QUESTIONS ON BAD WEATHER & ACCIDENTS
1. Can I still climb Mount Kinabalu during bad weather?
Yes, at least up to Panalaban. Most of the hike up towards Panalaban are on a proper trail with steps which will not be affected by rainy days. There are also several shelters along the 6km track in case of passing rains.
The weight of the concern is mainly focused on the Summit Climb to Low’s Peak, the climb up to the summit may be stalled or cancelled due to extreme weather conditions.
Most of the time if the weather is bad and the summit is not officially announce closed by Sabah Park Authority, climbers can still continue to ascend if they sign an indemnity form on the spot as requested by the Park Rangers.
Final decision still lies with the Sabah Park official should they decide to close the summit for safety reasons. Anyway based on average statistics, total closure of the summit climb happens about 10 – 15 times a year.
2. Do I get a refund if the summit or via ferrata activity is closed due to extreme bad weather?
There are no refunds for such cases, we do not profit from it either. This is due to the act of unpredictable weather conditions, also for safety reasons.
Generally, you could still ascend to Panalaban and overnight with meals inclusive. However, in a very rare case where you are not even allowed to start your trek from Timpohon to Panalaban due to unforeseen circumstances like closure of the trails, full refund will be made to you.
3. If I am injured/sick during my climb, what should I do?
Immediately inform to your mountain guide. He will asses the situation and make proper decisions if you should continue trekking or be sent back to the HQ.
Emergency rescue teams will be alerted and they will carry the badly injured down at no charge.
For minor injuries or other reasons, you can be charged RM300/KM for the porter team to stretcher/carry you down or up the mountain. Not all such cases can be claimed under the Sabah Park climber personal insurance. You are advised to purchase your own travel insurance separately for better coverage.