What are we in for?

4Stroke signed us up for the 2D1N (two days, one night) package. According to the sample itinerary that Amazing Borneo supplies, we’ll be collected from our hotels early in the morning (6:30 AM) on day 1 and taken to Kinabalu Park Headquarters. That’s where we’ll register, get our permits and meet our guide.

We’ll start off from Timpohon Gate mid-morning (9:30) and if all goes well will arrive at the Laban Rata Resthouse mid-afternoon (3:30). Relax and recover, have an early dinner and hit the sack early evening (6:30). Rise and shine at 2:00 AM the next morning, gear up, have a very early breakfast (they call it ‘supper’) and head off for the summit at 2:30 AM.

If we can maintain a steady pace, we should be able to hit the peak in time to catch the sunrise – on 2Stroke’s sixtieth birthday. A quick toast will be in order, no doubt. 4Stroke suggested bringing a few cans of beer, but I reckon those little spirit bottles would work better. Lighter, for starters, and the truth is that alcohol, altitude and climbing don’t mix.

Nobody wants to hang around the summit too long. It’s cold (around 0 degrees) and windy, and once you stop moving you start to get chilled. Back down to Laban Rata, breakfast and checkout (10:30) and then all the way back down to Timpohon Gate, arriving hopefullly by mid-afternoon. Transport will be available to take us back to Kota Kinabalu, so we should be back at our hotels by early evening.

Here’s what we plan to accomplish:

Leg 1 – Timpohon Gate to Laban Rata

  • 5-6 hours
  • 6 kms
  • about 1,400m climb
  • starts off quite humid, temperature drops a lot as we climb.
  • good chance of rain

Leg 2 – Laban Rata to Low’s Peak and back

  • 6 hours
  • 2.7 kms – each way
  • 800m climb/descent
  • cold!
  • good chance of rain

Leg 3 – Laban Rata to Timpohon Gate

  • 4 hours
  • 6 kms
  • downhill
  • cool, becoming warmer and more humid
  • believe it or not, there’s a good chance of rain

Doesn’t look so difficult when we put it this way…

Posted on October 20, 2015, in Mt Kinabalu and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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