When NOT to climb to the summit of Borneo

I received an email from our good friend, Cikgu Ismail, and this time he attached some photos that are very rare to see. It’s the photos of The Summit Trail, exactly around Sayat-Sayat Hut, (the second phase of the climb) which are heavily flooded with rain. Water from the bare rocks of Kinabalu come gushing down like a hurricane, which is really, really dangerous to the climbers.

I wonder how, in the first place, the cameraman get up there??? With those kind of weather, it really scares me, especially just below Sayat-Sayat, you have to hang on to the rope to get there!


Now, how on earth to climb down with the rope and the water???


I wonder how slippery the surface is!


It’s like a river…

Unwelcoming weather: rain...

The weather you don’t want to have…

Danger announcement

Cikgu Ismail with the ‘Danger’ sign on the rocks.


Now you know when not to climb by the authorities!

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About drizad

A self employed General Practitioner who lives with his lovely family in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah. He dedicates his spare time serving people with precious information on climbing the Majestic Mountain of the Borneo, Mt Kinabalu. Reachable at drizad(at)gmail.com

8 thoughts on “When NOT to climb to the summit of Borneo

  1. Leong


    Could you recommand , if happen that climbers were on the way down from the summit, and yet these dangerous situation is happened, wht shld they do ? Are they able to cross the stream?
    Or wait for the rain stopped and when water current is not strong??

  2. drizad

    Usually the guides and Sabah Park Renjers will advise not to continue the climbing, until the rain stopped, and the current is not strong.

    It is really dangerous to continue with the water.

  3. Immers

    I’d be interested to know when those photo’s were taken.We were due to climb to the summit on the morning of Aug 4th but because of the weather conditions the summit was closed.I believe it was closed also on the 2nd and 3rd of August.
    Is the gentleman in the photo, the person who was trying to create a record for consecutive climbs to the summit?We met him at Laban Rata.

  4. drizad Post author

    Hi Immers,

    I am not sure when the photos were taken, as it was sent to me by Cikgu Ismail undated.
    Oh, the gentleman in the photo was not the person you are referring to. He is the one who sent me these pictures.

  5. Christine

    Hi Drizad, nice website you have here. My whole family of 4 climbed Mt K in 2004 and on 15th of July this year, me and hubby managed to climb to the summit within a day. Weather forecast for that day was sunny in the morning and thunder storm in the afternoon and we took the chance to continue to the summit. It was cloudy when we reached the summit. It started to rain after we have taken some photos and it really scared me. The climb down was very slippery and I fell twice. Luckily, we have a very good guide who was wearing the Chinese adidas shoes with very good grip and supported me all the way. Poor guy, he was almost frozen as he was not properly dressed for the weather. Can you imagined how cold it was as we were able to see ice in those puddles of water? Those photos from this site were the exact scenes when we finally arrived at Sayat-Sayat but our fingers were too frozen to take any photos. Crossing the river near Sayat-Sayat was like white water rafting without the raft. Those photos really helps bring back the trills and scarry moments. Luckily, there was no thunder. May I have permission to develop those photos? Thanks and regards, Christine.

  6. drizad

    Hi Christine,

    Thank you for your comments, and thank god, nothing bad happened to you during those time.

    Yes, you may develop those photos, as my blog is licensed under creative commons.

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