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Hiking Mt Kinabalu in April 2012?

Posted by DannieB on 31/10/2011 at 09:01


I'm looking into climbing Mt Kinabalu around mid-April 2012 and was wondering if other people would be interested in joining me, most package prices are for bookings with 2 people or more... Lodges fill up pretty fast so I'd like to sort this out asap!


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Posted by hura on 21/11/2011 at 21:33

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I'm planing to climb Kinabalu in mid- April 2012 too.
I'll arrive KK on 14/4/2012 and will start climbing on 15/4, end on 16/4.

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Posted by DannieB on 21/11/2011 at 22:05

Hi Hura,

I actually ended up booking a 2D1N excursion including the via Ferrata activity (Low's circuit) for March 29th since Mountain Torq will be increasing their prices as of April 1st...


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Posted by hura on 22/11/2011 at 00:58

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Hi Dannie,

Could you share me where do you stay for the night on mountain?
Where did you book your tour and how about the fees?


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Posted by travellingsarah on 22/11/2011 at 07:15 TF writer

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hura - there are a few posts on this site about this. Try: or for example. Hope it helps.

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Posted by DannieB on 22/11/2011 at 08:24

Hi Hura,

after spending much time on the internet looking for the cheapest tour operator, I booked my climb with ABC Tours:

They were the only tour operator that offers a "basic package" for solo travelers that was affordable in my opinion, as all the other companies had packages that were geared towards travelers booking in pairs. I paid $905 RM for a one night stay in Pendant Hut, Low's peak via Ferrata complete circuit and 2 meals; I do have to pay separately for the park entrance fee, climbing permit, guide (which can be split among other travelers on that day hopefully), transportation and an additional 2 meals; in the end, it will still come out quite cheaper than booking a more "inclusive" tour as a solo traveler or even for a group.

Good luck finding any room at Laban Rata, the mountain lodge that has the most dorm beds... There is absolutely no availability from March to June... I'm getting the feeling that these dorm beds have been "pre-reserved" by a few companies that have monopoly and charge high prices to tourists... Besides, they also have you stay an extra night at the base of the mountain so as to make more money (starting price for 3D2N packages: $1642 RM). The date you're looking at is fully booked at that lodge (check link below):

Let me know hot it goes! If your dates are flexible, you can join me on the 29th of March,


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Posted by hura on 22/11/2011 at 09:23

Posted from within Vietnam.

Yes, it's said that accommodation in KK is pre-reserved by tour-agencies.

Regret that I booked my flight ticket already so I can not join you.

Have you tried to contact It seems cheaper than the one you booked.
I had information from them and the price for package D 3D2N dorm bed is 609RM, not include fees for park entrance fee, climbing permit, guide.

Package 2D1N can be booked one month before the climbing date only.

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Posted by DannieB on 22/11/2011 at 09:54

Hi Hura,

according to the website of Sutera Sanctuary Lodges, there is no room availability, either for 2D1N or 3D2N packages from March to June (you definitely have to book through a tour operator). Not sure how you got pricing information directly from Sutera Sanctuary Lodges if they are booked for April 15th in first place...

The excursion that I booked does include the complete "Low's peak via Ferrata" activity organized by Mountain Torq (, which in itself is worth at least ~$300 RM I believe; booking the climb + via Ferrata activity directly through Mountain Torq was quite expensive from what I remember so this is why I decided to go with a different company.

Perhaps you might be able to change your flight dates (?). If you're into hiking as well as climbing, you should definitely check out the via Ferrata activity. ABC Tours also offers a 2D1N Pendant hut stay with a "walk the Torq" introductory activity, this basic package (not including transportation, permit, guide..) is worth $755 RM. Personally, I'm not that interested in spending my money on an extra night stay at the base of the mountain anyway...

Hope this helps!


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Posted by LJ on 15/12/2011 at 06:29

I booked and climbed last month with an organisation in Kuching called Escapade Borneo - they managed to get me a 2 d 1 n for 750 myr including the 100 myr climb permit but excluding the guide fee and park entrance, expensive still but cheaper than a lot of them and handy coz I had heard it very hard to get a reply out of the company that hold the beds especially if you cant go into their office. All worked fine (except the damn rain)

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Posted by eon on 17/3/2012 at 16:25

Hello Dannie..
oh my. im plannning to go there too in mt kinabalu. ive been researching all the highs and lows of prices. whats your recommendation? ill be there by end of week of april. ive been reading your thread and like what you said they will only accept 2D1N for 1 month advance only, my time is running i guess.

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Posted by DannieB on 18/3/2012 at 00:02

Hi Eon-

as mentioned in this discussion, I've booked my 2D/1N excursion through ABC tours and there was no problem paying via credit card and getting payment confirmation from them. Other tour operators indeed did not accept 2D/1N excursions as you said... I haven't checked the tours offered online recently since mine is booked and paid for already. In my opinion, ABC tours was the best option for me.

Hope you find something and the weather turns out to be nice!


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Posted by eon on 18/3/2012 at 15:25

Hey dannie. i have a whole lot of list to share with you but unfortunately looks like you are already done booking. My plan is by arrival i will be going to mount kinabalu for a trek then after the trek head on to for a stay at mabul. is that your only itinerary in kota kinabalu? if you have any fresh ideas for kota kinabalu climb tell me.

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Posted by sammathew on 23/3/2012 at 09:15

When it comes to climbing, Mt Kinabalu is one of best exciting places to perfom the activity. If you want to adore the beauty of the sunrise and sunset, you have choosen the correct destination. Apart from MT Kinabalu, Kinabalu Park is also a good place to visit.

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Posted by sookmayyy on 8/1/2013 at 04:05

Hello , may I enquire for the availability and rates for 2 malaysian climbers of the 2D1N tour package for 13th and 14th July 2013. Thank you :)

#14 sookmayyy has been a member since 8/1/2013. Posts: 1

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