Mount Kinabalu

4 day itinerary

Mount Kinabalu Trekking

Duration: 4 days, 3 nights
Malaysia: Mt Kinabalu, Sabah
Cost per person in SGD: $ 890
For group size: 6 & above

Mount Kinabalu, 4,095.2m is the highest mountain in Malaysia. It is also the highest mountain in the whole of Borneo, and the region between the Himalayas and the snow mountains of New Guinea.

The return trek takes 2 days from Park Headquarters. All types of trekkers from young children to people over 70 years old have climbed up to Low’s Peak. No particular skills or experience is required: the route is suitable for the average, reasonably fit person.

Experienced climbers and novice alike will begin the day’s ascent from Kinabalu Park to Laban Rata at approximately 3,272 meters above sea level. Laban Rata offers climbers hostel accommodation and a restaurant before resuming their climb to the peak the following early morning. Along the trail to the summit, climbers will be amazed with the incredible mountain backdrop of teeth and fangs, gulley, precipice, cliff, plateau, gorge, peak, projectile, points you name it, the mountain has it!

Come face to face with the mighty mountain and feel the excitement and awesome acclimatize that you are indeed sitting on “top of the world”!

  • Level – Intermediate to difficult 3~4/5 80% 80%

All climbers should be fit and healthy and have themselves medically checked before attempting any mountain climb. All climbers will be required to meet the Sabah Parks’ minimum health regulation. Sabah Parks indicates that people with the history of heart disease, hypertension, chronic asthma, peptic ulcer, severe anaemia, diabetes, epileptic fits, arthritis, palpitations, hepatitis, muscular cramps, obesity and any other sickness that may be triggered by severe cold, exertion and high altitude is not encouraged to climb the mountain.

Important Notes

2. Buy Travel Insurance

Itinerary (Subject to changes)

Day 1

Upon arrival at KKIA, meet our Sabah caretaker and transfer to Kinabalu Park. The journey will take approximately 2 hours and drive through some scenic countryside and breathtaking view of Mountain Range. Stop at Nabalu, a typical roadside market along the way for local handicraft and fruits. Continue heading to Kinabalu Nature Park (1500m), at the foot of Mt Kinabalu. Enjoy the cool temperature and serene surroundings within the World Heritage site. Check in & rest before dinner.

Overnight Dormitory/ Room or Lodge in Kinabalu Park

Day 2

After enjoy your morning breakfast and collect your packed lunch, proceed for gather 7.30am at Sabah Parks Registration Office for registration, meet mountain guide and porter (if any) and transfer to Timpohon Gate (1866m) for the trek to Laban Rata. The trail ascends through vegetation change from Oak and Chestnut to mossy forest and eventually to alpine vegetation. The trek will take about 4-6 hours to Laban Rata Resthouse (3272m). Enjoy your dinner at Laban Rata Restaurant and sunset before lights out at 8pm.

Overnight Laban Rata Resthouse/ Hut Dorm

Day 3

At 1.30am, have an early supper and pack up for hike to Low’s Peak for sunrise with Mt guide at around 2.30am. The final ascent to the summit begins very early and takes about 2-3 hours to be on the top for sunrise. When you arrive the summit at Low’s peak (4,095.2m), a great sense of achievements will fill you. After enjoying the sunrise, return to Laban Rata for a well-earned breakfast before continuing on down to park headquarters for your lunch at Kinabalu Park. After lunch, transfer to Kota Kinabalu and check in to hotel.

Overnight Kota Kinabalu hotel (3-star)

Day 4

After breakfast, free at leisure before transfer to airport for your flight departure home.

Price per person in SGD: $ 890

(Based on 6 pax & more. Price is subject to changes)

4D Timpohon Trail

Price includes:

  • 3 nights Accommodation as stated
  • Meals: 3 breakfast, 1 packed lunch, 1 lunch, 2 dinner, 1 early supper
  • All transfer in Sabah as per itinerary with English speaking Sabah Caretaker
  • Climbing fees. This includes entrance fees, climbing insurance, climbing permit, Mt Kinabalu Guide, Mt Kinabalu certificate for successful climbers only
  • Briefing prior departure

Price excludes: All airfare and taxes, Insurance with medical evacuation (mandatory), Evacuation cost, Personal gears & expenses, Visa if applicable, Tips to guide, All Meals not stated, Other tours not stated in itinerary, Porter’s fees (RM65 per-way for max 10kg), Luggage storage fees (RM 10 per piece), Mountain guide overtime charges (RM 15 per group per hour after 4pm; RM30 per group per hour for arrivals after 5pm onwards), Additional Guide(s) fees if required.

Deposit/ Refunds

  • Deposit Per Person: $500 of which $300 is non-refundable and non-transferable, in whole or in part;
  • Deposits CANNOT be brought forward and/or used for future bookings;
  • Balance full payment MUST be received at least forty-five (45) days prior to arrival, failing which the Company reserves the right to release all slots for the said confirmed reservation without any or prior notice
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  • Drivers/ guides were pretty much punctual most of the time (max 10mins wait) and this is something I appreciate a lot. They are experienced and able to answer our questions to clarify any doubts.
  • Best moments: To ascent to the summit and take in the breathtaking views with my 2 sons.’
  • Everything is good and we truly enjoyed the experience a lot.
  • The briefing notes were sufficient. As long as your local partner is punctual and knowledgeable, some of the questions can only be cleared when we are there with them.

Mt Kinabalu 27-30 Nov 2022

  • Had used X-Trekkers 3 other times before & had been happy with them, so repeating custom.
  • Best moment: Whole trip because of group dynamics & good weather. Admittedly these didn’t have much to do with X-Trekkers but they provided good platform for our group.

Mt Kinabalu 11-14 Oct 22

  • The logistics for the trip was well arranged. 
  • The guides took good care of us. As this is my second trip to MK, I know what to expect, so safety is not a concern. My one comment is that if we were to hike in heavy rains, the guides could have briefed us on precautions to take, such as hot water flask, carrying headlamp, whistle, etc in case of mishaps.
  • Best moment: To arrive back at Timpohon gate! This is the highlight, not the summit as descending is a major task for my bad knees.
  • Very detailed briefing notes.
S E Ong

Mt Kinabalu 11-15 Oct 22

Thank you very much. It was an amazing trip and its really an amazing experience. The arrangement was really good and Edmund was a very good and helping guide. Yes body legs still aching, should be better soon.


7-10 Feb 2020

  • Vincent was really helpful and thanks for his responsiveness.
  • It is not about safety, rather when exhausted , the mussels becomes weak and hence it is necessary to have a walking stick. When the body becomes weak, safety becomes a concerns.
  • Best Moments: Reaching the peak.. as it requires a lot of mental perseverance and endurance
  • Exhilarating Experience
Anthony Ong

28 Jun - 02 July 2018

  • No comments on the climb since the time we were about to climb Mt Kinabalu, Sabah Malaysia was hit by earthquake and no one is allowed to climb until further notice.
  • Best moment of the trip: Padas White Water Rafting – We experience on this activity our firsts. First time to ride an old diesel train and First time to do rafting.
  • Moment least enjoyed: Island Hoping – Although the island is good, it was a bit crowded and need a long que to do some water sport. Also, the weather changes in an instant which stops all the activity.
John Eric F. Jimenez

7-10 Aug 2015

  • Amazing experience.
  • Best moment: reaching the summit.

11-14 Jun 2014

  • Everything went smoothly. Great job!  
  • A couple of our team members could not make it to the summit.
  • On the whole, the experience was memorable.
Lim Kok Hua

17-20 Jun 2014

  • Excellent service!
  • Needs reasonable fitness to summit. As the path are man-made it is generally safe. However can be slippery if raining.
Desmond Zhang

17-20 Mar 2013

  • I was pleasantly surprise by the food arrangement at Mt Kinabalu compared to my previous trip. 
  • I underestimated the importance of being fit and strong. 
  • The whole trip was enjoyable. But I was most impressed by the improvement at Laban Rata.
Lim Soo Ho

25-28 Feb 2013

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