen, mosquito repellent, flashlight, snack food/energy bars, canteen with water, first aid kit, etc.);

      If for any reason you are fit to climb but can’t carry weights on your shoulders, there is the possibility to rent a backpack porter service, but you need to notify us beforehand at the time of booking, at a additional cost. While booking, you can also choose an alternative ferrata, which has a different level of difficult and requires a different set of skills.


      1 Mount Kinabalu National Park
      This climbing itinerary assumes you will be in Kota Kinabalu. A driver will pick you up at very early morning to leave for Gunung Kinabalu National Park and start your climb early. You need to be well fit and you will have only little time to sleep in the night, therefore it's advisable that you have had a decent sleep the night prior departure.
      20150223 06:30Pick up from your hotel lobby in Kota Kinabalu.
      20150223 09:00Registration and gathering with your mountain guide.
      20150223 10:00Climb to mount Kinabalu starts at "Timpohon Gate".
      20150223 13:00Packed lunch break.
      20150223 15:30Estimated arrival at Laban Rata (3272m).
      20150223 18:30Dinner.
      2 Low Peak summit
      On day two you will wake up extremely early in the night to complete the climb towards Low's Peak, the summit of Mount Kinabalu, just in time for sunrise. Depending on atmospheric conditions and time of the year, you might have a very stunning panorama - often with clouds surrounding the peak and the sky above them. If weather conditions are favorable, there is a view over whole Sabah.
      20150223 02:00Wake up to complete climb.
      20150223 05:30Reach Low Peak (4095m).
      20150223 07:00Start your descent to mountain base.
      20150223 14:00Estimated arrival at the camp base.
      20150223 15:00Tea break and rest.
      20150223 15:45Meet with your driver back to Kota Kinabalu.
      20150223 18:30Estimated time to your hotel in Kota Kinabalu.
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