13,435 ft / 4,094 m


13,435 ft / 4,095 m




53 summits

Top climbing months

September  15%

May   13%

April   13%

Most climbed route

Timpohon Trail


  • Mount Kinabalu (also called Gunung Kinabalu) is a prominent mountain on the island of Borneo in Southeast Asia.
  • Located in the east Malaysian state of Sabah and is protected as Kinabalu National Park, a World Heritage Site.
  • Hghest peak in Borneo's Crocker Range and is the 4th highest mountain in the Malay Archipelago after Indonesian Papua's Puncak Jaya, Puncak Trikora, and Puncak Mandala.
  • Among the most important biological sites in the world, with over 4500 species of plant, 326 species of birds, and 100 mammalian species identified. Among this rich collection of wildlife are famous species such as the gigantic Rafflesia plants and the orangutan.
  • The main peak of the mountain (Low's Peak) can be climbed quite easily. The last part of the climb is on naked granite rock.
  • Climbers must be accompanied by accredited guides at all times due to national park regulations.
"We (all members of the Malaysian Mountaineering Assocoation) were allowed to spend a week or longer on the summit plateau. I summited more than a dozen peaks, Low´s Peak twice, it took me 4 hours from the trailhead and down (on aggregate as a test how I might fare on the annual climbathon in the veteran age group), because we had to first get our gear to the Layang Layang Hut. From there, after climbing Low´s Peak for the first time, we explored peaks on the Eastern Plateau such as the elusive North Peak, did several first climbs, most notably on the Phallus Peak and Andrews Peak (in rain). We" - martinlutterjohann, Nov 11, 2017
"An incredible and unique summit. After spending the night in the rest house at ~3300 meters, woke up at 2AM with over 100 other climbers from around the world. Some surprisingly steep sections with handlines. Made it to the summit just before sunrise, the. Descended nearly 2200 meters back to the trailhead. Complete TR: www.themtsarecalling.com/kinabalu" - Christopher, Jun 29, 2017
"Fairly easy mountain. Highly maintained by Kinabalu park, which makes it very expensive to climb. Expect to pay more than 400 USD. Sad that only the rich can currently climb it. The way up is mostly stairs and hand rails. Last part is solid granite, with ropes added for extra safety." - ahmadnakib, Jul 10, 2016
"Absolutely great mountain! Did the standard route from Timpohon gate to Low's peak by next morning. It's actually one day hike but they don't allow it anymore. Did also that tooth-like peak by the south rim of the crown. Had to run away from the guide to do so. Very sad this mountain is so exploited. Full trip report + map: http://dimitriosfan.com/2016/05/11/climbing-mount-kinabalu/ Climb Mount Kinabalu for Free: http://dimitriosfan.com/2016/05/19/how-to-climb-mount-kinabalu-for-free/" - DimitriosFan, Apr 20, 2016
"My first high-country point summit was a huge success, given the great weather and picturesque landscape at the plateau area. We ascended via the longer Mesilau trail, stayed in Laban Rata 'til the early morning, made a summit assault, then finally descending via the Timpohon trail." - ramng, May 10, 2015



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