I am hoping to climb Mt Kinabalu sometime in May 2012. I'm really looking forward to it but I just wondered what level of fitness is required for this? Would you recommend that I would need to train for the climb? Did you experience any mountain sickness?
Any advice on this or any general advice on places you would recommend in Borneo would be greatly appreciated
Many thanks, Niamh
Mt Kinabalu: a guide to the climb of a lifetime
Mt Kinabalu (4095m) is the tallest mountain in South-East Asia and is situated in the Kinabalu National Park in the province of Sabah in Malaysian Borneo. Thousands of tourists visit Kinabalu National Park each year and most come with the intention of climbing Mt Kinabalu.
Fortunately, Mt Kinabalu is one of the easiest peaks in the world to conquer. It takes just two days and climbers don't need any previous experience at mountain climbing. At sunrise, the views from the Mt Kinabalu's summit at Low's Peak are spectacular, making all the effort worthwhile.
Most climbers take two days to ascend and descend Mt Kinabalu. The eight-kilometre climb generally starts from the the Timpohon Gate near park headquarters (1800m), with an overnight stay at one of the guest houses at Laban Rata (3273m), before pushing on to the summit early next morning. Mt Kinabalu's summit is usually reached in time to view the sunrise, before returning to Laban Rata for breakfast. Climbers then descend the mountain, generally reaching the park headquarters by mid-afternoon.
Anyone with a reasonable level of fitness and the willpower to push through fatigue and discomfort can climb to the summit of Mt Kinabalu. It is achievable and incredibly rewarding.
This site contains all you need to know about climbing Mt Kinabalu: preparation, equipment, transport, costs, accommodation and a blow by blow account of the climb itself. Follow the links below to learn about climbing Mt Kinabalu - the climb of a lifetime.
Edited on 22-Dec-2011, at 02:27 by jonss
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Google 'mt. kinabalu climb' and you will get a wealth of info. I read the entire 2 day climbing guide and it will answer all your questions. You will need to be in pretty good physical condition to make it to the top. After reading about the route, I am afraid my sore old knees would not make it to the top. Several stated that climbing Mt. Kinabalu was the most physically taxing thing they have ever done. Difficult, but doable. I hope you get the chance to climb Mt. Kinabalu.