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Let's Climb Mount Kinabalu
43 reviews
Let's Climb Mount Kinabalu is a small and super friendly shop, run by Olivia, a local Sabahan. Her strength is making travellers feel welcome and she really pays attention to the details, so your Mt Kinabalu climb will go as smoothly as possible. She loves to answer any question you have - so feel free to ask her everything from the logistics of your climb to what else you can do in Kota Kinabalu!

What Guests Say

182 reviews

Service was great and guide, Efrey, was fantastic. Expensive for foreigners and local staff not paid enough

Glenn Elder

I did Mount Kinabalu with Seek Sophie and would highly recommend them. Olivia, my main point of contact was fantastic. She genuinely cares and is personally invested in making sure everything is as smooth as pos...

Bikash Pathak

Hotel Pickup, Guide and full package was arrnaged by them, to the point where restaurant was booked for lunch after the climb down


Loved it! Very tough, but worth it

Aron Lank Jensen

Knowledgeable and friendly guide. Overall impressive experience.


From the moment I was connected with the local operator via seek sophie, everything was smooth running. Constantly in contact and always helpful, had no doubts about experience from that moment onwards. The guid...

Mark Johnson

The memory with key or feet for two days, the memory will be a person forever.
It was definitely hard, but it was the best.
The kind guide and driver helped make the memory the best.
Thank you....


My friend and I recently climbed Mount Kinabalu and we were so happy with everything - from our incredible guide to the experience of staying in the hut and hiking at 2:00am. Tips for the hike - Slow and steady...

Emma Phelps

Helpful Questions

What is the altitude of Mount Kinabalu?
The summit of Mount Kinabalu in Sabah, Malaysia stands at 4,095 meters (13,435 feet) above sea level, making it the highest mountain in Malaysia and one of the highest mountains in Southeast Asia.
Why Climb Mount Kinabalu?
Mount Kinabalu in Sabah, Borneo (Malaysia) is a UNESCO world heritage site, the highest mountain in Malaysia and one of the most beautiful climbs we’ve been on. While it is challenging, it is also beginner-friendly so you can easily train for it within one month which is a big plus. We love the mountain because it takes you up so many distinct and gorgeous landscapes over the course of one short climb. You start in the Borneo rainforest, which then opens up to an enchanted garden landscape with giant bonsai-tree looking plants, and when you reach the summit it looks like you're walking on the moon.
Can beginners climb Mount Kinabalu?
Yes it's a very beginner-friendly trek! Trekking up the mountain is basically just climbing a lot of steps - approximately 600 flights of steps in total up and down. From the start point to the summit, you'll have 8.5k, of trekking and the same distance back down. It takes approximately 6 hours of hiking on the first day, and 10-12 hours of trekking on the second day. It's suitable for novice hikers with a moderate level of fitness. We would recommend strength and aerobic training at least a month before your climb. Ideally prior to the climb you should be comfortable with 10km of trekking at a moderate pace, with a 8-10kg backpack. Please note that you'll need to be fitter if you're intending on doing either of the via ferrata routes (which are basically additional activities off the side of the montain after you summit). If you're doing those routes, then you'll need to add an additional 1-4 hours to your climbing time, which will make it more tiring descending the mountain.
How do I book a Mount Kinabalu climb?
You can book a Mount Kinabalu climb through a local tour operator on Seek Sophie. The local tour operator will procure a climbing permit for you from the park and organise your trip logistics, such as transport to the park.
What is the best time to go mountain climbing in Kota Kinabalu?
The best time to go mountain climbing in Kota Kinabalu is during the dry season, which is from February to April and from June to September. During these months, the weather is relatively stable with less rainfall and clearer skies, providing better visibility and a safer climbing experience.
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