6 Things You Need to Know Before Climbing Mount Kinabalu

Every climber aims to climb high mountains anywhere whether locally or internationally. As a starter, you are advised to begin mid-range mountains and go higher and higher every after every climb. Or, better yet, maintain climbing average mountains several times. And take your first climb within your vicinity before going to other places in your country or in foreign lands. Involve yourself in a team of hikers, for sure, they’d be glad to guide the newbies.

Once you’ve had experience in climbing the mountains, you’d get excited to try a whole new journey, and that is to climb the highest mountain in Malaysia, Mount Kinabalu. Nonetheless, the Kinabalu National Park, where the mountain is situated, is recognized as UNESCO World Heritage Site. For Southeast Asian climbers, reaching the peak is definitely part of the bucket list. Prior to any trip, it is best to read about certain rules in a particular place.


1. Kinabalu, “aki nabalu”, home of the spirits of the dead or “Cina Balu”, Chinese widow

Having derived from the word, Mount Kinabalu is considered a sacred place to Malaysians, especially to the Kadazan and Dusun communities. They are composed of indigenous tribes who still continue to practice the significance of the spirits. Many locals are burying their dead facing the prominent mountain so that the spirits can see the mountain upon starting their life after death. Meanwhile, the legend of the Chinese widow is said to inspire the spirits for endless love and loyalty.

2. Geology

Mount Kinabalu stands astonishingly at 13,435 feet (4095.2 meters) and is said to be growing at least ¼ of an inch every year. Igneous rocks mainly form the mountain along with sandstones, glaciers, Pressure, temperature and location of the mountain form a very great place perfect for climbers. Mount Kinabalu is regarded as the world’s youngest granite pluton.

3. Best time to climb

Typically, the dry season is great time for any mountain climbing activity. March to August seems to be fine for Kinabalu climb but, it is highly recommended to go on April. However, due to rapid climate change in the world, expect occasional rains even during summer.

4. Travel guide

One thing is definite, you cannot make a climb without a licensed mountain guide. Follow his instructions and obey it wholeheartedly. Should you face any difficulty, directly inform your guide for immediate assistance. Show your climbing permits in the checkpoint areas as you move up.

5. What to bring.

Essentials such as food and water and even candies can be very helpful on your journey. Warm clothing must be worn at any season as the weather might change when reaching the summit. Jackets and raincoats are also recommended for protection against strong wind or rain. Torch light is needed, especially for climbing at dawn. And most importantly, carry a whistle. It is best used during emergencies.

6. Flora and fauna

At Kinabalu National Park, you will not only get to see rocks, soil or green grass. Additionally, you will be greeted by some animals, flowers, birds and plants around the area. You’d be surprised to witness various orchids, pitcher plants, rafflesia, etc. Orangutans, deers, mountain serpent-eagles, squirrels and more are also freely moving in the surroundings.

Turn your dream into reality and climb Mount Kinabalu. It is deemed to be one of the easiest mountains to conquer in the world.

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