Day Hike to the Summit of Mt Santubong

By Caris J · May 1, 2016

The Trip — Day Hike to the Summit of Mt Santubong

Duration — 1 day

Origin — Kuching, Malaysia

Type of Trip — Day Trip, Hiking

Trip Dates and Comments — April. Choose a day where it’s not too hot. We had cloud and mist on the climb up - nice and cool. But it perfectly cleared when we reached the top.

Mode of Transportation — Car

Arrival Logistics — Perth - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia - Kuching by plane. And a car trip to Mt Santubong.

Cost per Person — Less than $250

General Route — 3hrs up 2hrs down - but it ended up taking us >3hrs down as well!

Accommodation — N/A

Main Activities — Hiking! Flying the drone

Food and Drink Highlights — Bring lots of water! 1.5L pp is not enough. We rationed our supplies on the way down which wasn’t wise. And bring food too. Carry all your necessities with you and leave no rubbish.

Essential Packing for this Trip — Water, sun cream, right shoes, food, gloves if you want some padding when climbing up the ladders and ropes.. Oh did I not mention, some parts are 90deg up ladders… It is recommended you train or mentally prepare (unlike me!).

Our Experience

It is recommended to start in the morning. We departed our home about 7.45am and got breakfast on the way (kolo mee noodles of course). Stopped by a petrol station for a toilet break (squat toilets to warm up those glutes) and buy water. A 30-40min drive towards the Mt. And the climb began ~9.30am.. Top reached 12.30am.. Stayed for an hour and played with the drone.. Arrived back at the bottom ~4.30pm very hot and sweaty… But accomplished!

Best Bits

The view! Cardio and being in nature :)

Worst bits

The length of the climb down and lack of water…

Caris on Mt Santubong

Caris on Mt Santubong

Caris on Mt Santubong


Rate the overall trip — 8/10

Rate the activity on your trip — 8/10

Rate the ease of logistics — 8/10

Value for money — 9/10

About The Traveller

Gender & Age Range
Female, 25 - 35

I’m from
Malaysia, living in Perth, WA

My favourite trip as of late
Nusa Lembongan

Travelling Style
Day trip up Mt Santubong

I like to go on the following types of trips
Beaches, Birthday Trips, Watersports.

It’s a dealbreaker when
It’s dangerous - crime

Continent I know the best
Australasia / Oceania

Caris on Mt Santubong

First Last Name

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipisicing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore et dolore magna aliqua.

I’m from Perth, Western Australia

My favourite trip as of late is New Zealand, solo travel in lots of nature for a soul-refresher.

My travelling style is to Book the first night, then wing it from there!

It’s a dealbreaker when I’m stuck around large groups of package tourists.

Continent I know best is Asia.

See profile

Enjoyed this trip?!

Then we think you'll love...