Mount Kinabalu Climb Promotion

From: RM1,560.00

Mount Kinabalu Climbing is one of the most popular activity here in Sabah. Standing at 4,095m(13,435ft) above sea level, Mount Kinabalu is a protected UNESCO World Heritage Site. Take advantage of our Mount Kinabalu Climb Promotion and summit Lows Peak in 2018.

Promotion Includes

  • 2D1N Standard Mountain Climbing Package
  • Optional Add-On : FREE One (1) Night Accommodation at Poring Hot Springs with Full Board Meals BEFORE your climbing date

*Price stated above is based on 1 or 2 pax booking. Group discounts available for bookings of 3 or more people!

Additional Night at Poring Hot Springs * 

Stay one night at Poring hot springs for FREE before your climb to Mount Kinabalu

We are offering a CRAZY Mount Kinabalu Climb Promotion for summit climbs in 2018 !

Enjoy ONE NIGHT stay FREE at Poring Hot Springs BEFORE your climb. 


This means you can pay for a 2D1N Climb at a promotional rate and enjoy a 3D2N package under the Mount Kinabalu Climb Promotion – only while availability lasts !

BOOK 2D/1N Standard Climb  Enjoy 1 FREE NIGHT ACCOMMODATION at Poring Hot Springs BEFORE your climb under this Mount Kinabalu Climb Promotion!
Booking Period First Come First Served
Travel Period JANUARY – DECEMBER 2018

Sample Itinerary for the 2D1N Standard Climb

Day One
Pick up from Kota Kinabalu @ 0630 hrs and transfer to Kinabalu Park (2 hours drive). Upon arrive at Kinabalu Park proceed with climbers registration with our team. Meet your mountain Guide and collect your packed lunch.  After registration, transfer to Timpohon Gate (Starting / Ending point) and set off for the climb with your mountain guide. We recommend that you take at least 6 hours to reach Panalaban (3,272.7m). Take your lunch rest stop at Layang Layang and rest for at least 45 minutes. This slow pace will help reduce altitude sickness. Upon arrival at the Panalaban Plateau check in at Laban Rata Rest House – Dormitory Bunked Bed With Communal Bathroom basis.

Meal included: Packed lunch – to be collected en-route by your driver & dinner @ Laban Rata Restaurant
*** Kindly arrange your own Breakfast on this day if you are not staying overnight at Kinabalu Park or Poring Hot Springs under this offer.

Day Two
0230 hrs wake up for a light supper and prepare to summit Low’s Peak (4, 095 m). Aim to reach the summit for sunrise. Take a moment to look at the stars, if its a clear night its simply stunning.
0615 hrs: Begin descent and return to Laban Rata Rest House for Breakfast. After which continue your descent. Aim to arrive at Timpohon Gate (the starting and ending point of the climb before 4pm to avoid late climber fees, refer to the Important Information for Climbers).
Arrive at Timpohon Gate and then transfer by Koktas to Kinabalu Park HQ. Returns by Downbelow’s Mini-bus – Shared Transfer to Kota Kinabalu.

Meal includes: Supper and late Breakfast, Lunch.

If you choose to enjoy the Mount Kinabalu Climb Promotion..

ONE (1)  NIGHT at Poring Hot Springs with  2D1N Climb package for FREE! This FREE ADD-ON is OPTIONAL but if you have extra days to spend, why not! 

  • All accommodations are based on dormitory rooms with communal bathrooms. Private rooms are subject to availability with additional very reasonable extra charges.
  • Private transfers are available & subject to an additional surcharge.

Here is a sample itinerary of the 3D/2N Standard Mountain Climb. Check out our DOWNBELOW Adventure Lodge!  for clean, affordable and comfortable nights stay before and after your climb. Airport transfers can be included at preferential rates.

• Return land transfers from Kota Kinabalu to Kinabalu Park
• Internal Park Transfers
• 1 x Night stay at Laban Rata Rest House at Panalaban 3,272.7m ASL (Dormitory Bunked Bed with Communal Bathroom)
• Private Mountain Guide (for bookings of 2 pax or more)
• Climbing Permit, Entrance Fees, Insurance
• Certificate for your Mt Climb & Lanyard Souvenir
• Meals: 1 x Packed Lunch, 1 x Lunch, 1 x Dinner, 1 x Supper, 1 x Breakfast

• + Your FREE night under this Mount Kinabalu Climb Promotion is subject to availability BEFORE your climbing date .

• International and Domestic Flights
• Porter Fee during your Mt. Climb – if needed
• Alcoholic and Carbonated Beverages
• Other Meals or Items not mentioned in the itinerary
• Waterproof Backpack
• Trekking or Running Shoes with a good grip
• Warm Clothing/Long Sleeve Shirt/Hiking Trousers
• Jacket/Wind Breaker
• Extra Clothing (Layering is Good) and Socks
• Small Towel
• Hat and Waterproof Gloves
• Head Torch
• Personal Toiletries
• Refillable water bottle (1 Litre)
• High energy food such as chocolates, nuts, biscuits, sweets, energy bars
• Your extra luggage can be stored at Kinabalu Park HQ. MYR 10 per piece prior to climb.

Optional Extras
• Medication such as headache tablets or altitude sickness tablets
• Toilet roll
• Sun block lotion, lip gloss, plasters
• Insect repellent / Mosquito Oil
• Camera with water proof bag
• Sandals / Slippers for use in the rest house

Road Transfers

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 waiting time so please ensure you are contactable for such notice. 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. Therefore, 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 with prior notice 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 cut-off time for shared transfers from Kinabalu Park to Kota Kinabalu departs at 1700hrs so you will not have to wait beyond this time. Should you or other climbers not be ready to depart by 1700hrs a waiting fee of MYR 195.00 (for 1 – 6 person) / MYR 290.00 (for 7 – 8 person) / MYR 365.00 (for 9 – 10 person) (After 6pm is subject to 50% surcharge) 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 195.00 (for 1 – 6 person) / MYR 290.00 (for 7 – 8 person) / MYR 365.00 (for 9 – 10 person) (Drop off at Kota Kinabalu Airport is subject to surcharge). Please state which option you require upon booking.

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 1700hrs, a waiting fee of MYR 195.00 (for 1 – 6 person) / MYR 290.00 (for 7 – 8 person) / MYR 365.00 (for 9 – 10 person) (After 6pm is subject to 50% surcharge) must be paid.

*** All rates under Road Transfers information are inclusive of 6% Goods and Services Tax.

Check out Time at Mountain Huts

For stays at Lamaing Hut and Laban Rata Resthouse at Panar Laban 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.

Your Mountain Guide

Your booking for this package includes a private mountain guide (for bookings of 2 pax or more) for the Mt Climb (maximum of 5 climbers to 1 Mountain Guide). The mountain guides are compulsory and 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. We have our own licensed mountain guides. However on occasion especially at peak times our own mountain guide may be with other climbers and it may happen that your guide can not speak English very well. Rest assured however all mountain guides that we use are fully licensed and are expert mountain guides and your safety remains their priority. Children 16 years and below require a 2:1 ratio of climber to mountain guide. Therefore a child surcharge will apply.

Climbing Conditions

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 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.

Your Passport

Please remember your passport. It is required to validate your climbing permit applied for by us on your behalf.

Climb Mount Kinabalu Promotion

Under this climb Mount Kinabalu Promotion the free accommodation and full board meal options are given based on availability at the time of booking. A 50% non-refundable deposit is required to secure your package.

Physical preparation for my Mt Kinabalu Climb.

Although you do not need to be super fit, you do need to be in good physical condition.

Here are some suggestions from the Alpine Guides Association:

  • A good amount of outdoor cardiovascular exercise  (power walking, cycling, running, mountain biking etc) and getting out for long days in the hills whenever possible is great preparation for your climb.
  • We recommend all climbers take cardiovascular sports at least twice a week, with each session being a minimum of 2 hours in duration at a medium intensity.
  • Fitness training should begin 2-3 months leading up to your trip, this way you should be well prepared.

Ensure you are medically fit too

It is recommended that all climbers should have themselves medically checked before attempting any mountain climb. If you have a history of suffering from the following ailments, it is highly recommend that you should refrain from climbing: Hypertension, Diabetes, Palpitation, Arthritis, Heart Disease, Severe Anemia, Peptic Ulcers, Epileptic Fits, Obesity, Chronic Asthma, Muscular cramps, Hepatitis (jaundice); or any other disease which may hamper the climb.

Packing List

You will not need your bikini ! Here is our suggested packing list.

With good preparation your mountain climb will be more enjoyable and packing plays a key role in preparation, we suggest you keep your backpack around 6kg in weight. This 6kg will feel like 16kg after 1 km !
To make your packing easier we have split the requirement into the climbing sections. Panalaban (waiting point in the local Dusun language) is the location of the overnight waiting huts.

Ascent from Timpohon Gate  (1800m) to Panalaban Plateau  (3,200m) 
Time: 1st Ascent 10:00 hrs – 15:00 hrs

Temperatures at Kinabalu Park range from 15°C to  24°C

Timpohon Gate along the Summit trail and up to Panalaban range from 6°C-14°C and can reach 2°C.
  • Wear lightweight clothing and layer up so you can put on and take off the layers as you sweat. T-shirts & lycra sports wear are good options
  • Suitable walking / hiking boots with good angle support and a good grip. Training shoes can be worn if you do not have walking boots.
  • Waterproof backpack or buy a waterproof cover to keep items inside dry as the chances are it will rain at some point.
  • A small lightweight towel.
  • Refillable 1 – 1.5 litre water bottle. (Most climbers need only about 1.5-2L to reach Panalaban)
  • High energy food such as chocolates, nuts, biscuits, sweets, energy bars.
  • Personal toiletries such as soap, toothbrush and toothpaste.
  • Change of clothes and extra socks for sleeping.
  • Waterproof jacket or disposable raincoat.
  • Note: Bedding is provided and extra sleeping bags can be rented if required. Towels are provided for stays at Laban Rata Rest House only. You must bring your own for stays at Pendant Hut.

Ascent from Panalaban Plateau  (3,200m) to Lows Peak Summit  (4,093m) 
Time: 2nd Ascent 02:00 hrs – Sunrise

The Summit itself is around 2°C but the wind chill can make it feel below freezing.

  • Waterproof wind breaker
  • Fleece jacket, long sleeves shirt or jumper, thick trousers/hiking trousers, thick socks and your hiking shoes
  • Head torch so that your hands are free to climb and hold onto the ropes when required.
  • Warm hat or balaclava mask.
  • Gloves, ideally waterproof.
  • Small water bottle
  • Waterproof jacket or disposable raincoat.

Your overnight bag can be kept at your room without additional charges since you will return to the accommodation after the summit climb.

Additional general items.

  • Headache tablets or required medication
  • Toilet roll
  • Sunglass, sunblock lotion, SPF lip balm, plasters
  • Insect repellent
  • Camera with waterproof bag
  • Lightweight rubber sandals/slippers incase you do not want to wear your heavy boots at the accommodation.
  • Bags for wet clothes
  • Trekking/Hiking Pole

Extra Baggage & Porters 

There is a luggage store at the Kinabalu Park HQ reception area where you can safely leave any items not required for the climb, the rate is currently MYR 10.00 per case and subject to change.

Porters are available and can be organised at the KNP HQ. The minimum weight required is 10kg. Should your bag weigh less than 10kg, the charge will still be calculated based on 10kg. On average you can expect to pay MYR 100.00 per round trip Timpohon – Laban Rata – Timpohon for a 10kg bag.

Frequently Asked Questions

1Q. What happens if the weather prevents me from climbing, do I get a refund.

A. No. Unfortunately we are bound by the climbing operators T&C and there is no refund offered for climbs cancelled due to weather. Usually you will still manage to climb to the Panalaban Rock Face at 3,200m which is still a great achievement. It will be the final ascent that may be cancelled due to poor weather and strong winds. You will only know this in the early hours of the morning when the mountain guides conduct their final environmental check. The policy is “Safety First”

2Q. What is the suggested time to begin my climb?

A. If possible, its a good idea to stay overnight at Kinabalu park the night before your climb. This way you avoid the 2 hour drive from KK to KNP the day of your climb and can begin climbing at your leisure. If you are unable to stay overnight at the park HQ the night prior then we will pick you up from your accommodation in KK City between 0630hrs – 0700hrs. This means that you will begin your climb around 09:30 hrs.

3Q. Do you include insurance for the climb?

A. Basic Climber’s Personal Accident Insurance is provided by Sabah Parks who is a state governing body for national parks in Sabah. This covers accidents only between your ascent and descent from Timpohon Gate (the starting point & the Summit). Accidents that occur through climber negligence are not covered. In addition to this climbing insurance, you are advised to purchase personal injury and travel insurance prior to your trip as mentioned in our Terms and Conditions which covers for cancellation, lost money, personal baggage, medical coverage, trip interruption, emergency travel service and provides coverage for all incidentals.

4Q. Can i request an English speaking Mountain Guide ?

A.  We have our own licensed mountain guides. However on occasion especially at peak times our own mountain guide may be with other climbers and it may happen that your guide can not speak English very well. Rest assured however all mountain guides that we use are fully licensed and are expert mountain guides and your safety remains their priority.

5Q. Will i be sharing a Mountain Guide with other climbers that day ?

A. For this PROMO package you will have a private mountain guide (for bookings of 2 pax or more) to a maximum of 5 climbers to 1 guide.

6Q. Are full board meals included ? 

A. Yes, full board meals are included for your trip and provided by the mountain operator. So for example per overnight stay you will enjoy 1 x Lunch, 1 x Dinner, 1 x Breakfast. 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.

7Q. Is water provided ?

A. En-route, there are rest stops with water tanks however water held in these tanks are not purified (un-treated) and taken directly from natural resources – Hence, we do not recommend drinking from them.

We would suggest bringing your own stock of 1 or 2 (1.5 litre) bottles of water per person on your ascent day. At Panalaban where you will have your meals during the climb, boiled water is available however this might not be suitable for some people. Therefore, as an alternative, mineral water is available to purchase at your own cost at around MYR 14.00 per 1.5 litre bottle.

8Q. What is the weather like at Mount Kinabalu ?

A. At Kinabalu Park HQ day time temperatures range from 20 – 26 degrees, night time 18 – 22 degrees. At Layang Layang (the halfway climb point) 15 – 20 degrees. At the Panalaban Plateau 8 – 12 degrees, on the summit around 2 degrees, however the windchill on the summit can make it feel quite a few degrees colder. Daily from around 11am the mountain tends to cloud over and rain can be expected, however the majority of the time the cloud & rain will have dispersed by around 5pm.

9Q. Do i need to bring my passport or will a copy of my passport be sufficient ? 

A. You must bring your passport, a copy will not be sufficient.

Required Documentation

Clients will be asked to provide a copy of their valid passport / IC no less than 10 days prior to the climb. Also, read and complete standard liability forms and return them to us no less than 10 days prior to the climb. Parent or guardian must sign for participants under 18 years of age.


A medical declaration must be read, completed and returned to us no later than 10 days prior to your climb. This program is not not suitable for children below 10 years of age.

Important Information

Please ensure you have read our Important Information for Climbers. This is included in your Suggested and Final Itinerary also can be found here "Important Information for Climbers".

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