3D2N Mount Kinabalu Budget Package Via Timpohon Trail

“You can now book Mount Kinabalu Budget Package with us, climbing Mount Kinabalu in a cheaper way, and stay at Panalaban Hostel."
  • Tour Code : BC-MK-02B
  • Duration : 3 Days 2 Nights
  • Minimum Pax : 1 Person
  • Departure Time : 8 am
  • Pick Up : KK City / Airport
  • Drop Off : KK City / Airport
  • Availability : Everyday
  • Stay : Panalaban Hostel / Lemaing Hut
  • Meals : 7 Meals
  • Elevation : 4095.2 m.a.s.l
  • Trekking Trail : Timpohon Trail
  • Minimum Age : No Age Limit
  • Skill Level : Beginner
Skill LevelBeginner
Fitness LevelModerate



No sharing of transportation
(You don’t have to share transport with other climbers on your descent day!)


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)


Price For Year 2020
Validity: April 2020-March 2021 (MYR/Pax)
No of PaxMalaysianInternational
17-25 Pax 1050 1300
26 Pax Above 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


  • Climbers below 16 years old are considered as CHILD and compulsory to have a private mountain guide (Maximum shared by 2 children / Guide). Mountain Guide Fee – MYR 230/Guide.
  • Outskirt Hotels Pick-Up and Drop Off Surcharge: There are 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.
  • Transportation Overtime Charges [MYR 80 per transport/way] will be applied for: Pick up from airport/hotel in Kota Kinabalu city to Kinabalu Park/Poring Hot Spring after 6 pm on the climbing date (Day 1) AND transfer depart from Kinabalu Park HQ to Kota Kinabalu city after 7 pm on the descent day due to climber late arrival.
  • Federal Tourism and Culture Ministry of Malaysia has imposed a Malaysian Tourism Tax (TTX) effective from September 2017. Foreign tourists are required to pay a flat rate of MYR 10 per room per night regardless of the hotel star level. The tax will be collected from every check-in guest directly at the resort/hotel which is not included in the package.
  • All rate are quoted in Ringgit Malaysia & Nett (No hidden cost unless otherwise stated)
  • All passports and visas must be valid at least 06 months from the date of entry into the country destination


  • 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 canceled 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 for budget packages.


Things To Bring
Important Notes

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 : Kinabalu Pine Resort / Similar (Twin/Triple Share Room)
  • Day 2 : Panalaban / Lemaing Hostel (Unisex Shared Room)

7 Meals

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

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)

Transportation Overtime Charges
Transportation Overtime Charges [MYR 80 per transport/way] will be apply for : Pick up from airport/hotel in Kota Kinabalu city to Kinabalu Park/Poring Hot Spring after 6pm on climbing date (Day 1) AND transfer depart from Kinabalu Park HQ to Kota Kinabalu city after 7pm on the descent day due to climber late arrival.

About Drinking Water / Hot Water
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

No Heated Shower
The power supply in Panalaban comes from a generator set and shared among all the accommodations in Panalaban, thus, the available generated electricity is very limited. As a result, hot shower is not available at all mountain hut.

Clothing Essentials:

  • Based Layer: Thermal Undershirt
  • Insulating Midlayer: Warm Fleece or Sweater
  • Protective Outer Layer: Waterproof Windbreaker
  • Long Trouser (Best if waterproof)
  • Face Scarf / Balaclava
  • Hiking Shoes
  • Socks
  • Warm Hat
  • Extra pairs of quality socks and clothes
  • Gloves

Other Essentials:

  • Backpack and a waterproof cover
  • Plastic Bags / Disposable Bag
  • Personal Medications (Including altitude drugs)
  • Sun Block Lotion
  • Lip Balm
  • Mini First-aid Kit
  • Energy Foods and Drinks
  • Toilet Paper
  • Cash Money
  • Travel Adaptor
  • Personal Toiletries
  • Headlamp / Torch Light
  • Sandal
  • Raincoat / Poncho

Optional Extras:

  • Sunglasses
  • Camera
  • Whistle
  • Trekking Pole

Don’t Forget:

  • Passport
  • Visa
  • Identity Card

COVID-19 Preventive Measure:

  • Personal Face Masks
  • Personal Hand Sanitizer

>> Learn more about Mount Kinabalu Packing Idea

  1. This is a very basic hostel-style accommodation where you have to sleep alongside with other climbers in a big room.
  2. Not recommended to bring valuable items with you.
  3. The safekeeping of your personal belongings is at your own responsibility.
  4. Original passport or identity card is required for verification during the registration process.
  5. Extra luggage/belonging that you don’t wish to bring with you for mountain climbing can be kept at Sutera Sanctuary Lodges reception office (RM12/luggage).
  6. You may hire a porter to carry your backpack at Park HQ. Payments will be made directly to the porter by cash.
  7. Make sure your passport has at least 6 months to run from your time of entry into Malaysia.
  8. After commencement of tour service there will be no refund in part or full will be made for unused service/activity.
  9. We will not be held liable for any delay, additional expenses of inconvenience which may be caused by directly or indirectly by events outside of the company control, such as late arrival of domestic or international flights, civil disturbances, fire, floods, unusually severe weather, act of God, act of Government, or the failure of any machinery or equipment.
  10. In the unlikely event such as bad weather conditions, the local authority (Sabah Park) withholds the rights to cancel the summit climb, no refund in part or full will be given.
  11. We cannot be held responsible, or in any liable, for any injury, property losses, accident, or damage incurred for any reason whatsoever, whether through activity booked through us or caused to you by third parties, during your stay or during participation in any activity.
  12. Strongly recommend that all guests take up adequate personal travel insurance before the trip commences.
  13. Guests must advise any disability requiring special attention or dietary request at the time the reservation is made. We will do our best to accommodate the special needs request, but is not responsible in the event it is unable to do so nor responsible for any denial of services by, hotels, restaurants, or other independent suppliers.
  14. All guests will be required to read and sign an Indemnity Form before the tour commence.


Day 1
Day 2
Kota Kinabalu City > Kundasang > Kinabalu Pine Resort

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. Check in Kinabalu Pine Resort/Similar.

** 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 > Panalaban / Lemaing Hostel

Wake up and breakfast at resort’s restaurant. Check out and transfer to Kinabalu Park HQ.

Collect your individual packed lunch and meet your mountain guide [Wear your Climbing 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 (Timpohon Gate > Laban Rata > Timpohon Gate). 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!

Panalaban / Lemaing Hostel > 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. After that, 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.


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.

Meal Timing

Meal TimeKinabalu Pine ResortLaban Rata Restaurant
Breakfast7am – 10am7.30am-10.30am
Dinner6.30pm – 9.30pm4.30pm-7pm
  • Laban Rata Restaurant no longer provide hot water/drinking water for climbers. 
  • Coffee & Tea will only be provided during Breakfast Hour and Supper.

Check In & Check Out

AccommodationCheck InCheck Out
Panalaban Hostel2pm10.30am
Lemaing Hut2pm10.30am
Kinabalu Pine Resort2pm11am


MOUNT KINABALU TRAIL MAP(Timpohon Trail & Summit Trail)

Mount Kinabalu Trail Map


Pine Resort Kundasang

Day 1: Kinabalu Pine Resort (or similar)

(Twin / Triple Share Room)

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 (or Lemaing Hut)

(Basic Unisex Shared Room)

Panalaban Hostel is two newly built hostel located near to Laban Rata Resthouse. It take only a few minutes walk from the restaurant. Panalaban Hostel consists of two blocks, named Mokodou & Kinotoki, each block can accommodate up to 25 climbers. Every bed comes with mattress, a blanket and a pillow. This is hostel-style accommodation where you have to sleep alongside with other climbers in a big room and share common bathroom.