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Day 5: Climbing Mount Kinabalu (Part II)

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26th March 2007 Monday (Day 5) Part II

Finally, we passed the 4km mark at 3hours 45mins after departing from Timpohon Gate.

Timpohon Gate to 4km: 8.38am-12.23pm (2745m a.s.l).

From here onward, the trail are much more steeper and thus it took VERY long time to climb. So long that we reached the 5km mark after 1hour 20mins or 5hours 5mins from Timpohon Gate.

Timpohon Gate to 5km: 8.38am-1.43pm (3001m a.s.l).

To tell you the truth, our legs were still in pretty good shape. How could you not when you have the freshest air to fill your lungs and tonnes of beautiful view to savour like this one:

or this one:

We passed by Pondok Villosa, the 5km mark and Pondok Paka with Laban Rata Resthouse in our mind.

“Where the hell is that resthouse?”

More beautiful pictures:

Amazing view+branches!

Click click click! 95% of the pictures shown in this Sabah travelogue were taken by ME! Ahem! ahem!

And then we finally saw a hut! Waras Hut! Yeah you’ll be sure to go crazy by now. Wonder how many steps we have climbed so far?!? Thousand perhaps.

By then we already saw a faint view of Laban Rata in front of us. Wohoooo! We passed another hut called Burlington Hut.

At 3.06pm we FINALLY arrived at Laban Rata Resthouse. So crazily wonderful! It just took my breath away. I’ve been dreaming about stepping my foot on this resthouse since the idea of climbing Mount Kinabalu came into my mind. Reaching this resthouse is like a dream come true. Never mind if I never made it to the top…

It took us a total of 6hours 28mins to reach Laban Rata from Timpohon Gate.

Timpohon Gate to Laban Rata Resthouse: 8.38am-3.06pm (3272.7m a.s.l).

Did ya realise that we haven’t reach the 6km mark? And that we took like 1hour 23mins just to reach Laban Rata from the 5km mark? Yeah that show how winding the trail is. It was like in a twlight zone movie… you climb and climb but never reach your destination. But in actual we’re just a slow bunch of people (sis and me ONLY la). Dreamcatcher and Jidane have to wait for ‘the slow-coachers’ who took a few too many breaks every few minutes.

This resthouse took about 1 year and 6 months to be constructed. From 27th Oct 1983 ~ 15th Apr 1985 to be precised. This is the resthouse main entrance. Yes and it was damn cold here baby!

We hadn’t have any heavy food since our breakfast at Rose Cabin. Our lunch? It was chocolate all the way. Since I couldn’t wait for the 5pm dinner, I ordered a plate of fried mihun at RM15!!! Later on when dinner was served, I couldn’t stomach much of the food. Yeah yeah… we had an early dinner because we’re getting up early the next day.

We’re lucky that we were safely tucked in the resthouse because not long after that it rain quite heavily and the resthouse were shrouded by thick white mist which brings the temperature down even more. I was shivering like mad liao. Wore socks and gloves.

Ohh and for those who love to send snail mail whenever you’re travelling (like sis and me), here’s some good news. You can purchase postcard and stamp from the restaurant counter and drop in your ‘precious’ postcard at the counter as well.

At 5.30pm we continued our journey up again. 😭 Pity us la. Our accommodation for the night wasn’t at Laban Rata Resthouse as it was fully booked already.

3 minutes later… Yahooo! We finally reached the 6km mark!!!! Hahaha

Laban Rata Resthouse to 6km: 5.27pm-5.30pm (3290m a.s.l).


15mins after departing from Laban Rata Resthouse, we reached our final destination for the day… Gunting Lagadan Hut! Yipeede duda!

Most climbers would prefer to stay in Laban Rata Resthouse rather than Gunting Lagadan Hut. So are we. Why? The main and ONLY reason is because THERE’S NO F***ING HEATER IN THE ROOM!!! (Gunting Lagadan Hut) Well, at least I get to wash up with hot steamy shower! Oh lala! But as the night looms… the air keeps getting colder.

The 8 of us shared a room that comes with 4 double-decker beds. Around 7pm the other 4 guys just plopped to bed and tido mati (you can hear the pleasurable snoring lagi!). I wished I could do that but I couldn’t. I was freezing cold… especially my feet. Finally I wore 3 socks, 3 layers of shirts, 2 pants coupled with 2 thick blankets and a mat BUT STILL cannot man! My legs arrgghhh so icy ‘Kimi’ cold!

Alas I came down from my top bunker and share a bed with my sister below. Hehe she was feeling the cold too. So together we keep each other warm. So now it’s 4 blankets! But what the heck eh? We were still so cold. Dreamcatcher even borrowed us one of her blanket. TQVM ar! And finally about 9pm we managed to catch some sleep. At one point I can feel my legs become warm again. What a wonderful feeling. πŸ™‚

Ohh what about our tired legs? They’re pain la. Knee pain, back leg pain, feet pain… of course we apply heat rub. I asked myself whether I was able to climb tomorrow. I had no ‘toilet’ issue so far. I was too dehydrated to produce any additional waste. Altitude sickness? None too. So I wasn’t worry about that and that. Just my very tired legs.

In all my Sabah posts, I’ve never inform you guys whether I reach the peak or not. Here’s a question. Do you guys seriously believe that I went on and conquer the summit or did I chicken out the very last minute?… I’m curious to know la. Tell me. (my frens, if you know oledi please don’t say a word la)

p/s: Give me some time ar. I haven’t start writing the next post.

If you miss my earlier Sabah travelogue entries… chill. Just click below.
1. Will I Reach The Summit?
2. 6 Days & 6 Nights Backpacking at Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
3. Day 1 & 2: Snorkel + Rain + Hell @ Kota Kinabalu
4. Day 3: Whitewater Rafting @ Kiulu River + Shopping @ Kota Kinabalu
5. Day 4: More Shopping @ Kota Kinabalu + Hello Kundasang
6. Day 5: Climbing Mount Kinabalu (Part I)

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  • Reply Jemima April 18, 2007 at 8:10 am

    You conquered it. :kowtow:

    Definitely. :kowtow:

  • Reply hcfoo April 18, 2007 at 11:34 am

    Of course you conquered the Mount Kinabalu. Have faith in you wan mar… Sounds like it’s going to get even tougher up there huh :whew:

    Looking forward to part 3!

  • Reply wilsonc April 18, 2007 at 1:36 pm

    Part 3 Part 3! Hehe… I’m guessing you conquered it.

  • Reply Sha April 18, 2007 at 2:14 pm

    Wow, that is such a magnificent view. I love your tree branches pictures. Lovely.

  • Reply Yvy April 18, 2007 at 2:38 pm

    i think you dfinitely conquered it! :party:

  • Reply moz monster April 18, 2007 at 4:24 pm

    Hmmmm …

    Did you conquer? Hmmm … I’d say you most likely did.

  • Reply Che-Cheh April 18, 2007 at 8:53 pm

    Everyone… everything will be revealed on Day 6 post. Thank you for having fate in me. πŸ˜€ :angel:

    Sha, glad you like the tree branches picts.

  • Reply wuching April 18, 2007 at 9:29 pm

    :loser: :LOL:

  • Reply wuching April 18, 2007 at 9:32 pm

    whether or not u conquer the mountain it doesn’t matter because you have oredi done what most of us only can dream of doing so godd on u for trying even if u didn’t conquer it but well done my jedi if u did reached the top!

  • Reply Che-Cheh April 19, 2007 at 10:02 am

    Wuching, I nearly wanna :beat_up: you but then after reading your 2nd comment, I wanna :hug: you. Thanks sith!

  • Reply dreamcatcher April 19, 2007 at 7:58 pm

    heh!heh! since the 1st post, i wondered for how long would u be able to contain urself from gloating about ur picture taking skills… :battlingeyelashes: finally, u just can’t resist telling ya?! wuahahahha :devil: :devil: :devil:

    but to give u credit… yea, they’re awesome!!! πŸ˜‰

  • Reply Kleio April 20, 2007 at 9:34 am

    You did it! :applause: :applause: :applause: It must have felt good when you were up there looking down.

    The pics are getting better and better. You sure have got talent for photography. Is the pic with the stone turtle done by you? I mean did you arrange the turtle on your own? So cute. πŸ˜€

  • Reply Che-Cheh April 20, 2007 at 1:33 pm

    Dreamcatcher, this is the 6th post..what do you think? :tongue:
    Thank you! :peace:

    Kleio, hehe I’m keeping my mouth shut for now.
    Haha gee thanks. Nope I found the stone turtle on a large rock along the trail. Cute ya.

  • Reply pacco April 23, 2007 at 6:25 pm

    nice that u actually got a very good quality camera urself..

    btw, do i need swimming skill for snorkelling?

  • Reply Che-Cheh April 24, 2007 at 7:30 am

    Pacco, no worry if you have no swimming skill. Just wear life jacket. (like me!)

  • Reply Eddic June 17, 2009 at 4:20 pm

    Hi Che-cheh~! this is a good site u created i’ll say! although it’s 2 years back in 2007! πŸ˜› provided a lot of details information for our coming Mt KK climbing trip in July 09 , cleared many doubts and worries for our trip..haha thanks for sharing btw! :applause:

  • Reply Che-Cheh June 17, 2009 at 4:26 pm

    Eddic, Glad I can helped. πŸ˜€ Even though it’s been 2 years plus, the memory is still very vivid. Feels like want to conquer the mountain again. Haha Btw which lodge are you staying for the night on the mountain?

  • Reply Eddic July 3, 2009 at 12:21 pm

    hey che-cheh, sorry for late reply… didnt notice ur post.. we’re staying in Waras Hut, non-heater westhouse.. i wonder is it going to be very cold..and is there any hot-shower available?
    do u noe any details?

  • Reply Che-Cheh July 3, 2009 at 5:06 pm

    Hi Eddic, July is here. πŸ™‚ Hope you’ve done your preparation. Hmm I’m not too sure about Waras Hut. It is sure cold for a fact. You need to get up very early for the hike up to the Peak. Good Luck. Do tell me later about your experience climbing up. πŸ™‚

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