Question About Mount Kinabalu Climb After 5th June 2015 Sabah Earthquake

QUESTIONS ABOUT MOUNT KINABALU

1. When will the Mount Kinabalu trail be fully opened?

The summit trail has reopened as 1st December 2015.

The Earthquake that struck Sabah on 5th June 2015 has caused much damage on the Mount Kinabalu trails, which lead to the mountain being temporary closed until the 31st of August for necessary restoration works. On 1st September 2015, the Timpohon trail welcomed climbers but until ascending up to Panalaban.

2. Will there still be tremors when I am climbing the mountain?

According to Geologists, weak tremors can still be felt once every few days or weeks. Tectonic plates take up to 6 Months to a year to stabilize after an earthquake.

3. Will there still be tremors when i am climbing the mountain?

The current tremors are too weak to be moving rocks. Moreover, international mountaineering experts and geologists have been studying the new trails well enough to ensure that no rocks fall within the trail perimeters.

4. Is the Mesilau Trail still accessible for climbers?

The Mesilau Trail is indefinitely closed due to severe quake damages. No fixed date has been set for the reopening of the Mesilau Trail.

5. Is the route to the summit still the same?

The route starting from Timpohon Gate up towards Panalaban, also called The Timpohon Trail, remains the same. However, damaged trails leading to the summit has been restored with an additional few hundred meters and named The Ranau Trail.

6. Is there an age limit for climbers?

There is no age limit set for those who wish to scale Mount Kinabalu. New changes made to the mountain guide ratio, as well as new safety rules for children have been implemented as of 1st December 2015.

Example 1:
If you are a group of 2 adults and 1 child (15 years old and below), you will require 2 mountain guides.

Example 2:
If you are a group of 6 adults and 3 children (15 years old and below), you will require 4 mountain guides.

DESTINATION
(Timpohon – Summit – Timpohon)
NEW RATIO
(GUIDE : CLIMBER)
Climbers aged 16 years and above. 1:5
Climbers aged below 16 years. 1:2
Example 1:
If you are a group of 2 adults and 1 child (15 years old and below), you will require 2 mountain guides.Example 2:
If you are a group of 6 adults and 3 children (15 years old and below), you will require 4 mountain guides.

7. Is the Via Ferrata activity still available?

The Via Ferrata activities for both Low’s Peak Circuit and Walk the Torq are currently closed for restoration works. They are schedules to resume in early 2016.

Meanwhle, climbers can opt for the Via Ferrata Teaser which is a short version of the Via Ferrata route, giving climbers a taste of the Via Ferrata adrenaline. This is a activity that lasts for 30 minutes.