Mt Kinabalu, which lies in Sabah in northern Borneo, is at 4100 m the highest peak between the Himalayas and Papua New Guinea. Despite its height it is very easy to climb and does not require any special equipment or training. Anybody with sufficient stamina can climb the mountain - during my first climb in 2000 for instance I met a team of Japanese retirees on the peak. The climb begins at the Timpohon gate (1866 m altitude) and climbers usually make it to the Laban Rata resthouse at 3300 m on day one. Most of the climbers leave the next morning between 3am and 4am in order to reach the summit at 6am to experience the spectacular sunrise. It's important not to arrive to early on the summit, to avoid freezing in the cold night waiting for the sunrise. Adapting to the height is not really an issue, because Mt. Kinabalu is not that high (only 4100m - compare that to the Kilimanjaro, which is almost 6000m high) and because the whole climb lasts about 24 hours. Within 24 hours you go up and down.

Summit Trail photo gallery  - 20 pictures of Summit Trail
Mt Kinabalu National Park photo gallery  - 32 pictures of Mt Kinabalu National Park
The Summit photo gallery  - 20 pictures of The Summit
Sunsets photo gallery  - 8 pictures of Sunsets
20 photos of the trail to the summit.
32 photos of the Mount Kinabalu national park.
20 photos of the summit of Mt Kinabalu with its various peaks.
8 photos of a beautiful sunset on Mt Kinabalu.
Sunrise on Mt Kinabalu photo gallery  - 11 pictures of Sunrise on Mt Kinabalu
Panorama views photo gallery  - 13 pictures of Panorama views
Laban Rata photo gallery  - 10 pictures of Laban Rata
11 photos of the sunrise on Mt Kinabalu.
13 panoramic views from Mt Kinabalu
10 photos of the Laban Rata resthouse at 3300 m.
Miscellaneous photos photo gallery  - 14 pictures of Miscellaneous photos
14 photos of the Poring Hot Springs and the Canopy walkway in the Kinabalu NP and of the Sandakan fish market
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