Booking to Climb Mount Kinabalu

Sutera Sanctuary Lodges is the operator of Kinabalu National Park. To book a place to climb Mount Kinabalu you need to book a place to stay at Laban Rata Resthouse.

To book through SSL, you need to book your place 6 months ahead of your climb. Read this if you want to book a place to climb Mount Kinabalu urgently (i.e. in less than 6 months)

Panar Laban warm tiny room.

For lodging at Kinabalu National Park and Laban Rata Resthouse:

Photo from Junious's camera. Lodging (the night before
climbing Mt Kinabalu) at Kinabalu Park.
Sutera Sanctuary Lodges,
Sutera Harbour Resorts
Level 1, The Pacific Sutera Hotel
88100 Kota Kinabalu
Sabah, Malaysia

General: +60 88 303 900 - EXT '2'
Fax: +60 88 317 540 / +60 88 310 118

You can find more information at Sutera Sanctuary Lodges' web site.

I found SSL's website to book a place in Laban Rata is not very user friendly. There are opinions expressed in this very useful website of a local doctor on booking a place to climb Mt Kinabalu. Some bigger operators are booking in bulk to resell. To book a tour package to climb Mount Kinabalu from travel agents, read this.

Photo by Junious. The lodge. The night before the climb.

The beds at Panar Laban Hut. We would woke up at 1.30am after midnight to have supper and to climb to the summit.

For transport from Airport to Kinabalu Park:

There are many transport companies, we used the below.

Bimaz Tours & Travel And Rent-A-Car Sdn Bhd
(Co.625562-P) KPL/LN:3958 MATTA No.2904
Kota Kinabalu Sabah
Tel : (+6) 088 767214 | Fax : (+6) 088 766214

Syarikat Gunung Kinabalu
Contact person: Charles Kong
Tel : (+6) 088 492 535
Mobile : (+6) 012 869 7677 | (+6) 016 552 7177
Email :

(One more, we had not used their service before, but we add the info here purely based on goodwill and suggestion.)
GBMS Management Services
Contact person: Hani NJ
Tel : (+6) 088 760 521
Mobile : (+6) 014 658 7181
Email :;


On the way from Airport to Kinabalu National Park nearing Tuaran.

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