Laban Rata

Lot G15 Ground Floor, Wisma Sabah, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, 88000, Malaysia
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Mount Kinabalu Accomodation

Great (4.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on March 17, 2010

Before you can climb Mount Kinabalu you need to make reservation in Laban Rata thru Sutera Sanctuary Lodges. Its a full package - accomodation, guide, full board meals etc... I dont have problems with the people in Sutera, very accomodating. However, when I went to stay here it was dry season so there is scarcity of water. So when nature calls it will be tough. Good thing they provide a pail of water. The food is great, but there's just a few variations. Like what you eat for early breakfast might have the same menu for breakfast (post-climb).

The Only Resort Up On Mt KK

Good (3.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on August 8, 2008

If you're planning to climb Mt KK, you have to stay at Laban Rata. There's no other choice. Up here there are actually several hostels - the usual Laban Rata one you hear is the hostel where the rooms are located above the only restaurant up here. Aside from that one, there are actually a few others, a little further up, 10-15 mins walk away which might sound tiring about a 5 hours hike up the mountain, but I would recommend staying away from the main building. This is so you can actually get some rest and sleep, since the main building is pretty noisy all through the night. You need to get some rest if you're planning to start hiking up the mountain at 2am to catch the sunrise.
The hut I stayed in was Panar Laban and it had 6 bunk beds, no heater (room had plenty of blankets and we kept warm with our jackets) and definitely no hot water! Definitely an inconvenience, but all worth it for the sunrise up on Mt KK the next day.
The food up at the restaurant was really below average though, and expensive as well. So bring cash and bring your own food as well. Things like Milo, 3-in-1 coffee, Muesli Bars, Chocolate Bars are worth carrying up the mountain.
Important: Due to the fact there's only one place to stay up on the mountain, you have to book a place on Laban Rata first before you even buy your flight tickets, peak season (school/public holidays, summer breaks - like in August) the place is very fully booked. So book in advance, at least 6 months if you want to make sure you have a bed to sleep on. Else you could end up on a mattress on the dorm floor.

Unique Quality: Basic, but with a fantastic view.

Directions: 3 hours hike from the summit of Mt KK.

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Mid point for Mount Kinabalu

Good (3.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on June 3, 2006

Accomodation is pretty basic, bunk beds, dining hall (they sell canned drinks too), common toilet (no hot water).

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Laban Rata Rest house (3,200M ASL)

Good (3.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on December 3, 2004

Laban Rata Rest house is one of the accomadation choice at the mid point. Trekkers will rest and overnight here and continue the climbing next day 3am to catch up the sunset.

Unique Quality: The weather at this point basically is quite cool and you will need to put on more clothings. You can rent room with or without heater. The rest house provide hot water to bath at certain timing only. However, most people do not bath because it is very cool.

There is simple buffet provided for dinner and breakfast.

Directions: Middle of Mt Kinabalu (3,200M ASL)

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Laban Rata resthouse

Great (4.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on April 3, 2004

Laban Rata is the only resthouse provided with heating and restorant. There are other huts avaiable but they only provide the basis facilities, withour heating.

The foods are expensive up there. But when you see the portals carrying loads of foods up hill, you have no complaints.

Unique Quality: Great view of mountain with the cloud below you. Although it's a simple hut, you feel very satisfied after an exhausting climb.

Directions: You will know it when you climb.

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Address: Lot G15 Ground Floor, Wisma Sabah, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, 88000, Malaysia

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