Climbing Tips

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With these Mount Kinabalu climbing tips we would like to assist you in the preparations for your journey to Gunung (the Malay name of the mountain), so that you can make the most of this amazing, unforgettable trip .

The dry season only lasts few months and accommodation in the park is limited, so it is a good idea to prepare ahead and try to book your trip in advance. You do not need to worry for things like sleeping bags, all bedding requirements are taken care of when booking accommodation.

Climate and Weather Conditions

The climbing trip leaves from the Kinabalu Park HQ and it advances through different climatic zones. The temperature can range from 21° – 25° Celsius down in the park to around freezing on the peak.

The best time for climbing is during the dry season, from January to April. The rest of the year is the rainy season that brings monsoons, which can make the terrain slippery and dangerous.

What to Wear

This mountain region is characterized by frequent and unexpected changes in the weather conditions: warm, sunny, cloudless weather can rapidly turn into heavy pouring rain. Proper gear and the protection of your items from the rain is essential for the success of the trip, so you should not only wear and pack the right items, but also wrap them into plastic bags. Another advice to consider from our Mount Kinabalu climbing tips is to keep the weight of your backpack to the minimum, so bring only lightweight items.

During the first part of your journey the weather will be warm and sunny, a T-shirt and shorts will be enough to wear, but the higher you climb, the more difficult the weather conditions become. One of the most important climbing tips is to try to layer clothes so you can easily adapt to the changing conditions as the elevation rises.

Good climbing gear starts with the shoes: trainers or a pair of lightweight boots is fine, but make sure they are waterproof or at least water resistant.

You will need to protect yourself against the rain, the wind and the cold, so you should pack a waterproof jacket or raincoat and warm clothing like a fleece jumper and warm, lightweight pants. A warm hat and a pair of resistant gloves can also make the journey more comfortable. It is a good idea to have spare underwear, in case you get soaked.

What Else to Bring Along

Other useful items may include a sunscreen cream and a small first aid kit with some plaster, maybe a pain killer. A head-lamp or a lightweight flashlight can also do you good service and it does not take up much space.

Climbing means physical effort, so another piece of advice from our climbing tips is to bring some food and water with you. A refillable, 1-liter water bottle and some lightweight snacks, like chocolate, dry fruit or nuts will make do.

If you follow our Mount Kinabalu climbing tips, preparation for the trip will be a breeze and with the right equipment you will be able to explore the amazing beauties of this unique natural setting.

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Facts

  • Currency: Malaysian Ringgit approx 3MYR to 1USD
  • Language: Bahasa Malaysia and Chinese, although you would be hard pressed to find someone who doesn't speak English.
  • Height:4,095 meters above sea level
  • Availability: Permits are now only given to people who have accommodation at Laban Rata rest houses plus 4 permits daily for extreme climbers so booking well in advance is recommended.

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