Rara is an engineer by profession, a traveler by heart, a marathon runner by dreams and a certified scuba diver. She also blogs at http://muncity.blogspot.com
Managed to climb Mount Kinabalu.. finally!
It is actually one my 30 things to do before 30. A year late but still… achievement unlocked!
I’ve been wanting to climb this highest mountain in Malaysia (and Southeast Asia!) since my university days. I remembered the main reason I joined the outdoor and recreation club in my university was because they wanted to organize an expedition to the mountain. Dunno what went wrong but the expedition never occurred. T_T
Post university days, friends from the outdoor club did invite me to join their trips to the mountain but it always clashed with my schedule. It’s either I was out of the country or I had other personal events to attend.
After delaying for so long, recently I had the urge to go for it. I was so determined to climb the mountain that I didn’t care even if I had to go alone. But being a solo climber, all the tour operators that I emailed quoted me around RM1100.
So expensive… Gahhh!!
Annoyed with the expensive rates they quoted me, I went to Google and typed ‘How to climb Mount Kinabalu the cheapeast way’. hahaha… And thanks to Google, I successfully climbed the mountain the cheaper way, paying not more than RM500!
So.. this post is to share how I managed to climb Mount Kinabalu the cheaper way.
Contrary to popular belief that you have to book your climbing slot months in advance, you can actually book it in a short notice, but at your own risk la.
By bus, visitors can take a bus headed to Kundasang or Ranau at the City Bus Terminal (North). Buses from Kota Kinabalu to Ranau are available from 7.30a.m to 5p.m; bus fare is RM15 per person.
To return to Kota Kinabalu, take a bus across road outside Kinabalu Park (reconfirm with Kinabalu Park reception counter) headed to Kota Kinabalu.
By taxi, visitors can take the Ranau taxi at the Ranau taxi stand (next to the Merdeka Field) or request from the hotel lobby. From Ranau Taxi station, taxi fare charged is RM160 per taxi; while from hotel lobby, taxi fare charged is RM300 per taxi.
For a return trip to Kota Kinabalu, take a bus from Poring Hot Springs to Ranau town. From Ranau town, find a taxi back to Kota Kinabalu.
Visitors can also rent a car and drive by themselves. – See more at: http://whoaadventures.com/adventure/highlands-and-jungle/mount-kinabalu/ferrata-mount-kinabalu#sthash.SCVA05rY.dpuWill write on my climbing experience later.
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