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The soaring peak of Mount Kinabalu, at 4,093 meters, is the highest in Malaysia. It slices into the skies above Kota Kinabalu.

Climb Mount Kinabalu

To climb to the peak is an unforgettable adventure, taking two days of hard trekking with a night en route, but the reward of seeing dawn break from the summit is well worth the aching muscles, which can be eased in the hot springs at Poring.

For those who wish to enjoy the views and wildlife of the national park without the climb there are trails around the base of the mountain, easy to follow on day trips from the city, or by staying overnight.

Helicopter flights

For the less energetic, scenic helicopter flights from Kota Kinabalu fly around the mountain, affording superb views from the air.

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Suggested itinerary featuring Mount Kinabalu

This sample itinerary will give you an idea of what is possible when you travel in Mount Kinabalu, and showcases routes we know work particularly well. Treat this as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.

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    Our expert guides to exploring Mount Kinabalu

    Written by our specialists from their own experiences of visiting Mount Kinabalu, these guides will help you make the most of your time there. We share both our practical recommendations and the best ways to appreciate Mount Kinabalu at its best.

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    Ideas for experiencing Mount Kinabalu

    Our specialists seek out authentic ways to get to know the places that could feature in your trip. These activities reflect some of the experiences they've most enjoyed while visiting Mount Kinabalu, and which use the best local guides.

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      This flight takes you on an unforgettable journey around the mighty Mount Kinabalu, standing at 4,095 meters, where you will enjoy stunning views of the endless Crocker Range, home to some of the world's oldest rainforests.

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