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Favorite thing: These porters are super strong & efficient even at such terrain. You can hire them with very reasonable charges & it cost RM6.6/KG load for return trip.
Some of these porters move so fast that they pass me & gone disappear at next turn before I manage to pull me camera out of my pocket.
Note: My climb was made in 2004, the rate per kg to hire the porter may be increase by a little (judging by the inflation for past 2 years), but it should not be too far off.
Favorite thing: These boards serve as milestone & it keep you motivated to go even faster & further.
Well, if you read this tip prior to your climb, you will probably dishearten if you struggler to climb the first 6km until you arrive at Laban Rata.
The good news is everyone with considerable fit will be able to make it to the top so long you keep yourself warm and not catching cold before the next morning climb.
Favorite thing: This is probably one of the best backpacks that able to withstand up to 40kg of load daily for long usage too. Some of these porters just carry this sack & make a living out of it.
This gunny sack is use for storing & carrying load that are shapeless & without proper handlers. Normally each porter will consolidate all the shapeless packages from his customers after the weighing and if you pass them your backpacks, they will hang in front of them. Unless your bag is small, then they will likely to put it inside this make shift backpack.
Negotiation in Progress
Favorite thing: You can hire porter to carry you excessive baggage at the fee of approximately RM 7.00 per KG for return trip. Do bring only what is needed to scale the mountain. All your shopping & extra change can be deposited at the HQ. (see previous tip)
My group engage 2 porters which indirectly also acted like our personal guides. Hand held all the sweet young things crossing tough obstacles. In the way, really get our money worth. Our rate is RM6.60/kg.
P/s: the picture show some other group try to engage the one-way porter after suffered the exhaustion on their way up.
Park Permit (Tag)
Favorite thing: You must wear the tag in the park at all time. The tag will indicate your day(s) of visit & will be used for tracking purposes.
This is what I heard from our guide that upon checking into Mesilau or Timpohon Gates & if visitor didn't check into any rest house at Laban Rata within the same day, he/she will be consider lost. Search & rescue procedures will be invoked.
Sayat-Sayat check point (KM 7) is serving the same purposes too. Of course signing in & out of these checkpoints will entitle you to purchase a valid certificate of completion for Low's Peak (4,095M) & Laban Rata (3,272M).
Note that these certificates can be obtained as an option:
RM1.00 per person (Laban Rata, 3,272M)
RM10.00 per person (Low's Peak, 4,095M).
Favorite thing: The following are some of the changes may incurred for park visitors
Entrance Fee - RM3.00 (Adult), RM1.00 (below 18)
Climbing Permit - RM30.00 (Adult), RM12.00 (below 18)
Entrance Fee - RM15.00 (Adult), RM10.00 (below 18)
Climbing Permit - RM100.00 (Adult), RM40.00 (below 18)
Mountain Guide: RM70.00 (1-3 Climbers), RM74.00 (4-6 Climbers), RM80.00 (7-8 Climbers)
Insurance - RM 3.50 per person
Transfer to Timpohon Gate - RM2.50 per person or RM12.50 for group less than 5 persons
Transfer to Mesilau Gate: RM10.00 per person
Porter Fee (optional service): RM 7.00 per KG
USD1 = RM3.8
Deposit your Baggade here!!
Favorite thing: Upon register yourself with the National Park HQ, you can deposit your extra (excessive baggage) with the park HQ for the fee of RM1 per luggage. By now, most of us would have check out our accommodation at Kinabalu Park & proceed to Raban Rata.
USD1 = RM3.8
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