This time, the purpose for me to write blog is to capture my Mount Kinabalu climbing experience. It all started from the cheap air ticket offered by AirAsia. Last year, flying from Kuala Lumpur to Kota Kinabalu and return only cost RM32, excluding the luggage and in flight meal. The deal is too irresistible, without having much consideration, we have bought the flight ticket. On top of that, Tune Hotel also have irresistible offer. After checking their website, the price that they offered is only approximate RM1.00/room/night. We bought 5 nights of stay at Tune Hotel and it only cost RM5/room.
The next step is to plan the itinerary for the trip. After looking for some information on the website, we decided to climb Mount Kinabalu. Mount Kinabalu is the highest mount in Malaysia, standing at the height of 4095.2m. At first I thought that Mount Kinabalu is just an ordinary mountain, to climb to the peak of mountain is an easy task. Luckily my friends asked me for some training before taking on the real challenge. Training at Broga, Batu Caves and Bukit Gasing is nothing compare to climbing to Mount Kinabalu.
At the entrance, the summit trail broad.
At Laban Rata
We planned to wake up at 1.30am but can’t sleep and have to wake up at 1.00am. Wake up at 1.00am and we take our time to chit chat before having our supper. After having supper, the weather is dizzy. There is some rain and our tour guide told us that we have to observe the weather. If the weather is not good, we might need to cancel our trip. Luckily the rain stop after a while, we start to climb to the peak of Mount Kinabalu. Taking 3.5 hours to the peak of mountain is not an easy job. We have to go through cold weather, windy condition, dark place and it really tough to reach to the top of Mount Kinabalu. After reaching the peak, we planned to wait for the sunrise, however due to cold weather, I can’t tahan that cold condition. At one time I can’t feel my lips and my hand almost have frostbite. At last I go down from the peak alone cause unable to stand the cold and windy condition. Worse, the weather is raining and I have to wear raincoat to go down from the peak. It is not an easy jobs, climbing the mountain need stamina, going down mountain need your leg. When you go down to the mountain, your leg will not have feeling. Is totally pain until the limit that you feel you lost your legs.
Magnificent view - the cloud is below you.
After reaching the peak, I went to our accommodation first and took my bath the first thing when I reach my accommodation. The water is extremely cold, really cold until I almost got frostbite. After bathing then go for breakfast and we went down the hill from 9.30am. We reach the bottom at 2pm. It took us 4.5 hours, the journey going down is not though but the legs will be hurt since we are using it for breaking.
The whole journey is memorable and most importantly, I have conquered the highest mountain in Malaysia. That is an achievement for me, despite the cold and freezing conditions, all the hard work pay off after I have reached the peak of Mount Kinabalu. The lesson that I learned: when there is a will, there is a way. Reaching to the peak is a test to your will, when you are determined, everything is possible.
For those who are going to take on Mount Kinabalu as a challenge, you must have the will and determination to success. All the best for future climber.