LOW'S PEAK 4095.2 M  |  6.075° N, 116.558° E


To ensure your own safety and that of the team, and to make the climb an enjoyable and fulfilling one, it is advisable to bear in mind the following:

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  • Overnight in Kinabalu Park or Kundasang Highlands (1500m a.s.l) prior to climb allows you to acclimatize to altitude changes and reduce AMS while climbing
  • Engaging a mountain guide is compulsory for yourself or your group (Ratio of Max 5 climbers to 1 mountain guide)
  • Wear comfortable trekking or running shoes with a good grip
  • Cut your toe nails to prevent knocking into your shoes
  • Have enough warm clothing for the summit climb
  • You should feel comfortable and be able to move freely in what you wear (Denim jeans not recommended)
  • Try to pack your climbing bag at around 4-8Kg (Do not bring too many unnecessary things)
  • Do not have a heavy breakfast prior to the climb
  • Try to finish your packed lunch within 1-2 hours from the start of the ascent (To reduce weight)
  • For any special meal diet such as vegetarians, please inform our Mount Kinabalu Booking Centre consultants for arrangement
  • Some chocolate & energy bars may be satisfying
  • Trek at a normal pace (Too fast may result high altitude sickness & vomiting, too slow will drain out your energy)
  • Rest longer at 4th or 5th KM mark – about 10 mins for high altitude acclimatization
  • Should you feel too tired to carry on, try not to sit or lay down on high altitude, just stand still
  • Untreated fresh mountain water is available at every shelter; you may refill them at these stops (Bring some water purification tablets)
  • Boiled water for drinking or refill is available at Pendant Hut. However, it is not available at Laban Rata Restaurant.
  • Be extra careful with your steps during the wet spell
  • Do not run at any time while ascending or descending the mountain
  • Do not run at the summit especially around the 7.4 KM mark (Most dangerous point)
  • Cover your nose (and mouth) with a scarf in windy condition on high ground
  • Make extra sure your feet and hands are warm and dry during the final ascent
  • When descending, try to walk sideway or in a zig-zag way to prevent slipping and reduce pain on joints
  • Do not bring valuable items
  • Fit Climber trekking duration (3 to 4 hrs) from Timpohon Gate to Mountain Hut (Panalaban)
  • Average Climber trekking duration (5 to 6 hrs) from Timpohon Gate to Mountain Hut (Panalaban)
  • Unfit Climber trekking duration (7 to 8 hrs) from Timpohon Gate to Mountain Hut (Panalaban)
  • Bring extra Ringgit Cash (No Credit Card available at Panalaban)
  • Trekking Pole available for sale (MYR 45) at Help Desk @ Kinabalu Park
  • Laban Rata Restaurant OPEN 7.00am and CLOSE at 7.30pm (No Food available after 7.30pm)
  • Laban Rata Restaurant staff will clear up Tables, Chairs, Utensils and Drinking Water Pot at 7.45pm – 8.00pm
  • Laban Rata Grocery Counter Closed at 7.30pm (Selling À la Carte Food, Beverages, Chips, Chocolate Bar, Batteries…etc)
  • Laban Rata (Non-Heated Dormitory Rooms, Blanket, Bed, Bed Sheet and Pillow provided )
  • Pendant Hut (Non-Heated Rooms, Sleeping Bag, Bed, Bed Sheet and Pillow provided)
  • There will no health checks conducted by any authorities during climb registration, so climb at your own risk

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Engaging A Porter For Your Climb

1. Timpohon-Panalaban 10.00 65.00 / Way
2. Panalaban-Timpohon 10.00 65.00 / Way
3. Timpohon-Sayat-Sayat 10.00 75.00 / Way
4. Sayat-Sayat-Timpohon 10.00 75.00 / Way
5. Timpohon-Summit 10.00 80.00 / Way
6. Summit-Timpohon 10.00 80.00 / Way

** Maximum weight is 10 Kgs and additional weight will be charged based on daily rate per Kg
** All rates are inclusive of 0% GST.

Engaging A Mountain Guide For Your Climb

For the safety of all climbers, especially young climbers and children, Sabah Parks Authority has imposed the following guidelines when engaging a mountain guide for Mount Kinabalu Climb. For simplicity, we shall refer to climbers aged 16 years and above as Adult and climbers aged 16 years and below as Child.

  • One mountain guide is allowed to take a maximum of five(5) climbers aged 16 years and above in the same group.

  • Guide : Climbers (5 Adults)
    1 : 5

  • One mountain guide is allowed to take a maximum of three(3) climbers if there is a child aged below 16 years old in the same group.

  • Guide : Climbers (2 Adults + 1 Child)
    1 : 3

    Guide : Climbers (1 Adults + 2 Child)
    1 : 3

  • One mountain guide is allowed to take a maximum of two(2) children aged below 16 years in the same group.

  • Guide : Climbers (2 Children)
    1 : 2

Different Scenarios
4 Pax 4 Adults
3 Adults + 1 Child
2 Adults + 2 Children
1 Adult + 3 Children
4 Children
5 Pax 5 Adults
4 Adults + 1 Child
3 Adults + 2 Children
2 Adult + 3 Children
1 Adult + 4 Children
5 Children
6 Pax 6 Adults
5 Adults + 1 Child
4 Adults + 2 Children
3 Adult + 3 Children
2 Adult + 4 Children
1 Adult + 5 Children
6 Children

** Updated as of June 2017

  • Identify your Mountain Guide who will display an identification card.
  • Travel together in your own group and stay with the Mountain Guide at all times.
  • Follow the instructions of your Mountain Guide.
  • Alert your Mountain Guide if you face any difficulty.
  • Believe It or Not, DO NOT SHOUT, SCREAM or CURSE the mountain at any point of time.
  • Display your climbing permit and show it to Park Officials at the check point at Timpohon Gate, Panalaban and Sayat-Sayat on your way up and down.
  • If for any reason, you are separated from your group or the Mountain Guide, please follow the white rope that marks the summit Trail. If visibility is very low or in the dark please hold onto the rope and follow it. (There is a thick white rope leasing all the way from the vegetation belt above Panalaban to the summit. Use this rope to help climbing up and prevent falling when walking down. PLEASE FOLLOW and USE THE ROPE FOR YOUR OWN SAFETY.
  • The weather on the Summit area can deteriorate in a matter of minutes. Thick mist may reduce visibility to only 3 meters, and rainstorms and wind of up to 120 km/hr. may occur at times. Please hold on to the ROPE, which will lead you to safety.
  • If you are separated from your Mountain Guide and lose sight of the ROPE, STOP IMMEDIATELY, stay where you are and blow your whistle to attract attention. PLEASE DO NOT TRY TO FIND YOUR WAY OUT. HELP is definitely on the way. The Park Officials at Sayat-Sayat check point will notice that you are missing.
  • While climbing to the Submit please make sure to carry with you the followings:-
    Wear enough warm clothing Temperature can be freezing at times
    A head torchlight To light your way during pre-dawn climb and to signal for help when needed
    A rain coat To protect you from rain and wind, and it will slow down the loss of body heat
    A whistle Only to be used when help is needed. Three short blasts to attract attraction, long continuous blasts for emergency and serious injuries
    Some energy food and water
    (e.g. extra chocolate, glucose tablets, biscuits)
    For emergency-use when you are waiting for help to arrive

It is recommended that all climbers should have themselves medically checked before attempting any mountain climb.
DO NOT CLIMB If you are suffering from or have a history of the following ailments:-
  • Hypertension
  • Diabetes
  • Palpitation
  • Arthritis
  • Heart disease
  • Severe Anemiav
  • Peptic ulcers
  • Epileptic Fits
  • Obesity (Overweight)
  • Chronic Asthma
  • Muscular Cramps
  • Hepatitis (Jaundice)
  • Any other sickness or disease that may be triggered by severe cold, exertion, and high altitude.
Climbing Mount Kinabalu is usually a “once in a lifetime” experience for most people, so it is vital that proper preparations are made beforehand. With superior information and sufficient time to prepare, you stand an extremely good chance of reaching the summit.

Although the majority of routes leading to the summit of Kinabalu require no technical climbing skills, some kind of training beforehand is important. It is important to remember that you will be hiking on surfaces with varying angles which may put lots of stress on your ankles and knees. It is also worth remembering that most of the injuries which occur on Mount Kinabalu happen on the way down. When climbing Mount Kinabalu, take a slow pace to allow your body to acclimatize to the altitude, as at 3000 meters, you only have 70% of the oxygen you would normally have at sea-level.
To climb Mount Kinabalu:
  • You need to be in decent physical condition.
  • You must not have heart or lung problems.
  • You need healthy knees and ankles.
  • Take your time and know your physical limitations.
Consult your personal physician if:
  • You are taking any kind of medication.
  • Take your time and know your physical limitations.
If you plan to take any medication during your climb, you must consult your doctor prior to departure. The effects of medications may vary with altitude and stress. All climbers should consult their doctor or a specialized travel clinic well in advance of their trip.
À la Carte All Day Dining

Food and beverage items are available at the Grocery Counter.
The menu and price list is provided below for your reference.
Food Categories Food Menu Price (Nett)
Soup Cream of Mushroom
Cream of Chicken
Tom Yam Soup
RM 19.00
RM 19.00
RM 19.00
Fried Rice Chinese Style RM 19.00
Porridge Choice of chicken or egg RM 19.00
Noodle / Mee Hoon Choice of dry / wet or soup RM 19.00
Instant Noodle Choice of chicken, curry or laksa flavour RM 12.00
Sandwich Variety Choice of tuna, egg, cheese
French fries
RM 19.00
RM 19.00

Buffet Categories Food Menu Price (Nett)
Buffet Supper (02:00hr-03:30hr)
Breakfast (07:30hr-10:30hr)
Dinner (16:30hr-19:00hr)
RM 40.00
RM 55.00
RM 75.00

Beverage Categories Beverage Menu Price (Nett)
Hot Drink Tenom Coffee
Sabah Tea
Lemon Tea
Hot Ginger Tea
RM 12.00
RM 13.00
RM 13.00
RM 11.00
RM 13.00
RM 13.00
RM 13.00
Soft Drinks 100 Plus
Light Coke
Soya Beans
F&N Strawberry
F&N Orange
Drinking Water 500ml
Drinking Water 1.5L
RM 11.00
RM 11.00
RM 11.00
RM 11.00
RM 11.00
RM 11.00
RM 11.00
RM 7.00
RM 14.00

** All items are available from 10.30 am until 7:00 pm.

Other Items Available at Laban Rata Grocery Counter include:
  • Batteries
  • Cigarettes
  • Oral Medications such as Paracetamol
  • Eye Drops & Ointment
  • Chocolates, Biscuits & Chips
  • Sanitary Pads
  • Tissue Paper
  • Combs & Toothbrush
  • Disposable shavers
  • Body Lotion
  • Lip Balm
  • T-shirts
  • Gloves & Beanie/Winter Hat
  • Disposable Raincoat/Ponchos
  • Portable Oxygen Inhaler

** Please note that the items in this list are not comprehensive and not always readily available. This list serves as a guideline only. Please ensure you bring your own necessary items up the mountain if that is considered important to you.