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Let's Climb Mount Kinabalu
40 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

250 reviews

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

Incredible couple of days! The entire trip was organised really well. The entire experience was seamlessly run and we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. Unfortunately because of the weather we were unable to do the v...


Amazing experience booking this trip. Everything was taken care off and the local agency responded quickly to any queries I had. Recommend choosing to stay the extra night at the poring hot springs as it is clos...

Willem Van Melkebeke

Amazing climb, we had a wonderful time. Jiru was our guide and he was very helpful with the pace and advice during the climb.


Great service by seek Sophie and trip was well organized

Ivan Lim

Lina was excellent in quickly replying to all my questions and requests during the planning of our trip! The trip itself went really smoothly and with we had no issues at all. I will definitely use SeekSophie...

Adam Lloyd

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.
Where are the best places for Mountain Climbing in Kota Kinabalu?
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