Rise around 2 am in order to catch the sunrise at the summit of Mt Kinabalu (4095 meters). It's difficult walking, but you'll feel a huge sense of achievement once you make it. The view from the summit is incredible – the jungles of Borneo in one direction, the South China Sea in the other, making every inch of the climb worthwhile. Be warned though, the temperature can change very quickly up on the mountain, so bring clothes for all weather conditions.
The climb from Laban Rata to the summit takes 2-4 hours and, due to the altitude, can be hard going even for the very fit. The first section from Laban Rata is along man-made steps passing through vegetation. Once clear of the tree line, you will be walking up a series of wooden steps all the way to the final checkpoint at Sayat Sayat.
After witnessing the morning sunrise, return to Laban Rata for a well-earned breakfast, and then descend the mountain (approximately 3-6 hours) to enjoy a rewarding lunch at the bottom. Once you are down from the mountain you will continue on to Poring Hot Springs by car (approximately 1 hour).