Costs of climbing Mount Kinabalu

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The Mount Kinabalu Summit Trail is quite expensive as there are only two operators that compete with each other on top of the mountain (where the resthouses are). Costs have gone up over the past years, but are still affordable if you must put a price on the wonderful experience this trip will be. Below a list with the separate costs. Not all prices are accurate, but it gives a good impression of the general price of a complete trip to Kinabalu National Park.

1. Transport to Kinabalu National Park

Flight to Kota Kinabalu from RM1xx onwards
Airport to Inanam Bus Terminal: RM25
Inanam Bus Terminal to Kinabalu Park: RM15
Airport to Kinabalu Park (taxi): RM150

2. Hotel at either Kota Kinabalu or at Kinabalu National Park

Fully depends on your budget. Ranges from RM100 per room per night to RM500+ per night (should you stay at one of the 5 star resorts at Kota Kinabalu).

3. Entrance fees

Malaysian: RM3 (RM1 for children under 18)
Non-Malaysian: RM15 (RM10 for children under 18)

4. Climbing permit

Malaysian: RM30 (RM 12for children under 18)
Non-Malaysian: RM100 (RM40 for children under 18)

5. Mountain guide fees

Departure from Timpohon Gate: RM100*
Departure from Mesilau Gate: RM120*

* per-guide for max 8 climbers (sharing is optional)

6. Porter fees

Departure from Timpohon Gate: RM66*
Departure from Mesilau Gate: RM88*

* max 10kg per porter

7. Climbing insurance


8. Transfer to Timpohon Gate

RM30 for 5 person and +RM 6 for additional person (return trip)

9. Certificate


10. Left baggage

You can leave your luggage at the Park HQ for RM10

11. Walking stick

You can buy a walking stick at the park entrance for RM5

12. Accommodation at Laban Rata Rest House

Depends, but ranges between RM290 to RM500 per person per night (including meals). Never book a room without the climbing permit!

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