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2-Day Summit Climb - with additional Via Ferrata for Beginners by River Junkie

Low carbon footprint
Support local business
On-the-ground prices


Private trip
2 days 1 night
In addition to the regular climb up Mt Kinabalu, this option includes an additional easy via ferrata activity (i.e. Walk the Torq via ferrata). This is the less challenging via ferrata activity and is suitable for beginners. It is 380m in length and takes an additional 2 hours to complete on average. Highlights of the activity include a 6m monkey rope bridge and a 10m hanging ladder.

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River Junkie

Our Pick!
10 years experience
We’re big fans of River Junkie in Sabah. River Junkie have been arranging trips for adventurous travellers around Sabah for many years and are highly reliable and wonderful guides who really take care of their guests. They will be prompt and professional in handling the logistics of the climb.


Prices start from USD$450 per person Prices start from MYR1,875
Prices may differ based on no. of travellers. Please select no. of travellers in the booking form to see the final adventure price.


Please note that this is a sample itinerary and may be subject to change depending on weather conditions.
Day 1: Kota Kinabalu - (Park HQ) - Timpohon Gate - Base Camp
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Today you'll hike up to Pendant Hut at ~3300m and see a variety of incredible landscapes along the way

Accommodation: Pendant Hut Hostel - Dorm

  • 0630 am – Pick up from your hotel in Kota Kinabalu and proceed to Kinabalu Park traversing the Crocker Range with panoramic views of the surrounding hills, the focal point of which is Mt Kinabalu.
  • 8 - 8:30 am - Arrive at Kinabalu Park. Upon arrival at Kinabalu Park, collect your packed lunch, proceed to the Park Registration office to register for your Mt Kinabalu summit climb and meet your Mt Guide. Thereafter you will be transferred to Timpohon Gate (1,829m), from here you will begin your climb to Pendant Hut (approx. 3300m) where you’ll spend the night
  • 9 am - 9:30 am - Begin your climb.
  • 12:30 pm - Lunch break
  • 3 pm - Arrive at Pendant Hut and settle in
  • 3.30pm - Attend the mandatory via ferrata familiarization in Pendant Hut and meet your Mountain Torq trainer
  • 6-8 pm - Dinner at Laban Rata then lights out to get as much rest as possible before your early start the following morning.
Day 2: Base Camp - Mt Kinabalu Summit - Monkey Bridge - Hanging Ladder - Timpohon Gate
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Today you will summit at sunrise, and climb a 10m hanging ladder off the side of the mountain

  • 1.30 – 2 am - Wake up for early morning supper
  • 2.30 am - Start hiking up to the summit with your Sabah Parks’ mountain guide
  • 5.40 am - Catch the sunrise on Low’s Peak
  • 06:00 am - Descend Low’s Peak to meet your Mountain Torq trainer
  • 07:15 am - Meet your via ferrata trainer at Sayat Sayat Hut @ 3,668m for Walk the Torq via ferrata experience
  • 09:30 am - Return to Pendant Hut for breakfast
  • 11:00 am - Check out of Pendant Hut and descend to Timpohon Gate
  • 5 -5:30 pm Arrive at Timpohon Gate and depart Kinabalu Park
  • 6:30 – 7:30 pm Arrive back at your hotel in Kota Kinabalu

What's included

  • Return Transport from hotel in Kota Kinabalu Town
  • 1 night dormitory accommodation at Pendant Hut
  • Meals
  • State Park guide
  • Insurance
  • Climbing permit
  • Certificate of completion
  • Entrance fees
  • Walk the Torq via ferreta pass
  • Tourism tax of RM10/ night per room
  • Porter charges

Where you'll be staying

Bed Types
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Bunk Bed
  • Cold Shower
  • Shared Bathroom
  • Towels
  • Breakfast
  • Coffee/Tea

Transport Information

Return transport included

Pick-up Time
Pick-up Point
Your hotel in Kota Kinabalu town
Drop-off Time
Drop-off Point
Your hotel in Kota Kinabalu town

What to bring

Basic first aid supplies (e.g. painkillers, bandaid, ibuprofen, antiseptic and gauze)
Cash (we recommend RM100 - 150 in case you need to rent equipment, hire a porter, tip the guides, buy beer at the top, etc!)
Extra clothing and socks
Hand gloves and beanie
Hand gloves and beanie
Head torch (compulsory)
High energy food such as chocolates, nuts, biscuits, sweets, energy bars
Jacket/Wind breaker (if your jacket isn't waterproof, we would also recommend bringing a disposable raincoat)
Long sleeves shirt/Hiking trousers
Personal toiletries
Refillable water bottle (0.5 - 1 Litre)
Towel (optional - in case you would like to shower at Base Camp - the showers at Base Camp can get chilly though!)
Trekking or running shoes with good grip
Walking poles (may be helpful for the peak ascend as parts of it can be slippy when wet)
Warm clothing
Waterproof backpack to store your items

What others are saying

Exceptional 5 helpful reviews
4 months ago on TripAdvisor
My whole experience with River Junkie Tours was great and I would highly recommend this company to anyone wanting to climb Mt Kinabalu! The company was very professional from the start. I originally booked the 2D/1N Mt Kinabalu trek with the LPC Via Ferrata. However, the LPC was closed due to maintenance and I was downgraded to the Walk the Torq activity by the park office. River Junkie called personally to apologize for this which I really appreciated (obviously it was not their fault). They also offered me a refund straight away without me having to ask for it (also very appreciated). Effrey was my guide during the activity. He was very professional and friendly. He adapted perfectly to my speed and made sure that I was fine during the whole climb, which made it a very enjoyable experience. Mt Kinabalu itself was beautiful and definitely worth the effort. I do quite a lot of hiking at home, so it was not too hard for me. However, I struggled a little bit with the altitude at the end. The Walk the Torq activity was less challenging than I expected (a bit too easy to be honest). Since I was looking for a challenge, I was a little disappointed by it. But if it's the first time for you climbing a mountain or doing a via ferrata it would definitely be a great experience. To summarize: It was a unique experience, a beautiful mountain, good company and a great company!
nadiajosephine94, Amstelveen, The Netherlands
5 months ago on TripAdvisor
Booked the mount Kinabalu tour at river junkie. It was well organised and our guide Effrey was super helpfull, friendly and patient, and his English was very good. Would definately recomment!
5 months ago on Tripadvisor
If you're hiking Mt. Kinabalu with no frills, I highly recommend River Junkie. From hotel pick up, to our climb and back to the hotel, was seamless. Our mountain guide, Effrey was the best! He was not only a guide but became our friend throughout the journey. He was very skillfull and is well experienced. Thanks again!
Mitchel Bullecer
5 months ago on Google
We were satisfied by the services they provided when we booked for a Mt Kinabalu via Ferata last April 2019. The transaction was smooth from inquiry to the actual climb.
756cassies, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
5 months ago on Tripadvisor
Finished the hike up Mount Kinabalu. Used River Junkies to book the tour. The company responded relatively quickly To my emails. I had to book a few weeks in advance or they wouldn’t have had space in the huts at the top of the mountain. Waiting till last minute is not a good idea. I think the company should specify how hard the hike actually is. Quite a few people I met on the hike, said they were very clueless as to what they should have expected. So I think the information was flawed. The company should be more thorough. The huts were very disappointing. I didn’t expect much, but the beds grossed me out the most. I would personally bring a pillow case because the sheets and pillows never looked like they were ever changed. I also felt like the coffee and tea should be free. Your paying 500€ for the hike, they gave give free hot water. We shouldn’t have to pay for that. Again the hike was quite difficult. But the tours guides, especially Roger, were amazingggg! Roger helped me through the whole thing.

Important info

Booking Policy

Bookings should be made at least 20 days before the desired start date. If you require an earlier booking, please contact us and we would be happy to help!

Strict Cancellation Policy

The adventure can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase. Cancellations after this date will not be eligible for a refund, unless your spot is booked and completed by another traveller. If your spot is booked and completed by another traveller, a full refund will be processed within 14 days of the adventure start date.

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