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3D2N Budget Mount Kinabalu Climb Via Timpohon Trail

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Tour Code: BC-MK02B
Availability: Everyday
Duration: 3 Days 2 Night
Validity: Until 31st Dec 2020
Pick Up & Drop Off: Hotel/Airport in Kota Kinabalu City
Min Age: No limit

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No sharing of transportation
(Except transfer from Park HQ > Timpohon Gate > Park HQ)


Our mountain guide just for your group
(No sharing of mountain guide with other groups)


To places of interest on Day 1
(Pekan Nabalu, Kinabalu Park, Poring Hot Spring, Treetop Canopy Walk & Desa Cattle Dairy Farm)

“REMARK: Complimentary day tour on Day 1 starts at 8am. Guests who arrive late might unable to cover all places of interest”

3D2N Budget Mount Kinabalu Climb Via Timpohon Trail

Validity: 1 January 2020 – 31 December 2020
No of PaxMalaysian (MYR/Pax)International (MYR/Pax)
26 Pax Above 1050 1300
17-25 Pax 1070 1320
10-16 Pax 1090 1340
9 Pax 1110 1360
8 Pax 1130 1380
7 Pax 1150 1400
5-6 Pax 1200 1450
4 Pax 1250 1500
3 Pax 1300 1550
2 Pax 1400 1650
1 Pax 1800 2050

All Rated Are Quoted In RINGGIT MALAYSIA & NETT (No Hidden Cost Unless Otherwise Stated)

Climbers below 16 years old are considered as CHILD and compulsory to have private mountain guide (Maximum shared by 2 children / Guide). Mountain Guide Fee – MYR 230/Guide.

All passports and visas must be valid at least 06 months from the date of entry into the country destination

Transportation Overtime Charges [MYR 80 per transport/way] will be apply for : Transfer depart from Kinabalu Park HQ to Kota Kinabalu city after 7pm on the descent day due to climber late arrival.

Outskirt Hotels Pick-Up and Drop Off Surcharge
There is additional charges for hotel pick up outside the city: MYR 30 per person for pick up from Beringgis Beach Resort, Langkah Syabas Beach Resort, Rasa Ria Resort, Karambunai Area, Kinarut Area etc.

Booking Steps:

Check the availability of accommodation.

Once your climbing slots are being confirmed, a copy of MYKAD or PASSPORT must be submitted within the same day and full payment must be made in order to secure the slots.

Reservation will be cancelled without notice if there is no payment made within the stipulated time.

No refund will be made for any cancellation AND replacement of names / change of date is not permitted.

Recent Updates

All Ground Transportation

  • Kota Kinabalu Hotel / Airport – Kinabalu Park HQ – Kota Kinabalu Hotel / Airport (Private Transfer)
  • Transfer to place of interest on Day 1 (Private Transfer)
  • Kinabalu Park HQ > Timpohon Gate’s starting point > Kinabalu Park HQ (KOKTAS Shuttle Bus : Seat-In-Coach)
  • Only ONE (1) return transfer is provided per group. Additional charges will be applied if you request for more than one transfer

2 Nights Accommodation

  • Day 1 : Pine Resort or similar (Twin / Triple Sharing)
  • Day 2 : Panalaban / Lemaing Hostel (Unisex Shared Room) – Very basic accommodation, with up to 15 persons in unheated unisex dormitory room.

7 Meals

  • Day 1 : (-/-/Dinner)
  • Day 2 : (Breakfast/Packed Lunch/Dinner)
  • Day 3 : (Supper/Breakfast/Lunch)

All Entrance Fees
Climbing Permit
Climbing Insurance
Mountain Guide Fees
English Speaking Coordinator

Porter Fees
Optional Tipping
Malaysian Tourism Tax (TTX)
Sabah Park’s Mountain guide overtime charges based on arrival to Timpohon Gate on the descend day (MYR 15 per group per hour after 4pm)
Transportation Overtime Charges
Others not mentioned

Mountain Guide Overtime Charges
Mountain Guide overtime charges based on arrival to Timpohon Gate on the descend day = MYR 15 per guide for every extra hour start from 4pm (count as a group)

About Drinking Water / Hot Water
Balsam Cafe & Laban Rata Restaurant are no longer provide hot water/drinking water for climbers. Mineral water is available for purchase at the grocery counter – MYR 7 for 500ml / MYR 14 for 1.5 liters. Coffee & Tea will only be provided during Breakfast Hour and Supper

Day 1
Day 2
Day 3
Kota Kinabalu City > Kundasang

Complimentary Day Tour

Pick up at 0800hrs from your hotel lobby in Kota Kinabalu city or airport. Take approximately 1hour 30minutes drive to Pekan Nabalu, which located at 73KM away from KK town, where you can get various local products, fruits, home grown vegetables and handicraft souvenirs. Continue your journey to Kinabalu Park for pre-climb registration. [Passports/Original Identification are required for verification during registration]. Do expect some short waiting time, as there might be a long queue for registration. After registration, proceed to place of interest like Poring Hot Spring (for Hot Sulphur Spring Bath and Tree Top Canopy Walk), Desa Cattle Dairy Farm (fresh milk and yummy ice-cream) etc. Lunch at own expenses. Overnight at Kinabalu Pine Resort or similar (twin/triple sharing) and dinner will be served at resort’s restaurant.

** complimentary day tour on Day 1 applied to tours start at 8am. Any tour commenced after 8am due to late arrival will results in missing some visiting spots, subject to actual day’s schedule**

Kinabalu Park HQ > Panalaban / Lemaing Hostel

Ascent: Timpohon Trail

Wake up at 0600hrs to get yourself prepared, warm up and do some stretching. After breakfast, you will be transfer to Kinabalu Park HQ. Collect your individual packed lunch and meet your mountain guide [Wear your ID Tag at all times]. Unneeded luggage can be store at Sutera Sanctuary Lodge’s reception counter at MYR 12 per luggage at own expenses. You may engage porter at Kinabalu Park. Porter fees are paid directly to the porter at MYR 13.00/kg. Transfer to Timpohon Gate together with your mountain guide. Start your adventure of 6KM trekking to Panalaban.

Overnight at Panalaban / Lemaing Hostel (unisex shared room with basic facilities). Dinner start serving from 4.30pm to 7pm, at Laban Rata Restaurant. Enjoy your day!

Laban Rata Resthouse > Low’s Peak > Kinabalu Park HQ > Kota Kinabalu

Wake up at 1.30am and gear up. Supper start serving from 2am to 3.30am, at Laban Rata Restaurant. Start your journey towards the Summit of Low’s Peak @ 4095.2m with your assigned Mountain Guide. Cut-off time for Sayat-Sayat Check Point is 5.30am (Climbers who arrive at Sayat- Sayat Check Point after 5.30am will not allowed to proceed with summit climb). Experience the glorious sunrise over the majestic Mount Kinabalu. Take beautiful photos at the summit plateau before descend to Laban Rata for a well earned breakfast. Check out and trek down to Timpohon Gate.

Take the Park’s shuttle transfer – KOKTAS, from Timpohon Gate to Kinabalu Park’s Headquarter. Enjoy your late lunch at Panataran Restaurant.

CONGRATULATIONS! You can now collect your Certificate of Achievement from our team. Transfer back to your hotel at Kota Kinabalu, takes approximately 2 hours.

Tour Details

Porter Fee (Oprional)

How much is the cost?

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 FeesRate
Timpohon > Laban Rata Resthouse > Timpohon MYR 13/KG
Timpohon > Sayat-Sayat > TimpohonMYR 15/KG
Timpohon > Summit > TimpohonMYR 16/KG
  • Porters will measure the weight of backpacks in front of climbers.
  • Payments will be made directly to the porter by cash.
  • Porters will not trek along with you, so keep all the necessities that you need with you.
  • Things can get wet on the mountain, so pack your belongings in big plastic bag/use a backpack rain cover to protect your climbing gear.
  • Please recognize your own porter and pay attention on them.

Meal Timing

All Meal TimeLaban Rata Restaurant


Check In & Check Out Time

AccommodationCheck InCheck Out
Kinabalu Pine Resort2pm11pm
Panalaban Hostel12pm12pm
Laban Rata Resthouse1pm10.30am
Trail Map

MOUNT KINABALU TRAIL MAP(Timpohon Trail & Summit Trail)

TIMPOHON TRAIL(Timpohon Gate Starting Point to Panalaban)


Timpohon Trail is the well-trodden main route taken by most climbers. The starting point of Timpohon Trail is Timpohon Gate, located approximately 4KM from Kinabalu Park Headquarters. Climbers are required to display climbing permit and register at the check point at Timpohon Gate prior to the climb.

Interestingly, the climb actually begins with the descent to Carson’s Fall, named after the first Park Warden of Kinabalu Park. From here onward, depending on your fitness level, it is about 4-5 hours climb for the day. The trail wind up a steep staircase of gnarled tree-roots to a mossy world of drifting clouds and orchid-draped trees, where pitcher plants and rhododendrons abound. There are 7 shelters throughout the 6KM hike to Laban Rata Rest house. The first is Kandis Shelter at 1981.7m where on a clear day, a view of the road that links Kota Kinabalu to the park can be seen.

The second shelter is Ubah Shelter at 2081.4m. This is where one of Borneo’s most unusual pitcher plants grows – the Nepenthes Lowii, so do look out for these oddly-shaped plants with pitcher containers. The mossy forest continues on past the Sabah Telecoms Station at Komborongoh at 2252.2m. Interestingly, “Komborongoh” is a plant that the Kadazandusuns people use to ward off evil spirits and used in traditional ceremonies and rituals.

The third shelter is Lowii Shelter. The trail continues up to the mossy forest of mixed bamboos and tree ferns. More rhododendrons are seen. At 2515m, here comes to the fourth shelter, Mempening Shelter is reached with wild begonias growing nearby. Stops at these shelter, take a rest and observe the squirrels, tree shrews and birds that seem so unafraid of climbers. You will also see the Layang-Layang TV Station. Soon, you will emerge to an open exposed ridge at Layang-Layang Shelter, the fifth shelter at 2702m (previously known as Carson’s Camp). At this point, a band of ultramafic soil, distinguished by its orange-cinnamon colour, crosses the trail and the vegetation changes dramatically.

Villosa Shelter, the sixth shelter, at 2690m is situated at the top of an open rocky patch and soon the forest becomes even more stunned. Superb view can be seen of Mount Kinabalu towering above as you follow the trail upwards. At the top of this open area, at 3050m, a small track leads off to a helipad on the right. After the helipad junction, the ultramafic soil ends and the forest are again the taller trees covered with mosses. Soon after, you will arrive at the seventh shelter –Paka Shelter, at 3080m. This pondok was named after Paka Cave nearby. The Paka Cave which sited on the edge of a small stream is nothing more than a large overhanging rock.

Finally, the various accommodations for overnight stop is reached. There are few mountain huts available for overnight – the Laban Rata Resthouse, Waras Hut, Pendant Hut and Lemaing Hut. Laban Rata Rest House, at 3272m, is the biggest mountain hut among the others, and also where the restaurant located at. Pendant Hut, cozy and eco-friendly Alpine-inspired hut is exclusively for Via Ferrata’s climbers. Via ferrata climbers have to arrived at Pendant Hut by 3pm to attend a mandatory pre-activity briefing and familiarization session. Check in to your accommodation and dinner will be served at Laban Rata Resthouse restaurant. After dinner, take a good rest and be prepare for the climb to the peak. 

SUMMIT TRAIL(Panalaban to Low's Peak)


After a night’s rest, climbers have to wake up at about 1.30 am to get yourself prepare for the summit climb. Supper/Early breakfast is ready at Laban Rata Restaurant. Climbers are advice to start ascend before 3am in order to catch the magnificent sunrise at the peak, weather permitting. In the dark, you can see the beams of torch lights as the procession of climbers trudge higher and higher. There are ladders, hand railings and ropes to help you over the steeper slopes.

Due to the route from Laban Rata to Sayat-Sayat Check Point was considerably damaged after the earthquake, a new route – Ranau Trail has been introduced. The new trail will take you from Panalaban (previously known as Laban Rata) at 3272m to Sayat Sayat Check Point (3,668m) then continue on to the summit trail to Low’s Peak at (4095.2m). Ranau Trail is near vertical with steep sections of wooden stairs of 70-80 degree incline. Some sections did not even have wooden steps and you need to haul yourself using a fixed rope over large boulders. Just proceed slowly and cautiously. The new trail may be more challenging than the previous trail, but you are then rewarded with awesome views of the mountain terrain.

The second new trail to the summit of the 4,095m Mount Kinabalu called ‘Kota Belud Trail’now open to climbers too. The 1.1 kilometre trail will be the alternative route in addition to the ‘Ranau Trail’. However, certain parts of Kota Belud trail has slopes which are more than 60 degrees, making it slightly tougher compared to the Ranau trail. Wooden steps and ropes can be found along certain parts of the trail. Both trails start from Laban Rata and meet at the Sayat-Sayat Checkpoint where you will make the ascent to the summit. (You will take the Ranau Trail as Kota Belud trail required special permit to enter). Soon after, you will see Sayat-Sayat Hut at, this is the highest shelter on the mountain. Sayat-Sayat Check Point is the last check point that requires you to display your climbing permit.

From here, you will walk across the bare granite slabs that stretch endless ahead, in an eerie moonscape of stone. The vegetation are stunted shrubs and tough grasses in the crevices. Distance from Laban Rata Resthouse to Low’s Peak is 2.4KM. There is marker at every kilometer as well. After KM8.5, finally reach to your final destination; the highest point on Mount Kinabalu, the summit of Borneo at 4095.2m – The Low’s Peak! As you wait in the cold, dawn gradually creeps over the horizon, illuminating the darkness with the light of a new day. By this time, climbers are already at Low’s Peak or nearing. Watching as the day unfolds over a spectacular view of the mountains plateau and valleys below, which were not visible before. In clear weather, you can almost see all of Sabah spread out below. There is much more to the western plateau of Mount Kinabalu than Low’s Peak, as there are more than 20 peaks crowning the summit, such as Alexandra Peak, St Andrew Peak, Victoria Peak and Oyayubi Peak. On the eastern plateau, stand King Edward Peak and King George Peak. However, these peaks are only for experienced climbers as it is a challenging climb.

It can be very cold with strong wind at the peak. Hence, climbers are advised to descent as soon as possible. You may be lucky to have good mountain condition and be able to stay longer. However, it is advisable to descent before the swirling clouds could obstruct visibility. It takes about 2 hours to descent to your mountain hut. Check out your accommodation and have your breakfast at Laban Rata Rest House. It takes another 4-5 hours to descent from Laban Rata to Timpohon Gate.

Day 1 Accommodation : Kinabalu Pine Resort / Similar
Kinabalu Pine Resort
(Twin / Triple Share)

Kinabalu Pine Resort is one of the beautiful resort located at Kundasang area. Their wooden cabins are fully built using the exclusive Selangan Batu hardwood. All rooms at here come with WiFi internet access, satellite television channels, intercom facility, en-suite bathroom, and coffee & tea making facilities. All cabins have wide open porches facing Mount Kinabalu.

Day 2 : Panalaban Hostel

Accommodations on the mountain are humbly decorated and only supply the basic facilities to climbers. Hence, do not expect for hotel conditions. All mountain huts are quite similar; most of the rooms are non-heated unisex shared room with blankets and pillows. Climbers require to stay overnight at one of the mountain huts before ascending to the summit early in the next morning. If you don’t have a bed to stay, you are not allowed to climb! The carrying capacity on the mountain is very limited.

There are few mountain huts available on Mount Kinabalu which has to book months in advance as it can be full especially during peak seasons. Therefore, you have to pre-book the accommodation! Panalaban Hostel is newly built two-block hostel near to Laban Rata Resthouse and open for all climbers!

Panalaban Hostel - For All Climbers
(Unisex Shared Room with very basic facilities - Single bed)

Panalaban Hostel is two newly built hostel located not far from Laban Rata Rest House. It takes few minutes short distance walk from the restaurant. Panalaban Hostel is the newest mountain hut with basic facilities; it consists of two blocks, named Mokodau and Kinateki, at Panalaban – Mount Kinabalu. Each block equipped with non-heated unisex shared rooms which can accommodate 25 climbers each. All beds come with blankets and pillows. Common bathroom are provided but dining facilities are not available here.

Goodie Shop
(Located at Laban Rata Resthouse)