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WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 2012

Our Amazing Mount Kinabalu Journey

 

We went on our Sabah trip to climb Mount Kinabalu in early April this year. The journey to climb Mount Kinabalu was indeed a very fun and exciting experience to me. It was a tough climb to Mount Kinabalu but we all agreed that the sights and sounds that we encountered on our way towards the summit of Mount Kinabalu and during the journey back made our Mount Kinabalu climb really worth it.

On the way climbing Mt Kinabalu

 

Our flight arrived in Sabah in the afternoon. We spent one day in Kota Kinabalu exploring this wonderful capital city of Sabah. We woke up at the crack of dawn, had our breakfast and took a 2 hours bus drive towards Kinabalu Park Headquarters to begin the first day of our Mount Kinabalu climb.

 

We decided to use the Timpohon trail and departed from Timpohon Gate around 8.30am. Our first destination would be Laban Rata where we will stay there for the night before continuing our journey towards the summit of Mount Kinabalu. The weather was really nice and pleasant when we started our hike at the trail.

We could see many beautiful trees and plants along the way. I took some pictures of the unique pitcher plants that littered the trail. I also took the opportunity to catch my breath while doing so. The rest of my group didn't mind waiting for me and they even took some pictures of the wonderful plants themselves.

What I liked most about the journey was when we travelled closer to Laban Rata we began to see the amazing change in the terrain. This must be because we were steadily moving higher above the sea level. You would definitely be astounded by this. After 5 to 6 hours of trudging along the trail, we finally arrived at Laban Rata around 4pm. Needless to say, we were very happy to have reached the first stopover on our way to climb Mount Kinabalu.

I took some pictures of the mountain view from the rest house where we were staying. The mountain landscape surrounding our rest house was simply magnificent beyond words. As it was sunset we could see the sky over the mountain turning brilliant red. After we had our well-deserved dinner we all turned in for the night and tried to keep warm in the cold and chilly mountain environment.

We woke up at around 2.30am to begin the final stage of our Mount Kinabalu climb towards Low's Peak, the highest summit of Mount Kinabalu. With luck, we might make it to the summit of Mount Kinabalu by sunrise. It was a really challenging night-time climb. Luckily our guide was really useful in helping us to navigate through the increasingly steep climb. I have to admit I was suffering from the symptoms of altitude sickness as we descended higher up Mount Kinabalu. I took some pills, got better and continued with the rest of my group.

Just before sunrise we finally reached the summit of Mount Kinabalu. It was a really joyous moment for all of us ! We savoured the breath taking beauty of the mountain top and started to snap pictures as if there was no tomorrow. We could see the magnificent view of the mountain shadow slowly moving westwards as the sun began the rise. It was indeed a glorious sight.

 

After we had our fill of the view we began our descend back to Laban Rata. As it was already daylight when we started our journey down, we could see the amazing peaks nestled around us and the constantly changing terrain the further we descended. We just simply chatted amongst ourselves and enjoyed the scenery which made the tough descend more bearable.

We finally reached back to Laban Rata just before noon. Overall, it was a really wonderful experience for us right from the beginning part at Timpohon Gate until our final stop at Low's Peak. I would definitely go on another climb to Mount Kinabalu the next time I'm in Sabah!

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