“It’s all about Mount Kinabalu Trail Information, consisting of Mount Kinabalu Summit Trail (Timpohon Trail), Mount Kinabalu Ranau Trail, and Mount Kinabalu Kota Belud Trail. Enjoy your reading to understand more about Mount Kinabalu!”
In this Mount Kinabalu Trail Information page, we will explain more about the whole Mount Kinabalu hiking trails in detail. Firstly, TIMPOHON TRAIL, also known as Mount Kinabalu Summit Trail, is the well-trodden main route taken by most climbers. It takes you from Timpohon Gate (the starting point of Mount Kinabalu climb journey) at an elevation of 1, 866 meters to a height of 4,095.2 meters at summit Low’s Peak. In addition, the 8.5 kilometers trails can be completed in 2 days 1 night. But we do recommend doing it over a 3 days span in order to get your body properly acclimatize in order to avoid altitude sickness during the climb. Most importantly, all climbers are required to display their climbing permit and register at the checkpoint at Timpohon Gate prior to the climb via Mount Kinabalu Summit Trail (Timpohon Trail).
The following day begins well before dawn as climbers set out in a bee-line for the conquering the Low’s Peak, the highest peak of Mount Kinabalu Summit Trail. Commencing as early as 2.30 am, you can see the beams of torch lights in the dark as the procession of climbers trudge higher and higher. Nothing much is visible but the lights of the city. Furthermore, the small town can be seen if the weather is good. In order to help you over the steeper slopes, there are ladders, hand railings, and ropes along the Mount Kinabalu Summit Trail
Ever since the earthquake in 2015, the old hiking route became inaccessible. After proper construction work is done, Ranau Trail was introduced and opened to the public after 3 months. The newly constructed trail is estimated 300m longer than the old route. In order to properly guide climbers, mountain guides were required to go through training on the new trail. Ranau trail has now become the standard summit trail that all climbers use, with the starting point from Pendant Hut to Sayat-Sayat Checkpoint and requires only average fitness level. The total distance of Ranau Trail to summit Low’s Peak is about 2.8KM. When there is bad weather, the Summit gate will be closed for the safety of all climbers.
There are no restrictions on the number of climbers that allowed to go through the Ranau trail. 1 guide will be assigned to 5 climbers at max. If you are choosing Ranau Trail in the first place, you are not allowed to change to Kota Belud Trail. At the beginning of the trail, you will be greeted with what seems like a never-ending flight of wooden stairs. However, with proper training and preparation, it won’t be too hard for you to overcome this obstacle. This trail is suitable for climbers of all ages as it comprises stairs and climbing aids along the hike. When the hike gets tougher, make sure to take a short break and enjoy the greenery view the trail has to offer.
If you have hiked Mount Kinabalu before, you can give Kota Belud Traill a try, especially if you are looking for something more thrilling and challenging. On top of that, you get to see Mount Kinabalu from a different view.
Kota Belud Trail is an alternate route to the peak, which has been introduced to climbers on 9 Dec 2016. Even though this trail offers a less greenery view, but it boasts of its beautiful panoramic view from the rocky mountain. Don’t underestimate the toughness of this route even though it is 170m shorter than Ranau Trail. Kota Belud trail’s starting point is from Panalaban Hostel and ends at Sayat-Sayat Checkpoint.
The total distance of Kota Belud Trail to summit Low’s Peak is around 2.8KM. The trail will be open at 3 am if weather permitted. If you are looking to take this trail to the peak, do make sure to book in advance as it is limited to only 30 climbers per day and no last-minute changes from Ranau trail are allowed. However, you are allowed to change from Kota Belud trail to Ranau Trail.
Taking Kota Belud trail requires good upper body strength especially when you reach the steeper part of this trail. It is definitely more challenging as you need to hold on to the ropes during the hike. This trail only open for climbers aged 18 years and above. One mountain guide will be assigned to a maximum of 3 climbers during the hike on this trail. In addition, mountain guides will assess and have the authority to call-off climbers from taking this route if found physically unfit. Hence, you are advised to have an above-average fitness level with good agility and dexterity. Climbers with acrophobia are not recommended to take this route.