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View from the Trail - Image Gallery

Day 1

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A tour group preparing for their climb at park headquarters.
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Mt Kinabalu, as seen from park headquarters.
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The sign at Timpohon Gate, marking the start of the climb.
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Stairs are common in the early stages of the trek.
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Pondoks, or rest huts, are dotted along the track every kilometre or so.
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The rainforest becomes more lush as you ascend the mountain.
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A route map is posted every kilometre along the climb.
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Enjoy the rainforest surrounds while you've still got the energy!
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Layang-Layang hut marks lunch - and the start of the hard stuff!
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The track becomes more rocky and barren past Layang-Layang.
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While rare, pitcher plants can be seen alongside the track.
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Just before Laban Rata, the landscape changes dramatically.
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Climbers are left in no doubt as to their position on the trail.
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After four hours on the track, finally - Laban Rata guest house.
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Happy to be stopping for the night!


Day 2

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Two hours after starting the early-morning summit push, Sayat-Sayat.
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Another hour of plodding up steep hills and it's almost dawn.
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Sunrise at 4000m.
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St John's Peak at dawn, near Low's Peak.
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Looking out over the clouds - an incredible feeling.
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At the top - finally!
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Looking back towards Low's Peak at the start of the descent.
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Stunning views as climbers descend past the eye-catching South Peak.
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In daylight, the climb looks even more daunting.
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A clear day affords views down to the surrounding valleys.
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Sayat-Sayat checkpoint in daylight - much more welcoming!
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You mean this is what we climbed at 3am?!?
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The weather can close in quickly, even at lower altitude.
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Aching knees, sore muscles and a sense of achievement.
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The winners of the annual Mt Kinabalu climbing race. Incredible.

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