03 April 2015:
Time flies and it has been about 46 days after we came back from Mount Kinabalu. We started planning for the trip last September and has been looking forward to that day. It came and went.
When we were at Sabah, we stayed at Lavendar Lodge and chosen the dormitory for our 3nights there. It was a good experience staying together with my sisters and their friends (now became mine too).
We had our breakfast that morning before we departed to the base HQ of Mount Kinabalu.
And that’s Jenny in the middle who took good care of us. It was a pleasant stay. Thank you :)
While on our way there, we stopped by some fruit stalls and what do we do when there are good scenery around. We walked around, took photos and bought fruits.
The plan was to take Mersilau Trail to Laban Rata so we rested a night at Mersilau Nature Resort and the place was simply beautiful!
Our simple dinner at Mersilau. It was yummilicious! (Ha! Is there such as word?) It was really yummy!
04 April 2015:
Everyone paid attention to what our guide has to say before we begin our long journey up and were in high spirit and excitement.
And so, we started our climb at 8.30am via Mersilau Trail 8km to Laban Rata.
Along the way, there are shelters for hikers to rest, eat and catch up with one another. There are toilets too but do not expect a clean toilet as it is fully utilised by everyone thus be prepared for the extra fragrance (bearable if you can hold your breath for a few seconds).
That’s the helipad we stood on for emergency evacuation.
Half way mark! And we were still surviving :) I enjoyed the small talks we had as we walked pass other hikers saying hi, cheering one another on, watching over one another’s back was simply wonderful.
The junction that many look forward to because that means we were left with 2km to Laban Rata (the rest house)!
The last 2km seemed long, unreachable and we were hungry :D Our batteries were running low by now and our goal then was to just reach the rest house.
We saw it!!! The house. Wow!
FINALLY! We arrived at this place where there were hot piping food (only till 6.30pm) so upon arriving at 5.30pm (9hrs) we hurried into the house to get food for ourselves (and others too) and rested our tired legs. (Yein, we made it till this far 3,270m). Imagined our joy! Can you? :)
After this food pic, I didn’t take any pics and retreated to upstairs to change and sleep as we need to leave for the summit at 2.30am (5Apr), another 2km hike which will take about 2-4hrs to see sunrise but it rain while we were hiking up and the farthest that I reached to was at Sayat Sayat.
It was cold, and gloves were wet while doing the rope climb and camera/phone in the bag and too cold to take them out to take pictures. I saw waterfall at Sayat Sayat! Water that gushed down like waterfall from Summit Low Peak. Those who went ahead before us caught in heavy rain and was drenched. Well, we were wet too at the checkpoint. People who planned to do ferrata had to cancel their adventure climb down as it was too dangerous.
Photo credit: I took this pic from the Internet. That’s the checkpoint at 3,700m. Another 400m to the Summit Low Peak. One of my sisters made it!!! *proud of her*
Photo credit : From my youngest sister who took on 4Apr :)
05 April 2015 :
We descended from the Sayat Sayat back to Laban Rata around 7am (I think) since we can’t go up due to rain and we need to check out by 10.30am. It was too cold and all we did was to look for hut to go into to stay warm and I need to pee. Oh no!! 😨 No toilet. So how?!!! I told myself to start moving = descend to Laban Rata eventhough we were all reluctant to get out of the warm hut with hot water.
These guides are experienced and good. They went up and down effortlessly even in the rain. Nothing seems to stop them. They don’t use the rope like we do for safety. Hold the rope too tight, we can barely move and will slip off due to wrong footing. Most importantly, they (the guides) took good care of everyone on the mountain and brought everyone down safely.
I came to realise that to climb using this be it in the rain or not, we need the right posture and footsteps. Otherwise, you will be hanging onto your dear life. But I feel that, if it wasn’t raining, it will be better as confidence and visual levels were up.
Having theory in the head and not putting it into good use is useless and make one more scare of slipping off. I had my fair share of fear yet looking forward to another one now after a kind guide shown me how to manage my way down. Am thankful to him.
We descended via Timpohon Trail 6km in total from Laban Rata. Along the way down, I didn’t take any pictures. Apart from nothing much as compared to the more scenic Mersilau Trail, I was trying to reserve my energy on my way down as I didn’t really sleep or rest well since we reached Laban Rata. Though we had a few hours to rest before the climb to summit, most of us barely slept but still full of energy. :D
Many steps down and also more flat ground compared to Mersilau which has more big boulders and steeper steps up and down.
“Welcome back!” Yay!
I was too happy to see this signboard after 6hrs (or 7hrs) of hike.
Overall, I truly enjoyed the trip. It was challenging toward the end up to the summit and a pity that I didn’t attempt to climb up due to rain, nonetheless, it was a trip which I will remember as it was my first adventure trip with my sisters. The sweet memories remain.
Am thankful for the time spent together.
How about another one next year? :):):)
Bye now! ♡