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Mount Kinabalu Travel Expedition

  • By on October 12, 2008 | 12 Comments

    So everyone ready? Let’s climb Mountain Kinabalu to get some sample of rocks for Geology research. Before that let us has some time for intro, Ah-Hong.com proudly present the 2 popular Kinabalu Expedition Teamster 😀

    Kinabalu Travel Expedition Team 2007 (29 Apr 07 – 1 May 07)

    Kinabalu Travel Expedition Team 2008 (29 Apr 08 – 1 May 08)

    Erk….both team went up on a different year but with the same date ya :p (both enjoying the same pain & gain during the climbing journey).

    Wait…looks like I celebrate 2007 & 2008 Labour Day on top of Borneo? Cool

    The so called expedition last for 3 days 2 night and you might be curious which route that we used to climb Mt. Kinabalu.

    It was Mesilau trail, why? Because you can have a better scenery view if you climbing using Mesilau trail rather than Timpohon trail. Although Mesilau trail was 2km longer compares to Timpohon trail…trust me…the scenery view really worth for your eyes.

    Let me share with you guys on how the itinerary sounds

    Mount Kinabalu Tours Itinerary

    1st Day

    • Depart from KLIA and arrive KK
    • Drop by Kundasang to buy stuff for Steamboat at Mesilau Resort
    • Stop at Kinabalu Park to registration
    • Drop by Cow Farm to have some New Zealand Cow Milk
    • Check in & Overnight@ Mesilau Resort (cook steamboat, enjoy the coolest place in Malaysia)

    Recommendation: –

    a) If you love sleeping with the sounds of the waterfall and damn cold environment…you might want to stay Ugly Sister Lodge

    b) Looking for spacious and special furnish place to stay with peace in mind (queit)…Donkey Ears Lodge is for you

    2nd Day

    • Climbing of Mount Kinabalu begin at Mesilau Summit Trail
    • Reach the Laban Rata Resthouse
    • Overnight @Laban Rata Hut

    Recommendation: –

    a) For those who full of energy and love to sleep with your jackets while giggling like you are in Everest…then choose any Cabin around the Laban Rata (those without heater)

    b) Else choose to stay in the Rest House with heater’s on. Good for women, at least there’s bathroom in the Rest House.

    Guess you will eat in hunger in the highest restaurant in South East Asia, when you reach Laban Rata and see how your energy was burn…

    Stairways to heaven…can someone tell me when are we going to reach Laban Rata

    Burning sunset in Laban Rata (6.30pm 30 Apr 07)

    Heaven feeling in Laban Rata (5.00pm 30 Apr 08)

    3rd Day
    • Summit climb at around 0200 to Low’s Peak (4095m) to see sunrise
    • Descend from Low’s Peak to Laban Rata for rest
    • Descend from Laban Rata to reach to Kinabalu Park
    • Overnight @Kinabalu Park Resort

    Recommendation: –

    Descend with slippers from Laban Rata to Kinabalu Park.

    Feel the wind on Low’s Peak (top of Borneo)

    Still energetic to do some kungfu act before descending from Laban Rata…wuuu yahh…

    Alas, I want to thanks to all my friends who run the Kinabalu Expedition with me (some of fellow DiGi yellow man and yellow woman)

    You all is da best and rocks

    ah hong

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12 Comments
  1. #1 giraffe
    October 13, 2008 8:36 am

    Trust me, persistence and determination are the keys to reach to the peak … Maybe you will cry out when you see that the peak is so near and infront of you, but don’t know why you just can’t reach it (so near yet so far) … but after cried, you must continue your walk to the peak … and don’t give up at the last 200 meter, or you will feel regret … If you never make it to the peak, how you know whether it’s worth it or not, right?

    Trust me, you can make it …

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  1. #2 ah hong
    October 13, 2008 8:15 pm

    Yeah…you felt you have reach another world once you are on the peak.

    Even you have climb several times…the great feeling is still there…

    Okay…for those who want to climb, register with me ya…

    I will organize another group for 2009. Wakaka

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  1. #3 kyochan
    October 13, 2008 9:41 pm

    Wah, u really want to organize next year? So semangat hor..Can I join ar? Although have climbed 2 times but still want to go la..

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  1. #4 ah hong
    October 15, 2008 8:21 am

    Wanna join or not? Please register now…haha

    Dun know got other people still want to go boh…

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  1. #5 Caryl
    September 23, 2009 11:45 pm

    Hi Ah Hong!! I came across your webpage and seems like you have alot of adventurous outing and nice blog on all your ventured destinations. Very good tips and write up for sharing too! Good to get info from your web!! Like it, TQ!!

    I am also droping you a note to ask you for advice and tips on Mt Kinabalu since you have been several times. Can give me some insight and things to prepare as I will be going in Nov’09. Thank you!!

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  1. #6 ah hong
    September 23, 2009 11:47 pm

    Hi Caryl,

    Thanks for reading my blog. Trying to share as much I can though 😀

    I hope you have booked all the accommodation for Nov-09, because it’s really hard to get a booking nowadays. For the things that you need to prepare right, please refer to the itinerary as attached.

    1st advice – Bring disposable raincoat (one for each person, and extra will be better) as it will be rainy season during Sep-Dec in Sabah 😀

    2nd advice – You can rent for ‘tongkat’ stick which will help to reduce tension on your ankle while climbing.

    3rd advice – Try to prepare and start the climb from Mesilau/Timpohon as early as possible. Usually the gate will open around 8am :). You should reach there earlier to do registration.

    4th advice – Food and water, the weight should be balance with the necessity. I love carry Ribena and 100 plus, because it gives me real boost than mineral water. Try to carry some chocolate too and energy bar (consume bit by bit) 😀

    I was hoping that you stay in Mesilau and climb up using Mesilau trail, just like what I mentioned in my blog. Is the truly heaven in Malaysia 😀

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  1. #7 Caryl
    September 23, 2009 11:51 pm

    Hi Ah Hong,

    TQ for your tips and advice. I will remember it.
    Btw, yeah, I will be using Mesilau trail hehe…

    Also, need your advice tips on what type of shoes, clothing is best not heavy so that is enough for us to carry for the stay 🙂

    I hope I really can climb up till peak as I am not a very sportive person by nature haha…thx

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  1. #8 ah hong
    September 23, 2009 11:53 pm

    Hi Caryl,

    Good to hear that you using Mesilau trail 😉

    For non-sportive people, is possible to reach the peak and just make sure you just go on without giving up. Don’t keep on stop and rest; it will break your rhythm. I advise all my climbers, 45mins climb n 5-10 minutes break. Make sure you assign you member in pair, 1 girl with 1 guy. Don’t stick too much in a group; it will break your rhythm when you see other people taking a break.

    For shoes, usually i buy Adidas Kampung when reach there (I did have a standby Nike shoes just in case i can’t find suitable size). Adidas Kampung was water proof and quite durable with cheap price < rm 15 if not mistaken. For clothing, make sure you have wind breaker or sweater when climbing from Mesilau. I guess November will be quite cold due to rainy season. Just prepare additional clothes as standby in case your clothes wet. Remember to bring disposable raincoat ya 😉 Hope you enjoy the climbing. Remember, don't give up. Let me know if you have any other question 😉

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  1. #9 Caryl
    September 23, 2009 11:55 pm

    Thx Hong.

    I see some of friends photo like wearing winter clothing that scares me, how to carry so much clothing while climbing 🙂

    Btw “Adidas Kampung” is a shoe that selling in Mt Kinabalu?? If that case, I won’t waste time to source around buying shoes in KL di 🙂 Good tips TQ!

    I will make sure I remember torch light, wind breaker/jacket, raincoat being the main items!

    Will ask you more if I have other concern.

    Now counting down to Nov already 🙂

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  1. #10 ah hong
    September 23, 2009 11:56 pm

    Hi Caryl,

    Maybe let me elaborate more in details on the clothing. You need the winter clothing, when you are climbing from Laban Rata to the peak of Mt. Kinabalu. Usually what I do and advise the other climbers to do was, give your winter clothing and stuff like torch light to potter (the person who carries your stuff by you need to pay him/her) before you start your journey from Mesilau trail.

    You just bring enough food, drinks, disposable raincoat, towel and sweater. When you climb towards Laban Rata, you will feel colder from time to time (temperature like Genting Highlands) 😀

    You won’t able to find “Adidas Kampung” in KL, it was only produced in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah. Ask your transporter, he will know where to buy along the road from Kota Kinabalu to Mount Kinabalu.

    Don’t give up and the wonderful view from the peak awaits you 🙂

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  1. #11 Caryl
    November 29, 2009 7:41 pm

    Hi Ah Hong,

    Just to share my joy, I have completed my expedition to Mt Kinabalu YES I did it…although the LAST haha….it took me total of 21 hours (2days) to complete the whole expedition! TIRING!!

    Before started to climb, we put a night staying in Mesilau Nature Resort – this resort absolutely beautiful, awesome!! Love the surroundings. Weather freezing cold as it was raining season. We started off next morningg and reach Laban Rata very late (again the last group as we took 9.5hrs) due to raining at 4KM+ till Laban Rata. Very tiring, wet and exhausted. However thankfully climbing midnight to summit rain stopped and sunrise was the greatest moments!! Upon reaching South Peak 8KM I totally given up, snapping pics all the way, and then I tot to myself…how could I give up since only 700M to the Low’s Peak :)) I push myself and keep on going – I was the last to reach Low’s Peak at about 7AM while everybody descending already haha…nevertheless I DID IT!! So Proud of myself!

    Well, thx for all the great tips thus making my entire trip adventurous and mentally ready!! However, I Salute to u for making it 3times. I won’t be going again I bet as this will be First & LAST haha….I did enjoyed the experiences very much and Miracle for me tho!!! 🙂

    Cheers!

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  1. #12 ah hong
    November 29, 2009 7:53 pm

    Hi Caryl,

    Good to hear that you pick the right choice to stay in Mesilau, I named it as the Heaven In Malaysia. It is even cooler than Genting Highlands and with fresh air 😀

    21 hours record is not poor, it just an average timing for first climbing. You did it good and the most important part is you reach the peak 🙂

    You might think this is the last climb but I bet you will miss Mt. Kinabalu after a year which most of my fellow climbers do. LOL 😀

    Cheers 😉

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