An email from Wenky on climbing Kinabalu

I received an email from one of Kinabalu Blog readers, Wenky. I hope you could benefit from then answers that I gave to her. My answers would be in bold.

Dear Drizad,

Hi, I’m a visitor of your blog, this is my 2nd time writing to you. We have a lot of questions about Mt KK climbing which needs your direction and guidance.

We are going to ‘conquer’ the Mt KK next month, and since this is our 1st time to Sabah and Mt KK, many things is DIY, without the help of agent. Hopefully you could help us to solve our simple questions. 😉

1) Is it convenient to get public transport from KK city to KK park? What is the price range for bus service from KK city to KK park?
Getting a public transport from KK to Kinabalu Park is quite easy. You just have to go to the bus station near Padang Merdeka in KK city center, and you could see the label and booth for buses to go to Ranau/Kundasang/Kinabalu Park. The cost would be around RM15-RM20.

2) Know that SSL also provide shuttle service from KK city, but how frequent is the service? Is it only 1 service per day?
I am not sure about SSL’s shuttle bus services, as they always revised it. You need to ask them about it here: http://www.suterasanctuarylodges.com

3) Does the Kinabalu park itself provide transport within the KK park, poring hot spring, canopy walk and other nearby tourist spots?
No, but there are public transport available. You just have to get info from the Sabah Park Management office there in Kinabalu Park.

4) Does public transport such as taxi and busses by pass KK park frequently ? Is it convenient to get public transport from KK park to other tourist spots?
Yes.

5) We plan to stay in KK park on the 1st day, b4 climbing on the next day, but found out the accommodation is pretty expensive, they charge 1 bunk bed in one of the oldest and low budget hostel for RM70 per pax, is the price reasonable?? And what is the earliest time to check in?
I am not sure about that hostel pricing, as it sometimes depends on other services available in the hostel also. You have to ask them about the check-in time, but usually after 1pm.

6) We plan to register at KK HQ 1 day ahead b4 climbing, so does it mean we can directly proceed to Timpohon Gate on the day of climbing without gather at the KK HQ?
No, you don’t have to. Because you have to get a bus from Kinabalu Park HQ to Timpohon Gate. They will provide you with the bus. You don’t have to go to Timpohon Gate yourself. And that morning, you will be given a guide, before you are allowed to climb.

7) Does KK HQ provide transportation form the HQ to Timpohon gate? Is it inclusive transfer package once we register?
Yes. I am not sure whether the bus fare is inclusive in the package. You have to ask the package provider.

8) Is it true that we can store our bag in KK park HQ for RM10 per piece per day?
Yes, but I am not sure about the pricing.

9) Does the porter walk together with us when climbing up to Laban Rata? Can few persons share 1 porter? Since they calculate by weight.
Usually porters walk by themselves, but if you insist them to follow you, they could. Sharing porter is okay, but they usually have their maximum limit of the weight they carry.

10) Does foodstuff sell at KK park such as energy bar, isotonic drinks, fruits sold at a reasonable rate and not tourist rate?
I am not sure about that, but the last time I went there, they are quite pricey.

11) We plan to stay in KK park, any recommendation of nearby eating outlet sell good food and yet and a reasonable price?
There are some stalls and restaurants just opposite Kinabalu Park entrance. Some says that the food/price is reasonable. Otherwise, you can just get a transport to Kundasang town for foods.

12) What other precautions we have to take when climbing Mt KK?
Precautions? The most important thing is to take care of your health. I have written some info on that matter in the website. Here:
http://mount-kinabalu-borneo.com/mount-kinabalu-health.html
http://mount-kinabalu-borneo.com/mount-kinabalu-medical.html

Thanking in advance for your kind solution, hope you don’t mind the countless questions above. Thank you very much.

Regards,

Wen Ki

( Ipoh Mari)

If you think you have a better answers, you can just drop your comments in the comment box below. Cheers! 

2 thoughts on “An email from Wenky on climbing Kinabalu

  1. Just to add in some of my comments –

    9) Does the porter walk together with us when climbing up to Laban Rata? Can few persons share 1 porter? Since they calculate by weight.

    Why do you want them to walk with you? They are usually fast climber..hehe. So you must have a separate small size bag to store up waters and all the necessities like toilet paper, minyak cap kapak, energy bar, handphone (yes, it’s a celcom area up till the peak) and rain coat. Also, Kinabalu park will provide you with a troublesome food container in plastic bag. So reserve some space in your back to keep it, otherwise, you will hold that bungkusan all the way up. Just imagine you bungkus two pack of rice and put it in a plastic bag and walk for the next 5 hours holding it….make us feel so clumsy…hehe

    1) Is it convenient to get public transport from KK city to KK park? What is the price range for bus service from KK city to KK park?

    The last time i went there, we stayed at Bornea backpackers. Nice people and clean environment. And the Bus station is just a stone throw away, with the police station right behind.

    6) We plan to register at KK HQ 1 day ahead b4 climbing, so does it mean we can directly proceed to Timpohon Gate on the day of climbing without gather at the KK HQ?

    Timpohan gate is about 5-6km from Kinabalu Park.

    10) Does foodstuff sell at KK park such as energy bar, isotonic drinks, fruits sold at a reasonable rate and not tourist rate?

    Why buy there when you can buy at KK? By the way, food and bread in KK is expensive. You will be surprised typical Kopitiam food over there is more expensive than in KL… As for isotonic drinks, go to a pharmacy and get those rehydration salt. 50cents per pack. To me, it’s better to mix ourselves, not as gassy….

    But then again, i find myself blurping and farting all the way up….causing some small scale air pollution …:)

    12) What other precautions we have to take when climbing Mt KK?

    Do not be over obsessed with reaching the peak or overly worried about not reaching it. That’s what i did the last time. Remember to enjoy the climb and take time to look at the surroundings, smell the flowers and immerse yourself into the natural surroundings….

    It’s the journey, not the destination….

    If you can’t make it to the peak, don’t fret, just plan for another visit to Mount Kinabalu…like me…whoa hahahahaha……

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