Everyone and even beginner can climb Mount Kinabalu as you do not need any special skills or equipment to conquer it, but must at least have the basic fitness level. In order for you to climb safely and successfully, it is important that you pack WELL and pack LIGHT. The weather at Mount Kinabalu can be either warm (as high as 23ºC in the daytime) or very windy and cold (as 3ºC in the wee hours of the morning) – usually both! Rain might happen at any minute, be prepared to encounter all types of conditions.
Do not over pack and make sure that what you do bring is appropriate and sufficient. Keep the weight in your backpack to no more than 10KG by taking only the necessities and avoid “nice to have” supplies. Consume high-protein snacks in light weight package rather than cans to reduce your kg. Always bear in mind that a heavy pack will overtax you and cut off blood circulation to your limbs. Less weight also means better balance.
You have to carry a backpack together with you even though you decide to hire a porter as you may need some necessities along the climb like raincoat, water, jackets, energy bars, medication etc. Also, protect your climbing gear from getting wet (use backpack rain cover / waterproof bag / pack them inside plastic bags – especially the backpack carry by porter).
What you prefer to wear to the hike is really a matter of personal preference – it’s all up to you. Some climbers prefer to go light with wearing only a t-shirt and shorts for the early stages, adding a warm jacket as they reach higher altitude but some others prefer to wear long-sleeved shirt and pants. Just adjust your clothing depending on the weather. Remember to bring the necessities with you. The infographic below can give you some idea on the climbing equipment you need during your DAY CLIMB (Timpohon Gate to Base Camp).
The night climb usually is cold and windy. Hence, we strongly recommend that you wear in layers as layering is an excellent way to ensure your comfort on the mountain and keep your body warm. It allows you to make quick adjustments based on your activity level and changes in the weather.
– The base layer (against your skin) allows evaporation of moisture produced by your skin; therefore, choose clothing materials that have moisture wicking properties.
– The insulated layer traps the warmth produced by your body and protects you from the cold.
– The protective/outer layer shields you from the wind and rain. It should be waterproof, windproof and breathable.
Extra belonging which you don’t need during your night climb can be kept at your room. Please make sure you lock the door before you leave and do not leave your valuable items inside the room if there is any. The climbing equipment for your night climb will be different from your day climb, pay attention to the info graphic below to ensure you are well prepared.
If you simply can’t beat the over packing habit or wish to have a comfortable journey, hire a porter. You’re going to need one. But this is fully optional depends on individual.
|Porter Fee Guideline|
|Timpohon Gate > Laban Rata Rest House > Timpohon Gate||MYR 13 per KG / trip|
|Timpohon Gate > Sayat Sayat Check Point > Timpohon Gate||MYR 15 per KG / trip|
|Timpohon Gate > Summit > Timpohon Gate||MYR 16 per KG / trip|
All rates stated above are for reference purposes only and subject to change
Should you hire a porter, the backpack packing idea below might help!