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4D3N Mount Kinabalu Trek - Timpohon Trail

At 4,095 metres, Mount Kinabalu in Sabah is the highest mountain in the countries neighbouring Singapore. The journey to Kinabalu Park ( 1,560-m ) is a road journey of 2 hours along a good winding mountain road 90 km from Kota Kinabalu.

Each year tens of thousands of visitors make the climb along the scenic Kinabalu Mountain Trail. There are very few mountains in the world that are as tall as Mount Kinabalu and yet so hiker friendly and natural & can be climbed in 2 days.  It is this which makes Mount Kinabalua such a popular mountain - during holiday seasons there may be up to 200 people climbing the mountain per day.

In general, the Mount Kinabalu trek is non-technical, requiring no special ability nor technical climbing equipment, and anyone in good health and fitness can reach the summit with proper gear & adequate training.  Nevertheless this is an intense trek that involves a relentless straight-up ascent from an altitude of about 1900m to 4100m within a 24-hour period with not much recovery time in between.  Hence this is not a mountain trek for the unprepared.

Your safety is of great importance to us. For our climbs, you can expect handpicked mountain guides that ensure adequate supervision & safety. We probably offer the most comprehensive trip preparation program you can find in the market to ensure that our members are the best prepared trekking group on the mountain.

* All airport & land transfers in Sabah by private charter bus or van
* Full accommodation arrangement: air-cond twin/triple sharing-room at Kinabalu Park HQ lodge, non-heated dormitory rooms in one of the huts at Laban Rata on the mountain, and air-cond twin/triple sharing-room in nice 3-star hotel in KK City.
* Full mountain trekking arrangement ( including climbing permit & insurance, park entry fee, local mountain guides' fees & summit certificate )
* Meals as stated in the itinerary

*  International flights & all airport taxes
*  Meals not listed & beverages
*  All other activities not listed in itinerary ( ie. Padas River water rafting )
*  Personal porter fees (RM10 per kg)
*  Tipping to guides and porters
*  Baggage storage at Kinabalu Park HQ (RM10 per bag)
*  Personal travel insurance, medical immunizations, personal travel / trekking gear & apparel

* We cater for mostly Private Group departures based on your own preferred travel dates
* Due to limited availability of accommodation on the mountain and popularity of the trek, minimum 2 months advance notice is recommended and subject to availability of beds on the mountain.
* Kota Kinabalu City Accommodation Upgrade to 4/5* hotel can be arranged at additional costs.
* Return international airfare to Kota Kinabalu can be arranged on your behalf

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Maximum altitude: 4095m
Best Months: Feb - Apr (driest)
  Aug - Sep (drier)
  May - Jul (rainy)
  Oct - Jan (rainest)
Grading: gradegrade
Duration : 4 days (optional extensions available)
Please contact us to book the trip dates of your preference.
Land Price : Timpohon Package (valid till 31 Mar 2015)
2 persons S$780
3 persons S$720
4 - 5 persons S$680
6 - 7 persons S$660
8 - 10 persons


11 persons & more S$630

Optional Extension Activities:
(including 1N twin/triple share 3* hotel accomodation in Kota Kinabalu)

Padas River White-water rafting : S$165
2 Islands-Hopping & Snorkelling: S$155

Day 1
Upon arrival in Sabah, transfer to Kinabalu Park HQ by private charter bus or van. Overnight at Park HQ lodge.[D]
Day 2
After breakfast, walk over to Park HQ for climb registration. Hop onto shuttle to Timpohon Gate to start our trek up to Laban Rata by the Timpohon Summit Trail. Overnight at one of the huts at Laban Rata.[B/L/D]
Day 3
Morning summit climb at 0230 hrs to Low's Peak (4095m) to see sunrise ( weather permitting ), then back to Laban Rata for short rest before descending to Kinabalu Park HQ. After picking up our summit certificate, we transfer to Kota Kinabalu by private transport. Evening free to visit night market and sumptuous meal ( own expense ) and / or shopping. Overnight at KK city hotel.[2B/L]
Day 4

Morning free & easy until time for transfer to KK airport by private transport for flight back to Singapore.

Optional Extensions

1 Day Padas River white-water rafting ( Class III-IV ) - requires 1 extra day
1 Day Island-Hopping & Snorkelling - requires 1 extra day

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Expect a hard trek over a 2-day period. For the average person who does not exercise on a regular basis, at least 2-3 months of pre-trip physical conditioning of at least 2-3 times per week is recommended. To make sure that you reach the summit in good form, we strongly encourage that all participants tune up their fitness for the trip.  Pre-trip trek training advice is included as part of our package. High trek fitness is guaranteed to enhance your actual trek experience.

Trek Gear & Apparel 
As this is a high mountain trek, all hikers need to be well prepared to deal with the expected as well as the unexpected weather the mountain may present ... in Mount Kinabalu's case, the cold and possible strong wind & rain take the cake.  Waterproofs are a must and hikers need to know the layering system to stay dry, warm & comfortable during their trek, especially in cold & rainy condition when high up at the summit plateau area. A comprehensive gear & clothing list with proper layering advice are provided and our clients enjoy preferential 30% discount for purchases at Adventure Gear Post.

The Altitude
The trek on Mount Kinabalu is high enough to bring about acute mountain sickness (AMS) and it is not uncommon for hikers to experience AMS upon arrival at the rest huts.  Advice will be given on how to minimise and treat AMS.

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