Taman Negara Kinabalu Warnings and Dangers

  • Group photo with our guides
    Group photo with our guides
    by kelnsha
  • Properly attired?
    Properly attired?
    by kelnsha
  • Rope works up the summit
    Rope works up the summit
    by kelnsha

Most Recent Warnings and Dangers in Taman Negara Kinabalu

  • travelpug's Profile Photo

    Start Climbing Early, Reach Laban Rata before dark

    by travelpug Written Jun 25, 2008

    I don't think there is a time limit as when to start the climb. However, the earlier you start, the better because you should allow yourself enough time to arrive at Laban Rata before dark. And if you are not staying at the main heated hotel(Laban Rata Guesthouse), it is advisable to get back to your room before it gets dark. When the sun sets, it is pitch black and dangerous to look for your way back to your room. But if you managed to get a room at Laban Rata Guesthouse, then there shouldn't be a problem of finding your way in the dark :)

    Was this review helpful?

  • Running

    by hafidzajis Written Jan 29, 2008

    Dont start runnning even if you're too excited you have reach the top. It just like driving a car downhill using 5th gear. Hard to stop.

    Few tips. If your tour guide is good. As him if he knows any route that easier to go up and down. Mine, he show me a route which far a bit far from white rope. But easier to climb and not so frightening during going down. But he said, make sure you still can see other group.

    Was this review helpful?

  • travelpug's Profile Photo

    Hike on a raining day

    by travelpug Written Nov 6, 2007

    2.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    If unfortunately it rains heavily during your hike, be careful! Chances are you might not be able to climb beyond Sayat-sayat because heavy rain will create a few strong waterfalls on the granite surface. It will be too dangerous to cross them. You have no way to go around them. When it happens, the park will close the trail to the peak.

    Small stream at about 7.5km

    Was this review helpful?

  • travelpug's Profile Photo

    Hold on to the rope!

    by travelpug Written Nov 5, 2007

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    The most dangerous part of the climb starts at Sayat-sayat check point for about 200m. It is dangerous climbing up and more dangerous coming down. Definitely listen to your guide where to step on and how to position your body. Most important, pull yourself with the white rope provided. It had helped me a couple times when I slipped!!

    Almost to the top
    Related to:
    • Mountain Climbing
    • Hiking and Walking

    Was this review helpful?

  • urchinn's Profile Photo

    SUMMIT CLIMB

    by urchinn Written Jun 24, 2007

    *SUMMIT CLIMB*

    1. Display your climbing permit and show it to Park Officials at check points in Timpohon Gate, Laban Rata and Sayat-Sayat on your way up and down.

    If, for any reasons, you are separated from your group or the Mt. Guide(s), pls follow the WHITE ROPE that marks the Summit Trail. If it is dark or visibility is very low, pls hold on to the WHITE ROPE and follow it.

    There is a thick WHITE ROPE leading all the way from the vegetation belt above Panar Laban to the Summit. Use this rope to help you when climbing up and for safety when walking down.

    *Important : PLEASE FOLLOW and USE THE ROPE FOR YOUR OWN SAFETY *

    ( * in other words, i.e. Manglish : don't try to be hero )
    ( ** in MangSlang : don't action, tunjuk terror all )

    2. The weather on the Summit can deteriorate in a matter of minutes - with thick mist reducing visibility to 3 metres, rain storms and wind to to 120km/hr at times. Pls HOLD ON to the WHITE ROPE, which will lead you to safety.

    3. If separated from your Mt. Guide(s) and you lose sight of the WHITE ROPE, STOP IMMEDIATELY, stay where you are and blow your whistle to attract attention. PLS DO NOT TRY TO FIND YOUR WAY OUT. HELP is definitely on the way. The Park Officials at Sayat-Sayat Checkpoint will notice you are missing and will send help immediately.

    Related to:
    • Jungle and Rain Forest
    • National/State Park
    • Mountain Climbing

    Was this review helpful?

  • urchinn's Profile Photo

    HEALTH NOTES

    by urchinn Updated Jun 24, 2007

    *HEALTH NOTES*

    DO NOT CLIMB if you have a history of suffering from the following ailments :

    1. Heart Disease

    2. Hypertension

    3. Chronic Asthma

    4. Peptic Ulcer

    5. Severe Anaemia

    6. Diabetes

    7. Epileptic Fits

    8. Arthritis

    9. Heart Palpitation

    10. Hepatitis / Jaundice

    11. Muscular Cramps

    12. Obesity

    13. Any other sickness that may be triggered by severe cold, exertion, and high altitude

    Related to:
    • Mountain Climbing
    • National/State Park
    • Jungle and Rain Forest

    Was this review helpful?

  • urchinn's Profile Photo

    MT. CLIMB / GUIDE NOTES

    by urchinn Written Jun 24, 2007

    *MOUNTAIN CLIMB*

    1. Identify your Mt. Guide(s) who will display an identification card

    2. Travel together in your own group and stay in view of the Mt. Guide(s)

    3. Follow the instructions of your Mt. Guide(s)

    4. Alert your Mt. Guide(s) if you have any difficulty

    Related to:
    • Jungle and Rain Forest
    • Mountain Climbing
    • National/State Park

    Was this review helpful?

  • kelnsha's Profile Photo

    Sabah Parks Warning 3!

    by kelnsha Updated Mar 23, 2007

    2.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Guardians or climbers are to ensure that they are physically fit, properly attired (especially footwear) and are aware of the risks in adventure activities. They are also to observe all safety practices advised, especially scrambling over wet boulders, crossing streams and keeping away from off-limit areas.

    Properly attired? Rope works up the summit Rope works up the summit Rope works up the summit Rope works up the summit
    Related to:
    • Mountain Climbing
    • National/State Park
    • Hiking and Walking

    Was this review helpful?

  • kelnsha's Profile Photo

    Sabah Parks Warning 2!

    by kelnsha Updated Mar 23, 2007

    2.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Climbers are advised not to climb if they are unwell on the day of the climb or are known to be suffering from or having a history of heart disease, hypertension, chronic asthma, peptic ulcer, severe anemia, diabetes, epileptic fits, arthritis, palpitation, hepatitis (jaundice) muscular cramps, obesity (overweight) and any other sickness that may be triggered by severe cold, over-exertion and high altitude.

    Related to:
    • Hiking and Walking
    • Mountain Climbing
    • National/State Park

    Was this review helpful?

  • kelnsha's Profile Photo

    Sabah Parks Warning 1!

    by kelnsha Updated Mar 23, 2007

    2.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    All are advised not to trek alone but within their designated grouping or budies and with a leader or teacher while on the mountain. Each registered trekker will be issued with an identification card. Sabah Parks will also have the final say to abort summit climb during extreme bad weather in the interest of safety.

    Group photo with our guides Registered trekker identification card (front) Registered trekker identification card (back)
    Related to:
    • National/State Park
    • Mountain Climbing
    • Hiking and Walking

    Was this review helpful?

  • anak_wagu's Profile Photo

    At some place, the trail is about 70 degree!

    by anak_wagu Written May 22, 2006

    During the second phase of Mount Kinabalu climb, the trail is about 70 degree angle. As it is very dark while you go up, you will only notice it while you come down from the peak. You have to be very careful and hold the rope (if necessary) tightly.

    My wife & niece at 70 degree slope.
    Related to:
    • Eco-Tourism
    • Adventure Travel
    • Mountain Climbing

    Was this review helpful?

  • muddybok's Profile Photo

    Don't fool around!!

    by muddybok Updated May 19, 2006

    2.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Please treat everything in the mountain with utmost respect. The local believe that the mountain is the resting place for their ancestors. Just like how you will dislike people to misbelieve in front of your ancestors' grave. But for me I respect the nature with or without these local myths.

    More mysterious thing will be described in my "Local Customs" section. A warning & tale told by a friend.

    Sacred place
    Related to:
    • Backpacking
    • National/State Park
    • Eco-Tourism

    Was this review helpful?

  • muddybok's Profile Photo

    Cliff

    by muddybok Updated May 19, 2006

    2.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Be extra careful when you're scaling the mountain using a rope. Good thing we didn't see the cliff down there at night. Get your gloves ready and watch your step.

    That is the reason why good shoe and gloves are very important to scale the Mount Kinabalu. During the raining period, its best to bring extra pair of gloves unless you have those water resistant type, else you hand may turn numb in cold weather in wet gloves.

    Cliff
    Related to:
    • Backpacking
    • Eco-Tourism
    • National/State Park

    Was this review helpful?

  • skyangel_k1's Profile Photo

    Take care when descending the slopes

    by skyangel_k1 Written Aug 1, 2005

    2.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Although going downhill is much faster than climbing upwards, there is a lot of strain on your ankles and knee joints. Use a walking stick if possible. The walking stick will help take some of the stress from your joints as you descend.

    Most parts of the slopes are steep and uneven, and at times slippery due to ground moisture or rain the night before. A sideway approach rather than a frontal approach gives more balance and less strain, especially at those steep sections.

    Careful descend
    Related to:
    • Mountain Climbing
    • National/State Park
    • Hiking and Walking

    Was this review helpful?

  • yuet29's Profile Photo

    Danger!

    by yuet29 Written Mar 22, 2005

    There is a rope for you to hold on. You can walk without holding the rope but make sure you are walking around the area.

    Dont off beaten the walking area (the rope) too much because those places that never walk by trekkers are very very slippery. Dont play play..

    Related to:
    • Budget Travel
    • Mountain Climbing
    • Hiking and Walking

    Was this review helpful?

Instant Answers: Taman Negara Kinabalu

Get an instant answer from local experts and frequent travelers

25 travelers online now

Comments

Taman Negara Kinabalu Warnings and Dangers

Reviews and photos of Taman Negara Kinabalu warnings and dangers posted by real travelers and locals. The best tips for Taman Negara Kinabalu sightseeing.

View all Taman Negara Kinabalu hotels