Ascending Mount Kinabalu requires no specialized mountain climbing skills but it pays to be fit mentally and physically. Locals begin climbing the mountain from the age of three. The trail to the highest peak winds along the southern side of the mountain. It is an 8.5 km (5.25 miles) trek to the top. For most people, from a 9 month-old baby (carried by father) to an 83 years-old New Zealander, the journey takes two days.
The terrain stretches upward from lowland rain forest to montane forest, cloud forest and sub alpine meadow, before finally reaching a crown of bare granite.
During our climb to the summit on April 4, 20 out of 120 climbers made it to peak with Ver Castro and Robert Viray of Team EARCOS. The Summit Temperature is 2°C with a Wind Speed of 5km/h plus shower of rain during our ascent to the peak. Let the photo tells the story of our journey to the peak of one of the highest peak in South East Asia Mount Kinabalu. Elevation 4,095.2 m (13,435 ft).
Magnificent Mount Kinabalu in North Borneo, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia.
Dinner time before the big climb tomorrow. Team EARCOS Dr. Joe Petrone, Ver Castro Dr. K, Me, Robert Viray, and Mary Petrone.
Thanks to Mr. Ravi of Sutera Harbour we’ve stayed in their first class cottage.
Another great view of the mountain.
Waiting for our guide. The condition in the mountain changes every 15 minutes rain starts pouring.
At Mt. Kinabalu National Park getting ready for the first stage of the climb. after 15mins all clear again scary what will be the condition at the peak.
There we go… a long decend.
still feeling relax.
Dr. K decided not to go further due to unseasonably heavy rains and a rapid heartbeat. at this point i’m already waiting at 4km but I had to go back when i heard that he is going back just to give him a big hug that we will try our best to conquer the peak.