Conquering Low’s Peak

After a good night rest, and with the body strength restored, many climbers choose to get up as early as 2:00 am to prepare for the climb. The restaurant at Laban Rata opens at 2:00 am to 3:00 am, light breakfast, hot coffee and tea are served. Temperature at the outdoor is cold at 10C average throughout the year, and warm clothings are essential items.

Many climbers start the second part of The Summit Trail at 3:00 am from Laban Rata (3,272 m), which gives them about 3 hours to reach the summit before the magnificent sunrise. Whereas the slower climbers will go as early as 2:30 am to have more time to cover the 2.7 kilometres, while the fitter climbers can start a bit later at 3:30 am.

The first section of this journey is passing the steep rocky faces of Panar Laban. Climbers will have to manoeuvre through a series of wooden stairs and later rocky steps. This is normally done in pitch dark condition, therefore a flash light or head lamp will indeed be handy.

Many parts of the wooden stairs and rocky steps can be congested as the trails are only wide enough for one person at a time. The congestion is mainly caused by climbers with different level of fitness, and also because of the thin air at the mountain climbers have to huff and puff for air.