Upon register yourself with the National Park HQ, you can deposit your extra (excessive baggage) with the park HQ for the fee of RM1 per luggage. By now, most of us would have check out our accommodation at Kinabalu Park & proceed to Raban Rata.
USD1 = RM3.8
These porters are super strong & efficient even at such terrain. You can hire them with very reasonable charges & it cost RM6.6/KG load for return trip.
Some of these porters move so fast that they pass me & gone disappear at next turn before I manage to pull me camera out of my pocket.
Note: My climb was made in 2004, the rate per kg to hire the porter may be increase by a little (judging by the inflation for past 2 years), but it should not be too far off.
You must wear the tag in the park at all time. The tag will indicate your day(s) of visit & will be used for tracking purposes.
This is what I heard from our guide that upon checking into Mesilau or Timpohon Gates & if visitor didn't check into any rest house at Laban Rata within the same day, he/she will be consider lost. Search & rescue procedures will be invoked.
Sayat-Sayat check point (KM 7) is serving the same purposes too. Of course signing in & out of these checkpoints will entitle you to purchase a valid certificate of completion for Low's Peak (4,095M) & Laban Rata (3,272M).
Note that these certificates can be obtained as an option:
RM1.00 per person (Laban Rata, 3,272M)
RM10.00 per person (Low's Peak, 4,095M).
The following are some of the changes may incurred for park visitors
Entrance Fee - RM3.00 (Adult), RM1.00 (below 18)
Climbing Permit - RM30.00 (Adult), RM12.00 (below 18)
Entrance Fee - RM15.00 (Adult), RM10.00 (below 18)
Climbing Permit - RM100.00 (Adult), RM40.00 (below 18)
Mountain Guide: RM70.00 (1-3 Climbers), RM74.00 (4-6 Climbers), RM80.00 (7-8 Climbers)
Insurance - RM 3.50 per person
Transfer to Timpohon Gate - RM2.50 per person or RM12.50 for group less than 5 persons
Transfer to Mesilau Gate: RM10.00 per person
Porter Fee (optional service): RM 7.00 per KG
USD1 = RM3.8
You can hire porter to carry you excessive baggage at the fee of approximately RM 7.00 per KG for return trip. Do bring only what is needed to scale the mountain. All your shopping & extra change can be deposited at the HQ. (see previous tip)
My group engage 2 porters which indirectly also acted like our personal guides. Hand held all the sweet young things crossing tough obstacles. In the way, really get our money worth. Our rate is RM6.60/kg.
P/s: the picture show some other group try to engage the one-way porter after suffered the exhaustion on their way up.
This is probably one of the best backpacks that able to withstand up to 40kg of load daily for long usage too. Some of these porters just carry this sack & make a living out of it.
This gunny sack is use for storing & carrying load that are shapeless & without proper handlers. Normally each porter will consolidate all the shapeless packages from his customers after the weighing and if you pass them your backpacks, they will hang in front of them. Unless your bag is small, then they will likely to put it inside this make shift backpack.
Favorite thing: During the climb up Mount Kinabalu, there are several signposts telling how much distance one had travelled. The last signpost (I believe it was the 8km signpost) is located near the summit at the rock face region, and seeing this signpost would mean that the summit is near !
Try to get your hands on a copy of the brochure from tourist information center. I got mine when I touched down at Kota Kinabalu Airport (Terminal 2). It has detail information about the Park, time of Guided Tour, explainations of the trail, shelters information, map of Summit trail, etc. I found it useful to read it and get myself prepared before starting the hike.
* please click on the image to view the complete cover of the brochure.
As told by my climbing guide, the best time to climb Mt Kinabalu is March and April. The rainy season falls from August until early October. (I went there at the end of October and it is still raining!) However, weather in the mountain is unpredictable. So, it really depends on your luck.
If you would like to see wild orchid, go there in December.
For those going to climb Mt Kinabalu for the first time, this is a must read website. It has all the information you need for preparation before the climb and a lot of details about the Mt. Kinabalu, eg. has a very detail description of Summit trail (Timpohon) and Mesilau trail, detail weather information, transportation and loads of other useful information.
Which trail to pick when hiking up to Laban Rata? If you're a first timer, ppl fr the Kinabalu Park will probably tell you that first timer should go to the Timpohon trail. However, I would recommend Mesilau trail. Though it is 1.7km longer, but it's worth the time coz the scenery is much more better than Timpohon. And Timpohon trails are mostly stairs all the way up. But Mesilau, you'll get to go down sometimes.
If you're not physically weak, and occasionally exercise, then I think being a first timer, it's no problem to go on the Mesilau trail. It's worth it.
There are 4 certificates that you can buy from the Kinabalu Park after you've climbed the Mt Kinabalu:
1) A colored certificate certifying that you've reached the peak. (RM10)
2) A colored certificate certifying that you've reached the peak via the Mesilau trail (RM2)
3) A colored certificate certifying that you've visited the Park. (RM5)
4) A non-colored certificate if you're not able to reach the Peak
Of course for (1) and (2), you will need to reach the peak in order to get it, else you can only get (4).
(3) is for anybody who has visited the Kinabalu Park.
Kinabalu Park doesn't officially have entrance fees. Instead they will ask you to pay a Conservation Fee, basically the same, but at least you know where the money is used for.
- Non-Malaysian tourists, older then 18 years, pay 15 RM conservation fee
- Malaysian tourists, older then 18 years, pay only 3 RM conservation fee
Like many other attractions in Malaysia there is a big difference between the local and the foreign rates. Kinabalu Park is not the only one with such a pricing.
When you are at Kinabalu park, you have 2 choices for toilet:
1. Before you walk in the park, where the public bus drops you, cross the road to the restaurant. This is your first choice.
2. If you are already inside the park, opposite the HQ is another restaurant. The toilet is inside the restaurant and this is the only toilet you can go if you are not checking in any room.
Yes, everyone who reaches the summit and check-in at Sayat-sayat Check Point is entitle to buy this certificate. Ths coloured certificate costs RM10 and it is a proof that you have made it to the top. The guard at Sayat-sayat checkpoint will ask you if you would like to purchase it on the way down from the summit. When you arrive at the park headquarters, it is ready for your pick-up.
Fondest memory: From the beginning to the top!!