Timpohon Trail 1.5km to 2km

Step-by-Step Terrain of Mount Kinabalu:

This was one of the very stunning view of a tropical rain forest. At 1.5 KM of the road, we are already at 2,164 meter or 7,100 feet above sea level.

A tropical rain forest at 2,164 meter or 7100 feet above sea level. The weather is cool. 


Safe terrain. There is no technical difficulty.
Just follow the path and walk upward.




We were over taken by many porters who carry heavy load of goods to
Laban Rata, the rest house that we stayed the night later.

Regardless how long you insisted to rest, you still need to climb upward. (September 2010)

If you realised, we were walking on well maintained staircase.

Quiet and serene.  3 more minutes to reach KM 2.0 milestone.


Step-by-Step Terrain of Mount Kinabalu:

Timpohon Trail at 1.5km

Step-by-Step Terrain of Mount Kinabalu:


We saw some local plants, Nepenthes.

This is the place we took a rest. It is called Pondok Ubah, i.e. the Change Hut.
See what we have here, Pondok "UBAH".

Traffic got a bit congested at this busy Jungle street. But still, the direction is up.




The scenery becomes beautiful before reaching the KM 1.5 milestone. It was just the beginning.

September 2011 photo.

We took a rest here to enjoy the scenery.
Unlike Mesilau Trail, there were not as many nice scenery places along Summit Trail.

My tired face.

I just think it was absolutely stunning. I am not talking about my photo, but the actual scenery at that moment.


Finally we reached the KM1.5 milestone at 9.59 am 15 September 2011.





Step-by-Step Terrain of Mount Kinabalu:

Timpohon Gate to 1.5km (2)

Step-by-Step Terrain of Mount Kinabalu:

There were not much of words during the climb. We all concentrate on our own steps.

An artistic looking rotten tree.



A beautiful road.
Yeap, still all the way up.
"Can I stop for a while?" (September 2011).

Slow and steadily.

We were having a short rest. (September 2010).


Reaching KM1. Simple. :-) (September 2011).




Continued with the journey.
One thing for sure, the "UP" did not seem to come to an end.

Step-by-Step Terrain of Mount Kinabalu:

Timpohon Gate to 1.5km

Step-by-Step Terrain of Mount Kinabalu:

Beautiful uphill road.
We reached KM 0.5 quickly without incident.


Still a long way to go.

Simple steps.

Through out the climb we met climbers from all over the world.

Other climbers joining us.


The first 2 KM was fast and easy. We were full of energy.

Step-by-Step Terrain of Mount Kinabalu:

Start from Timpohon Gate

Step-by-Step Terrain of Mount Kinabalu:

We started by walking down the road.

Downhill.
Crossed a bridge.

The journey is just begun.

Reached Carson Fall, climbers' favorite place to take photo.

Take photo while you still have energy to do so.

Finally, all the way up.

From now onward, there is only one direction, UP.




Step-by-Step Terrain of Mount Kinabalu:

Timpohon Gate Briefing

Step-by-Step Terrain of Mount Kinabalu:

More resources:


Let us start the journey at Timpohon Gate here where we were briefed by our mountain guides. You can click the "Next : Start from Timpohan Gate" for the next step after the briefing.

Timpohon Gate


Briefing by our guides at Timpohon Gate at 9.10am. The map shows Timpohon tracks.

September 2010
Q&A time from the climbers.






My second trip in 2011.

September 2011





The team in my second trip. So you can see, we are not a very young team.

My uncles and aunties. Yes, literally.

Click the link below "Next: Start from Timpohon Gate" for the next step of our climb.

Step-by-Step Terrain of Mount Kinabalu:

More resources:

Mt Kinabalu view from Kinabalu Park


We arrived at Kinabalu Park the day before our climb. This is what we see from the Park's Headquarter.
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Mt Kinabalu Summit trail


This is the postcard I bought in Sabah. It shows our journey to Laban Rata through Timpohon Gate.

There are two trails, one is Timpohon Trail and another one is Mesilau Trail. Mesilau Trail is about 2 km longer than Timpohon, though with very nice view.

Why Climbing Mt Kinabalu?

The only time I ever questioned why am I climbing Mt Kinabalu was when I was struggling right after Sayat Sayat checkpoint. For a split second I questioned. I brushed the doubt away without second thought. I always know I want to climb to the summit of Mt Kinabalu.

Descending from the summit of Mt Kinabalu. The angle of the camera makes the slope looks steeper than it actually is. Don't worry, this part is much safer than its look. I think it is only about 45 degree.


I knew from the very beginning it is
  1. for experience of life
  2. for the beautiful and spectacular scenery
  3. to be counted as achievement in life (Check! Been there, done that!)
  4. to go with a group of friends
  5. to fulfill one of my teenage dreams. Mountain climbing is one of my recorded down hobby in my teenage's journal




Mount Kinabalu view from island.