Kinabalu, Malaysia

Prominence: 4095 m, 13435 ft

Elevation: 4095 meters, 13,435 feet

True Isolation: 2513.07 km, 1561.55 mi
Highest SummitLow Peak
Latitude/Longitude (WGS84)6° 4' N; 116° 33' E
CountryMalaysia (Highest Point)
State/ProvinceSabah (Highest Point)

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     World Peaks with 4000 meters of Prominence (Rank #20)
     World Country High Points (Rank #42)
     The Ribus - Indonesia Peaks with 1000 meters of Prominence (Rank #2)
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     Asia Range3 High Points (Rank #36)
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     Asia Country High Points (Rank #15)
     Malay-Indonesian Archipelago Island High Points (Rank #2)
     World Island High Points above 2000 meters (Rank #3)
     Asia Island High Points above 1000 meters (Rank #1)
     Peaks with Most Individual Summiters-Outside USA (Rank #22)
     Most Ascended Peaks-Outside USA (Rank #31)
     1500-meter Prominence Peak with Ascents (Rank #64)

Selected Trip Reports from this site:
     1997-03-27 by Joseph Hirniak
     2006-07-29 by Petter Bjørstad
     2006-11-26 by Mark Brace
     2007-06-13 by Adam Helman
     2007-06-13 by Rob Woodall
     2008-03-03 by Richard Carey
     2008-10-31 by Lyngve Skrede
     2009-06-02 by Lee Cleghorn
     2012-02-05 by Lee Newton
     2012-04-12 by Robert Murray (GPS Track)
     2014-01-10 by Seán Caulfield

View ascents of peak by registered members (63 total)

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Often called the highest mountain in Southeast Asia, Kinabalu is one of the great, massive tropical mountains of the world, rising 4000 m/14,000' out of the humid rainforests of Borneo. Although technically speaking the Himalayan outliers in northern Myanmar (Burma) are higher and could be considered part of Southeast Asia, Kinabalu is still the dominant summit between the high Central Asian complex and the ranges of New Guinea. It also makes Borneo the third highest island in the world, trailing only New Guinea and the Big Island of Hawaii.

Like other huge isolated peaks, Kinabalu rises through many life zones and habitats. The base of the main path to the summit starts in cool, dense cloud forest, and the large summit plateau is a fantastic expanse of odd-shaped rocky pinnacles utterly devoid of soil and vegetation. The highest summit is called Low's peak, an ironic name that comes from an early explorer. On very rare occasions snow even falls on the bare rock of the summit.

Climbing Notes

Kinabalu is a very popular climb with an easy trail to the summit. The greatest obstacles are the altitude and distance, but most fit hikers can do the climb in two days easily.

The rocky towers of Kinabalu tower over the jungles of Borneo in this view from the National Park headquarters (1996-07-19).
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Prominence  Clean Prominence: 4095 m/13,435 ft
  Optimistic Prominence: 4095 m/13,435 ft
  Key Col: Pacific Ocean    0 m/0 ft
Isolation2513.07 km/1561.55 mi
Nearest Higher Neighbor in the PBC database:
    Ngga Pilimsit  (ESE)
Isolation Limit Point: 3° 57' 31'' S; 136° 50' 38'' E
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RangesContinent: Asia
Range2: Malay Archipelago (Highest Point)
Range3: Borneo (Highest Point)
Drainage BasinsIslands-Pacific-Asia (HP)
Pacific Ocean
IslandBorneo (Highest Point)
OwnershipLand: Taman Negara Kinabalu
Route #1 Maintained Hiking Trail
Trailhead: Power Station 1889 m/6198 ft
Vertical Gain: 2266 m/7437 ft
Distance (one way): 8.85 km/5.5 mi
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Other Photos

The summit area of Kinabalu is a huge area of rock, with no vegetation whatsoever (1996-07-19).

The route on the exposed slabs of Kinabalu's summit is marked by a rope (1996-07-19).

A trail sign on the rocky moonscape of the Kinabalu summit area (1996-07-19).

The white blotches on the ground in this photo are pockets of snow, just below the summit of Kinabalu (1996-07-19).

The Laban Rata hut, halfway up Mount Kinabalu, is perched just below treeline (1996-07-19).

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