Tour Code: BTS MB1
Duration – 9 days/8 nights

Day 1Arrive Kota Kinabalu. You will be met at the airport and transferred to your accommodation at the Sutera Harbour Resort – Magellan Wing – Deluxe Garden View room (other room categories are available – ask us for details). Spend the rest of the day at leisure.

Day 2Meet your guide in the hotel lobby for a morning tour (3 hours) of the city of Kota Kinabalu. The tour covers Signal Hill where you will get a bird’s eye view of the city and the five offshore islands of the Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park. Visit the Atkinson Clock Tower, the scenic Likas Wetland, Tun Mustapha (former Sabah Foundation) building, Kampong Likas, the University Malaysia Sabah, Sabah Museum and its unique ethno-botanical garden (closed Friday), Tanjung Aru beach, hawker stalls and Sembulan water village. Drop off at your hotel prior to lunch. (Note that this tour could also be taken in the afternoon if you wish – please advise at the time of booking). Overnight at Magellan Sutera Harbour Resort. (B)

Poolside at the Magellan Sutera Resort


Day 3Begin your journey to the highest point in South-East Asia. Drive 2 hours overland (88 km) through paddy-fields and Dusun villages, over the ridges of the Crocker Range, to the foothills of Mt. Kinabalu at 1500 m. Short stop at roadside stall to savour the taste of local fruits. At Kinabalu Park World Heritage Site HQ, visit the Education Centre and Mountain Garden, home to various species of the flowering rhododendrons, carnivorous pitcher plants, orchids, ferns, oak trees and birds. Temperatures at the lower levels of the park vary from around 14 – 25 degrees C. Continue your trip by road to Mesilau – approximately 40 minutes from Kinabalu Park. Overnight in a twin bed room at Mesilau Nature Resort. (BLD)

Nabalu Handicraft Market near Kinabalu Park


Day 4Your trek will follow the Mesilau Route to Laban Rata – this route is 2 km longer than the traditional route from Timpohon Gate. Start your day with a walk from Mesilau Gate at an altitude of 1900 metres, to the first steep descent while enjoying the surrounding scenery. This first part of the trek will be away from the crowds on the traditional route. There are some superb Agathis (a type of conifer) trees along the way. The path soon rises steeply to an open patch dominated by dipteris ferns, before leveling off slightly, following the narrowing crests of ridges which opens out at the top (2,286 metres), giving a stunning view of the mountain. The Mesilau trail is great for anyone who is more interested in plants and wildlife, as it is less disturbed compared to the normal summit trail which begins at Timpohon gate. The scenery along the route is much more beautiful, and there is significantly more vegetation, such as orchids, and Nepenthes. The trail passes through montane forest; you will also walk past a few small streams, and along some ridges. This trail is definitely a more “adventurous” trek than the traditional route, and you should be prepared for it.

Walking track up Mt Kinabalu


The Mesilau trail also leads you to Laban Rata – the Mesilau trail and the traditional Timpohon trail join together at the Layang Layang Shelter, after about 3 hours of walking, and at an altitude around 2700 metres.

Laban Rata Guest House


The overall trek to Laban Rata will take you around 5-6 hours, although, it can certainly take longer. You will be provided with a mountain guide who will accompany you to your overnight stop at Laban Rata at an altitude of 3353 m. The accommodation is dormitory style, and has common bathrooms, hot water, and a restaurant. Take time to look around while on the trail for some of the flowers and pitcher plants. Temperatures at Laban Rata are generally around 5-10 degrees C. (BLD)

View to the Valleys Below


Day 5Begin your ascent to the summit at 0300 hrs. You should be able to reach the summit at an altitude of 4100 m in time for sunrise at 0600 hrs. After time for photography (you can see to the Southern parts of the Philippines on a clear morning), return to Laban Rata to collect your things, then back down to the Park HQ via Timpohon Gate, where you will arrive in time for lunch. At around 1430 hrs, transfer by road back to Kota Kinabalu.

You will be transferred to Shangri-la’s Rasa Ria Resort which is located on a beautiful beach on the shores of the South China Sea. Your accommodation is a Superior Rainforest View room in the Garden Wing (other room categories are available – ask us for details) (includes breakfast and lunch)Days 6 to 8 Spend the time at leisure, relaxing on the beach or around the pool. (Includes daily breakfast) Day 9 At leisure until your transfer to the airport for your departure flight to your next destination.

Shangri-la's Rasa Ria Resort and Spa



Tour Code Itinerary Duration Inclusions Joining Point 1 person 2 people 3 people
BTSMB1 Mountain & Beach 9 days/8 nights Transfers, Accommodation, meals indicated Kota Kinabalu $3,150 $1,570 $1,440

Prices per person in Australian Dollars and valid 01 April 2017 to 31 March 2018 (E.O.E.) Refer to General Booking Conditions Accommodation is based on resorts and lodges indicated in the itinerary.Tour prices based on twin share or triple share (in the case of three people). Single supplement will apply if separate rooms are required. Alternative accommodation in KK is available if desired. Contact us for details and prices. Note that accommodation at Laban Rata is often booked out months in advance – particularly during the peak period of June to September. Overnighting on the mountain without prearranged accommodation is strictly forbidden. While every endeavour will be made to secure accommodation at Laban Rata, this cannot be guaranteed. High Season Rates apply to accommodation at Magellan Sutera and Rasa Ria Resort during Easter, July/August, December/January and Chinese New Year – please contact us for details. Additional photographs on this page are courtesy of Kirsten Lueders, Sutera Harbour Resort and Shangri-la’s Rasa Ria Resort.