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A 4095 meter tall mountain

A 4095 meter tall mountain

Mount Kinabalu is the tallest mountain in Malaysia and the 20th tallest in the World. Mainly because of the biological diversity the mountain is listed as UNESCO World Heritage Site. Climbing the mountain is not an easy feat for the untrained; though it will absolutely be one of the best experiences ever. Watching the sun rise in the early morning will definitely make you forget all the hardships you had to endure during the hike up.

Sepilok Orangutan sanctuary

Sepilok Orangutan sanctuary

Sepilok rehabilitation centre is one of the biggest and most well known orangutan sanctuaries in Malaysia. The sanctuary is located nearby Sandakan; the total site is over 43 square kilometer in size. Around 75 orangutans roam free within the forest reserve. During their rehabilitation the animals rely heavy on the help of the people that work at the centre; and also on the donations from tourists. Tourist can snap precious pictures during daily feeding time.

Kinabatangan river cruise

Kinabatangan river cruise

One of the most popular destinations in Sabah is the Kinabatangan River. This river has a length of 560 kilometers and stretches through half of Eastern Sabah. Alongside the riverbanks there is an abundance of wildlife. During a river cruise you will have a chance to spot the rare orangutan, the pygmy elephant, proboscis monkeys and saltwater crocodiles. During night cruises you might spot the leopard cat, numerous sleeping birds, wild boars, snakes and many crocodiles.

Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park

Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park

TAR Marine Park is the perfect place to enjoy scuba diving, snorkeling and light jungle treks. The marine park is made up of five small islands: Gaya, Manukan, Sapi, Sulug and Mamutik. The best beaches and probably also the best corals can be found around Gaya island; the biggest of the five islands. The marine park is only a 20 minute boat trip away from the city of Kota Kinabalu.

Mulu National Park

Mulu National Park

Mulu National Park is the biggest national park in Sarawak. The park is best known for the amazing caves. The Sarawak Chamber is the world's biggest cave chamber. It is said that 40 Boeing 747 aircraft's fit in the cave. Clearwater cave is the world's longest cave with a length of over 110 kilometers. The caves aren't the only highlights at Mulu NP. The amazing pinnacles at Mount Api are absolutely stunning to witness. A visit to Mulu NP will bring your holiday in Malaysia to new heights!

Useful tips for a successful Mount Kinabalu climb

For a truly memorable adventure vacation in Borneo, you must make sure that you attempt to conquer Mount Kinabalu, which is relatively a safe mountain to climb. While climbing the mountain doesn’t require any specialized mountaineering skills, and there is a mountain guide to accompany you (a prerequisite), it is useful to be reminded when one is traveling on unfamiliar grounds, and it pays to stay focused on the climb.

Mount Kinabalu Summit Trail

Some useful tips for a successful climb and a satisfied adventure vacation include:

  • Wear and bring adequate clothing
  • Always climb in a group and stay close to the group
  • Focus on what you do, (i.e., don’t get distracted)
  • Always use the well-trodden path
  • Never get reckless or try to be a show-off
  • If possible, climb during dry season
  • If unavoidable, be extra careful with your steps during the wet spell
  • Stay where you are if you are lost
  • Leave a trail in case you have to walk away from the path where you got lost
  • Bring along a whistle just to be extra safe
  • Always stay close to your mountain guide
  • Wrap up your dry clothings with plastic bags in your napsack
  • Bring lots of chocolates and candies
  • No red meat or heavy meal before climbing
  • Noodles and eggs are recommended before the more challenging second ascent from Laban Rata
  • Never sit or lay down on high altitute (just stand still)
  • Never forget to bring along a torchlight and sufficient water (but not too much/heavy)
  • Cover your nose (and mouth) with a scarf in windy condition on high ground
  • Make extra sure your feet and hands are warm and dry during the final ascent
  • When descending, try to walk sideway if you are feeling the pinch

Special Note: It is recommended that all climbers should have themselves medically checked before attempting any mountain climb. If you have a history of suffering from the following ailments, it is highly recommended that you should refrain from climbing: Hypertension, Diabetes, Palpitation, Arthritis, Heart Disease, severe Anemia, Peptic Ulcers, Epileptic Fits, Obesity (overweight), Chronic Asthma, Muscular Cramps, Hepatitis (Jaundice); or any other disease which may hamper the climber.

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2 comments on Useful tips for a successful Mount Kinabalu climb

  1. Denes
    5 years ago
    February 8, 2014 at 4:26 pm

    Video of my one day hike. Feel free to contact for any questions! 🙂

    • Ilya
      5 years ago
      February 9, 2014 at 10:25 am

      Awesome!! You did it in one day….any tips to share for other that want to climb the mountain in one day?


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