The tour was all we imagined it would be and more! Got to sample the history, the culture, the food, the wildlife, and the amazing landscapes that make Sabah, Malaysia such a great place to visit. Our route is via Pondok Timpohon trail. This is much easier and faster than the Mesilau trail. I can’t begin to explain the feeling I had when I practically crawled to the summit of Kinabalu. Two days, 14 hours of hiking uphill in an unstable weather. Sometimes hot and sometimes cold but we were so blessed it did not rain during our climb. Challenging but so worth it!
Good things are coming down the road, just don’t stop walking! Mt. Kinabalu is a real challenge. The path has little steps built right into the mountain. Don’t let that fool you! It is fairly steep.
My legs are like jelly. Quitting would be the easiest option, but nothing worth having comes easy. Such a magical sunset we had witnessed during our climb. It is unique and out of this world. You have to see it! I am now half way to the summit of a prominent mountain on the island of Borneo in Southeast Asia.
Finally reached at the Laban Rata Sutera Sancturay Lodges, which was a welcome respite. Where you can sleep with soft beds and even though the electricity was out, the rooms were fairly warm… Just don’t expect a hot shower and enjoy a good meal after the 6km insane climb. The climb itself is brutal. 6km doesn’t sound that far until you’re taking every step up and up and up! Luckily the trail is well marked so you know how far you’ve still got to go, and there are several rest huts as well to stop and take a little rest.
Finally reached to the top! God’s creation is absolutely magnificent!!! Day 2 is a real challenge starting at 2am, where you start the 3-4 hour hike to the summit. The hike in the dark was pretty cool, and the adrenaline blocked out the cold for most of the time. The final pitch to the summit is the most challenging part of the trek, particularly because of the thin air at that altitude and the hand-numbing cold. However, we were rewarded with an amazing sunrise over Sabah and a huge sense of accomplishment.
Suggestion I’d like to make to new climbers:
• Warm clothes – proper hiking clothes, not just jeans and a jumper!
• Proper hiking shoes purchased from a hiking shop
• Hiking stick
• Take nuts and protein bars in your bag as snacks
• Get a week full of really good night sleeps before you go
• Take a waterproof backpack and take only the essentials – you have to carry this
• Drink plenty of water weeks prior to your climb, including hydration salts
• Don’t plan anything for a few days after your climb – you’ll be tired and sore
Even though it was a physically demanding grind for 2 days, as soon as you finish you feel great (mentally…probably not physically). And perhaps it is not always the destination, but the journey itself that teaches you how something once thought of impossible can become very much possible. Climbing Mount Kinabalu is an extraordinary experience!