Mount Kinabalu hike experience
Mount Kinabalu, the highest mountain in Malaysia and one of the most popular tourist destinations in Sabah. Every year, there are many climbers coming to this mountain, be it local or foreigner. This special place offers majestic view of nature as well as adequate level of challenges to the climbers.
I had my own experience climbing this mountain, and it all started back in year 2011…
First Climb 2011 – Mesilau Route
I was already well informed about how hard the trail was, especially for a newbie like me who had not trained well enough for hiking. I was also informed that this is a “Beautiful route” since you can see more beautiful scenery than the other route. I prepared myself to face this challenge, or I think I did.
Not even halfway through the route, I was already left alone from the group, so most of the time I hiked alone. To make matters worse, it rained throughout the journey to Layang Layang Hut. Fortunately for me, one of the group members that came with me, hiked with me for the rest of the journey to Laban Rata. It was already 9PM when I arrived Laban Rata, feeling extremely cold, much exhausted from the hike I just went through.
I decided not to go for the last trail, as I was feeling tired (my legs are killing me) and unmotivated. I told to myself, “Next time bebeh…”
Some of the pics in this gallery was taken with my Sony Ericsson C510 phone.
Second Climb 2012 – Timpohon Route
I’m all geared up and ready to challenge Mount Kinabalu again, and now I am well equipped, added with the experience I had in 2011. I know there will be a chance of rain somewhere, I know I need some heat rubs for my aching legs, I know now I need walking sticks for easy descending later on.
“This is it..” I said in my heart.
We had much smaller group this time, all determined to conquer the mountain. We set off early and had breakfast before starting the hike. The weather was kinda gloomy as I expected, and out of no where, strong wind and heavy rain poured before I could reach Layang Layang Hut. The rain show no sign of stopping when I had a little rest at Layang Layang Hut, so I continued on my journey. I took the time to wait for my colleague who is having hard time to hike. It didn’t take a long time to reach Laban Rata, I think it was around 4 or 5 PM. After claiming a room in Gunting Lagadan with my group mate, I quickly went down to the cafeteria to have my big meal.
I had a really good rest before starting off the last trail to the summit. Everything was great, except for one thing, it was still raining and strong winds blowing at the summit. Me and my group decided to go for it and not waste any more time. This was my first time reaching the last checkpoint, Sayat Sayat Hut. At that point, the weather became worse and our guide advise us not to go further, its risky he said.
We stood by the hut for some time, and finally decided to back down, one does not simply challenge Mother Nature. Its another failed attempt for me, but I feel accomplished to get this far, better than the previous year. “Thirds the charm” they say, well hopefully it is!
Here are some of the pics taken during the hike and descend, some taken from my colleague’s camera and some taken with my Blackberry phone.
Question now, when will I go for my “Third Charm” Mount Kinabalu hike? Perhaps next year, or the next next year.
This have been another Travel Thursday blog entry, a category where I tell my travel stories in Malaysia and internationally.
Thirds the charm