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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

4.9
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226 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

Jean our tour guide was amazing. She was very knowledgeable and was great with our kids. Would highly recommend her. ❤️

Iain

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

Vijayachelvan

Loved it! Very tough, but worth it

Aron Lank Jensen

Knowledgeable and friendly guide. Overall impressive experience.

Felix

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....

Sunjung

Helpful Questions

What is the altitude of Mount Kinabalu?

The summit of Mount Kinabalu 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.

Can beginners climb Mount Kinabalu?

Yes it's a very beginner-friendly climb! It's basically just a lot of steps - approximately 600 flights of steps in total up and down. To reach the summit, it's a 8.5km trek, and the same distance back down. It takes approximately 6 hours of hiking on the first day, and 10-12 hours of hiking 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 hiking 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. 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.


If you're climbing during peak season, do book your climb at least 2-3 months in advance as there are strict limits on how many climbers are permitted to climb each day. We would also recommend confirming your climb before you book your flights/hotels.

What are some popular treks at Mount Kinabalu?
Some popular treks at Mount Kinabalu are the Summit Trail, the Mesilau Trail, and the Via Ferrata. The Summit Trail is the most popular route, taking hikers to the peak of Low's Peak. The Mesilau Trail offers a longer and more challenging option with stunning views. For the adventurous, the Via Ferrata provides a unique climbing experience along the mountain's granite walls.
What is the best time of year to climb Mount Kinabalu?
The best time to climb Mount Kinabalu is during the dry season, which usually occurs between the months of March and September. It is essential to avoid the monsoon season, which brings heavy rainfall and makes the trails slippery and dangerous. However, please note that weather conditions can be unpredictable, so it is advisable to check the forecast and consult local guides before planning your climb.
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