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  • Andy T
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    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Mount Kinabalu Climb
    Booked the tour from SabahTravel for climbing Mount Kinabalu in Jun 2023. Served by Reza George. Reza provides excellent accommodating service as a sales rep. He is patient and provide very useful advice. Highly recommended. Thanks Reza
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 14 April 2023
  • Karen K
    Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia7 contributions
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    Wonderful Mt Kinabalu experience
    7 of us booked with Borneo Amazing Tour. The service is good and all the queries were responded timely. Thanks to Jenniewee Charlie and all support team members. The mountain guides Sefery & Dunson are skillful and experienced. It is certainly an unforgetful experience to climb Mt. KK. The trek is well-maintained and walk at your own pace. With good stamina and patience, one can climb out the summit.
    Visited June 2023
    Written 1 July 2023
  • Emirrul Rashid
    Johor Bahru, Malaysia226 contributions
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    Hiking adventure you need to get ready to reach summit ‼️
    First and foremost is the preparation to hike this mountain. Second important is to engage a good hiking company - For us is Mr. M ( Trusted Agent Mountain Kinabalu ) On 6th November we fly in from Singapore to Kota Kinabalu International Airport. We were fetch by Mr.M driver and Syam ( friendly young driver ) and brought us to Kundasang. We stayed in D’Villa Rina Ria Lodge. Our package for climbing the mountain we chose was 4D3N. We slept at a comfy room with all meals were provided. Every meals are tasty food and cook fresh from their kitchen. Second day the driver Syam came with his van and brought us to Kinabalu Park for registration and introduce who is our guide. After all the necessary briefing we were group up with total of 10 pax and start climbing at 9:00am The trail climbing up to Panabalan or Laban Rata is long walk… with 6 resting hut and having our pack lunch at Layang Layang Hut. As the terrain change from tropical forest to bonsai trees. We did a total of 6 km of hike and reach Panabalan ( BASE CAMP ) around 4:30pm just to be ready for dinner. With a scenic view at Panabalan during sunset we have our sumptuous tasty dinner at Restaurant…in the middle of the mountain. Early sleep ( around 7:00pm) and then woke up at 1:30am. We have some bread and noodle at 2:00 pm. Then another briefing by our guide to reach the summit. The trail were in darkness with our headlight over our head, we hike to ward the summit. The trail is extreme treacherous and cold ( temperature between 4-8 degree Celsius ) for another 3 kilometres. Finally manage to reach summit to catch the sunrise. After the photo taking at summit we double back down to Panabalan to have our breakfast. And then we continue descend down to our starting point at Timpohon Gate. While heading down, two of our group members were injured. Our hiking Operator Mr.M are very very reliable, firstly he arrange for us to reach back our D’Villa Rina Lodge safely. With Mr.M reliable assistance and Guide, our injured friends were assisted until all are reach back at our lodge safely. This is his contact number just in case anyone interested - +6013 521 1004 He also has Facebook account that you can see the updates. Lastly is he says what he promise and deliver it👍👍👍👍
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 10 November 2023
  • Farizan25
    Singapore, Singapore269 contributions
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    Mt Kinabalu
    Source: Wikipedia Mount Kinabalu (Malay: Gunung Kinabalu, Dusun: Gayo Ngaran or Nulu Nabalu) is the highest mountain in Borneo and Malaysia. With an elevation of 4,095 metres (13,435 ft), it is third-highest peak of an island on Earth, and 20th most prominent mountain in the world. The mountain is located in Ranau district, West Coast Division of Sabah, Malaysia. It is protected as Kinabalu Park, a World Heritage Site. From my homestay is certain looks majestic and standing tall. Despite the earthquake incident in 2015. Nevertheless, the whole village including Singaporeans will certainly remember Mt Kinabalu close to our hearts for its warmth hospitality.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 1 December 2023
  • Soko37
    Budapest, Hungary4,559 contributions
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    Only for experienced ones
    We were planning to hike part of trail up the hill. Then after reading some info, it got clearer, it is for more experienced mountaineers, planning is essential for time, equipment, it is not for random trip but more days in Kinabalu park , the hike takes two days . For inexperienced people, the park below mountain is perfect enough, with restaurants and botanic garden 🪴 . For making a hike up there, you should spend preparation some months ahead.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 9 February 2024
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Soko37
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Feb 2024 • Family
We were planning to hike part of trail up the hill. Then after reading some info, it got clearer, it is for more experienced mountaineers, planning is essential for time, equipment, it is not for random trip but more days in Kinabalu park , the hike takes two days . For inexperienced people, the park below mountain is perfect enough, with restaurants and botanic garden 🪴 . For making a hike up there, you should spend preparation some months ahead.
Written 10 February 2024
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Farizan25
Singapore, Singapore269 contributions
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Dec 2023 • Family
Source: Wikipedia

Mount Kinabalu (Malay: Gunung Kinabalu, Dusun: Gayo Ngaran or Nulu Nabalu) is the highest mountain in Borneo and Malaysia. With an elevation of 4,095 metres (13,435 ft), it is third-highest peak of an island on Earth, and 20th most prominent mountain in the world. The mountain is located in Ranau district, West Coast Division of Sabah, Malaysia. It is protected as Kinabalu Park, a World Heritage Site.

From my homestay is certain looks majestic and standing tall. Despite the earthquake incident in 2015. Nevertheless, the whole village including Singaporeans will certainly remember Mt Kinabalu close to our hearts for its warmth hospitality.
Written 1 December 2023
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Emirrul Rashid
Johor Bahru, Malaysia226 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Friends
First and foremost is the preparation to hike this mountain.
Second important is to engage a good hiking company - For us is Mr. M ( Trusted Agent Mountain Kinabalu )

On 6th November we fly in from Singapore to Kota Kinabalu International Airport. We were fetch by Mr.M driver and Syam ( friendly young driver ) and brought us to Kundasang. We stayed in D’Villa Rina Ria Lodge.

Our package for climbing the mountain we chose was 4D3N.

We slept at a comfy room with all meals were provided. Every meals are tasty food and cook fresh from their kitchen.

Second day the driver Syam came with his van and brought us to Kinabalu Park for registration and introduce who is our guide.

After all the necessary briefing we were group up with total of 10 pax and start climbing at 9:00am

The trail climbing up to Panabalan or Laban Rata is long walk… with 6 resting hut and having our pack lunch at Layang Layang Hut. As the terrain change from tropical forest to bonsai trees. We did a total of 6 km of hike and reach Panabalan ( BASE CAMP ) around 4:30pm just to be ready for dinner.

With a scenic view at Panabalan during sunset we have our sumptuous tasty dinner at Restaurant…in the middle of the mountain.

Early sleep ( around 7:00pm) and then woke up at 1:30am. We have some bread and noodle at 2:00 pm. Then another briefing by our guide to reach the summit. The trail were in darkness with our headlight over our head, we hike to ward the summit. The trail is extreme treacherous and cold ( temperature between 4-8 degree Celsius ) for another 3 kilometres. Finally manage to reach summit to catch the sunrise.

After the photo taking at summit we double back down to Panabalan to have our breakfast.
And then we continue descend down to our starting point at Timpohon Gate.

While heading down, two of our group members were injured. Our hiking Operator Mr.M are very very reliable, firstly he arrange for us to reach back our D’Villa Rina Lodge safely. With Mr.M reliable assistance and Guide, our injured friends were assisted until all are reach back at our lodge safely.

This is his contact number just in case anyone interested - +6013 521 1004
He also has Facebook account that you can see the updates.

Lastly is he says what he promise and deliver it👍👍👍👍
Written 11 November 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

malcolm79
London, UK376 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
OK, first things first, I am super glad we did this - the sense of achievement, the incredible views and entire experience were of a once in a lifetime quality - we booked via Olivia at Borneo encounter tours who was brilliant throughout the process.

That being said, I have to stress that this is a very difficult hike / climb, especially if you have children and should be entered into only with great kit, lots of training and some anti-altitude sickness tablets. You are going to climb a mountain that is higher as a peak (though not as high at altitude) than K2!

After reading a blog post by a similar aged family which kind of made it sound easy (they were a climbing family though) we took our 3 kids - 14, 10 and 6 up to the summit, thinking it would be little more than a medium difficult hike but we underestimated the whole process and if it hadn't been for our amazing guides just wouldnt have made it, and even with them it was super difficult - our kids developed mild altitude sickness, extreme fatigue and very wet clothes and it was a bit of an ordeal for them and us towards the summit and on the way down.

We started at 1030 am on the first day which was too late really and immediately were drenched in a huge downpour - our ponchos were single use and flimsy and our trainers not waterproof - 2 huge mistakes. Our bags were also not waterproof enough so our clothes were damp by the time we reached the hostel halfway up - so definitely take better gear than us!

The hostel at the midway point is, well, basic to say the least so don't expect much respite there, at best you will snatch an hour or two of light, anxious sleep before starting the hardest stage - the final summit push up yet more unequal, uneven and often slippery steps and then onto granite slabs with ropes and some scrambling up boulders, in the dark, whilst struggling for breath.

The summit itself is incredible, the views and scale of the mountain and what you have achieved almost beyond words, but then a very very hard climb down starts, and by the bottom your knees will likely feel like they might bend backwards - climbing poles would definitely have helped.

Please respond to this post if you need any additional tips or context about taking small children onto the mountain and all in all I would say proceed, but with caution, and lots of kit, and maybe some training and time to acclimatise to the height!
Written 8 September 2023
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Raintree_Thailand
Bangkok, Thailand3,895 contributions
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Aug 2023 • Friends
I've wanted to climb Mt. Kinabalu for more than 30 years and finally got the chance. Overall, very challenging, but also very satisfying. Others have written extensive reviews; I would just underscore a few most important points for a successful climb:
1) Good hiking boots with Vibram soles (some would say you don't need the first day, but I would recommend as a safeguard against potential ankle injuries)
2) Trekking pole (or poles, if you prefer two) -- extremely valuable especially for descent
3) Proper rain gear -- it's almost guaranteed to rain part of your climb, so good rain gear is important to keep your things dry
4) Gloves with good grip -- important for second day when you will need to grip ropes and stay warm
5) Balaclava or scarf (and other warm clothes) -- it will be cold at the summit; especially important to keep your head and neck warm
6) Good-quality backpack
7) Water bladder (some people are happy with a water bottle, but I found using a bladder to be very helpful)

The thing that I over-packed were snacks and energy bars. If you will have a decent meal before you start climbing and are provided a lunch for your first day climb, and eat breakfast at Laban Rata, you won't need a lot of snacks in your pack.

If you're at all unsure about your capabilities to carry all your own items up and down the mountain, I'd recommend you hire a porter (14 ringgit per kilo, with 10 kilo minimum).

Finally, as people are always reminded (but many ignore), the climb is not a race. Slow and steady wins the day!
Written 1 September 2023
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Karen K
Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia7 contributions
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Jun 2023
7 of us booked with Borneo Amazing Tour. The service is good and all the queries were responded timely. Thanks to Jenniewee Charlie and all support team members. The mountain guides Sefery & Dunson are skillful and experienced. It is certainly an unforgetful experience to climb Mt. KK. The trek is well-maintained and walk at your own pace. With good stamina and patience, one can climb out the summit.
Written 1 July 2023
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Alex H
Port St. Mary, UK1,319 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
Without going into the same level of detail as other reviews on here, this mountain climb is an unbelievable experience.
I am quite fit, and I found both days fairly ok on the physicality side of things, but the altitude was difficult on day 2. Everyone handles altitude differently.
If you want to challenge yourself and conquer this amazing, beautiful trek and mountain climb, I cannot recommend it enough. It’s one of the most picturesque places I’ve ever been.
Written 31 May 2023
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5ummerbabies
11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Friends
Booked with Borneo Calling and liaised with Mei since Mar ‘23. She provided the information and answered all our questions via WhatsApp. Although not immediately, but I know she will reply me definitely. Everything proceeded smoothly from the moment we reached the airport till the night we descended from Mt KK and arrived at our hotel.

Special thanks to our mountain guide, Nizam Laukung Abdullah. He has 18 years of experience and speaks English. He always gave us good estimate of the distance and time we needed based on how we trekked up the mountain. He taught us skills and guided us along the way. I’m the weakest among the 3 of us whom he was guiding and he was always there when I was behind. He answered my questions when I tried to distract myself from the tiredness by chit chatting with him. I could tell he is passionate about his job. He was also our porter and carried our 10kg combined items. He is extremely skillful and at times he held my hand to pull me up when he knew I’m really exhausted to lift myself at difficult moments. There were some parts he led us to walk the path he knows with steps that are slightly easier. When I am resting at home now, I am so grateful for the photos and videos he took for us.

I am lean and we trained by doing stairs and hill climbing in Singapore. I realized now I needed to train my stamina by jogging regularly which is what Nizam told me. We took AMS pill 2 days before the climb as per instruction. We stayed a night at Kinabalu Park to acclimatize ourselves the day we arrived at Kota Kinabalu. Started to trek to Laban Rata from 8.30am till 3pm. We did not have any symptoms of AMS. We took our time and enjoyed the trek up. The scenery is amazing. First Km consists of mostly board steps, second is more uneven steps from stones/rocks, third is the same but harder and more, forth Km onwards are boulders. We ate our lunch at 4km and it also started to get cold so we wore our windproof jacket carried by ourselves. Fifth Km is more boulders and harder. Sixth Km onwards are more bigger boulders and harder because air starts to be thinner and we got tired from the lack of oxygen. Last 500m was tough, we took short rest many times to catch our breath, so that we would not have to pant and get AMS. Deep breathing is a must. We unpacked and rested until dinner was ready at 4.30pm. We then wrote post cards and dropped off at the post office 100m away. It is the highest post box in Malaysia. We tried to rest from 7+pm onwards. We were so grateful for the beautiful weather!

Following morning, we had supper at 1.30am and started the trek from 2.45am. Reached Sayat Sayat check point at 4.30am. 5.30am is the cut off for proceeding to the summit. The path to Sayat Sayat are mostly steps. We took it slow and steady and were feeling alright. Unfortunately after Sayat Sayat, I was badly affected by the lack of oxygen and poor stamina. I did not really feel unwell in any way, but I was extremely sleepy. Nizam said it was the lack of oxygen. Adding on to that, with my poor stamina, I couldn’t really walked up the slope and it was all slopes and ropes after Sayat Sayat. Hence I felt really cold and sleepy. Nizam encouraged me and said when the Sun is up, oxygen will be higher and I would also feel warmer and it is true. Regardless I reminded myself to take in the magnificent view whenever I was resting. I dragged myself up that tip to touch the sign board and it was almost 8am. Nizam took a lot of photos and videos for us. It was almost rock climbing at the last 500m. I went on all 4. Nizam also brought us to the lake and took photos for us. We then started to descend from 8am and reached Laban Rata at 11.15am. Checked out past 11.30am. Ordered warm food to eat, refilled water and started down from 12.45pm. Unfortunately it rained that day, about 1pm onwards we felt the rain and realized the whole path was wet and slippery. We had to be careful to trek down the boulders, rocks, steps and mud. It felt like a different Mt KK from when we went up the first day! It got dark so quickly at around 6pm. We had to wear our headlight to trek in the dark and rain. Finally we reached Timpohon Gate at 7.15pm. It was speedy, the van was already there to bring us to the HQ to get our bags that we deposited there. The van to bring us to our hotel was also already at HQ waiting for us with our certificates. We checked the names again before we left for the hotel at 7.30pm. Slept in the van and reached our hotel at 9.30pm.

We saw two sides of Mount KK, the beautiful sunny one with the glorious view and the wet and muddy one with a foggy view. The experience is truly amazing and we learn so many things from it. I hope that Nizam will still be around to guide when I could bring my children up the next time. That was Nizam in his green jacket. Had photos with him but did not want to post without his permission.

Points to note: I think it is important to give way to the porters because they are carrying extremely heavy items. Also to give way to the people coming down because coming down is dangerous when you are feeling exhausted with painful knees or thighs etc.

People are friendly and they say hello or good luck or congrats or give tips/warnings etc when they see each other along the way. There were old grandparents who were forced to come with their children and they cursed and swore but still made it up to the summit. 😂 There were also youngsters, or the very plump ones or poor stamina ones. The only thing they all had were a strong willpower. No matter how tough or long the journey is, they will make it and we did. ❤️
Written 25 May 2023
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Hadi1004
Singapore122 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Friends
The first part of the trek involves a lot of steep stairs (with rocks) and the trek especially near the peak was dangerous when it was raining. The rocks there were slippery and there is only a rope where you have to pull yourself up the sloped rocks. Please get proper trekking shoes. I was wearing NB walking shoes and I kept slipping and falling till I strained my legs. A few other hikers injured themselves too. When it was raining, it was foggy till we can't see the view :(

We took the 2D1N trek under river junkie. So first day we trekked 6km to our accomm at labran rata, then the next day at 2.30am trek up another 2.5km to the peak and back to the accom. At 10.30am the same day, trek back the 6km to the base. As I had injured myself at the peak, the trek back to the base was a killer. I struggled to go back till I had to book the "mountain taxi" which costs 10RM x your weight per 1km, whereby your guide and some other guide would give you a piggy back ride - one guide can only do 500m at a time (pay either by cash or bank transfer). You can also opt for a porter who will carry your bag for 70RM one way. Once we manage to reach the peak, one can purchase the cert of completion for 10RM.

Despite the hardships, it is a memorable trek. I will never do it again but I'll try other simpler treks haha
Written 7 May 2023
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Bake A
7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Friends
The first 6 km to Panalaban Base Camp is quite possibly the loveliest hike. The terrain, flora and fauna change as the air gets thinner. The place is very well-kept by locals who also welcome us with open hearts and hands.

Base camp facilities were good but could require some maintenance such as cleanliness and touch up with building.. Great that they have towels, warm food and electricity! It was just right for one night

The hike to the summit was wonderful too. Everyone starts cohesively at 0230 and goes up together. Please bring your headlamps! You really need it in the morning.

Now comes the rough part, coming down the 6km route to the Kinabalu park.. The last stretch is difficult. So take it slow and easy, enjoy the view and pass on the good luck to folks coming up.

Highly recommended for everyone. Borneo is beautiful as always
Written 1 May 2023
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