How Long to Climb Mt Kinabalu
Standing majestically at 4,095 Meters (13,435 feet), Mt Kinabalu is the highest mountain of Malaysia. Mt. Kinabalu derives its name from the Kadazan word, Aki Nabalu, which means ‘the revered place of the dead’. It is one of the most conquerable peaks in the world.
During the Mt Kinabalu Climbathon recently, the fastest climbing record is 2Hr21Min33Sec by Safrey Sumping, that’s for Men category. On the other gender which is women, the fastest climbing record is 2Hr58Min38Sec by Sandi Menchi Catlona Abahan. They are all physically and mentally prepared to conquer this 3rd Highest Mountain in South East Asia.
So How Long to Climb Mt Kinabalu
For those who are not as fit as the climbathon-er, it might takes minimum 2 Days 1 Night to reach the summit via Timpohon trail. Okey, so now let’s breakdown the Timpohon trail.
Mt Kinabalu climb is not the toughest, you don’t even need special training or experience to climb. The starting point will be at Timpohon gate(the most recommended trail). Based on the picture, from Timpohon gate to Laban Rata distance is around 6 Kilometers and there are about 7 shelter/pit stop for you to catch your breath before continue the journey to Laban Rata.
If you walk 6 Kilometers on a flat land, it will take around 45 minutes to 1 Hour to reach the distance. But on this trek to Laban Rata, the elevation begin to ascend after each of the shelter. It will takes about 4 – 6 hours to reach Laban Rata. Extra hours is expected during rough weather, especially when it rains.
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Trekking up to Laban Rata from Timpohon Gate
Throughout the trek, you will see different angle of Mount Kinabalu atmospheric scenery and various type of flora and fauna such as bonsai and pitcher plant. Once you reach the Laban Rata, lunch is waiting. Imagine having lunch at 3,272 metres above the sea level, that is one of the #foodporn goals. Take the opportunity to enjoy the scenic view from Laban Rata, take a good photo and upload it to your social media, let the world see that you going to conquer Mt Kinabalu summit real soon!
Photo of Ily Lia Affiqah
You will have plenty of time to rest and be prepared before en route to the summit. From Laban Rata to summit, it will takes about another 4 hours trekking in the dark. The last checkpoint will be at Sayat-Sayat, 1.5 Kilometres from the summit. At Kilometres 8, there’s rope prepared to help the climber as the route will be slippery due to the mist and coldness at the peak. When you arrive at the Low’s peak, the summit of Mount Kinabalu, you are just in time to witness the most epic sunrise at 4,095 Metres above the sea level. Some might shed happy tears for what they had achieved, it will the most beautiful moment that worth a lifetime.
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