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Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia
  • However, both Josephine and I decided to not go ahead with the final climb as she was down with altitude sickness and fever while I was physically worn out
  • Overall, it was an unforgettable experience, and I treasure every moment of the climb

    • by balvanie77
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      It was in the month of July 2008 that Josephine and I took a flight North to Kota Kinabalu, Sabah with the main objective of climbing the highest peak in South East Asia - Mount Kinabalu.

      We engaged a local tour agency for the 3 days 2 nights package, and after we had our rest at a hotel in Kota Kinabalu, we headed off to Kinabalu Park the next morning. It was a 2 hour drive to the park. Our tour guide registered our names at the registration office, and had our name tags done before we were allowed to start our 6km journey to Labuan Rata, where we had to stay overnight, and climb up to the summit at around 2am the next day. A guide was also assigned to guide the two of us up the mountain as well as help us carry our backpacks


      for a fee. The rate was RM14 per kilogram, and our backpacks weighted 7 kilograms, totaling RM98 for his service.

      There were huts and toilets at every 1km that we walked, so we had time to take a breather, replenish our body fluids as well as ease ourselves. For the first 3km, the climb was not that hard, and not very steep. However, after the third kilometer, the climb became steeper, and it was more difficult for us. Furthermore, it started to rain, and with our tired body and slippery terrain, progress became slower. It took a total of 7 hours for us to reach Labuan Rata, which average out our speed of 857 meters of distance cover per hour.

      We had our buffet style dinner at Labuan Rata, and during the free time that we had up there, we took plenty of photos of the area. At ...


      • more then 3000 meters above sea level, the cloud was beneath us, and the view was magnificent. It was around 5 degree Celsius in the evening, and we had to wear our winter jackets to keep warm.

        At around 9pm, we were told to get to bed so that we would be able to wake up at around 2am the next day for the final climb to the summit to watch the sunrise. However, both Josephine and I decided to not go ahead with the final climb as she was down with altitude sickness and fever while I was physically worn out. Our guide agreed, and asked us to take a good rest for the climb down the next morning.

        After breakfast and tonnes of photos taken at Labuan Rata in the morning, we started our descend early with our guide. Going down was also very tiring, especially

        on our knees as our entire bodyweight rest on the knees as we take a step down. A total of 5 hours 30 minutes was needed for the descent, and when we reached the Kinabalu checkpoint, our guide brought us over to the restaurant for our buffet meal while he proceeded with getting our certificates from the registration office. We were only given the certificate stating our climb to Labuan Rata instead of the one for those who conquer Mount Kinabalu, but we were happy that we tried and managed to reach Labuan Rata.

        If we were to plan another trip to climb Mount Kinabalu in the future, we will make sure that we increase our stamina and fitness level so that we will make it to the summit in the second attempt. Overall, it was an unforgettable experience, and I treasure every moment of the climb.




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