Getting Ready To Climb Mt. Kinabalu

We couldn’t have picked a better day to climb Mt. Kinabalu, the 20th tallest mountain in the world. Talk about blue skies and sunny weather! Just gorgeous!

Joel picked us up from Le Meridien (where we all slept so well!) at 6am, so that we could have an early start. It was around 1 hour to Mt. Kinabalu park, where we would start our trek.

Before entering the park, Joel had to secure our climbing permits. The park is quite organized, and all climbers must be registered so that all visitors are accounted for. Joel also hired a porter for us, so that we wouldn’t have to carry our heavy packs but just a light day pack with water, snacks, and our jackets. Michael, our porter, didn’t seem fazed when he saw all our packs, and carried all of them easily! Definitely put us to shame.

You can see Mt. Kinabalu’s peak above the clouds. It looked quite daunting, and I couldn’t believe we had to trek all the way up THERE!

Of course, to document our trek, we take a group picture at the gate of the park.