While the first part for the hike from Timpohon Gate to Layang Shelter was basically just a stroll in the park – walking through a forest, climbing upward slowly with views of trees, soil and rocks, the next bit got steeper and slightly more challenging. It was also misty and therefore the first part of the hike was nothing much to write about. The latest part of my story of climbing Mount Kinabalu in Borneo.
We were keeping time on the hike and it was 12.09 when we reached the 3.5 kilometre mark. After all the posts on this hike are complete, I’ll probably do a timeline of our hike.
Then after lunch, the views got better. The hike took a turn to the right at one point and as we glanced up you could see the higher part of Mount Kinabalu.
I believe this was just after the 4.5 kilometre mark. Near the Willosa Shelter.
It was on this part of the hike that you really started to feel inspired. Excellent views, an upward climb up steps and to the left the view was clear.
We were in the middle of the pack I’d say. Those that get ahead will get to the base at Laban Rata fairly early, giving them time to relax, shower and enjoy the views. We weren’t keen on bombing it up there so fast for this. We already knew we would make it easily for dinner time and pre sunset, so we took it leisurely, savouring the views and as you can tell, taking photographs on the way.
There were a few interesting plants on the way, a few peculiar ones, one which looked like raspberry but apparently isn’t. Yes, when you take it slow and easy you have time to appreciate these types of things. There’s no rush on Day 1 – you will make it to the base easily.
From the Ponduk Paka Shelter, it was an upward rocky climb with trees on either side and an obscured view to the top.
As this was the last part of the hike for the day, it really is not important to rush things. You’ll still have plenty of time to relax at the top and dinner isn’t served until around 5pm anyway so no rush.
There is ample chance to just stop and relax and take it all in. My girlfriend and I got snap happy too and took a lot of photos.
It’s also nice to gaze up and down – if you get a clear sky you can see the top of Mount Kinabalu and below you get a reality check of just how high up you are!
There was a helipad at the 3,o52 metre mark and by 14.17 (2.17 pm) we were at the 5.5 kilometre mark. As always, I was working on the move and I stopped here to make my notes and have a breather!
By the time we reached the Ponduk Paka Shelter, we knew it wasn’t much further. We had passed the 5 kilometre mark and it was still early afternoon. I carried a map with me the whole way, plotting and time the route as we went.
We had been booked into the Waras Hut at Laban Rata. Depending on when you book and how you book the hike, you will be put in a certain place. We didn’t really care where we were staying, just happy to be on the hike. You’ll know from reading this blog that I’m not fussy about where I stay!
So the next part of the hike saw us arrive at the Waras Hut! It’s the lowest hut on the hike and the first you come to. However we had to go up to the base at Laban Rata to check in first, but it was nice to have arrived. The hiking part of Day 1 was over and it wasn’t all that bad at all. We were both ready to relax at Laban Rata and eat some decent dinner!
My videos from this part of the hike, in order:
Climbing Mount Kinabalu in Borneo, Day 1 Videos Part 9 to Part 17:
Arrival at the Waras Hut when climbing Mount Kinabalu in Borneo:
Arrival at Laban Rata when climbing Mount Kinabalu in Borneo: