Mount Kinabalu & The Best of Borneo
The following checklist should help you with your packing. As a general rule, you should always try to keep the weight of your equipment to a minimum.
It is generally hot and humid in Borneo, so lightweight, fast drying, easy to wash, casual clothing is recommended. You should dress conservatively in the towns and cities, so as not to offend Muslim sensibilities vests, skimpy shorts and tight fitting clothes should be avoided.
You must bring the following items:
Hiking boots or strong walking shoes
Teva style trekking sandals
Daypack 40 litres
Lightweight trekking trousers / pants
Lightweight waterproof overtrousers / rainpants
Casual shirt and/or T-shirts fast drying recommneded
Fleece jacket or warm jumper/sweater
Lightweight waterproof jacket
Thermal gloves (for the Kinabalu summit day)
Cheap gardening gloves (for the pinnacles climb)
Headtorch/Headlamp with spare batteries
Water bottles 1 litre x 2
Selection of dry bags (to keep trek bag and daypack contents dry)
Sheet sleeping bag or sleeping bag liner
Washbag and toiletries
Selection of dry bags (to keep trek bag contents dry)
Small padlock (to lock trek bag)
Basic First Aid Kit including: Antiseptic cream, throat lozenges, diarrhoea treatment (Immodium), painkillers, plasters and blister treatment, Insect repellent, antihistamine cream and tablets, and re-hydration salts (Dioralite). Glucose tablets and multi-vitamin tablets are a good idea.
The following items are optional:
Gaiters (useful for protection against leeches)
Insect repellant (DEET)
Camera, media & batteries
Penknife (remember to pack sharp objects in hold baggage)
There are 2 sections on this trip when you will be away from your main baggage, and you will be carrying your personal equipment in your daypack. You should make every effort to keep the weight of your equipment to a minimum during these sections.
1. On Day 2 you will leave your main baggage in Miri, and you will pick this up again in Limbang on Day 6. A recommended packing list for this section is as follows: Daypack, dry bags (to keep contents of daypack dry), set of clothes to trek in during the day, set of dry clothes for the evening, hiking boots/walking shoes, trekking sandals, towel, toiletries, swimwear, insect repellent, first aid kit, sheet sleeping bag liner, camera, waterproofs, gaiters/leech socks, sun protection, headtorch, water bottles, walking poles (optional). Note that bedding (mattress, pillow, blankets, mosquito net) is provided at Camp 5 and the Longhouse on Days 3,4,5
2. On the ascent of Mount Kinabalu you will be away from your main baggage for 2 days. The equipment recommended for this section is as follows: Daypack and dry bags, waterproofs, sleeping bag liner, headtorch, warm clothes for the summit day, and night at the hut (hat, gloves, fleece jacket, warm trousers, thermal baselayer, warm jumper/sweater, thick socks), sun protection, first aid kit, camera, basic wash kit and small towel, trekking poles (optional). Bedding (blankets, pillows) is provided at the Laban Rata hut on Kinabalu and you will be sleeping in bunk beds with mattresses. Although temperatures during the day will be mostly warm, it can get close to freezing at night at the refuge and also during the day on summit day, so make sure you are prepared for this.