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Discover the stunning scenery and incredible biodiversity of Malaysia’s highest peak!

Rising to 4,095 meters in elevation, Mount Kinabalu is the highest peak on the Crocker Range in Borneo. While not technically difficult, summiting the peak on foot is a worthy and scenic challenge for any hiking enthusiast! Compare and book a certified guide for your trip on Explore-Share.com: 1500+ guides, 70+ countries and more than 8000 different programs to choose from. Take a pick from our selection of Hiking trips in Mount Kinabalu. The mountains are calling!

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FAQs: Hiking in Mount Kinabalu

What should I know about Hiking Mount Kinabalu?

Due to its incredible natural beauty and the simply jaw-dropping amount of biodiversity on its slopes, Mount Kinabalu is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

There are two main routes up the mountain – the Summit Trail and the Mesilau Trail – both of which offer spectacular views of the surroundings and do not require any technical knowledge.

The only challenging part is how steep some parts of the trail are and hiking in the humidity. However, most guides offer the trip in two to three days, which means there is no need to rush and plenty of time to enjoy the natural splendor.

Why should I choose Mount Kinabalu for my Hiking adventure?

Stunning scenery

Nestled within the thick rainforests and rocky escarpments of the Crocker Range, hiking to the top of Mount Kinabalu is a scenic experience. The journey begins at the top of the thick rainforest that covers the northern half of the island of Borneo. From here, hikers enter montane alpine meadows and grasslands before reaching the rugged summit and enjoying panoramic views.

Escape the crowds

Unlike other popular hiking destinations in South Asia, hikers heading to Mount Kinabalu won’t have to deal with the usual crowding. For those who want to get off the beaten path and feel more connected with nature, this is the perfect getaway. Forget the crowded slopes of the Himalayas and tourist hotspots such as Thailand, Mount Kinalabu offers the chance to get great views while escaping the crowds.

Climb Malaysia's highest peak

At 4,095 meters in elevation, hiking to the summit of Mount Kinabalu gets you up to the top of Malaysia.Unlike many other mountain peaks, which start from a considerably higher altitude, you can opt to head up Kinabalu from sea level. With 4,095 meters of prominence, that makes Kinabalu the twentieth most prominent peak in the world. Quite a notch in the belt of any dedicated hiker.

What can I expect from the weather during my Hiking trip in Mount Kinabalu?

During the dry season, average daily temperatures at Mount Kinabalu sit around 27 ºC. Rain falls the least in the dry season, but is not uncommon.

How can I get to Mount Kinabalu?

Any trip to Mount Kinabalu begins with a flight into Kota Kinabalu International Airport (BKI) in East Malaysia. Most guides will opt to meet you here and provide transport to the start of the trip.

Which language is predominantly spoken in the Mount Kinabalu region?

Malay, English

What's the country code for the Mount Kinabalu region?


What currency is accepted around Mount Kinabalu?

Ringgit (MYR)

When is the best time to travel to Mount Kinabalu for Hiking?

February to April

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