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Discover the incredible beauty and natural diversity of the rainforests around Mount Kinabalu as you summit Malaysia’s highest peak!

Rising to 4,095 meters in elevation, Mount Kinabalu is the tallest mountain in the Crocker Range on the island of Borneo. Summiting the peak makes for a great challenge and offers unique opportunities hard to find anywhere else! 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 Mountain Climbing trips to Mount Kinabalu. The mountains are calling!

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FAQs: Mountain Climbing in Malaysia

What should I know about Mountain Climbing Malaysia?

Due to its incredible natural beauty as well as the diverse array of flora and fauna that are endemic to 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 offer spectacular views of the surroundings and do not require any previous experience.

Regardless, a high level of physical fitness is required and all climbers must be accompanied by a mountain guide, a national park policy. In spite of its relative ease of access, the peak is quite prominent, starting practically at sea level. This means altitude sickness can be a problem at higher altitudes.

Most guides offer the trip in two or three days, depending on the fitness of the group and need to acclimatize.

Why should I choose Malaysia for my Mountain Climbing adventure?

Stunning scenery

Situated in the northern tip of Borneo’s rainforests, Mount Kinabalu offers plenty of unique scenery. Starting from the top of the jungle, climbers ascend through thick rainforest followed by the Kinabalu montane alpine meadows ecoregion in the montane grasslands and shrub lands biome. There is no shortage of natural splendor here.

Get off the beaten path

For those seeking respite from the more crowded mountain slopes of Europe and Asia’s most popular mountain ranges, Mount Kinabalu serves as the perfect retreat. Boasting two routes to the top that are sparsely populated, it’s easy to get out into the heart of nature and disconnect for awhile.

Climb the highest peak in Malaysia

Mount Kinabalu is the ceiling of Malaysia. From its lofty summit, which can be reached without any technical mountaineering gear, you can see out over the entirety of the surrounding rainforest. On a clear day, you can even see out to the South China Sea.

What can I expect from the weather during my Mountain Climbing trip in Malaysia?

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 Malaysia?

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 Malaysia region?

Malay, English

What's the country code for the Malaysia region?

+60

What currency is accepted around Malaysia?

Ringgit (MYR)

Best time to climb

February to April

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