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Mt Kinabalu Climb (16-19 Nov 2017)

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Mount Kinabalu (4095m), situated on the Crocker Range on the western coast of Sabah, is South East Asia’s and Borneo's tallest mountain. The mountain is part of the Kinabalu National Park. The Park, covering an area of 754 square kilometres surrounding Mount Kinabalu, was essentially established in 1964 to protect Mount Kinabalu and its plant and animal life. It was declared as UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2000 and became Malaysia’s first World Heritage Site.

About The Climb

Mt Kinabalu is known to be one of the easiest peaks in the world to climb. Thousands of tourists visit Kinabalu National Park each year and most come with the intention of climbing Mt Kinabalu.

Majority of the climbers take two days to ascend and descend Mt Kinabalu. The 8.5km climb generally starts from Timpohon Gate (1880m), which is near the park headquarters (1800m) and on the southern side of the mounatin. From Timpohon Gate, it is a 6km trek up lowland rainforest, montane forest and alpine meadows to Panalaban (commonly known as Laban Rata / 3273m) where the mountain guesthouses are located. Climbers will spend a night at one of the guesthouses before starting the climb to the summit before dawn the next morning. The old trail to the summit from Panalaban covers a distance of 2.5km is on bare granite and open terrain. There is a new picturesque trail to the summit, i.e. the Ranau Trail. The new trail will take climbers from Panalaban at 3,272m to Sayat Sayat (3,668m) then continue on to the summit trail to Low's Peak at 4,095.2m. The new trail is 1050m in distance and has breathtaking views along the way. Climbers usually reached the summit in time to view the sunrise, before returning to Panalaban for breakfast. Climbers then descend the mountain, generally reaching the park headquarters by mid-afternoon.

Climbers do not need to have any previous experience at mountain climbing. Anyone with a reasonable level of fitness and the willpower to push through fatigue and discomfort can climb to the summit of Mt Kinabalu. It is achievable and incredibly rewarding. At sunrise, the views from the Mt Kinabalu's summit at Low's Peak are spectacular, making all the effort worthwhile.

Ranau Trail

Ranau trail is the new trail to the summit from Panalaban. This 1.5km trail is the hard work and labour of love by the local villagers and mountain guides. You're supporting their efforts and providing them with a source of income when climbing Mt Kinabalu. The guide fee has increased to include insurance for the guides giving them better protection for their job. We work with and engage the service of a group of Mt Kinabalu guides whom we know personally. They have become dear friends to us.

Package details:

Duration: 4D/3N

Trek Grade : 2B (

Package Fee :
$750 per pax (4-6 pax)

Day 1 : Arrive at Kota Kinabalu. Transfer to Kinabalu Park HQ for overnight (D)
Day 2 : After breakfast, meet mountain guide. The guide will do the climbing registration. Drive to Timpohon Gate to start trek to Laban Rata Resthouse.

Day 3: Pre-dawn trek to summit after supper. Have a late breakfast after descend from summit. Pack up & descend. Have lunch at the park HQ. Drive to KK town for overnight. (2xB/L)

Day 4: Depart KK town (B)


- Return airport transfer in Kota Kinabalu

- All land transfer as indicated in itinerary

- Meals as indicated in itinerary

- Accommodation: 1 night at local 3* hotel in KK town (twin/triple sharing), 1 night at Kinabalu Park HQ (non heated mixed dorm) & 1 night in non heated mixed dorm in Laban Rata Resthouse

- Trek support: 1 licensed Mt Kinabalu guide (1 guide : 5 trekkers for 16 years old and above/ 1 guide : 2 trekkers for below 16 years old)

- Drinking water during trek: From water dispenser at Kinabalu Park HQ and Laban Rata Resthouse dining area

- Permits & fees: Conservation, National Park fees, trek permit, climbing insurance, climbing certificate


- International air tickets, airline taxes and fuel surcharge

- Visa Fee (if any)Single Supplement

- Meals not indicated in itinerary

- All tipping

- Personal porters

- Personal travel insurance (mandatory to cover trekking up to 5000m)

- Personal expenses like shopping, laundry etc

- Personal travel & trekking gear – warm clothing, shoes, backpacks etc

- Extension of stay after the trek

- Emergency evacuation and medical expenses

- Any expenses including accommodation, meals & transfer outside the stipulated trek/climb itinerary – i.e. any person leaving the group for personal travel, illness/injury or any form of extension of stay

Support from Ace Adventure Expeditions

We provide pre-trip support to prepare you for the climb:
1. Trip briefing
2. Equipment preparation & gear discount from selected Singapore outdoor outfitters
3. Physical training preparation
4. Trip information kit

We carefully select and establish strong working relationship with our local operator to ensure safe participation by everyone. We engage a regular pool of Mt Kinabalu climbing guides for all our Mt Kinabalu trips.

Important Note:
On day 1, the accommodation is at Kinabalu Park HQ (1800m). The drive from Kota Kinabalu airport to Kinabalu Park HQ takes around 2.5 to 3 hours in smooth traffic condition. Dinner at Balsam Cafe located within the Kinabalu Park HQ ends at 730pm. The airport transfer in this package is based on group pick up. As such, you're advise to take Silkair flight that arrived in Kota Kinabalu at around 12pm. This will give the group ample time to travel to Kinabalu Park HQ to allow some time for the body to adjust to the higher altitude + rest and in time for dinner. If you're taking Air Asia flight that arrived in Kota Kinabalu in the evening, you can either arrive a day earlier or top up to arrange for another transfer to bring you to Kinabalu Park HQ. You'll arrive at the Kinabalu Park HQ after 730pm and miss the dinner.

Other Scheduled Public Holiday Dates:
10-13 May 2017

16-19 Jun 2017

9-12 Aug 2017

15-18 Oct 2017

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