Climb Kota Kinabalu (4,095 m) – June 2013
Pic by Pham Tran Duc & Lee Kah Marn
(1) Physical Condition:
I’m 30 years old, 1.5m tall, 41kg, never climbed a mountain before, never been to a place less than 18 degree Celsius, seldom exercise. I reached the summit at around 5:40am, early enough to watch the sunrise and headed down to Laban Rata in good condition.
Conclusion, it is tiring and painful but totally doable for beginners.
(2) What to bring:
Useful lists by the Pro:
My general travel check list: https://khoaimi.wordpress.com/2015/07/24/my-travel-checklist/
I joined a group of friends who already chose to book with x-trekkers. Everything was quite good. The guides are professional and friendly.
- Tour booking with x-trekkers (4D3N trip Via Ferrata): SGD 620 (hotel, food, transport, climbing fees, guides)
- Return ticket Singapore – Kita Kinabalu with Air Asia: SGD 197
- ‘Accessories’ (hiking shoes, windbreaker, etc.) : SGD 200
- Porter Fee: SGD 5/kg + tips
In total it costs me about SGD 1,000. It is pretty expensive for a 4D-3N trip, partly because I got to buy everything as new (shoes, gloves, windbreaker, etc). I also need a porter’s help to carry my luggage (~10kg) during up and down climb. It is totally worth it.
I’m completely happy I go for it. The amazing view made up 999% for all the ‘oh god why’ during the climb.
Life is measured by the number of moments that take our breath away? I had a lot of those moments at Mount Kinabalu.
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