Majestic Mount Kinabalu climb

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Duration (in days): 5

From: Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia

To: Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia



Exc. International flights (per person, based on 2 sharing) 
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Conquer the highest mountain in Malaysia with a majestic Mount Kinabalu climb. You will begin your journey in Kota Kinabalu National Park where you can discover the local plants and flowers that thrive here, as well as keeping an eye out for the elusive orangutans and gibbons that make their home deep in the park. Next, you’ll begin the difficult climb up the mountain, stopping for the night in a small guesthouse before attempting the summit in the early morning, ready to watch the dawn break over the clouds. After a magnificent morning at the summit you’ll make your way back down the mountain for a night of recuperation in Kota Kinabalu, having successfully climbed the imposing Mount Kinabalu.

This itinerary can be tailored to suit your requirements please contact one of our consultants to start planning your dream trip.


  • Climb the majestic Mount Kinabalu, Malaysia’s highest mountain
  • Watch the sun rise over the peak after conquering the summit
  • Explore Kinabalu National Park, looking out for colourful flora and fauna



Itinerary in brief:

  • 1 night in Kota Kinabalu
  • 1 night in Kota Kinabalu Park
  • 1 night in Laban Rata
  • 1 night in Kota Kinabalu


Day 1: Arrive Kota Kinabalu

On arrival in Kota Kinabalu, you will be met at the airport and driven to your hotel where you will check in for one night. The rest of your day is at leisure. 

Day 2: Kinabalu Park

This morning you will begin your journey to the mountain by transferring to Mount Kinabalu National Park where you will check into your national park lodge. The rest of the day is yours to wander the trails of the park or attend a scheduled tour of the Botanic Gardens to learn more about the endemic flora of the park, like the “rafflesia” plants which have the largest flowers on earth. Enjoy dinner in a simple, local restaurant before getting an early night, ready to start the climb tomorrow.

Day 3: Ascend Mount Kinabalu    

Today you’ll rise early to begin the trek. After meeting your guide, you will start your ascent – the best approach is slow and steady, with periodic stops to rest, as well as enjoy the stunning scenery that surrounds you as you make your way up to the rest house, Laban Rata at 3270m. Get another early night before attempting the summit tomorrow morning.

Day 4: Summit Mount Kinabalu

You’ll need to be up at 3am if you want to get to the summit of Mount Kinabalu in time for sunrise. Slowly climb up and watch the dawn break over the famous pointed peak before making your way back down, perhaps treating yourself to a ginger tea at Laban Rata to celebrate your achievement! You’ll make your way back down to the gate and be transferred back to Kota Kinabalu where you’ll be dropped at your hotel to rest.

Day 5: Depart Kota Kinabalu

Congratulations on conquering the mighty Mount Kinabalu! After breakfast you will be driven to the airport in time to catch your onward flight.



The Sabah region of Borneo has two seasons – a wet season from September to January and a slightly drier few months between February and August. However, due its tropical location, the weather is very unpredictable and heavy rainfall can occur at any time of the year. The temperature doesn’t change much between summer and winter although higher regions like Kinabalu National Park will always be cooler due to their altitude.

This itinerary is purely a suggestion, and can be tailor-made to your requirements, so please contact us with your dates and requests and we’ll put together a bespoke quotation for you

What's included: 

  • Accommodation for 4 nights in hotels and a simple rest stop on the mountain
  • Mountain guide, permit, insurance, certificate & locker fees
  • 4 x breakfasts, 2 x lunches, 2 x dinners
  • English Speaking Guide

Not included: 

Meals not mentioned above

Tips and personal expenses


4 nights in 3* standard accommodation.

Hotels in this category include:

  • Grandis Hotels & Resorts

  • Sutera Sanctuary Lodge

  • Laban Rata Guesthouse


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