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.

7 comments on Useful tips for a successful Mount Kinabalu climb

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

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

    • Ilya
      10 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?

  2. rohit aggarwal
    5 years ago
    October 1, 2019 at 6:24 am

    thanks for the information

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    2 months ago
    May 17, 2024 at 7:29 am

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