140214 – 170214 Mount KK Trip


I have conquered her 12 years ago and I am back to relive the memories again!

The 5 adventurous souls decided to let their bodies to take a beating from the magnificent Mt Kinabalu so here we are!!!

We reached Kinabalu airport in the evening to get a cab (42ringgit) to Lavender lodge in the city zone. This is a nice lodge where the staff are very helpful and nice. Do consider staying here if you visit.

Next day, we left at 530am for a mini-bus ride to Mount KK headquarter’s base.  The mini-bus driver was zipping around and overtaking at blind spots for the next 2 hours (where at one point, I saw Francis freak out and raised his hands in fear instead of holding on more tightly LOL). Note that luggage can be left there if there are any excess luggage not needed for the hike.

We had a decent breakfast 5 mins away from the Timpohon gate before starting our hike at 0830am. It took us about 7+ hours (0300pm) to reach the Laban Rata resthouse. I had a nose bleed after we started resting (not sure why!)

After dinner, we were supposed to have a good rest before waking up at 0130am for a hike up the Low’s Peak to see sunrise. I practically couldn’t sleep at all probably because of the massive headache that came from the high altitude.

At 0200am, it was still raining and the mountain ranger declared that it was unsafe for hiking. It was delayed till about 0800+am before we were allowed to hike up after much persuasion by our guides to the ranger. We left at 9am for the summit and reached 2.5 hours later.

Truly magnificent and awesome!! The view was impressive and there was a huge sense of achievement! We hanged around for about 20 minutes before heading down to Laban Rata, which took us 2 hours. Enjoy the photos and hope they makes you wanting to visit her!

Things to note about Mount KK:

1) Waterproof bag, top layer and shoes, as well as well insulated clothing are very important (temperature is very erratic in Mount KK. Both times I were there, it was filled with both rain and blazing sunrays)

2) A hat (I guess this is very key because I am nursing my facial sunburns while typing this!)

3) A torch is needed for the dark times.

4) Basic medication like aspirins etc (1/2 of the group felt the need for aspirins!)

5) Bring a decent camera, don’t have to be a full frame camera! (I brought my Nikon DF there, which added much weight to the trip!)

6) Bath wipes are very useful in Mount KK because the Laban Rata resthouse don’t have heating facitilies (No hot water or heated room!) so its easier to have a dry bath for an overnight stay in Mount KK.

7) Thermo flash is a plus but not a must (hot drinks are a luxury in Laban Rata)

8) Having an extra hike bag helps since you can leave your excess item at Laban Rata’s hotel room before ascending to Low’s Peak.

9) To summarize points 1 to 8, waterproofing and weight are primary packing criteria for Mount KK.

10) Lastly, training is very important. I run about 8km + climb 3X16 storeys of flats weekly and I was still at the mercy of Mount KK. Train well!

Camera gear: Nikon DF + 28mm F.8 CRC AIS + Zenitar Fisheye 16mm F2.8.

Tour guide: Jackz’s team from kinabalutourguide.com. Dedicated tour guides and reasonable price for the hike. The team was also very obliging to all our requests! Lastly, the food provided on Laban Rata was surprisingly very good!

 

 

Off to Sabah!

140214 - 170214 Mount KK Trip

A refreshed group photo where everyone are full of energy! =D

140214 - 170214 Mount KK Trip

The famous Proboscis monkey that have most of their male portraits with a hard-on. Took this in Lavender Lodge.

140214 - 170214 Mount KK Trip

Our bunk for the short night before meeting our guide.

140214 - 170214 Mount KK Trip

Entrance of Mount KK after a 2 hours bus ride.

140214 - 170214 Mount KK Trip

Breakfast group photo (still looking strong haha)

140214 - 170214 Mount KK Trip

140214 - 170214 Mount KK Trip

Hikers combine! Hike hike hike!

140214 - 170214 Mount KK Trip

Awesome distortion from the fisheye!

140214 - 170214 Mount KK Trip

Our uber fit guide.

140214 - 170214 Mount KK Trip

Where we are…

140214 - 170214 Mount KK Trip

Where we need to reach tonight

140214 - 170214 Mount KK Trip

Our final goal!

140214 - 170214 Mount KK Trip

Francis marking off his start point.

140214 - 170214 Mount KK Trip

The team of 7, including our Vietnamese friends

140214 - 170214 Mount KK Trip

Lets go!

140214 - 170214 Mount KK Trip

140214 - 170214 Mount KK Trip

140214 - 170214 Mount KK Trip

Can still smile. XD

140214 - 170214 Mount KK Trip

Large ferns along the way that are beautiful not to capture.

140214 - 170214 Mount KK Trip

Portrait along the way.

140214 - 170214 Mount KK Trip

One of the simple and many steps.

140214 - 170214 Mount KK Trip

My rain protection gear! Including the cold storage bag that prevents water from sipping into the shoes. The guy behind me must be thinking I am siao.

140214 - 170214 Mount KK Trip

140214 - 170214 Mount KK Trip

Portrait for my Vietnamese friends

140214 - 170214 Mount KK Trip

Portrait for the two smarty pants

140214 - 170214 Mount KK Trip

Portrait for my crazy ex-colleagues

140214 - 170214 Mount KK Trip

140214 - 170214 Mount KK Trip

Focus at the top, focus at Low’s peak.

140214 - 170214 Mount KK Trip

Porter’s at work. They carry huge loads, walked at regular pace and treks up faster than us!

140214 - 170214 Mount KK Trip

140214 - 170214 Mount KK Trip

Another portrait of myself while I trek on (still looking energetic)

140214 - 170214 Mount KK Trip

140214 - 170214 Mount KK Trip

Part of the team climbing hard!

140214 - 170214 Mount KK Trip

140214 - 170214 Mount KK Trip

Lots of mist in the mountain.

140214 - 170214 Mount KK Trip

140214 - 170214 Mount KK Trip

140214 - 170214 Mount KK Trip

140214 - 170214 Mount KK Trip

140214 - 170214 Mount KK Trip

Largest earthworm I’ve ever seen! Guide said that its predator is a leech that can swallow it up!

140214 - 170214 Mount KK Trip

Electricity cables along the way to power the Laban Rata resthouse (it tends to have power cut intermittently at the top)

140214 - 170214 Mount KK Trip

Natural Ice Water refill point.

140214 - 170214 Mount KK Trip

Nature holding it together.

140214 - 170214 Mount KK Trip

Our guides!

140214 - 170214 Mount KK Trip

140214 - 170214 Mount KK Trip

140214 - 170214 Mount KK Trip

140214 - 170214 Mount KK Trip

140214 - 170214 Mount KK Trip

Francis going strong!

140214 - 170214 Mount KK Trip

140214 - 170214 Mount KK Trip

Farid still looking hip and good!

140214 - 170214 Mount KK Trip

Me still happy looking.

140214 - 170214 Mount KK Trip

Our Hanoi partners also looking fit and strong (they actually are very fit!)

140214 - 170214 Mount KK Trip

140214 - 170214 Mount KK Trip

Squirrels that are bold and curious, coming close to the mountain visitors.

140214 - 170214 Mount KK Trip

140214 - 170214 Mount KK Trip

A very wet day that made us quite wet.

140214 - 170214 Mount KK Trip

Go Francis and Svet!!! Go Go Go!

140214 - 170214 Mount KK Trip

I am looking happily drenched!

140214 - 170214 Mount KK Trip

140214 - 170214 Mount KK Trip

140214 - 170214 Mount KK Trip

The tree that fell over but still holding on.

140214 - 170214 Mount KK Trip

My turn to try if it’s still strong

140214 - 170214 Mount KK Trip

My method from preventing rain from entering the top of my shoes: Plastic bags!

140214 - 170214 Mount KK Trip

140214 - 170214 Mount KK Trip

Bonsai looking trees

140214 - 170214 Mount KK Trip

140214 - 170214 Mount KK Trip

Misty misty at the resthouse zone due to the cold and rain

140214 - 170214 Mount KK Trip

Buffet styled dinner served at the Laban Rata resthouse.

140214 - 170214 Mount KK Trip

Another group photos of the ever-going-strong team!

140214 - 170214 Mount KK Trip

Fisheyed again!

140214 - 170214 Mount KK Trip

Laban Rata at 2amm shot at 12800 ISO. PHEW!

140214 - 170214 Mount KK Trip

My modified means of preventing rain into shoes: like a space man! Got much attention though!

140214 - 170214 Mount KK Trip

140214 - 170214 Mount KK Trip

Morning shot at Laban Rata

140214 - 170214 Mount KK Trip

140214 - 170214 Mount KK Trip

Morning view of Laban Rata (around 8am)

140214 - 170214 Mount KK Trip

Crazy hikers gather for some crazy images.

140214 - 170214 Mount KK Trip

Fisheye that made Francis “Taller in picture”

140214 - 170214 Mount KK Trip

140214 - 170214 Mount KK Trip

140214 - 170214 Mount KK Trip

140214 - 170214 Mount KK Trip

140214 - 170214 Mount KK Trip

140214 - 170214 Mount KK Trip

140214 - 170214 Mount KK Trip

140214 - 170214 Mount KK Trip

Started the hike off at 9am towards the summit once ranger opened the gate!

140214 - 170214 Mount KK Trip

140214 - 170214 Mount KK Trip

140214 - 170214 Mount KK Trip

140214 - 170214 Mount KK Trip

Time for some “Rock Climbing”

140214 - 170214 Mount KK Trip

Use the rope, don’t act smart! It’s pretty steep!

140214 - 170214 Mount KK Trip

Rocks after rocks after rocks…

140214 - 170214 Mount KK Trip

Farid looking handsome in most photos I say.

140214 - 170214 Mount KK Trip

Me trying hard to look good in photos. Duh.

140214 - 170214 Mount KK Trip

140214 - 170214 Mount KK Trip

140214 - 170214 Mount KK Trip

7km mark. just 1,7km more!

140214 - 170214 Mount KK Trip

Sayat Sayat hut in sight!

140214 - 170214 Mount KK Trip

140214 - 170214 Mount KK Trip

140214 - 170214 Mount KK Trip

Still trying hard to catch up with Farid. Phew.

140214 - 170214 Mount KK Trip

140214 - 170214 Mount KK Trip

140214 - 170214 Mount KK Trip

140214 - 170214 Mount KK Trip

140214 - 170214 Mount KK Trip

140214 - 170214 Mount KK Trip

8km mark: 700 metres more! Come on Bert!

140214 - 170214 Mount KK Trip

140214 - 170214 Mount KK Trip

Finally met the guys at Low’s Peak!

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My turn to get into the frame!

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My personal shot! XD

140214 - 170214 Mount KK Trip

The gorilla face viewed from Low’s Peak

140214 - 170214 Mount KK Trip

My 2nd encounter with this sign. Yeah.

140214 - 170214 Mount KK Trip

Farid and the gorilla

140214 - 170214 Mount KK Trip

140214 - 170214 Mount KK Trip

Danger, do not go beyond

140214 - 170214 Mount KK Trip

Old map of this mountain. Weathered.

140214 - 170214 Mount KK Trip

140214 - 170214 Mount KK Trip

Farid looking afar

140214 - 170214 Mount KK Trip

Fisheye fun moments with Farid

140214 - 170214 Mount KK Trip

140214 - 170214 Mount KK Trip

Fisheye fun moments with Farid: while the timer is still active

140214 - 170214 Mount KK Trip

Fisheye fun moments with Farid: Looking up, looking good.

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On the way down now!

140214 - 170214 Mount KK Trip

Flowers, Stones and a blue sky

140214 - 170214 Mount KK Trip

140214 - 170214 Mount KK Trip

140214 - 170214 Mount KK Trip

140214 - 170214 Mount KK Trip

Final group photo at Lavender Lodge before we all prepared to go home with aching legs.

140214 - 170214 Mount KK Trip

Before I end off this post, I must share some simple food! We got this Sri Kulai branded food box off a 24hrs convenience stall for 6.90 ringgit and it taste very good for a meal that comes off the microwave in 4 minutes! Must try! XD

140214 - 170214 Mount KK Trip

140214 - 170214 Mount KK Trip

140214 - 170214 Mount KK Trip

140214 - 170214 Mount KK Trip

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2 Responses to “140214 – 170214 Mount KK Trip”

  1. Mavis Says:

    What a lovely post! Planning to go in April. Hope it doesn’t rain.

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