March 7, 2013 by farbolino
I figured I’d give some up to date information about climbing Mt. Kinabalu in one day since the cost of a 2d/1n is cost prohibitive for most backpackers. The lowest quote from a tour operator in Kota Kinabalu was 950 MYR, or a touch over $305 at the moment. Most of this cost is for the dorm style accomadation at the base camp just before summit. They charge something ridiculous like $100 for the night.
So, to do it independently costs 268 MYR ($85), plus a 15 Ringgit ($5) park entrance fee. This charge will drop by another $20 if you can find a partner to split the cost of the mandatory guide. More then 2 people requires more then one guide, so it’s most cost effective in pairs.
The breakdown of the 268 ringgit is as follows:
100 MYR for the permit to climb
128 MYR per guide for 1-2 people
7 MYR mandatory insurance
33 MYR roundtrip transportation to Timpohon Gate from the park entrance.
Above is a photo of what the 7 ringgit insurance covers. Pretty good for 2 bucks, but it won't cover an airlift out, so if you break a leg you'll just have to hop.
Above shows that it’s a 8.5km trek from Timpohon Gate to Low’s Peak (4095m). There are time constraints for hikers attempting to summit in one day though, and the picture below is a time table that needs to be followed strictly, or you’ll be forced to turn around if you don’t make the deadlines
It’s also important that you don’t suffer from an of the following conditions:
The last and final stipulation is that you need to arrive to the park the day before you wish to climb. The park headquarters is open between 8-5 to talk to the park ranger about making the accent the following day. You’ll need to be at park headquarters the next morning at 7am in order to take the transport to the start of the trek. Good luck!