Climbing Mount Kinabalu
If you've ever fancied sliding into conversation that you once climbed one of the world's top 20 mountains, be sure to visit Mount Kinabalu. Although it is impressive with its 4000m peak, it is one of the easiest peaks to conquer. Previous experience of mountain climbing isn't necessary and it takes a mere two days to reach the top.
The ascent usually starts at 1800m from the Timpohon Gate, followed by a full day of climbing, reaching 3273m. At this height, climbers can stay overnight at Laban Rata's guest houses before the final ascent in the morning. The summit can be reached in time to view the sunrise, which is one of the most beautiful sights that you will ever see.
Due to the height of the mountain altitude sickness is common, so it is wise to descend the mountain immediately after reaching the peak.
The best time to climb the mountain is during the dry season, i.e. February to April. During this time the temperature remains at a comfortable 20 degrees Celsius. However, the temperature drops to around freezing at the mountain's peak, so be sure to wrap up warm!
The trail up the mountain is incredibly beautiful, with lots of beautiful flora and wildlife surrounding you as you make the ascent. A camera is definitely a must on this trip, aside from documenting your incredible achievement of scaling a mountain!
Although some level of physical fitness is required to reach Mount Kinabalu's peak, it is an easy ascent as thousands of people climb it annually. It is definitely worth climbing; the views at the top of the mountain are something that you will never forget.