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Day 6: Descending Mount Kinabalu


Here’s the continuation post from my KK Travelogue. Enjoy!

27th March 2007 Tuesday (Day 6) Part II

These are some of the famous peaks that I managed to identify. They’re all so majestic.

Mount Kinabalu Peaks

Now take out your RM1 note and tell me which peak is on our note.


South Peak

Surreal

I thought we would need the most 4hours to descend from Low’s Peak to Timpohon Gate but in actual we took nearly 10hours!

Descending Mount Kinabalu

Look easy? NOT AT ALL!
That was the time where my sis’ legs were failing her. Going down would take a harder toll on your legs because you need to ‘stop’ your legs from going down fast. Knee would start to ache too.

Descending Mount Kinabalu

We reached Sayat-Sayat Hut in 1hour 20minutes, a distance of 1.42km from Low’s Peak. We rested for about 10minutes here. This time our guide told the guide at Sayat-Sayat checkpoint “Semua orang berjaya naik atas” (8 of us). We get to view the various certificate designs available at the hut. We’re gonna receive our certificate when we reach Timpohon Gate. Yipee!!! I didn’t know they have phone booth here. FYI, there’s no line for Hotlink customer.

Remember the ‘danger’ area that I told you guys in my previous travelogue where some of the boulder is nearly 90 degree vertical? Well, feast on these.

Mount Kinabalu

Here are some (more) beautiful shots taken during our descending route particularly at the path that we ascend during the morning. As it was dark (when we ascent) we couldn’t see the surrounding area but my oh my it was a mind-boggling picturesque course. Again nature stops me from taking a far too many steps to capture these photos.

Mount Kinabalu

We reached Gunting Lagadan around 10.05am. We packed our stuff and went straight to Laban Rata for our breakfast. We only ate chocolate before that.

This is the backdoor of Gunting Lagadan that would bring you to a small fenced gate, the entrance to Mount Kinabalu’s summit.

Gunting Lagadan backdoor

We stayed at Laban Rata Resthouse until around 11am before continuing our final journey.

Laban Rata Resthouse

By that time, my sis’ legs were getting worst. All she can do is to climb down every steps one by one. So now you know why we took nearly 10hours to reach Timpohon Gate. My heart was screaming “Arggghhhhhhhh cepat lahhhh. Cannot tahan the tortoise pace”. Hehe evil me. Eventually my legs began to give up too. Thanks to Jidane for accompanying sis and me.

During that time we met lots of climber coming down too. Some were fit as before and there are several injured climbers as well. Some of them, their legs were even worst than my sis. Double tortoise pace.

We reached Timpohon Gate at 6.10pm. 🎉🎉🎉
Ahhh finallllllllllllllyyyyyyy!!! I felt so drained.
What??? We need to climb up some more? Can I crawl?

By the time we celebrated our feat with victory dance, the other 4 guys that joined us had gone to the airport. We’ve missed the van! Thank God our tour operator prepared a taxi for us to go back to KK. We stopped by Kinabalu Park Headquarters to retrieve our backpacks before continuing our journey back.

I slept all the way back to KK because I was damn tired and because the taxi driver was driving like nuts. I couldn’t bear to watch thus I decided to sleep.

We decided to spend our last night on a luxury place thus we check-in to Promenade Hotel around 8.30pm. We had the most horrible dinner at Promenade’s restaurant (so not worth it).

Muddy shoes… courtesy of Mount Kinabalu.

Mud on our shoes

This completes my Mount Kinabalu journey but hey please hang on for 1 more post. There’s a little bit more. 😛

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14 Comments

  • Reply Yvy May 15, 2007 at 11:08 am

    wuuuahhh….i really :kowtow: u lar. in the midst of all the ‘danger’ still can stop n take pix!! really sifu lar u!!! :kowtow: but it was indeed well worth it. :party:

  • Reply moz monster May 15, 2007 at 11:45 am

    Not bad at all … really nice photos of the peak.

    I’m planning to climb it next season with my girlfriend, who’s done it a few times already.

    Did you guys really take that LONG to get down ?

  • Reply cc May 15, 2007 at 2:36 pm

    Wow, the photos are so beautiful! Good for you for making it all the way up. I doubt I can make it up there. Haha.

  • Reply clement May 15, 2007 at 4:59 pm

    it’s interesting… but most of them only goes up thru low’s peak, i’ve been in sabah for almost 2 year and still not climb tat yet.. 🙁

  • Reply wuching May 15, 2007 at 7:48 pm

    there’s more? yippee!

  • Reply hcfoo May 16, 2007 at 1:56 am

    Wah, finally! :whew: I waited for this post till my neck long liao.

    Nice view from the top.

  • Reply dreamcatcher May 16, 2007 at 7:10 am

    here’s a tip: when u descend the steep cliffs, think like a mountain goat. the task won’t feel too difficult, heh!heh! :tongue:

  • Reply Che-Cheh May 16, 2007 at 7:53 am

    Yvy, hehe thank you. :battlingeyelashes:

    Moz Monster, thank you.
    hehehe there very nice place to pak toh.
    Yes really take that long. :laughing:

    cc, thanks. I bet you can as long as you’re determine.

    Clement, there are others pro climber that went there for other peaks as well. Well, you should try to make it a trip there one day.

    Wuching, :clown:

    Hcfoo, haha I can see your neck from here.

    Dreamcatcher, hmmm don’t understand.

  • Reply kayatan May 16, 2007 at 9:35 am

    Wow, I very :kowtow: lu. I have been to KK so many times but never climb up there, the valley adalah but not climb 🙂 Cheers !

  • Reply Jemima May 16, 2007 at 10:53 am

    You have no problem wearing your Crocs all the way up & down the mountain??? :suprised:

  • Reply Kleio May 16, 2007 at 11:05 am

    Wowzer, so many peaks one ah. Lovely pics.
    Congrats on making it to the top :applause:. You must be exhilarated.

    That descent pics got my feet weak and wobbly. I ‘gayat’ you know. :sick: :sick: I bet I would just stick prostrated like a leech on the floor. :laughing: And they’ll just have to scrap up off then.

  • Reply Che-Cheh May 16, 2007 at 1:15 pm

    Kayatan, hello! :wave:
    Thank you.
    But why you never climb Mount KK? You should give it a try.

    Jemima, :peace: yup no problem at all! except at muddy area but then whose shoe doesn’t slip in muddy area right?

    Kleio, I’m still ‘high’ from that trip. :daydream:
    Wah just by looking at the pics you can feel ‘gayat’? hehe
    ohmygosh you’re so funny. :silly:

  • Reply VHanded May 16, 2007 at 1:32 pm

    Wow, I always want to challenge that, but too far lar, no money. How much cost that you use for the whole trip? If can afford, I ask my parents to sponsor me.

  • Reply Che-Cheh May 17, 2007 at 7:33 am

    VHanded, for the climb itself RM350. In total I spent over RM1k coz I did snorkeling, rafting and shopping some more!

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