Trek to Mount Kinabalu Via Ferrata, Low's peak circuit
Bookatrekking.com Trips - 2 days
Regular days with
- 0 - 10 km per day
> Enjoy the sunrise from the summit
> Walk one of the world's most exciting Via Ferratas
> Spend the night at Pendant Hut
This trek combines the beautiful views from the top of Mount Kinabalu with the excitement of one of the highest Via Ferratas in the world! Mount Kinabalu towers 4,095 meters above sea level and is the highest peak in Southeast Asia. On this trek we will take you to the summit of Mount Kinabalu and back in 2 days. On your way to the top you will experience nature at its best, and you will be able to encounter some of the most exotic flora in the world! After reaching the summit, it will be time to do Low's Peak Circuit. This circuit takes you through a mountain pathway hanging by ropes. On your way you will enjoy some spectacular views and you will cross the highest Nepalese bridge! This road is only for those brave and fit enough to face the challenge. Are you ready?
What's the plan?
6.30 am: Pick up from your hotel for a leisurely drive to Kinabalu Park, at 1,500m
8.30 am: Meet your Mountain Guide (in front of the souvenir shop) at Park Head Quarters
8.50 am: Start hiking up Mt Kinabalu from Timpohon Gate, at 1,866m
3.00 pm: Arrive at Pendant Hut, at 3,289m and check in
3.30 pm: Attend the mandatory via ferrata familiarization meeting in Pendant Hut and meet your Low's Peak Circuit trainer
6.00 pm: Dinner at Laban Rata’s canteen
8.00 pm: Bed time
1.30 am: Wake up and have an early morning supper
2.30 am: Start hiking up to the summit with your Sabah Park mountain guide
5.40 am: Watch the sunrise on Low’s Peak
6.00 am: Descent from Low’s Peak to meet your Low's Peak Circuit trainer
6.30 am: Meet your via ferrata trainer at the 7.5 km mark for your Low’s Peak Circult, via ferrata experience
11.0 am: Return to Pendant Hut for a well earned breakfast
12.00 am: Check out of Pendant Hut and descent to Timpohon Gate with your Sabah Park mountain guide
6.00 pm: Arrive at Timpohon Gate
Head to the Park Head Quarters to collect your certificate and buy some souvenirs
√ Pick up and transfers
Your trekking company is able to pick you up from your hotel and return you after the trekking. During the trek, all transport is included.
√ Accommodation during the trek
On your way to the top of Mount Kinabalu you will spend one night at Pendant Hut, in a shared dormitory.
√ Mountain guide
You will be accompanied at all times by one of our experienced guides. They are trained to keep you safe and to guide you throught the most beautiful views up to the top!
We will make sure that you get all the energy you need to make it to the top. On the first day we will provide you with a packed lunch and dinner. On the second day you will have breakfast at the hut and then lunch.
The climbing permit and the Sabah Park entrance fees are included in the price of the trek.
After the completion of the trek, you will be handed a certificate as proof that you reached the top of the highest mountain in Southeast Asia!
× Flights to and from Malaysia
The total amount is also exclusive of flights to and from Malaysia. To get an idea of which airlines are flying on Kota Kinabalu International Airport (KKIA), have a look at the website.
× Accommodation in Kota Kinabalu
Before and after the trek you have to take care of your own accommodation.
× Personal expenses
All personal expenses such as drinks at the bar, snacks, washing and other similar expenses are for your own account.
× Travel Insurance Including Repatriation
Your international travel insurance is your own responsibility. It is important that your travel insurance also covers adventures at a high altitude. Discuss your itinerary with the insurance company before you travel to Malaysia.
Porters are not included in the trek. However, should you require one, you can hire one at an extra cost.
Tips for guides are exclusive. You decide what you want to tip, but be generous, they will appreciate it.
On your way to the top of Mount Kinabalu you will spend one night at Pendant Hut, in a shared dormitory. This cosy and eco-friendly hut houses guests in a dormitory-style setting. Form this hut you have easy access to Mountain Torq’s activities.
Safety is of the utmost importance to us. That is why this is an area in which we simply do not compromise when it comes to keeping the cost of our trekkings low. Our guides have been selected on the basis of their technical competence, proven safety performance, impeccable judgment, friendly attitude and ability to provide useful and expert instructions. They are also very professional and well trained in first aid and personal protection equipment. First aid kits are available on all treks.
No matter where you are going. If you are trekking, you need to be prepared. Mount Kinabalu Tours prepared a recommended packing list for you to take into account when packing for your adventure:
- Suitable walking shoes and Sandals
- Warm clothing Windbreaker
- Change of clothes
- Drinking water, high energy food (chocolates, raisins, nuts, glucose)
- First aid kit
- Basic Toiletries
- Camera for unforgettable moments
Frequently Asked Questions
Luckily for those planning on trekking in Malasia, you can pretty much Visit Sabah at any time of year. Bear in mind that June to September can be hot. For those interested in climbin Mount Kinabalu, however, we recommend doing it during the dry season, in March and April, when you have higher chances of a clearer view. Anyhow, rain can occur any time of the year. The least recommended months are November and December because of monsoon season.
Although the summit can be attemped any time of the year, if the weather does not permit, Sabah Parks Authority will close the gate to the summit for safety reasons.
As the number of tourists wanting to climb Mount Kinabalu have increased over the recent years, to obtain the climbing permit is one of the more important things. You will not be able to climb the mountain if you do not have a climbing permit. 185 climb permits is the maximum daily limit issued per day by Sabah Parks for climbing Mount Kinabalu. Moreover, Sabah Parks issued a mandatory requirement that a fixed number of permits be reserved for the people of the State and Country: 10 permits for Sabahans only, 25 permits for Malaysians only, and 150 permits for Malaysian and/or International trekkers.
Tipping is not common practice in Malaysia and most people won’t expect it. However, it would be much appreciated by your guides. There is no fixed sum that you should follow, but for good service, tipping around MYR 25-30 per day for your guide would be about right. You could give a bit more if you are a larger group, they will appreciate it.
Is the trek to the top of Mount Kinabalu difficult? Am I fit enough to make it to the top? Well, the truth is that it depends on the trekker, always. The climb to the summit is not a hard climb, but it is by no means a walk in the park. Let's not forget that Mount Kinabalu is 4095 meters high, so altitude is a factor that must be take into account. Take it easy from the first steps, save your energy, don't rush, and most importantly: listen to your body. With all that being said, if you are relatively fit, you do sport every week and keep in shape, you should be able to reach the top without any problems.
How to Book
How does it work?
On Bookatrekking.com you can find and compare the adventures of your dreams. Is this trekking adventure your match? In that case you can proceed to booking. In the case of Mount Kinabalu, we require the payment of the total amount of the price of the trek. In order to climb Mount Kinabalu, trekkers must acquire a permit issued by Sabah Parks. These permits are expensive and non-refundable, so the trekking companies need the total amount of the trek in order to secure your permit. Bookatrekking.com uses only the safest payment methods. Once your booking has been received, your place is reserved, your place is safe and you can look forward to your chosen trekking. After you have made your booking, you will receive an e-mail confirmation with all necessary information and the contact details of the trekking company. If you have any questions or if you want to clarify something, you can obtain information directly from the right person. Of course, you can also always ask us your question. Send us an e-mail on firstname.lastname@example.org The trekking company will also receive your details and can therefore always contact you and provide you with extra information.
You wish you didn’t have to, but there is no other way: You find yourself having to cancel your plans. In the case of Mount Kinabalu, the sum is non-refundable. Please do let us know if you cannot make it. View our complete cancellation policy here.
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