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7D/6N Ocean to Mountain!

An Adventure of a Lifetime!

Together with our partners over at Mt Torq we have put together an Ocean to Mountain 7D/6N Experience which includes overnight stays in the Downbelow Adventure Lodge in Kota Kinabalu City, one day Scuba Diving or Snorkelling, an overnight climb of Mount Kinabalu with Via Ferrata, a Rest Day and Airport Pick up!

Priced to offer exceptional value for money, this hassle free promotion is suitable to divers and non divers, qualified or non-qualified and takes the headache out of planning such an adventure!

Package Includes

  • Complimentary Airport Pick up from KKIA to Downbelow Adventure Lodge only between 0900hrs to 2000hrs.
  • 5 Nights stay in Twin Share Room with Communal Bathroom at Downbelow Adventure Lodge.
  • 1 Night stay at Pendent Hut on Mt Kinabalu (Dormitory Bunked Bed with Communal Bathroom). Shared (Non-private) Land & Boat Transfers as specified in the itinerary.
  • 1 Day Scuba Diving or Snorkelling from Gaya Island (TARP)
  • Climbing Permit, Insurance, Private Mt Guide, Shared Via Ferrata Trainer, Certificate for your Mt Climb.
  • Meals: 1 x Packed Lunch, 2 x Lunch, 1 x Dinner, 1 x Supper, 1 x Breakfast.

Rates

MYR 2725.00 per non diver / MYR 2865.00 per diver (valid from 1st April 2017 – 31st March 2018)
Inclusive of 6% GST

Itinerary

Day 1 : Arrive Kota Kinabalu (Free airport pick up between 0900hrs and 2000hrs only) / Overnight Downbelow Adventure Lodge (Meals on own arrangement)

Day 2 & 3 : Snorkel Safari Program (Non Divers) OR Daily Diving Program (Beginner or Certified Divers) / Overnight Downbelow Adventure Lodge (Lunch at Downbelow’s Beach House on Gaya Island included)

0800hrs : Pick up at Downbelow Adventure Lodge to the marina for boat registration
0830hrs : Meet Downbelow Staff & Transfer on Boat to Downbelow Dive Station on Gaya Island
0915hrs : 1st Snorkel Session OR Boat Dive
1030hrs : Tea/coffee surface interval on island
1115hrs : 2nd Snorkel Session OR Boat Dive
1300hrs : Buffet Lunch at Downbelow Dive Centre
1430hrs : 3rd Snorkel Session OR Boat Dive
1600hrs : Boat Transfer to Marina
1630hrs : Return to Downbelow Adventure Lodge

Day 4 : Free at Leisure or Optional Day Tours/ Overnight Downbelow Adventure Lodge (Meals on own arrangement)

Day 5 : 2Days 1Night Mt Climb Via Ferrata (Basic Level – Walk The Torq) Package / Ascend Mt Kinabalu / Overnight Pendent Hut (Packed Lunch and Dinner included)

Pick up from Downbelow Adventure Lodge @ 0700 hrs and transfer to Kinabalu Park (1.5 – 2 hours drive). Upon arrive at Kinabalu Park proceed with registration that our driver will assist you with and introduce you to your mountain Guide and collect your packed lunch.  After registration, KOKTAS transfer to Timpohon Gate (Starting / Ending point) and set off for the climb (approximately 4 to 6 hours) with your mountain guide. Proceed climbing to reach Laban Rata (3,272.7m) and check in at Pendant Hut – Dormitory Bunked Bed With Communal Bathroom basis.

Meal includes: Packed lunch – to be collected en-route by your driver & Dinner @ Laban Rata Restaurant
*** Kindly arrange your own Breakfast on this day.

NOTE: There is a mandatory via Ferrata briefing session that you have to attend at Pendant Hut between 1500hrs – 1600hrs on your first ascend day. Do make sure you arrive Pendant Hut and attend this briefing at the mentioned time as you will not be allowed to do the via Ferrata activity the next day if you missed it.

Day 6 : 2Days 1Night Mt Climb Via Ferrata (Basic Level – Walk The Torq) Package / Descent Mt Kinabalu / Overnight Downbelow Adventure Lodge (Supper and Breakfast included)

0130 hrs wake up for supper and pack-up to hike to the Low’s peak (4, 095 m) for sunrise viewing.
0630am meet your Basic Level – Walk The Torq Trainer for your activity (duration 2 – 3 hours) then head back to Pendant Hut and enjoy your late breakfast – American breakfast style.
1130 hrs check out from Pendant Hut and descend to Kinabalu Park with your mountain guide.
1500 hrs expected time to arrive at Timpohon Gate and then transfer by Koktas to Kinabalu Park HQ, then returns by Downbelow’s Mini-bus to Kota Kinabalu on Shared Transfer.

Meal includes: Supper & late Breakfast @ Pendant Hut
*** Kindly arrange your own Lunch and Dinner on this day

NOTE : Please note that our driver must wait for all climbers that day, therefore the latest time that you will leave Kinabalu Park and transfer to KK City will be at 5pm. Should all climbers arrive earlier than 5pm then we can depart accordingly.

Day 7 : Free at Leisure until departure / Check out Time @ 1200hrs from Downbelow Adventure Lodge / Arrange own transportation back to Kota Kinabalu Airport (Meals on own arrangement)

Complimentary Airport Pick up from KKIA to Downbelow Adventure Lodge only between 0900hrs to 2000hrs. 5 x Nights stay in Twin Share Room with Communal Bathroom at Downbelow Adventure Lodge. 1 x Night stay at Pendent Hut on Mt Kinabalu (Dormitory Bunked Bed with Communal Bathroom). Shared (Non-private) Land & Boat Transfers as specified in the itinerary. 1 x Day Scuba Diving (Suitable for Qualified Divers or Non-Qualified Divers) or Snorkelling from Gaya Island (TARP) Climbing Permit, Insurance, Private Mt Guide, Shared Via Ferrata Trainer, Certificate for your Mt Climb. Meals: 1 x Packed Lunch, 2 x Lunch, 1 x Dinner, 1 x Supper, 1 x Breakfast.
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.
Qualified Divers Must Bring Proof of Certification. Non Qualified Divers must ensure they are Fit To Dive! For the Mountain Climb refer to our Mountain Preparation Informaion:

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 minimize 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 0700hrs – subject to change (earlier or later time) with prior notice a day before your transfer. 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 at MYR 400 per vehicle (Pick up at Kota Kinabalu International Airport is subject to surcharge) or climbers can decide to make own arrangement to the park.

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.

Mandatory Briefing – for via Ferrata Activity

Should you wish to complete the Via Ferrata activity, there is a mandatory Via Ferrata briefing session that you must attend at Pendant Hut between 1500hrs – 1600hrs on your first ascend day. Do make sure you arrive at Pendant Hut and attend this briefing at the mentioned time as you will not be allowed to take part in the Via Ferrata activity the next day if you miss it.

Check out Time at Mountain Huts

For stays at Lamaing Hut, Laban Rata Resthouse, Gunting Lagadan Hut, Panar Laban Hut and Waras Hut 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, Gunting, Panar, Waras Huts will be levied for late check outs and is to be paid directly to the Resthouse / Hut.

Your Mountain Guide

Your booking includes a private mountain guide for the Mt Climb, you will not have to share your guide with other climbers unless your package states shared guide, 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.

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.

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 10 climbers to one trainer for BASIC level / maximum 6 climbers to one trainer for the ADVANCED level).

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.

Food

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.

Your Passport

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

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 Pana Laban 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 Pana Laban)
  • 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 Rata 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 07:00 – 07:30 hrs. 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. The mountain guides are licensed and employed by Sabah Parks, a government authority and are not employed by individual operators. We arrange your guide for you and always request that your guide speak English and we request those we are familiar with. However on occasion especially at peak times our preferred guide may not be available and it may happen that your guide can not speak English. Rest assured however all are expert mountain guides and are local men and women from the area and your safety remains their priority.

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

A. No, your booking includes a private mountain guide for your booking only unless otherwise stated, you will not have to share your guide with other climbers, this way you may climb at your own pace. Occasionally your pre-arranged mountain guide may be sick or unable to climb and we will then need to arrange another mountain guide at short notice. Sometimes then we will ask you to share a guide and we will refund you the difference between a private guide and shared 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.

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.

The following FAQ is specific for those climbers taking part in a Via Ferrata Activity which on many of our packages is optional.

Q1: Do I need to bring any additional equipment?

A. No. All technical & safety equipment is provided by Mt Torq.

Q2. Must I attend the Via Ferrata briefing at Pendant Hut ?

A. YES, if you wish to complete the Via Ferrata activity (either Walk The Torq or Lows Peak Circuit) you must attend the briefing which is conducted between 3pm to 4pm at Pendant Hut. If you do not attend this briefing you will not be permitted to complete the activity but you may still climb to the summit in the same way.

Q3. Where do I meet my Via Ferrata trainer for my Via Ferrata familiarisation when I arrive at Panalaban level?

A. Your trainer will be waiting for you at Pendent Hut between 3pm and 4pm for your familiarization session.

During the session, you will be:

  • Familiarised with the via ferrata equipment
  • Walked through an initial via ferrata practice round
  • Informed of the actual meeting point for your chosen activity and
  • Reminded of the cut off meeting time for your activity (7:00am–Low’s Peak Circuit, 7:30am–Walk the Torq)

Q4. Where is Pendant hut?

A. Pendant hut is located at 3,289m on the Panalaban Plateau rock face. When you arrive at the Laban Rata rest house, you will see Pendant hut on your right hand side perched above a rock path. Please refer to our Panalaban Plateau Accommodation page for more information.

Q5. What time will I start my climb ?

A. We highly suggest that you stay overnight at Kinabalu park the night before your climb. This way you 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 07:00 – 07:15 hrs. This means that you will begin your climb around 09:30 hrs.

Q6. If i have booked the Via Ferrata climb because the standard climb is not available. Can i choose whether to complete the Via Ferrata activity during the briefing. 

A. Yes, we suggest that you attend the briefing to see how you feel after your accent and your comfort level to undertake the additional activity. Please note that there is no refund available for not completing the activity. Should you decide not to complete the Via Ferrata Activity you will descend using exactly the same route as the standard climb which is the same route you follow on ascent to the summit.

Our Price Promise

Our packages are protected under our PRICE PROMISE, which means if you find a cheaper price elsewhere and can send us a bonafide quotation we will beat it by 2%. Thats how confident we are that our packages are the best value for money.

Liability & Medical Forms

Clients will be asked to complete medical forms and liability forms at the time of booking. Parent or guardian must sign for participants under 18 years of age.

Activity Pre-Requisite

Participants must be medically fit to climb.
Minimum age for climbing Mount Kinabalu is 10 Years Old.
Minimum Height Requirement for the "Via Ferrata" Walk The Torq Activity is 1.3m.
Minimum age for the "Via Ferrata" Lows Peak Circuit Activity is 16 Years Old.