Mt Kinabalu Trek

3 Days, from AU $1,503

Beginning the descent back down the mountain

The silhouette of Mt Kinabalu beyond a lone tree

The view from the mountain on a clear night

The world's biggest flower, the Rafflesia

The sun rises over Donkey Ears Peak

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At 4095 metres above sea level, Mt Kinabalu is the highest peak in Malaysia and all of Southeast Asia. This trek will have you summiting the mountain before dawn, hiking through the dense rainforest that gradually thins out as you reach, and then pass the tree line. No mountaineering experience or equipment is necessary on what is a manageable ascent, coupled with ropes and ladders on some of the steeper final sections. Climb to the top of Lows Peak before dawn to witness the breathtaking spectacle of the sun rising over Borneo.

Suggested Itinerary

Day 1: Kota Kinabalu to Mt Kinabalu

Your guide will pick you up at your hotel in Kota Kinabalu this morning for the drive along Sabah's Crocker Range to Kinabalu Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. From here the highest peak in Malaysia and all of Southeast Asia rises above to a majestical 4095 metres above sea level. Enjoy the cool mountain air, a welcome change to the tropical heat, as you hike some of the trails at the foot of the mountain, learning about different unique plants and animals that are native to Borneo, such as the worlds biggest flower - the Rafflesia, Rhododendrons, Orchids, Pitcher Plants and a variety of birds, insects and butterflies.

Day 2: Mt Kinabalu

Early this morning have breakfast then transfer to Timpohon Gate from where you will start the 8 kilometre trek up the mountain to Laban Rata. Here you will stay the night before waking up early to head for the summit before sunrise the following day.

From the gate the trail ascends through the old growth forest, surrounded by orchid and moss covered trees. The plant life changes as you continue to climb until you reach the tree line at around 3350 metres. You will reach the guesthouse in the early afternoon and can spend the rest of the day resting up for tomorrows early start or exploring the area and taking in the incredible views over Borneo.

Day 3: Mt Kinabalu to Kota Kinabalu

Start trekking by torchlight at around 2am this morning as you head for the summit, there are ropes, rails and ladders on the steeper sections to assist you as you reach the highest point at Lows Peak where you can enjoy the magnificent spectacle of the sun rising. On a clear day you can see Kota Kinabalu City and the islands beyond that dot the South China Sea all the way to the neighbouring Philippines.

Return to the guesthouse at Laban Rata for breakfast before descending back to Timpohon Gate where you will be met and transferred back to Kota Kinabalu.

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Important Information


Basic guesthouses/lodges each night of the itinerary (excluding your departure day).


• Transportation                        
• Local mountain guide    
• All meals    
• Park permits                
• Overnight at mountain hut with communal bathroom                
• Certificate of Achievement

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Availability of accommodation, season and number of trekkers.

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