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2D1N Mt Kinabalu Summit

By River Junkie

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You're looking for a best-value, well-organised Mt Kinabalu trip. Note: Guides are appointed by the park, so all Kinabalu operators share the same pool of guides.


2 days 1 night
Group trip (30 travellers per group)
This is the regular summit climb up Mt Kinabalu, comprising a 8.5km trek (one way) to reach the summit at 4095m.

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Mt Kinabalu Summit
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What's included

From US$ 437 MYR1,840 per person
  • Shared Return Transport from hotel in Kota Kinabalu Town
  • 1 night dormitory accommodation at Laban Rata Resthouse
  • Meals (Lunch & Dinner the 1st day, Breakfast the 2nd day)
  • State Park guide
  • Insurance
  • Climbing permit
  • Entrance fees
  • Tourism tax of RM10/ night per room
  • Porter charges
  • Mt Kinabalu Certificate of completion
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Your hotel in Kota Kinabalu town
Your hotel in Kota Kinabalu town
Other Notes

Please note that the above pick up and drop off times are approximate and will depend on the location of hotel as well as descent timing as the transportation is shared with other groups.

Scheduled Trip Dates

Trips scheduled daily
Feb 29
Mar 01
Mar 02
Mar 03
Mar 04
Mar 05
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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
Kota Kinabalu - (Park HQ) - Timpohon Gate - Base Camp

Today you'll hike up to Laban Rata at 3,353m and see a variety of incredible landscapes along the way

Accommodation: Laban Rata 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 Laban Rata (3,353m)
  • 9 am - 9:30 am - Begin your climb.
  • 12:30 pm - Lunch break
  • 3 pm - Arrive at Laban Rata (3,353m) and settle in
  • 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 - Timpohon Gate
Base Camp - Mt Kinabalu Summit - Timpohon Gate

Today you'll summit Mt Kinabalu and head back down 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
  • 6 am - 8 am Descent from Low’s Peak to Laban Rata for a well-earned breakfast
  • 9 am - Check out of Laban Rata and descend to Timpohon Gate
  • 3 -4 pm - Arrive at Timpohon Gate and depart Kinabalu Park.
  • 5 – 6 pm - Arrive back at your hotel in Kota Kinabalu

Meet your guide

River Junkie

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.
11 years experience

What others are saying

4.9 out of 29 helpful reviews
06 Jun 2019 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
04 Jun 2019 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!
29 May 2019 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
27 May 2019 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
15 May 2019 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.

River Junkie Policies

Strict Cancellation Policy
As River Junkie pays for your trip’s logistics in advance, you can only cancel for free within 24 hours of your booking, provided that this is at least 2 weeks before your trip starts.
Change of Date
You may also change your trip date once up to 3 days before your trip starts. Any date change are subject to availability.

Other Things to Know

Packing list for the trip
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
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
Will I definitely get to summit Mt Kinabalu?

It'll depend on your fitness level and the weather. On the morning of the summit, you'll need to get to the summit checkpoint by 5pm in order to be cleared by the local rangers for summit. If you do not arrive in time (due to fitness level or other reasons), you will not be allowed to proceed to summit. In addition, there are a handful of days each year where the summit climb is cancelled by Mt Kinabalu Park due to dangerous weather conditions. Cancellations happen if there is torrential rain and it's deemed dangerous for climbers to make the slippery summit climb. Cancellations are rare, and no refund will be issued by Mt Kinabalu Park for any cancellations.

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