Sunday, June 21, 2009

The Summit of Mount Kinabalu

Mount Kinabalu is a famous mountain in Malaysia. Located in Sabah, it is the highest mountain in Malaysia.

My friends and I went for an adventure up the mountain. I won't say it is an easy climb for a weakling like me. But I am able to make it up there with a normal speed. It took us (mostly me), 5 hours to reach Laban Rata, and another 3 hours and one half to reach the peak.

On June 17th, we reach Kota Kinabalu, took a taxi to Padang Merdeka for just RM 20.00. From there we took a walk around Kota Kinabalu. After that, we took a taxi from Padang Merdeka to Kinabalu Park for just RM 60.00. This is the view on the way, it was raining that day, we the mountain was covered with cloud.

We checked in Grace Hostel at Kinabalu Park. Had our rest before the climb the next day.

Fortunately, the next day was clear and we can view the mountain from Kinabalu Park.

This is our pass. You will need a pass to climb the mountain or you will be charged with prisonment or fine. Of course to get a pass, you need to book a hotel at Laban Rata via Sutera Sanctuary Lodges. They only allow 192 climbers daily.

This is the view on the way of the climb.

We could see the peak on the way, but it is still very far away.

During rest stops you will be approached by some friendly squirrels.

Of course we feed then with apples given by the hotel.

You will see the KM markings too. We need to climb 6 KM to Laban Rata and another 2.7 KM to the peak, a total 8.7 KM climb.

Some view again.

On the way, some porter will overtake us. They were able to carry some heavy goods and walk faster than us. How strong they were.

This is the type of route up.

Another random view.

Another random view.

As we get higher and higher, we can see the peak more clearly.

And the view down gets nicer.

Rocky route.

This is the view at Laban Rata. We are above the clouds.

Some of the vegetation on top.

The trees are mostly looks like that.

View from Laban Rata.

This is the sunset.

We took our rest at Gunting Lagadan. About 10 minutes hike from Laban Rata. And we woke up at 1 am on June 19th to prepare for the early morning climb.

We start climbing at 2.30 am. The view of night sky was very beautiful. It is the first time I saw a sky with the most stars.

Of course the hike was dark and dangerous at some parts.

Fortunately, I was able to make it in time to the peak to view the sunrise.

The sunrise view from the top of Malaysia.

We started the descend.

The view of Kundasang on the way down.

We took breakfast at Laban Rata and started going down at 9.10 am. And we reach Kinabalu Park around 1.00 pm.

This is the certificate. From Timpohon gate to Peak and back to Timpohon gate.

Of course there are prize for me to pay. Fever, diarhoea, and muscle sore. But it was worth it.

P.S. If anyone wants the large version of the pictures and some panorama shots, you could leave your contact at the comment. Of course it would be best if you could see it for yourself the view from the top.


dougie said...

fever, diarhoea & muscle sore..
you are not suppose to eat the squirrels!
nice pics of a beautiful mountain

ZARA 札拉 said...


so good lor!!

★ whoaamello ★ said...

The photographs are ABSOLUTELY breathtaking! =D My favorite is the one captioned "Rocky route".

dreamydolls said...

omg.. so nice... i want to conquer that mountain...