Category Archives: Mount Kinabalu

Mount Kinabalu Clipvideo (.flv)

Oh, if you have not seen the clipvideo that I made from Ganesh’s photos, here it is. At last, I managed to upload it here with a dedicated WordPress plugin for .flv files.

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If you want this clipvideo, drop me an email.


Hello there, probably some of you do know me, I am Aiden, a proud partner & contributor of Ruhaizad. I am a freelance tourist guide in my own hometown, the city of Kota Kinabalu, Sabah.

Over the past 1 month, I have been dealing with most of our website visitors’ accommodation reservations, bookings and acquiring. At the first month of dealing with those accommodations (December 06′ – January 07′) , I remembered that those days were a chaos for both of us. We handled our visitors’ requests disorderly, and often took several days to get to know what our visitors were requesting actually.

Due to the heaps requests from our online visitors, I have figured out a way, to centralize our visitors’ requests, rather than having those visitors to send a request to Ruhaizad’s comment-form page, and then having Ruhaizad personally re-send all request email to me, and then proceed with asking what do those visitors really want us to help them. After a several hours of discussing with Ruhaizad, we eventually came out with a solution, a request form which every one of our visitors can easily describe what they want.

As the time goes on, it has been about 2 months that we have been dealing with the accommodations’ activities. Every single day, we will receive at least 1 to 2 requests for the Mount Kinabalu’s accommodation. And we noticed that if we do not systematically manage the request form, both of us will be the one who are going to be exhausted. And that is what I am feeling exactly right now.

Therefore, to prevent this from happening again, we (me and Ruhaizad) has actually review our website, and the main core of setting up the website. We both found out some part of our current situation which need to be optimized.

1) Before this, we are helping off almost all of our online visitors for FREE . — We do have our own life too, we are doing a favour to our online visitors, which are, to help them to search for accommodations in the Mount Kinabalu area. Many times, some of our visitors just don’t understand our situation, they thought that we have a company, and we are operating as an operator. Some of them even rush us on a daily or bi-daily basis. The answer is NO. We are only ordinary human like all of you, which by profession, Ruhaizad practices as a doctor, and I am a freelance tourist guide in Kota Kinabalu. After reviewing from this aspect, we have decided to generate some profit by doing so. After all, Ruhaizad has his own family, while I need to focus on my own career too.

2) We are going to put our business ONLINE. — That means we are going to have a more convenient way for online visitors from worldwide to pay via the internet, on a secured page. In that case, I truly appreciate those who have been dealing with us in the past 2 months. I know that we have had a hard time for those payments being made, but I sincerely thank all of those who had been dealing with us, for your trust on us, even by paying us using various kind of method, such as Paypal, Moneybookers, bank transfer, and so on. You/your friend are going to have a lot more choices in the near future, which we are recently trying hard to set up some.

3) We are still having a messy system to cater the accommodations’ request. — We will try our best to give the best information for our online visitors. We will let them choose their own way to plan out their trip in Sabah [ either to go on with a budgeted tour, a normal tour, a tailor-made tour, or a third-party (local tour operator in Kota Kinabalu) offered package tour ] .

Hopefully by the end of March, most of our plan will be successfully generated, and thus making a better way for our online visitors to book for the accommodations. In my humble opinion, every single form of business/organization/groups/non-profit organization will have hard times on their initial formation. Same thing happened to us, as we started with limited manpower. During our optimization of our website & company (will set up one in a short while) in the near future, we will be operating the request form at a slower rate comparing to those days (back to 1 or 2 months ago). Hope all of you can understand about our situation, and every single contribution of any form, which come from any of our previous/recent/future online visitors will be a grateful thing for both me and Ruhaizad.

Hopefully this post will lead a clearer view for some of our online visitors. Again, I sincerely thank those who have supported us in the past, and those who are giving great support to us in the future too.

Best Regards,

Aiden Chong

Mount Kinabalu Reservation – I show you my inbox…

Aiden and me received enormous amount of email, requesting us to speed up their booking with Sutera Sanctuary Lodges for their climbing trip. I know, we are a bit slow at the moment, as we just set up our reservation system and it’s only 2 of us are maintaining it. Since we launch our dedicated page to cater the request from 2nd of February, we have received 42 reservation, i.e. it’s about 2 request per day. It looks like not a lot to you, but for us, it is.

We are dedicated to give you the best service (although we are not a company, yet) and would like to make your trip to Mount Kinabalu as smooth as possible. So, we really have to plan properly. The process really take some time, as we want to give the best to our client.

For those who have sent us your request, I hope you could understand us. We will entertain your request as soon as possible. As evidence, I will show you a glimpse of my Gmail inbox for the reservation…

My inbox

Gulf For Good Mount Kinabalu Adventure Challange

Gulf For GoodGulf for Good is a Dubai based charity under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum.

By taking part in a Gulf for Good adventure challenge, participants raise funds which are then donated to handpicked charities in the region where the challenge is held.

The challenges available are a mixture of moderate to strenuous adventures, ranging from high altitude treks to hiking, biking, kayaking and even camel trekking in magnificant landscapes. Our challenges allow you to access areas you may only dreamed of visiting, in the company of like-minded individuals.

In July 3-15 2007, Gulf for Good will be having 8 day multi-adventure challenge includes biking, kayaking, white-water rafting and trekking to the summit of Mount Kinabalu in Malaysia.

Have you got what it takes?. If you think you do, don’t miss this opportunity to sign up for an adventure of a lifetime.

Find out more

Mount Kinabalu Summit Trail (Day Climb) Slideshow

Thank you Ganesh for your nice photos. I managed to select few good photos to create a 2 minutes slideshow on Mount Kinabalu climbing, mainly on the first phase of the climb in Summit Trail (Day Climb). If it would be longer, the file will be too big and it will slow to be uploaded to your browser.

For the time being, I only manage to put it up on a special HTML page, and maybe next time, I will find a way to put it up here in this blog. I also have submitted the slideshow to Google Video, hoping that Google will approved it ASAP. I tried to upload it to YouTube, but YouTube have problem with my registration. I don’t know why.

Make sure you have your speaker on. Check out the video slideshow here, and give me some comments!

Mount Kinabalu climbing – quotation request and reservation form

I have to remind you again that I am not represent any tour company, and I don’t have any.

January was a hectic month, as I received a lot of email requesting me to advice for a trip, quote a climbing package, book a place to stay in Laban Rata, suggest a good tour operator, asking why Sutera Sanctuary Lodges did not reply them, etc…

Half of the email, which includes quotation request will be forwarded to my partner, Aiden, a freelance tour guide, who will help on quoting and organizing the trip. While doing that, he noticed that the number of request was increasing, and it becomes more difficult to deal with. I did not intend to be a tour company, but it seems that I have to do something for those who are asking for my help.

Aiden came up with an idea of creating a system for our quotation request, as it will simplify our task. As my “upline” said before, “When you work with a system, the results will be more predictable. He created a form to be filled by visitors like you, who would like us to help them on planning their trip to Mount Kinabalu. It took me few hours only to came up with a standard webpage form. After some minor adjustment and 2 trials with the form, it is up and running.

So, if you want us to help you quote a Mount Kinabalu climbing package, just answer few questions and send me this form. Your email is confidential, and I will not forward your request to any tour operator without my permission. Aiden will be corresponding to your request.

This is where the form is:

Mount Kinabalu climbing package scam?

Mount Kinabalu climbing package scam?I received an email today, asking wether there is a scam going on with tour operators which deals with Mount Kinabalu climbing package. This is the quoted email:

Name of sender: Steve
Email of sender: yusi…
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I have tried booking room in Laban Rata for my July trip. The lodge office told me that all rooms/beds are already occupied. However, when I made enquiry at those tour operators, they seem to be able to get those rooms. Is this some kind of scam? Please advise. Thanks.


This is what I replied:

Hi Steve,

Thank you for your email. No, it is not a scam. The story goes like this:

There are about 100 beds available in Laban Rata, and what happened is, some percentage of the beds have been pre-booked by the tour operators (I am not sure how many percentage). The remaining bed availability will then be managed (sell) by Sutera Sanctuary Lodges (SSL) themselves. As SSL is the only operator which manages the accommodation in Laban Rata, the place will easily be filled and booked by travelers. Most of them will book directly to them, sometimes as early as 6 months in advance.

The beds that was pre-booked by the tour operator will usually be filled a little bit later, as the tour operator usually sell the accommodation in Laban Rata as a package, not individual as SSL.

That is why although there are no place available in Laban Rata from SSL, there are still some place available from tour operators.

Anyway, if you want me to help you on a package trip, please fill in this form:


2D1N Mount Kinabalu climbing package from

I came across a travel & tour website,, which provides a good package for Mount Kinabalu climbing in 2D1N. The cost of the package includes:

  • 1 night accommodation at Dormitory (Multi Sharing)
  • 1 breakfast, 1 Packed Lunch and 1 Dinner
  • 2 Ways Transfer (Kota Kinabalu Reservation Office at Wisma Sabah – Kinabalu National Park)
  • 2 Ways Transfer (Reception – Timpohon Gate – Starting Point)
  • National Park Entrance Fees, Climbing Permit, Insurance Certificate of Achievement
  • Mountain Guide

As this is a package that is provided by third party, please don’t email or contact me to make inquiry on the package. I am just showing you an options for the climbing package, apart from you deal with me directly.

And, as there is still no feedback from any of the climbers for this package, I am hoping that one of you can be the first to give me feedback!

Mount Kinabalu climbing package

Mount Kinabalu climbing identity name tag

I did some cleaning of my old stuff in my store room yesterday. Guess what did I found? My 4 Mount Kinabalu climbing identity name tags! It reminds me of the dates that I went and summit the highest peak of Borneo.

Mount Kinabalu identity name tags

You notice the discoloration of the above two tags? It was because I hanged it in my car (under the back mirror) for few months. It turns yellowish due to the heat. The tag in the center is my wife’s.

Anyway, the above name tag will be given to you (of course it’s your name on it) the morning just before you start your climb. It is for security and identification reason, apart from being a good souvenir for you to take back.

Now I remember all 4 dates of my climb: 26 January and 16 April 2002, 27 January 2003 and 9 July 2005. I went up there twice – as a doctor…

An email from a friend…

Today, I received an email from our good friend from Philippines. She went to Mount Kinabalu few weeks back and posted some of her nice picture in flickr. Since I also contributed my photos to flickr, I decided to contact her to say hi.

This was her reply.

“Hi Ruhaizad,

I would like to say a BIG THANK YOU for all the info that have provided me about Mt. Kinabalu. It was really a big help. Our Sabah trip wouldn’t have been that successful without your climbing tips from your website ( as well as the info that you have provided me in the email.

I was planning to write you an email after the climb but I got stuck with piles of work to finish after i got back from my week-long vacation. I also haven’t got the time to update my blog ( as well but I plan to write abt my KK and Mt. Kinabalu experience which was just amazing!!! I really wanna go back there again.

With regards to your question, I only used a digital point and shoot digicam during the climb..a Canon’s an old Canon digicam model w/ 3.2MP resolution but I have to make do of it…i had to postpone buying a DSLR ‘cuz of my Sabah trip…hehe! But no regrets though ‘cuz the whole trip was more than rewarding. We were blessed to have a good weather during the climb so my camera did just fine…I’ll send you photos of our climb in the email…

I’ve included a link of your site in some of my photos so anyone who might be interested in climbing Mt. Kinabalu and plans to organize the trip on their own will find your website because it definitely contains very useful information.

Once again thanks and i hope to visit Sabah again 🙂



If you want to see what wantet had photographed, feel free to check out her link: