Yay!! I've made it!! I am back with pics... and I have earned every right to boast!! heheh hehhe Kidding! Caution : IMAGE HEAVY!!!
Day 1 Leaving Kuala Lumpur International Airport. We reached the Kinabalu Park base camp at 8am that night.. Long tiring journey
Day 2 Yup!! That's the majestic Mount Kinabalu. I was speechless when I first saw it the next morning.. in REAL LIFE. I have always seen it in pic and blogs only.
Our accomodation at the Kinabalu Park base camp. seriously, it's nice and cosy.. I wish I could stay a few more nights =D
Mount Kinabalu Trail
That's Timpohon Gate, out starting point. You can see the mountain in the distance (the pic above this one) We started all excited and singing LOUD here.. by the time we get back here the next day.. everybody is whining and sighing.. aching everywhere, back, thigh, ankle.. you name it.. you got it.
Yup!! that's out trail.. It's rocky, dusty and extremely harsh. Imagine... walking and climbing through THAT for 6km. That's almost 6-7 hours, because the gravity is against us.
You have to walk in the mist after the first 2000m.
The trees here distort, curls and twist due to the extreme weather. I thought they looked beautiful that way. Maybe I should draw some.
God!! I was so in love with the beautiful wild flowers up there. The thing is, these kinda vegetation won't grow elsewhere ;-(
Breathtaking sunset as we reached 3227m
This is Laban Rata 3273m, our bacpacker's camp for that night. The climb will start the next morning at 2am. we'll be there- peak by sunrise.
Day 3 The climb started in the dark, freezing hours.. It's just us, some ropes and most definitely all the hard granite rock. If you roll down from here, you'll have to choose to go to either heaven or hell.. that's what out guide told us. I wasn't sure to laugh or not, or just pretend I didnt hear that... The guy looked serious all the time.
This place is called Donkeys Ear's peak, for the two pointy thing up there... I thought it's rather hilarious for a mountain peak to be called that =D
Awesome view from Low's peak (named after the first man who conquered the mountain back in 1888 ish)
This is our route down, about 1000m from our bacpackers camp at Laban Rata (you can see the light green roof)
Personally .. I thought this scenery is awesome!!
Tired climbers resting at the camp.
The view of the massive granite wall from Laban Rata. Majestic! We started descending at 10am and reached the Timpohon gate at 4pm. We were taken straight to Kota Kinabalu, the capital of Sabah the same night. Rested and fed.
Day4 Taken around the city, the souvenir shops and to the markets. I bought some T'shirts and keychains for my kids. These are seashells at the wet market. (above) Totally legal business, they are considered as delicacy to the locals.
Fishermens boats at Kota Kinabalu ..
That's the end of my awesomely awesome trip. Will do it again someday when I have the time, money and energy for it. Thanks for looking =D