On 3rd May 2008, took an AirAsia flight from LCCT to Kota Kinabalu. Upon arrival, we checked-in into Trekkers Lodge in the middle of KK town .. nice, cozy place for budget trekkers n easy access to town area. What more could u ask ?
The next morning ..
Keadaan ruang tamu yg cozy dalam rumah Homestay .. felt just like home !
Time to move on .. after breakfast we continue our excursion .. In the background is Kundasang village .. ;)
Pagi tu ada 3 gp panjat Gunung from Mesilau . This one here was Japanese trekkers sedang warming up exercises .. ada yg dah agak berumur, tp masih mantop !
KPTM Trekkers dengan penuh semangat .. KPTM Boleh !
Group photo after reciting doa selamat before the hike .. ;)
Our Guide (in orange shirt) ..
Asmah negotiating a sharp corner at the tip of the mountain .. silap haribulan boleh tergolek ke bawah gaung (on the right).. ;)
Alhamdulillah ..walaupun kekadang ada kabus tebal, but clear sky all the way ;)
Tiba jer level above 3000m ASL, mula trasa kesejukan thp luar biasa .. Oxygen level also getting thinner .. Strong winds n poor soil causes the surrounding trees to become stunted. Though small n dwarfed, many of them r already 100 yrs old ! Klu xpcaya, leh tanya Guide tuh .. huhu ;)
Layaaann .. Just a few more steps to go .. c'mon u can do it !
Above the clouds .. with Azmi in his favorite Lakers windbreaker purple jacket .. ;)
The next morning : Woke up as early as 0200hrs to prepare for the big climb to the summit ! After a short briefing n head count by our Guide we started our ascent at 0230 hrs ! Still very dark n cold ! Sunggoh mencabar trekking dalam kegelapan, wajib ada headlights !
After Sayat-Sayat (the last check point) many of us started to experience shortness of breath as the air was getting thinner n thinner. This is normal at that altitude. Dgn udara semakin nipis kita cepat rasa ngantuk n penat. Bagi yg kurang fit, ambil lah regular short break, then continue .. kayuh pelan2 .. slowly but surely !
Puncak kat belakang tu ialah St John's Peak (4090m ASL) .. ;)
Taking a breather at Km 8.5 at 4008m ASL ! Senafas jer lagi utk ke puncak .. ;) Tabik springg kat Liana Alias !
Alhamdulillah .. Takbiir - Allahu akbar ! finally reached the Mt Kinabalu summit at 4095m ASL
The popular landmark at Low's Peak - the most sough after by trekkers around the world ! Note: Gunting Bin Lagadan was the first local man to set foot at Kinabalu summit .. caiyok !