Return road transfers between Kota Kinabalu Hotels and Kinabalu Park are provided by Downbelow in our licensed mini-vans on a shared basis with other climbers that day (for our clients only). This is a door-to-door service with multiple pickups & drop-offs throughout the journey. Do expect some short waiting time. We may change the pick up time the day prior to your climb to minimise the waiting time so please ensure you are contactable for such notice. We suggest buying a local SIM card while in Sabah, please advise us your contact telephone number. Our group rates are quoted with one pick up and one drop off point, meaning the group is transferred at the same time.
The standard pick up time from your hotel in Kota Kinabalu to Kinabalu Park is set at 0630hrs. Climbers are encouraged to stay a night in Kota Kinabalu City before departure transfer to Kinabalu Park the next morning. Should climbers not be ready during the standard pick up time, a private transfer from Kota Kinabalu Hotels only no later than 1400hrs can be arranged at MYR 300 per vehicle (Pick up at Kota Kinabalu International Airport is subject to surcharge).
For your shared transfer from Kinabalu Park to your hotel in Kota Kinabalu, after your climb you may have to wait for other climbers to descend the mountain before we bring you back. Our last shared transfer from Kinabalu Park to Kota Kinabalu departs at 1800hrs we keep waiting times to a maximum of 2 hours. Should you or other climbers not be ready to depart by 1800hrs a private transfer fee of MYR 250.00 must be paid by the late climbers.
Should you prefer to not wait for other climbers that day and have a private transfer for your return from Mt Kinabalu back to Kota Kinabalu City Hotels only this can be arranged at a cost of MYR 250.00 per vehicle. Please state which option you require upon booking. (Drop off at Kota Kinabalu International Airport is subject to surcharge).
Single supplement transfers are not classified as private transfers and are subject to the standard pick up times and private transfer charges stipulated. Should a single traveler with single supplement transfers not be ready to depart the park by 1800hrs, a private transfer fee of MYR 250.00 must be paid.
Check out Time at Mountain Huts
For stays at Lamaing Hut & Laban Rata Resthouse, Gunting Lagadan Hut at Panalaban Plateau (mid-way accommodation on Mt. Kinabalu), please note that the check out time is at 1030hrs. A fee of MYR 50 per hour at Lamaing Hut and MYR 50 per half hour at Laban Rata Resthouse, will be levied for late check outs and is to be paid directly to the Resthouse / Hut.
For stays at Pendant Hut, check out for climbers doing the Walk the Torq (Basic) activity, check out is at 1130 hrs, and check out time for climbers doing the Lows Peak Circuit (Advanced) activity is at 1230 hrs. A MYR 50 per half hour fee will incur for late checkouts.
Your Mountain Guide
Unless otherwise stated your booking includes a private mountain guide (for bookings of 2 pax and more) and you will not have to share your guide with other climbers, this way you may climb at your own pace. However, during peak season, there may be a possibility that you would need to share your mountain guides with other climbers (maximum of 5 climbers to 1 Mountain Guide), should this happen we will refund the difference for the shared mountain guide accordingly and we ask that you stay with your Mountain Guide at all times. Children require their own guide on a 2:1 ratio. Therefor a child surcharge may apply and will be included in your overall cost.
The mountain guides are fully licensed through the Mountain Guide Association of Sabah and are compulsory for your climb. They are with you to keep you safe, ensure that you stay on the correct summit path and should visibility reduce due to rain or fog, ensure that you do not become lost or disorientated. Also should you need assistance or evacuation they will summon it for you.
For the Via Ferrata activity, you will be sharing the Via Ferrata Trainer with other climbers who will be taking part in this activity (maximum 5 climbers to one trainer for Walk the Torq – Basic / maximum 6 climbers to one trainer for the Lows Peak Circuit – Advanced).
Porter/s are available for hire at Kinabalu Park on the day of your climb. Porter/s will assist you with your belongings between Timpohon Gate > Panalaban > Timpohon Gate. Should you hire porter/s during your climb, please note that climbers are responsible for porter’s return transportation fee between Kinabalu Park Headquarters and Timpohon Gate.
The government authority of Sabah Parks will assess the weather conditions for your summit ascent in the early hours whilst you are at the rest house. Should they deem the summit to be unsafe due to strong wind, rain or storms they will not permit climbers to attempt the summit ascent. Should this be the situation there will be no refund in part or full for your climb.
Cut Off Time at Checkpoint
On the morning of the summit climb, according to Sabah Park’s regulation, climbers must reach Sayat – Sayat Checkpoint latest by 5AM, failing which climbers are not allowed to proceed to the summit.
Cut Off Time at Timpohon Gate
On your final descent, as per the Mountain Guide Associations regulation, climbers must reach Timpohon Gate (the starting/ending point) by 4pm. Failure to meet this cut off time will result in a late climbers fee of MYR 15.00 per hour in cash to be paid directly to your mountain guide.
Full board meals are included for your trip and provided by the mountain operator. The food is basic and probably not what you are used to eating, mostly simple Asian buffet style with a packed lunch for your first day ascent. We suggest taking extra sources of food such as nuts and energy bars.
We suggest that you prepare yourself by ensuring that you have 2-3 litres of water at the beginning of your climb. At Laban Rata Resthouse, bottled mineral water, coffee, tea and other hot drinks are available for purchase at the grocery counter. Coffee and tea is complimentary during breakfast and supper. Drinking water is not available free of charge.
Please remember your passport. It is required to validate your climbing permit applied for by us on your behalf.