Kota Kinabalu - Nature Resort City
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Visited the capital city of Sabah (aka Land Below The Wind) - Kota Kinabalu, to conquer one of the the highest mountains in South East Asia. The mountain has been accorded UNESCO World Heritage status.
The trip was organized by my company to celebrate its Centennial worldwide and 50th anniversary in Malaysia.
1. Try to use the same type of rubber shoes (nickname: "Adidas Kampung") worn by the guides/porters. It cost only about RM8. Its grip is very suitable for the terrain especially if raining. The shoes outperform even the costlier and well-known branded hiking shoes.
2. Bring extra batteries for your head lights during your night climb.
3. Water-proof gloves to hold onto the rope would be handy especially when it rains cause if it's not, then you will be freezing cold (shivering) due to the wet gloves and cold winds blowing at you.
4, Travel light when you are doing the climb. Just bring the essentials, water, snacks, power bar etc. As for your clothing, hire the porter to carry for you. They only charge RM10/kg and covers both ways. There is no more additional charge for the return trip when you descent from the mountains.
5. During your climb to Laban Rata, there are water tanks along the way. DO NOT DRINK THE WATER UNTREATED! Despite the guide telling you otherwise. Our stomach are not "tuned" to drink the water. If you have no other choice, make sure you treat the water first before drinking. Ge the water purification powder that are available in packets form.
6. When you have reached Laban Rata from KK Park, make sure you spend time check out the beautiful clouds and especially the sunset. It's a scenery view you should not miss. Just don't straight go to bed.
7. When descending, especially from Laban Rata to KK Park stretch, walk fast with consistent speed, if possible, try not to stop. The reason because if you stop, the impact on your knees will even be greater and will hurt your knees even more.
8. If you are traveling in KK city, rent a car because it's much more convenient way to explore the city at your leisure. We booked ours from Kinabalu-Rent-A-Car. Highly recommended as their rates are the lowest in town, car in great condition (new car - less than 1 year), friendly and very professional with quick and efficient service.
9. Electrical plugs type: 3-pin flat. Bring converter if necessary or if you can ask your hotel if they have the converter before your trip.