Mount Kinabalu – Things To Bring

Things to bring for a comfortable Mount Kinabalu Climb




Kinabalu Equipments




Beside physical and mental preparation, all climbers to this highest peak in Malaysia, Borneo must also be well prepared in proper apparels and complete equipment. A good readiness will help climber to have an enjoyable and safe trip to the summit and descend safely to Kinabalu Park.






Mountaineering is a nice and rewarding passion in health improvement and stress reducing environment but at the same time, also dangerous if not well prepared or trips that are not well organized. In any high mountain around the world, we are bound to face challengers especially due to weather change. In Mount Kinabalu, the weather change will increase the level of challengers faced by climbers.


During our various climbs since 1990, the average temperature range at Kinabalu Park, Panar Laban and summit is changing very fast and inconsistent. Now-days, the average temperature at Panar Laban is The average temperature range at Kinabalu Park is 18 – 25 Cel and on rainy days, can reduce to 12 – 20 Cel. On the summit, we have faced almost 0 Cel on rainy days but on normal days, its about 8 – 15 Cel.




Bolle 6th Sense at Mount Kinabalu




The trail from Timpohon Gate to Panar Laban is sunny and warm until Layang – Layang Hut, where we are exposed to open sun, clouds, wind and mist. From here, we always ask our climbers to be prepared for rapid weather change and pay attention to the weather change. The weather change at Mount Kinabalu is depending much to wind condition on that day.


Things to do and bring for climbing Mount Kinabalu for ALL WEATHER condition.



First thing to do is to study the weather condition for the climbing period. Having some knowledge on the extreme weather condition will help climbers to be well prepared.


Day 1. Climbing from Timpohon Gate to Panar Laban which is usually warm and sunny.


  • Lightweight apparel like Quick-dry t-shirts (Short or Long Sleeve) and hiking pants (short or long). Long-sleeved shirt and long pants provide sun and insect protection, and help to reduce abrasions when slipping and falling on rocks.
  • Sun Hat or Cap.
  • Trekking shoes still in good condition.
  • Waterproof Bag-pack (30 – 40L size) or with Rain Cover.
  • Drinking Water – 1.5 liter.
  • Snacks – chocolates, nuts, biscuits, sweets, and energy bars.
  • Trekking Poles (1 pair).
  • Personal Toiletries.
  • Change of warm clothes upon reaching Panar Laban especially during raining season. Can also use for sleeping and to stay indoor in Panar Laban Huts.
  • Dry bags to keep all your clothes and electronic items safe during raining season.
  • Rain / Waterproof Jackets and Pants. Ponchos can help.
  • Trekking Socks.
  • Sunglasses – Bolle
  • Sun Block and other necessary protection.








Day 2. Climbing from Panar Laban to Summit at 2.30am in the morning. The weather is usually cold and sometime windy with low temperature.


  • Warm Jacket (Down Jacket)
  • Waterproof Jacket (Breathable)
  • Waterproof pants or warm pants.
  • Fleece Jacket
  • Warm Base Layer / Long Sleeves T-shirt
  • Warm socks
  • Trekking Shoe – A good & reliable Trekking Shoes.
  • Sunglasses – with polaroid effect.
  • Head-lamp with new batteries.
  • Beanie for cold temperature and Cap for sunny weather during descend.
  • Balaclava
  • Warm Gloves if possible with waterproof effect.
  • Normal Gloves to avoid Rope Burn during descending.
  • Drinking Water – 1 liter.


Other items ….can make your trip better.


  • Personal Medication – painkiller, paracetamol or altitude sickness tablets.
  • Toilet tissue papers.
  • Sunglass, sunblock lotion, SPF lip balm, plasters
  • Camera with waterproof bag.


Please do you equipment checklist and check the weight of bag pack after packing all stuffs into your bag pack. Should you find the items are heavy, we always recommend climbers to use porters. The travel luggage can be left behind at Kinabalu Park Registration Counter for a chargeable fee.




Bolle Sunglasses to protect my eyes from the Sun and Heat Reflection from the Granite Rocks