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A GUlDE TO THE SUMMlT TRAlL Many people who visit the Park come to climb the
mountain, a tough Walk that takes a minimum of two
ABOUT THIS PAMPHLET days. But why not take your time over it! The climb
can be made far more rewarding and enjoyable if you
This pamphlet was produced in response to a demand use three days, with two nights at a mountain hut. This
for more information about the climb to the summit of way you can take the time to look at what you pass -
MK INFO Mt. Kinabalu. We have tried to illustrate the plants the birds, the animals, the rocks and the soil, the views
[1] [2] [3] [4] [5] and animals you are most likely to see, as well as and the almost incredibly rich diversity of plant life
[6] [7] [8] [9] [10] others of special interest. belonging to one of the most ancient vegetations in the
[11] world.
Trail Map Many species do not have familiar common names,
MK Photos and in these cases, we have coined a name that is, we
MK Panoramas hope, descriptive or at least, obvious.
Tips Universally-used scientific names have also been
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Hotel Info The Kinabalu Park is famous the world over for the
highest mountain in South-East Asia - Mt. Kinabalu, a
OFF SITE Vast jagged granite massif rising to 4,101m.
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SummitLogBook whole Park which covers an area of 754 sq km (291
GeoCaching sq miles), and includes vegetation types ranging from Timpohon Gate - Start of Summit Trail
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Sabah Map montane oak. rhododendron, and conifer forests to the THE SUMMlT TRAIL
Tell a Friend alpine meadow plants and stunted bushes of the
summit zone an area that probably has one of the To reach the start of the Summit Trail climbers must
LINKS richest flora in the world. drive or walk the 4kms (2 1/2 miles) of the
SabahTravelGuide Kamborongoh Road that leads from Mt. Kinabalu
Sutera Sanctuary The Headquarters is situated on the southern Park Headquarters to the PublicWorks Department's
Sabah Tourism boundary, at an elevation of 1,524m (5,000 ft). Visitor Power Station at 1,829m (6,000ft).
Sabahans Online accommodation, restaurants and an exhibit centre are
InfoSabah found here as well as the Park offices. It is only a 2 The forest on the steep ridge opposite the Power
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Sabah good sealed road and the Park is an ideal spot for day the Park Headquarters. Kinabalu has some of the
WalkTheMountain visitors who simply want to get away from it all and richest oak forests in the world with over 40 different
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DanChan for a few days and climb the mountain or explore the starts, marked at intervals of 5 chains (50 chains = 1
forest trails. km.; 80 chains = 1 mile), leading past the Power
CONTACT Station and following the crest of a narrow ridge that
If you are a first-time visitor it is well worth your dips down onto the main slopes of Kinabalu itself. A
View Guestbook while to go to some of the free visitor programmes little further on, there is a waterfall where
Sign Guestbook organised by the Park. Regular evening slide/film waterbottles can be filled. This is known as Carson's
shows and guided trail walks in the mornings are Falls, named after the first Warden of this Park.
given by the Park Naturalists at the Park Liverworts and mosses grow luxuriantly in the fine
Headquarters. spray of water. A Common moss is Dawsonia, one of
the largest in the world, that can reach 3ft (1 m) in
height. though it is usually much less. Nearby the
KINABALU BALSAM (Impatiensplatyphylla) can
usually be found, a delicate little herb growing in
between rocks at the edge of the path. Rhododendrons
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The SMALL MOUNTAlN PlTCHERPLANT
(Nepenthes tentaculata) can also be seen by the
Sharp-eyed observer grows along the edges of paths,
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The Mossy or Cloud Forest Zone starts around this
altitude. Tree-trunks are gnarled and twisted and their
branches loaded down with mosses, epiphytic ferns
and orchids. Though orchids are common on the trail
the flowers of many are small and inconspicuous and
can easily be overlooked. The main flowering season
MK INFO is from October to January. Species of the
[1] [2] [3] [4] [5] Rhododendron family are also common here. They
[6] [7] [8] [9] [10] usually flower above eye- level so you must look up
[11] into the trees to see them. The COPPER-LEAVED
Trail Map RHODODENDRON (Rhododendron fallacinum),
MK Photos with orange flowers is one of the most conspicuous.
MK Panoramas Its leaves are very distinctive, being covered with
Tips Red - Necked Keelback coppery- golden scales on the underside. A few plants
Survival Guide usually flower throughout the year, but in February to
FAQ Beyond Carson's Falls the trail starts to climb, and April they are in full bloom and at their best.
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Hotel Info The harmless RED-NECKED KEELBACK (Natrix passed, after which the path climbs a steep narrow
subminiata) is one of the commonest, though other ridge, and, for a shorttime, comes out above the tree
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SummitLogBook the ridge at 1,951 m (6,400ft). Here is the First Summit zone of LOW'S PlTCHER-PLANT (Nepenthes lowii),
GeoCaching Trail Shelter where one can stop. This is a good place named after Sir Hugh Low, a British Colonial Officer
Climbathon 2000 to rest, and look back down the road that links the who, In 1851, became the first person to record his
Sabah Map Park with the town of Kota Kinabalu on the West ascent of the mountaln. Pitcher-plants are oddities of
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The Summit Trail continues on the right, through the
bamboo forest where Miss Gibbs's Bamboo (Bambusa
gibbsiae), a tall- climbing, delicate plant, drapes the
trees like moss. Miss Lilian Gibbs was a botanist
attached to the British Museum. She visited Sabah in
1910 and became the first woman to make the ascent.
MK INFO Many of the plants she collected were new to science,
[1] [2] [3] [4] [5] and several are named after her.
[6] [7] [8] [9] [10]
[11] Tree-ferns of several species are common. Look out
Trail Map here for little birds flitting or creeping through the
MK Photos bamboos and ferns. Perhaps two of the easiest to
MK Panoramas Appreciating the Beauty of Nature identify are the YELLOW- BREASTED WARBLER
Tips (Seicercus montis), a small bird, yellow with a
Survival Guide chestnut head, up to 1 cm (4') in size and the
FAQ MOUNTAlN BUSH WARBLER (Cettia montanus).
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Nexus Resort eye-stripe. A well-known but rather inconspicuous
Hotel Info species ss the KlNABALU FRIENDLY WARBLER
(Bradypterus accentor), so-called because of its habit
OFF SITE of hopping about at the feet of the early climbers. It is
NewsGroup a reddish-brown bird, 15cm (6') in size, with a spotted
SummitLogBook breast that is found only on Sabah's three highest
GeoCaching mountains - Kinabalu, Tambuyukon to the north, and
Climbathon 2000 Trus-Madi to the south-east. Sadly it is now rather
Sabah Map uncommon and not nearly so friendly. In 1970 it was
Tell a Friend reported as "Not seen so often as in the past. The
great number of climbers now walking the mountain
LINKS Most species grow in areas where the soil is poor, trail have probably driven the birds to quieter areas".
SabahTravelGuide lacking in nutrients, and this ingenious method of Another birth that can be seen here is the
Sutera Sanctuary obtaining nourishment has evolved to allow them to PALE-FACED BULBUL(Pycnonotus flavescensl, a
Sabah Tourism thrive in such places. This species has a graceful, brown bird about 17 1/2 cm (7') in size with a
Sabahans Online flared pitcher, 20-23 cms (8-9 ins) in length, and is distinctive white face and a deep-yellow vent. Many
InfoSabah probably one of Kinabalu's most well-known plants. of the birds around the Park Headquarters can also be
Yahoo! Though formerly common here, picking of the seen here.
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WalkTheMountain past, has sadly reduced the population.
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Sabah Telecoms Station) at 2,225m (7,300ft), where a
CONTACT narrow track leads Up to the transmitters on the left.
The name is derived from a plant locally called
View Guestbook 'kamborongoh', in the Dusun language. that is used to
Sign Guestbook ward off evil spirits. The site is a restricted entrance
area. On the right the Summit Trail continues along
the side of the ridge past an old landslide and up onto
the ridge itself to the Third Trail Shelter, at more or
less the same elevation as the Telecoms Station. A
few yards further on the path divides. The left is a
steep staircase leading up to the Sabah Radio and
Television Stations at Layang-Layang, at 2,591
(8,500ft). This is another restricted entrance
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From Carson's Camp the trail climbs steeply over an
out-crop of ultrabasic rocks. These rocks give rise to
a distinctive yellow. almost orange-coloured soil
containing an unusually high concentration of toxic
elements such as nickel or chromium. Only plants that
have adapted to toleiate these elements will survive.
MK INFO Consequently, the vegetation changes abruptly as the
[1] [2] [3] [4] [5] LEPTOSPERMUM or TEA-TREE (Leptospermum
[6] [7] [8] [9] [10] recurvum), locally called 'sayat-sayat', a shrubby tree
[11] with small greyish leaves and starry White flowers;
Trail Map and the Southern Pine (Dacrydium gibbsiae), one of
MK Photos the southern hemisphere conifers, become the most
MK Panoramas abundant trees. The large and ornate MOSSY
Tips PITCHER- PLANT (Nepenthes villosa), up to 25cm
Survival Guide (10") long is fairly common in this locality by the side
FAQ of the trail. The delightful little green MOUNTAlN
Disclaimer BLACKEYE (Chlorocharis emiliae), with a distinctive
Nexus Resort black eye can often be seen in this area and as far up
Hotel Info as 3,810m (12,500ft) dipping its beak into the
rhododendrons and other flowers.
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GeoCaching looking back down the mountain towards the Park
Climbathon 2000 Headquarters. On a clear day, glimpses of Kinabalu's
Sabah Map jagged peaks, towering far above, can be seen
Tell a Friend through the trees ahead. Here sompact bushes of
STAPF'S VACClNlUM (Vaccinium stapfianum)with
LINKS conspicuous showy red young leaves and the HEATH
SabahTravelGuide RHODODENDRON (Rhododendron ericoldes) begin
Sutera Sanctuary to appear. The small red tubular flowers and tiny
Sabah Tourism leves of the Heath Rhododendron are distinctive and it
Sabahans Online Soon after leaving the bamboo forest and the Fourth is found only on Kinabalu.
InfoSabah Shelter Carson's Camp is reached at 2,651m (8,700ft).
Yahoo! This is a small clearing on the ridge crest with an Shortly before the Sixth Trail Shelter is reached there
Sabah abandoned hut where wild raspberries (Rubus is a short track leading off to the right to a helipad. If
WalkTheMountain lineatus)grow in profusion. It is a good place to stop the sky is clear, a really magnificent view of Kinabalu
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DanChan an extra 10-20 minutes on this detour. Ten minutes
At about 2,438m (8,000ft) one first sees LOW'S walk further on brings you off the ultrabasic soil and
CONTACT RHODODENDRON (Rhododendron lowii), with to the Sixth Trail Shelter at 3,109m (10,200ft)
magnificent heads of large peachy-yellow blooms, up
View Guestbook to 30cm (12") across. The main flowering season for
Sign Guestbook Rhododendrons seems to be November to January,
though a few can be seen flowering almost all the
year round. The GOLDEN RHODODENDRON
(Rhododendron retivenium) is also seen in the bamboo
forest but lower down. The pure yellow flowers of
this species are easy to confuse with Low's
Rhododendron but the leaves of the Golden
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The Paka Cave, really a large overhanging rock by a
swift-flowing rocky stream, is situated near here on a
slight detour to the left of the main trail. This 'cave'
was where the first explorers used to spend the night
before climbing to the summit the next day. The large
red-breasted MOUNTAlN BLACKBlRD (Turdus
MK INFO poliocep- halus) is seen most frequently here and
[1] [2] [3] [4] [5] higher up at Panar Laban. though it does occur at
[6] [7] [8] [9] [10] lower altitudes also.
[11]
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GeoCaching orchids and rhododendrons in abundance. The
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Sabah Map buxifolium) is in full bloom from February to April
Tell a Friend and its crimson flowers can be seen dotting the stunted
vegetation round Panar Laban at this time. Another
LINKS common species is the ROUGH-LEAVED
SabahTravelGuide RHODODENDRON (Rhododendron rugosum) with
Sutera Sanctuary distinctive pinky-purple flowers.
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at about 3,353m (11,000ft), the edge of the tree-line.
CONTACT Panar Laban is reached. Most people stay overnight
here at the Laban Rata Resthouse where electricity,
View Guestbook hot water, room heaters and a canteen are available,
Sign Guestbook before climbing to the summit the next morning. The
name Panar Laban is derived from a corruption of the
Dusun word meaning 'Place of Sacrifice'. Here the
first explorers stopped to sacrifice a white cockerel
and seven eggs to appease the mountain spirits.
Today, the sacrifice is still carried out once a year.
There are also three other mountain huts in this area
with mere basic fecilities
Rough-Leaved Rhododendron
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From Panar Laban onwards the vegetation is stunted
and scrublike except in the gullies, and there are
superb views of the great granite peaks soaring high
above. Leptospermum and the Heath Rhododendron
are abundant and occur almost all the way to tbe
summit. In open ground below the granite slopes small
MK INFO alpine meadow plants can be found. The
[1] [2] [3] [4] [5] white-flowered BORNEO EYEBRIGHT (Euphrasia
[6] [7] [8] [9] [10] borneensis) and the pinkish-white MOUNTAlN
[11] TRACHYMENE (Trachymene saniculifolia) are
Trail Map common. The well-known KINABALU
MK Photos BUTTERCUP (Ranunculus lowii) can be seen in
MK Panoramas wetter areas, especially by the old Panar Laban huts.
Tips Do not confuse the yellow flowers of the Buttercup
Survival Guide with the Mountain Potentillas. Their leaves are very
FAQ different. The SILVER POTENTILLA (Potentllla
Disclaimer borneensis) with soft, hairy leaves is the most
Nexus Resort distinctive. of the three species. It is common around
Hotel Info Laban Rata Resthouse Burlington Hut.
OFF SITE If you are climbing to the summit - a word of warning. The most conspicuous creature at these a altitudes is
NewsGroup Mountains should be treated with respect and you the BORNEAN MOUNTAIN GROUND SQUlRREL
SummitLogBook climb Kinabalu at your own risk, The weather can (Dremomys everettii) which is often seen scampering
GeoCaching change very quickly from brilliant sunshine, to mist about in the scrubby vegetation. The KlNABALU
Climbathon 2000 and clouds, to a torrential down-pour. The nights at RAT (Rattus baluensis) is another well-known species
Sabah Map Panar Laban and Sayat-Sayat are cold and which is found only on the mountain. It has dark grey
Tell a Friend temperatures can drop to below freezing. Ensure you woolly hair.
bring enough warm clothes with you and pack them in
LINKS plastic bags to keep dry. Park Regulations require
SabahTravelGuide that all climbers to the summit are accompanied by
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[6] [7] [8] [9] [10]
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SabahTravelGuide King George's Peak
Sayat-Sayat, named after the abundant 'sayat-sayat' or
Sutera Sanctuary Leptospermum bushes. At 3,810m (12,500ft) this is the
Sabah Tourism Beyond Sayat-Sayat begins the Summit Plateau itself -
highest place on the mountain where one can stay. A a vast expanse of grey granitic slopes. Granite is a
Sabahans Online lovely white-flowered orchid, the Mountain Necklace
InfoSabah rock composed of various minerals which differ in
Orchid (Coelogyne papillosa), covers the rock their resistance to erosion and weathering. The result
Yahoo! crevices like drifts of snow when in full bloom in
Sabah is a distinctive rough pitted surface. speckled with
November. white, grey and black. Cairns mark the trail that leads
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DanChan Peak on the left and the Donkey's Ears and the Ugly
Sisters on the right. The Summit itself. Low's Peak, is
CONTACT not visible until the upper part of the Summit Plateau is
reached.
View Guestbook
Sign Guestbook The geological history of Mt. Kinabalu, goes back
some 9 million years when the granite core was
solidifying beneath the earth's crust. Less than one
million years ago this granite massif was forced
upwards through the crust and is now exposed as the
result of the removal, by erosion, of thousands of feet
of overlying sand and mudstane rocks. During the
Necklace Orchid Ice-Age, 10,000 to 100,000 years ago, the summit
area was covered by a shining cap of ice, with a
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[6] [7] [8] [9] [10]
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Hotel Info Any plants on the Plateau are reduced to clinging to
cracks in the rocks, as the force of the water rushing
OFF SITE down the slopes after rain washes away any soil that
NewsGroup may be forming, making it impossible for most plants
SummitLogBook to live there. Near the top of the Summit Plateau and
GeoCaching at the base of Lows Peak a re a few small sunken
Climbathon 2000 patches of sand which support grasses and sedges. In
Sabah Map the crevices the most common flowering plants are
Tell a Friend the stunted Heath Rhododendron and Leptospermum,
maturing, flowering and fruiting when only a few
LINKS inches high. Few birds are seen up here but there are
SabahTravelGuide magnificent views, especially of the awesome cliffs
Sutera Sanctuary of Low's Gully, a 1 1/4 km (1 mile) deep cleft that
Sabah Tourism divides the east and west arms of the mountain.
Sabahans Online
InfoSabah Summit Plateau Most people climb to the summit in time to see the
Yahoo! sunrise and dawn creep slowly over the land,
Sabah surface. The ice melted less than 10,000 years ago illuminating the coast-line west and north and the dim
WalkTheMountain and many signs of the glaciation can still be seen on ranges of hills to the south. In good weather almost all
Expedition2001 the Summit Plateau. Glacial striations, usually less than of Sabah can be seen before the clouds come up
DanChan an inch deep, and the larger glacial grooves were cut (usually around 9.00 or 10.00 am) and it is time to
by rocks underlying the glacier as the ice moved begin the descent.
CONTACT slowly downwards. Post-glacial weathering has
rounded and smoothed these and other features such
View Guestbook as the frost-shattered block-field of Low's Peak, and
Sign Guestbook the bands or dykes of different types of rocks that run
across the granite. Exfoliation, (layers of rock peeled
off parallel to the surface), can also be seen. This is
caused by the alternate expansion and shrinkage of
the rock as it heats up during the day and cools down
at night.

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below the summit where the early climbers made
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Mt. Kinabalu is a very special part of Sabah. Set aside
by the government. In a State Park, it is part of Sabah's
Natural Heritage, to be preserved and protected for
ever. You and your children should always be able to
experience the grandeur of the mountain. to explore
and discover its secrets, to appreciate and understand
MK INFO its value as part of your heritage. The Park can
[1] [2] [3] [4] [5] survive only with your cooperation. Removal of
[6] [7] [8] [9] [10] plants, insects, and animals lessen the opportunity for
[11] all to see and enjoy. Writing on rocks and trees
Trail Map reduces the pleasures and experiences of others.
MK Photos Litter and garbage have no place along road sides and
MK Panoramas trails. Please help us to protect the Park and
Tips familiarise yourself with the Park regulations:
Survival Guide Climbers on Summit
FAQ Park Regulations
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Nexus Resort Please follow the Park's regulations while you are in
Hotel Info the Park. Under the Sabah - Parks Enactment of 1984
it is an offence to:
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Sabah Map any object of geological, historical or other scientific
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LINKS 3) introduce any plant or animal.
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Sutera Sanctuary 4) deface or write on any rocks, trees or buildings.
Sabah Tourism Low's Gully
Sabahans Online These regulations protect the Park for your benefit,
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1) Book a guide,
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porter (if wanted)
and accommodation Text By : Anthea Phillipps
at the overnight Mt. Illustrations By : Karen Phillipps:
MK INFO Huts, through the Photo Credits : A. phillipps, Eric Wong,
[1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] Park's Head Office A. Lamb, Susan Jacobson,
[7] [8] [9] [10] [11] in Kota Kinabalu. F. Liew
Trail Map Reservations cannot Original Paper
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temperature can fall
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point at night. Pack
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dry in case of rain.
Sleeping bags are
provided at the Mt.
Huts.

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wind and
water-proof.
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stuck in a frame or 6) Take a waterbottle
need to get to the with you.
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Photo Credit: Albert Teo
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SummitLogBook
GeoCaching I'm writing this page in response to the recent lost of a young life on Mount Kinabalu. Even
Climbathon 2000 though I do not know this person I'm deeply saddened by this event. As I have mentioned in
Sabah Map the Tips section of my website that Mount Kinabalu is relatively safe to climb (since
Tell a Friend thousands of people have safely reached the summit every year without any incident),
however there are always some risks involved as in anything we do in our life. It is my wish
LINKS here to share some safety advice to make our fellow climbers journey a safer one. This page
SabahTravelGuide will always be a work in progress as i will continuously add new advice as I come across
Sutera Sanctuary them. As usual these advice comes with no explicit or implied warranty. (22nd Aug 2001)
Sabah Tourism
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InfoSabah The best way to survive any trouble is not to get into one in the first place.
Yahoo!
Sabah Ok, besides the obvious, here is something I want all climbers to take note of because it is
WalkTheMountain potentially dangerous and had been responsible for the recent lost. The last 1,455 feet of the
Expedition2001 climb which starts at 12,000 feet altitude is made up of slabs of granite rockface which all
DanChan looks alike. Even with various landmarks around it is still possible for an experienced
climber to loose their way. This situation is only made worst when the mist moves in. You
CONTACT will notice that the hired guide will start to persuade people to turn back if they cannot reach
the summit by 7:00am or 8:00am, it is because this is when the mist starts to move in.
View Guestbook
Sign Guestbook In case you want to push your luck (which i do most of the time because I'm a slow
climber), I recommend that you inform everyone in your group before the climb to meet at
sayat-sayat to do a head count. This way you can know if someone lost their way as early as
possible. Why meet at sayat-sayat? because on the way down from sayat-sayat it is quite
unlikely for someone to loose their way whereas from sayat-sayat upwards is where most
people can loose their way (including me). Sometimes it is difficult to wait for people
because everyone moves at a different speed. This is especially true if you have a big group.
Lets say you have a big group (like 10 people) you can split them into two groups one fast
Click here if you are and one slow. By the time you reach the rest house during your ascent you should know who
stuck in a frame or are the fast ones and who are the slow ones. These two groups can each do a head count at
need to get to the sayat-sayat and the regroup at the rest house on their way down. Once you reach the rest
index page house on your descent its quite relaxing because the tough part of the climb is over, I usually
take my sweet time, have a cup of tea and a short nap at the rest house before descending the
rest of the mountain.

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