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Conquering Mount Kinabalu in Malaysian Borneo

Conquer the highest peak of Southeast Asia!

Although the trip up Mount Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysian Borneo (East Malaysia), was done in September 2008, the sequence of events did not change much, so I am re-sharing the trip for keen travellers to know what to expect from a 2D1N climb package.

Before going into the details of my journey to conquer Mount Kinabalu in 2008, take note of the following:

1. A hike up Mount Kinabalu (or Gunong Kinabalu) must have a climb permit, at least one night stay on the mountain and accompanied by a registered mountain guide. You will not be allowed to get on the mountain without all 3 of them.

2. Make plans for the climb at least 3-6 months in advance if you are planning to go during a peak season. Only 135 climb permits will be issued by Sabah Parks per day (limited by the accommodations in the mountain base camp and for safety).

3. Start training for the mountain-climb (mainly hiking up on steps) for at least 6 months if you are a beginner. Experienced or seasoned climbers will say Mount Kinabalu is "easy" but not so to those who do not hike or exercise regularly. A certain level of fitness is still required.

4. Form a group of 4 people (optimal) to share the cost of a guide (RM230) and accommodations (have standard rooms with heaters and unheated dormitories). Or join a tour group to share with others, which is still cheaper than going up solo with a personal guide.